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Old 18 May 2011, 02:39 pm
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Default Oh NO, that timing belt didn't!!!

But oh yes, it did! At a little over 72,000 miles on my '02 LE, the timing belt decided to leave its life of luxury and head for belt heyll.

Unfortunately, I had no warning whatsoever before my car shut down in the middle of a very busy highway on the way to work. No strange noises, no warning lights, no anything! For those that have an older model and haven't had the timing belt changed (even though the service guidelines garbage says 90,000 miles), take notice and have it checked out. I have the mechanic checking to see if the 'tensioner' is the original or not. I know Chrysler won't help any with the repair bill I'll be paying tomorrow, but I intend to be a pain to them if this one wasn't switched out some time ago. Anyway, no valves were bent, which was a huge concern since I had just gone up a hill before the thing decided to see if I was awake or not!
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Old 18 May 2011, 03:03 pm
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Your just one of the very few unlucky ones that had the belt go before the 100,000 mile mark. 99% of them last at least that long. From all the people that had the belt break on the road, usually with far more that 100k, none of them had any warning. When the belt snaps, it snaps. As far as the tensioner, Chrysler made the change in 03-04 time frame so your bound to have the original old style in yours. Chrysler upgraded it so you should go to the new one when changing the belt.

"but I intend to be a pain to them if this one wasn't switched out some time ago". They didn't have a recall on the tensioner so there's no reason for anyone but you to switch over to the new style. I don't understand why your going after Chrysler for not changing it over for you?
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Old 18 May 2011, 03:35 pm
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I believe the manual says 90k miles or 84 months, whichever comes first . The timing belt's rubber gets pretty dry up after 9 or more years
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Old 18 May 2011, 04:43 pm
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But oh yes, it did! At a little over 72,000 miles on my '02 LE, the timing belt decided to leave its life of luxury and head for belt heyll.

Unfortunately, I had no warning whatsoever before my car shut down in the middle of a very busy highway on the way to work. No strange noises, no warning lights, no anything! For those that have an older model and haven't had the timing belt changed (even though the service guidelines garbage says 90,000 miles), take notice and have it checked out. I have the mechanic checking to see if the 'tensioner' is the original or not. I know Chrysler won't help any with the repair bill I'll be paying tomorrow, but I intend to be a pain to them if this one wasn't switched out some time ago. Anyway, no valves were bent, which was a huge concern since I had just gone up a hill before the thing decided to see if I was awake or not!
You can contact the BBB and go through their Auto Arbitration group. Chrysler may very well cut you a check for part of the cost. They won't cover it all, but a part they are likely to. I had a head blow apart on a Chrysler Shelby Lancer, and went through the BBB AA and they got me $1700 from Chrysler. Premature failures on a well-maintained vehicles (if you can prove it's well-maintained) can usually get you some aid from the manufacturer if you can put together a good, solid argument. I did the same thing with my tranny on a 1994 GMC Jimmy, cost me $2400 to replace it out of warranty but was a premature failure, ended up with $1850 from GMC on it. It's worth a shot even if you don't get a penny....

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Well, I just read the list of participating manufacturer's, looks like Chrysler/Dodge has pulled out, so you may not get anywhere with that. Ho hum, go figure...

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