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Old 17 Jan 2011, 01:25 pm
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I recently purchased a used 03 PT Cruiser with 92k miles. Unfortunately there was no owner manual or maintenance records with it. I have read the suggested timing belt change intervals on this forum and will heed the advice. However without maintenance records I was curious if there might be a way to determine if the previous owner replaced the timing belt or way to verify its condition.
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 02:24 pm
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Welcome Cliff, unless you are able to ask the previous owner, I don't think there is a way.
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 02:53 pm
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Welcome Cliff, unless you are able to ask the previous owner, I don't think there is a way.
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 02:54 pm
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Might be worth pulling the timing cover to see if the belt has any brand markings; previous owner may have used an aftermarket belt if they did change it.
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Old 17 Jan 2011, 08:11 pm
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I'd vote change the timing belt, waterpump, idler, and tensioner, regardless.
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Old 18 Jan 2011, 02:19 am
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I'd vote change the timing belt, waterpump, idler, and tensioner, regardless.
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Old 18 Jan 2011, 11:27 am
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Odds are 10 to 1 or more it was not replaced - why would prior owner replace belt, then sell it? He'd replace it if he was keeping the car.
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You have some time to save up for it. I'm at 94,000+ and haven't done mine yet, but it's planned.
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Old 21 Jan 2011, 11:18 am
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Isn't it 124K in mileage that it's recommended for the timing belt? If so you have a little time to save some $$$.
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everything i've read suggests 100,000 mi intervals.
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Old 21 Jan 2011, 12:14 pm
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everything i've read suggests 100,000 mi intervals.
x2, the Neon was 105k, so they could say no maintenance for 100k!!!

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