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When did I change the timing belt on my PT Cruiser?

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When did I change the timing belt on my PT Cruiser?

When I got the car I asked my son-in-law (Mechanic for The Bus Company) to change all the fluids (trans, engine, coolant) and fan belts and radiator belts. This was 7 years ago. So now I felt the car is nearing 16 yrs old. Now the PCM when out, replace it with one from Mckyeee and he added the Mopar Stage 1 programming to it.

Why did my 2003 PT Cruiser GT stop running?

Our 2003 PT Cruiser GT just turned over 100,000 km and just before that milestone the engine was running rough and had a harder time starting. I changed the spark plugs and the spark plug wires and now the engine runs like it was new. Passed the emmissions test with flying colours too.

Where are the Allen bolts on a Chrysler PT Cruiser?

Had to drop the alternator out to get to the bolt holding the dryer/accumulator to the fender well. The bolts holding the a/c line to the dryer/accumulator for some reason are behind the lines next to the firewall. Nice place Chrysler, couldn’t have put the allen bolts in front.

Do you need to change the timing belt?

I don’t see it mentioned in your post, but IMO while the area was torn apart, it would have been a good idea to change the center motor mount and with a new bolt, both cam seals and the crank seal, in addition to the other timing belt parts that you did.

When I got the car I asked my son-in-law (Mechanic for The Bus Company) to change all the fluids (trans, engine, coolant) and fan belts and radiator belts. This was 7 years ago. So now I felt the car is nearing 16 yrs old. Now the PCM when out, replace it with one from Mckyeee and he added the Mopar Stage 1 programming to it.

When to replace the crankshaft position sensor ( CKP )?

If your reading is not close to the recommended resistance, then you should replace the sensor. Another way to test the crankshaft position sensor (CKP) is with a multimeter. You do this by checking the output voltage with the engine cranking. You will need an assistant to do this.

When does a camshaft sensor need to be replaced?

Over time, the camshaft position sensor can fail, or become worn down, due to accidents or normal wear and tear. There are a few warning signs to watch out for before your camshaft position sensor completely fails and shuts down the engine, making replacement a necessity. 1. Vehicle does not drive like it used to

Had to drop the alternator out to get to the bolt holding the dryer/accumulator to the fender well. The bolts holding the a/c line to the dryer/accumulator for some reason are behind the lines next to the firewall. Nice place Chrysler, couldn’t have put the allen bolts in front.

Which is the best year to buy a PT Cruiser?

2010 was arguably the best model year across the board for the PT Cruiser. There were no major issues reported for anything really, and in particular the timing belt didn’t stand out as a problem before anyone. If you’re in the market for an older PT Cruiser the 2010 model has a lot going for it.

Are there any problems with the PT Cruiser?

In 2002 there were also some issues with the engine in the PT Cruiser that related to timing belt problems. It was not an overarching problem that a lot of drivers experienced, but some did have problems with the belt breaking sooner than it should have. There were a number of problems in 2003 with timing belts failing on drivers.

Are there any problems with the timing belt?

There were a number of problems in 2003 with timing belts failing on drivers. One of the big issues with this was that the check engine light would not necessarily come on to let you even know there was a problem with the timing belt.

Why do PT Cruisers have bent valve stems?

To expand on guyiknow’s answer. PT Cruisers run semi interference engines. The path of the valves will not enter the path of the piston. It is possible for the exhaust valves and intake valves to contact at which point you end up with bent valve stems.

What should I do if my timing belt breaks?

The belt breaking doesn’t cause other problems but other problem like water pump seizing, cam shaft bearing seizing, timing belt tensioner seizing will break the belt. If you do change the belt either before it breaks or after it breaks you should also change the water pump and belt tensioner at the same time every time.

When did I get my Black PT Cruiser?

04 PT Black Touring Turbo, inherited about 7 years ago when my father passed away. Had 40k when I got it and now has 47k. I had it body worked and painted had some small dings.

How much does it cost to replace head gasket on Chrysler PT Cruiser?

The average cost for a Chrysler PT Cruiser head gasket replacement is between $1,169 and $1,340. Labor costs are estimated between $657 and $828 while parts are priced at $512.

