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Old 09 Jan 2017, 10:05 pm
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I had no symptoms of a bad timing belt other than the last month when the temperature dropped below 20 my car was hesitant to start. But once it started and ran it was fine the rest of the day. Until Sunday - temp was under 20 for the 4th day in a row and the car wouldn't start at all. All this time I thought it was the battery.

So my question is - since the timing belt went bad while the car was just sitting in my driveway and it didn't go while I was driving - what is the likelihood there is valve damage? I'll find out tomorrow if there is - I'm hoping not.

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Old 09 Jan 2017, 10:18 pm
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Very unlikely you have valve damage. The 2.4 liter is a non-interference engine. I assume you have already verified the timing belt broke.

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Old 09 Jan 2017, 10:34 pm
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Old 09 Jan 2017, 10:42 pm
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The previous posts are correct; some web sites call the 2.4 Chrysler engine an 'interference engine' but it isn't.

Good luck getting it fixed.

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Old 09 Jan 2017, 11:43 pm
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I had no symptoms of a bad timing belt other than the last month when the temperature dropped below 20 my car was hesitant to start. But once it started and ran it was fine the rest of the day. Until Sunday - temp was under 20 for the 4th day in a row and the car wouldn't start at all. All this time I thought it was the battery.

So my question is - since the timing belt went bad while the car was just sitting in my driveway and it didn't go while I was driving - what is the likelihood there is valve damage? I'll find out tomorrow if there is - I'm hoping not.

thanks.
Chances are the timing belt broke when you turned the engine off.
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Old 09 Jan 2017, 11:53 pm
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I had no symptoms of a bad timing belt other than the last month when the temperature dropped below 20 my car was hesitant to start. But once it started and ran it was fine the rest of the day. Until Sunday - temp was under 20 for the 4th day in a row and the car wouldn't start at all. All this time I thought it was the battery.

So my question is - since the timing belt went bad while the car was just sitting in my driveway and it didn't go while I was driving - what is the likelihood there is valve damage? I'll find out tomorrow if there is - I'm hoping not.

thanks.
your paragraph structure sounds like you're just assuming it broke, but you never mentioned you confirmed it breaking.
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Welcome to the forum

The technical feature of the Chrysler 2.4 is that it is a none interference engine. However in a very rare set of very rare circumstances the intake and exhaust valves could hit each other. But then some us us buy lotto tickets as well and we all know how that works out for us?
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Old 10 Jan 2017, 11:07 am
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so how many miles and what year
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Old 10 Jan 2017, 01:31 pm
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Welcome to the forum from Texas. IF the belt broke, more than likely there is no valve damage. Mine let go last summer running 70 mph. No damage other than sitting on the side of the road for 1 1/2 hours at 100 degrees waiting for my Buddy, Joe, to get me with his rollback.

Only upside to this was the cooler of ICE cold beverages, ok, beer, that happened to be in the back floor.
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SOOO Big's belt went south last year on the road. The only problem was staving off an attack by a lady of the evening during my first night's stay at a Motel 6 while the belt was being replaced. You shouldn't have any problems in that respect!

If the A/C is disconnected during belt replacement make sure all A/C line seals are replaced. ( a lot of good mechanics aren't that knowledgeable of A/C stuff.) If the seals aren't replaced, less than $5.00 each, they usually leak the second time around. If the A/C system isn't purged and vacuumed could be an unsuccessful A/C start up. If a leak test isn't preformed and if it isn't recharged to the proper pressure it might work for a while but if the pressures too high it can lunch the compressor in no time!

Little things after the job like refilling the coolant system properly with the correct antifreeze and getting air out of that system go a long way towards a successful job.

Do the whole schlemiel, belt, water pump, idler, tensioner and while your at it, change manifold gaskets, spark plugs and wires. You'll be good to go for another 100,000 miles.

Have them recheck all disconnects including the Cruise Control power plug. This'n nearly got me a ticket me as the CC wasn't properly hooked up and I got an unanticipated speed surge that took SOOO BIG to nearly 95 MPH before I figured out I couldn't fix it by wiggling the Cruise Control stalk! The Cruise Control wasn't working properly. Fortunately an understanding State Trouper gave me a pass when he flagged me down. He'd seen it happen before, understood and advised I drive the rest of my trip W/O cruise control and have it fixed the next day. I did and I did and it was just the plug.

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