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Old 28 Dec 2015, 03:50 pm
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Default Timing belt replacement at the stealership--$1600? Really?

My daughter's '08 has 95.5K miles. Was thinking ahead since Chrysler recommends replacement at 102K, so I called the dealer.

To say that I am absolutely stupefied at this, for a recommended maintenance item, is the understatement of the millenium.

I have two Chevy Cobalts that have no timing belt.

Dealer recommended replacement of alternator belt and serpentine belt while they were in there. Those are included in the $1,600 price.

Opinions?

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Old 28 Dec 2015, 04:03 pm
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Default Re: Timing belt replacement at the stealership--$1600? Really?

Yep,

That quote is not out of line with others reported here. I figure you could beat that price by several hundred dollars if you go with a good independent shop. If you had the skill and the tools, you could possibly do the job yourself for around $300 or so in parts, fluids, etc.

The range reported here usually varies between $800 and $1500 depending on the part of the country you live in. As expected, the dealerships are often at the higher end of this scale. If it was me and I wasn't going to do it myself, I'd shop around.

PS: And yes, the 100,000-miles timing belt is a bad design on these engines. But this is a forum of PT Cruiser enthusiast, so these kinds of opinions don't do to well even if true.
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Old 28 Dec 2015, 05:01 pm
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Default Re: Timing belt replacement at the stealership--$1600? Really?

What makes the timing belt so expensive to change ? Does the engine have to be dropped ?
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Default Re: Timing belt replacement at the stealership--$1600? Really?

Also when you shop around, ask what kind of warranty they are going to give you. Cheaper sometimes means a shorter warranty.
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Old 28 Dec 2015, 05:02 pm
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Find you a good indepent shop that has worked on PTs before they will be around $800-$1200 make sure you do the timing belt water pump and tensioner Like Handy Said the parts are around $300 for all of them its the labor
The most important thing is get a GOOD WARENTY one that says if its not right they will redo it if it is 1 tooth off it will not run right and its just as hard to do it the second time as the first and most shops will try to ge around it
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What makes the timing belt so expensive to change ? Does the engine have to be dropped ?

It's pretty much a 2 day job...mostly labor.
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Old 28 Dec 2015, 05:24 pm
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Default Re: Timing belt replacement at the stealership--$1600? Really?

Dealer parts are around $400 and labor is about $100 hr.
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Old 28 Dec 2015, 05:26 pm
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Default Re: Timing belt replacement at the stealership--$1600? Really?

That's a little on the high side, but about the going rate from a dealership. What I consider are the things that should be replaced as part of the job are: timing belt, water pump, tensioner, idler pulley, (2) camshaft seals, crankshaft seal, center motor mount. The other belts on the outside of the engine (serpentine and alternator) can always be replaced later, but if they have never been replaced, they are probably due and might as well.

Just pick a shop that you feel comfortable with and offer a warranty. Be cautious about going with someone with little experience as even experienced mechanics have made mistakes on the timing belt on a PT and have had to tear it back apart, again. Dealership rates in my area (Dallas/Ft. Worth) are about $125/hr and the job takes about 8+ hrs.

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Old 28 Dec 2015, 05:43 pm
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Default Re: Timing belt replacement at the stealership--$1600? Really?

Not to far in the future you will also need to change the radiator/condenser fan.
They seem wear out around 110,000 miles

This is something you should be able to do of find some some one to do it much cheaper than the dealer.
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Old 28 Dec 2015, 06:03 pm
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Default Re: Timing belt replacement at the stealership--$1600? Really?

And then there are the PT Cruisers going on 200K without ever having changed the timing belt yet


I do not think that a belt in a operating location
as the 2.4 and getting 100k+miles out if it is a bad design necessarily?

Now I can tell you of a popular modern designed engine in the last 12 years that does have a timing belt assembly that wears out in as little as 40k miles and the manufacture recognizes it. But no recall yet.

I would like to see when they mention the repair quotes to post the exact itemized estimate. Most of the time when that happens you find there is much more then what is being told on the estimate.
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