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Old 05 Dec 2007, 05:04 pm
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Default Crankwalk: '05 engine replaced at 12K

After 12,000 very gentle and uneventful miles, my 2005 PT Cruiser (Limited Ed., 2.4 turbo) dumped all its oil, most of it on my garage floor. To that point, it had been a dream car, never leaked a drop of anything. Towed it to the dealer, and it turned out to be a blown crank seal, due to excessive crankshaft endplay. Dealer did a full shortblock replacement under warranty. Just wondering if anybody's heard of this problem with Cruisers.
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Old 05 Dec 2007, 06:54 pm
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Default Re: Crankwalk: '05 engine replaced at 12K

No, not a usual problem with turbo or non-turbo engines but "stuff" does happen. I once had a brand new Chevy with a so-called bullet proof "Iron Duke" 4 cylinder engine. They made that engine for years (it was actually a Pontiac engine). At the top of each gear I heard a strange noise so took it back with less than 3K. Next thing I knew they had the engine all over the garage floor and told me that the number 3 piston hole was drilled to large and the piston was slapping around at full throttle. They had never seen it before. New short block for me too. Be glad it happened under warranty.
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Old 05 Dec 2007, 08:44 pm
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Default Re: Crankwalk: '05 engine replaced at 12K

It happens but is not that common. There is a crank kit offered that takes care of this problem.
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