I found this on the site and will make these modifications to the engine, thanks for all the help guys, 140k here we come!!!
does the 2001 have the SBEC engine #?
I have her on a 5k oil change schedule with a syn-blend.
any other suggestions to make it last longer or run better are welcome.
Chrysler 2.7L V-6 - Sludge
The problem is due to a leaking water pump gasket between the pump itself and the engine block. Engines manufactured prior to 2004 had gaskets that were prone to dissolving, which eventually caused coolant to drip into the oil pan, mix in with the engine oil at the pump, turn into a rich, creamy sludge, and get pumped throughout the engine.
If you own a vehicle with one of these engines manufactured prior to 2004, I highly suggest you have the water pump changed out now with a new OEM pump with P/N 4892425AA ($44.46 at DodgeParts.com).
Please note that Chrysler has redesigned this water pump so that it can better withstand the timing chain stresses associated with a running engine. This redesign also means that a new timing chain kit is required in order to properly install the new OEM water pump. The kit for SBEC engines is P/N 68036787AA for $208.80, and the kit for NGC engines is P/N 68036788AA for $170.40. If you have a 2004 model year car, check the physical appearance of your engine computer. If it has two large plugs coming out of it, use the SBEC kit. If the engine computer has 4 smaller connectors coming out of it, use the NGC kit.