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Old 18 Jul 2011, 01:43 pm
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ok i own a 2001 pt cruiser!!! lol any ways the previous owner had the motor replace with a 82000 mile motor!! great alls well the dealership installed new head gasket; exhaust gaskets; serp belt; waterpump; but no timing belt?? charged the PO for one and never installed it??? big WTF now i got this car cruised around accumulating 30000 miles and the timing belt lets loose bending valves > even bigger WTF now i have to find either valves or a new head and hope to god it didnt stress the piston(s) and crack it/them
is there any one that has a head locally ( syracuse ny) i could buy??
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Old 18 Jul 2011, 01:57 pm
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The PT has a non-interference engine. The valves can't hit the pistons but like you found out, the valves can hit each other especially if your at high speed when the belt breaks. Should have changed the belt when the water pump was done. 20/20 hindsight.
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Old 18 Jul 2011, 02:18 pm
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yea either way it sux... i guess theres nothing to do about the past and only think about the future with this job.... since its apart.. where is a good place to buy the valves from?? or can i buy a complete head rebuild kit some where?? possibly performance parts??
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Old 18 Jul 2011, 02:20 pm
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If it's local you want parts from, I don't know. If you want on-line, a lot of us buy parts from www.rockauto.com
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Old 18 Jul 2011, 04:26 pm
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You might talk to some of the parts store where you live. Maybe check the phone book. They should know someone who will rebuild them for you. That way all you have to do is take them off and put them back on.
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Old 18 Jul 2011, 05:20 pm
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thanks guys!! i believe i might taclke rebuilding this head my self??? it aint to awfully bad of a job any ideas as to where to get stiffer valve springs??
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Old 19 Jul 2011, 09:44 am
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There's no need for stiffer springs!!!!!

Just get valves & R&R them, IF they're actually bent.

HOW would anyone know w/o removing the head??
Doubt they are, dealer just said that
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Old 20 Jul 2011, 11:28 am
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the one thing i can add since i just got through having my girlfriends heads shaved for a overheat/ blown head gasket problem. the valve springs are way down in there. i had to buy a diffrent valve spring compression tool. the c clamp style would hit the head either way i turned it and i didnt want to mar the head where it was just resurface. the "overhead" style with the hand knob was too wide to even get into the space. i had to use schley products 91400 style tool. which i had a heck of time finding. and still with big fingers it was a bear to get the keepers in the 1st and last intake and exahust valves. unless someone here knows a better trick.

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