How is the timing belt attached to the engine?

The timing belt is attached by way of a series of pulleys to the engine’s crank and cam shaft. The crankshaft powers the engine’s connecting rods which are attached to pistons inside the combustion chamber.

04 PT Black Touring Turbo, inherited about 7 years ago when my father passed away. Had 40k when I got it and now has 47k. I had it body worked and painted had some small dings.

How often should a timing belt be replaced?

Manufacturers employ various schedules and measures for timing belt replacement, but the rule of thumb is 60,000 miles, or 5 years, whichever comes first. Is My Engine Safe If My Timing Belt Snaps?

What should I do if my timing belt snaps?

At this point, the camshaft sprockets will align with the marks on engine, and the crank sprocket will align with the marks on the engine. Some engines, like GM interference DOHC V6s, will require special tools keep the cams from moving, so consult with a factory service manual if you can.

What happens when your timing belt gives up the ghost?

Your engine’s timing belt is the most important maintenance item in your car. What happens when this component gives up the ghost, and how hard is it to fix by yourself? What Is A Timing Belt? A timing belt is the ribbed belt that is placed in a specific configuration along one side of your engine to keep the crank and camshafts timed properly.

How much does it cost to replace the timing belt on a PT Cruiser?

The cost of getting a timing belt replaced in your PT Cruiser is between $800 and $1,000 on average. The majority of that expense is labour cost because repairing a timing belt is one of the more complex jobs that you’re going to have to get done on your vehicle. The timing belt is not that easy to access and take some effort to get down into.

What was the year of the PT Cruiser?

2009 was also a relatively problem-free year for the PT Cruiser as far as timing belts go. Well it did have some issues for a few drivers, nothing specific was related to the timing belt so if that’s an area of concern for you, the 2009 PT Cruiser is it one that you need to worry about too much.

The belt breaking doesn’t cause other problems but other problem like water pump seizing, cam shaft bearing seizing, timing belt tensioner seizing will break the belt. If you do change the belt either before it breaks or after it breaks you should also change the water pump and belt tensioner at the same time every time.

How do you remove drive belt on PT Cruiser?

Open the hood. Loosen the lock bolt with a ratchet and loosen the belt tensioner until the belt is loose enough to remove. The PT Cruiser uses multiple drive belts rather than a serpentine belt and therefore requires that each belt be removed separately with its own lock bolt and tensioner.

Where is the timing belt tensioner on a PT Cruiser?

The upstream sensor is on the top side of the exhaust manifold, the lower one is on the side of the catalytic converter. Opinions on whether the PT uses an interference design or not vary. In any case, the timing belt tensioner design was changed in 2003 to provide greater durability.

How do you replace the bezel on a Chilton PT Cruiser?

Replacement looks easy in the Chilton’s manual: remove the climate control knobs, pull off the bezel (“middle section”). You can find replacement bezels in different styles from aftermarket suppliers – though they may be far pricier than junkyard or dealer parts.

What causes a Chrysler PT Cruiser to come apart?

In damp or salt belt geographic areas, the bond comes apart from surface rust developing between the rubber and steel. The rear of the control arm then drops down and rests on the crossmember resulting in a ‘clatter’ over bumps. It is never a dangerous condition and would never come apart as it is a captive assembly.

How old was the 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser?

The car definitely showed its age (it was 11 years old with about 120k miles on it when I got it), as the interior was pretty worn out and the bumpers were faded, but overall the car looked good for its age.

Is it safe to buy a used PT Cruiser?

Be wary buying a used PT Cruiser. They have lots of issues among all the model years it was produced. If you need a reliable daily driver and don’t have time or money for frequent repairs or breakdowns, I’d avoid it. If you’re looking for a fun car to drive or as a second car to play around with, go for it.

In 2002 there were also some issues with the engine in the PT Cruiser that related to timing belt problems. It was not an overarching problem that a lot of drivers experienced, but some did have problems with the belt breaking sooner than it should have. There were a number of problems in 2003 with timing belts failing on drivers.

2009 was also a relatively problem-free year for the PT Cruiser as far as timing belts go. Well it did have some issues for a few drivers, nothing specific was related to the timing belt so if that’s an area of concern for you, the 2009 PT Cruiser is it one that you need to worry about too much.

