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Old 21 Oct 2014, 08:35 pm
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well well i have a 2003 PT GT and the timing belt broke going through town at about 5-8 MPH. It was like someone shut the key off i had the car towed to the dealer and figured although it would cost more they had the proper tools and techs to work on it. The dealer calls me and said they want to do a leak test on the motor befor doing the belt and knowing its a non interference motor and the fact that i was doing a little more than an idle all would be fine. Well low and behold the dealer called back and said the two cylinders are dead and it will need a head replaced(at a cost of 1000.00 plus labor to install on top of the almost 2000.00 to replace all motor mounts,Gates hp timing belt set factory water pump,cam seals,crank seal and new radiator(me supplying parts). I'm bummed because ive read people were doing 2000 rpm and not bent and valves. can anyone make sense of this please
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Old 21 Oct 2014, 08:54 pm
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I would suggest getting another opinion. In my opinion the mechanics at the dealer wants to be on the safe side and replace every possible part of the engine that can be damaged when the timing belt breaks. You might have someone remove the head to see if you really need to replace it. How many miles do you have on it?
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Old 21 Oct 2014, 08:55 pm
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Make them explain why you need a head.
If valves collided, you replace valves, not the head.
You didn't warp the head, so why a new head?
Make them explain....
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