There were a number of problems in 2003 with timing belts failing on drivers. One of the big issues with this was that the check engine light would not necessarily come on to let you even know there was a problem with the timing belt.

What happens when the timing belt fails on a Chrysler PT Cruiser?

Some engines are called interference engines and the pistons will bend the valves when a timing belt fails. 26 people found this helpful. Yep. tenspeed is right on. The piston will come up on a compression or an exhaust stroke and hit a valve that is not supposed to be open.

Why does my 2002 PT Cruiser get hot?

Yo I’m having the same problem With my 2002 PT Cruiser. Only last time it almost over heat it actually was hot. The first time it did there was plenty of coolant in the reservoir and in the engine. It can’t be the water pump because I replaced it. I’m wondering if it is a bad thermostat or a fan causing my problems.. 33 people found this helpful.

To expand on guyiknow’s answer. PT Cruisers run semi interference engines. The path of the valves will not enter the path of the piston. It is possible for the exhaust valves and intake valves to contact at which point you end up with bent valve stems.

Are there any problems with the Chrysler PT Cruiser?

Had all the same problems with overheating.Changed fan assembly,flushed out radiator etc.Ordered new after market radiator,installed runs better then new.Found out later they have a problem with small cores in radiator plugging up.Hope thi helps. 112 people found this helpful.

Yo I’m having the same problem With my 2002 PT Cruiser. Only last time it almost over heat it actually was hot. The first time it did there was plenty of coolant in the reservoir and in the engine. It can’t be the water pump because I replaced it. I’m wondering if it is a bad thermostat or a fan causing my problems.. 33 people found this helpful.

What kind of engine does a PT Cruiser have?

I have a 2006 pt cruiser 2.4 litre engine. it broke the timing belt while driving. It has 96,000 miles. is this an interference engine and maybe the … read more Timing belt on 2007 PT Cruiser went. It’s at repair shop. Timing belt on 2007 PT Cruiser went.

Are there any recalls on the Chrysler PT Cruiser?

The 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers.

How does the OBD II system work on a Chrysler PT Cruiser?

The OBD II system will turn on the “Malfunction Indicator Light” icon if any of these systems require repair as it stores diagnostic codes and information: a tremendous assist to service technicians. It also provides many preprogrammed safety features which turns on and operates automatically.

When do I need to replace my drive belt tensioner?

Often, the first warning is a whining or growling noise that increases the harder your engine is working – if you hear this, it’s best to head to a mechanic pronto to get the problem diagnosed. If you need to replace your tensioner, idler or damper, Euro Car Parts supplies durable, top-quality engine components at low prices.

Is the Turbo PT Cruiser a good car?

Terrific cars when new and a fantastic packaging job, too bad it was clearly not designed to last between 150 and 200K which would have made all the difference. At that mileage target everything wearing out at the same time is more acceptable as a useful life.

How much does it cost to replace timing belt on Chrysler PT Cruiser?

The average cost for a Chrysler PT Cruiser timing belt replacement is between $747 and $908. Labor costs are estimated between $559 and $705 while parts are priced between $188 and $203.

Where are the teeth on the timing belt?

The teeth on the belt mesh with the crankshaft timing gear and camshaft timing gear. The belt is held tight by a tensioner to ensure the belt doesn’t skip a tooth, or “jump time.” The timing belt may turn an additional gear for the water pump.

What happens if you have a bad timing belt?

If your car or truck is showing signs of a bad timing belt, don’t drive it. Doing so can quickly result in complete engine failure. If the timing belt has already broken, the engine will not start. How often do timing belts need to be replaced? Timing belts are replaced as part of scheduled maintenance, usually every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

How often do timing belts need to be replaced?

Most timing belts will need to be replaced as part of regular maintenance every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, and most related problems are caused by not replacing it when you’re supposed to. If the timing belt is starting to go bad, the engine will run poorly and the check engine light will likely come on.

What happens when you replace the timing belt?

If you try to remove and replace the timing belt with the engine in any other position, chances are good you’ll throw things out of time. Then you’ll get confused and have to pull off the valve cover as you try to determine when No. 1’s valves are closed (which begins the compression stroke) in order to re-index the engine.

How long do timing belts last on econobox?

How we test gear. Timing belts last 60,000 to 100,000 miles. check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s replacement interval. Your six-year-old econobox is starting to show a bit of wear and tear, but everything mechanical still works fine. Until it doesn’t. Specifically, the engine suddenly goes dead silent one fine day.

Where is the timing belt on a transverse 4 cylinder engine?

On most transverse four-cylinder engines, you’ll have to remove the passenger-side motor mount in order to gain access to the timing belt. This means the entire powertrain needs to be supported in that area while you’re working. And finally, getting to the lower portion of multipiece timing belt covers usually requires underbody access.

Why is my crankshaft position sensor not working?

If you can’t find anything wrong with the Crankshaft – Camshaft Position Sensor or its circuit; it’s possible you may have an intermittent failure or a failure in a related component. For example, you may have a weakened or overstretched timing belt or timing-belt tensioner.

How to check the position of a camshaft sensor?

First, check the condition of the sensor electrical connector and wires. Unplug the connector and check for rust or contamination, like oil, that is interfering with good electrical contact. Then check for wire damage: broken wires, loose wires, and signs of burns caused by nearby hot surfaces.

First, check the condition of the sensor electrical connector and wires. Unplug the connector and check for rust or contamination, like oil, that is interfering with good electrical contact. Then check for wire damage: broken wires, loose wires, and signs of burns caused by nearby hot surfaces.

If you can’t find anything wrong with the Crankshaft – Camshaft Position Sensor or its circuit; it’s possible you may have an intermittent failure or a failure in a related component. For example, you may have a weakened or overstretched timing belt or timing-belt tensioner.

I don’t see it mentioned in your post, but IMO while the area was torn apart, it would have been a good idea to change the center motor mount and with a new bolt, both cam seals and the crank seal, in addition to the other timing belt parts that you did.

Terrific cars when new and a fantastic packaging job, too bad it was clearly not designed to last between 150 and 200K which would have made all the difference. At that mileage target everything wearing out at the same time is more acceptable as a useful life.

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What happens when the timing belt breaks on a PT Cruiser?

To expand on guyiknow’s answer. PT Cruisers run semi interference engines. The path of the valves will not enter the path of the piston. It is possible for the exhaust valves and intake valves to contact at which point you end up with bent valve stems. My guess would be the determining factor is where the belt breaks.

Are there any Dayco timing belt with seals?

Dayco offers one of the most complete lines of timing belt kits in the market and all kit components and belts are manufactured to the critical original equipment quality, fit, form, and function requirements demanded by both domestic and foreign name plate vehicles. Dayco also offers Timing Belt Kits with Seals.

What do idler pulleys and tensioners do?

Tensioners prevent slackness in the belt, while idler pulleys guide the drive belt and route it around ancillary features like the water pump and alternators. Meanwhile, dampers work with the idler pulleys to help maintain tension and prevent the belt from coming loose.

How do you change the timing belt on a car?

(5) Release any belt tension by freeing up the belt tensioner pulley. (6) Slip the new belt into place without disturbing the cam or crank pulleys, or the engine will be out of time. Check by slowly rotating the crank two full turns with a socket on the crank snout.

Can a crank pulley be removed from a timing belt?

The crank pulley is the main pulley at the bottom of the engine. It needs to be removed in order to change the timing belt. However, it’s not easy if you only have hand tools, since the torque on this bolt is often pretty extreme.

What happens if the timing belt snaps on an interference engine?

While it is possible that no damage could occur from a snapped belt on an interference engine, such a case is unlikely. In a non-interference engine, the pistons and valves don’t occupy the same space, so if the timing belt snaps, no valve or cylinder damage occurs.

Can a PT Cruiser be a valve interference engine?

The 2.4 PT Cruiser is not a valve interference engine. Since the belt has broket, the pistons will not be hit on their tops by the valves, but the valves in the engine can hit each other. The only way to tell if this has happened is by performing a compression check on the engine. Most PT cruisers will not experience any internal damage.

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