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Old 23 Aug 2011, 12:52 am
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Ok go ahead and poke fun at me but i goofed. Story bought a "2002" PT cruiser not running. Timing belt had broke. Ok no problem. changed belt. vavles damaged. Ok had head redone. reassembled runs good so I thought. It is actually a 2001 They advertised it as a 2002 hence the confusion. non turbo 135,000 miles. auto. So I have a 2002 head gasket on the 2001 engine I repaired the car and made sure it ran before getting it registered. So my question is it time to do the job over again? will that head gasket cause major problems. My low oil pressure light comes on at idle. not sure if that is related. I am just learning this car. any help is greatly appreciated. And Damn is that engine bay tight.
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Old 23 Aug 2011, 08:23 am
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Find out if it has oil pressure problem by using a mechanic oil pressure gauge would be my first step.
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Old 23 Aug 2011, 09:21 am
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Default Re: Changes 2001 / 2002 head gasket

the oil sending unit is know to go bad on the PT id replace the unit and then like already said get a true reading on your oil presure im nto sure what diffrences were between the 00 and the 01
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Old 23 Aug 2011, 11:17 am
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The '01 head fits all 2.4 / 2.0 blocks.

it has the '02 and up 'bulge', but the '95-'01 small drainback hole.
carefully note the 'bulge' in lower foreground, and the 'dirty' overhang area,
small hole.


Doubt the HG will matter in this case- there'd be a larger void around the hole, about all.

Now I've never done this, so it's just based on logic.

Neon people love the '01 head as they can mount surplus srt turbofolds on
old stratus blocks EZ.

IF you have a leak, it'd have to be going somewhere. if it's not leaving
pools, it'd be going in the coolant. There's a restrictor pounded into block
feed hole, no matter whats going on above, only so much oil can escape
above block.
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Old 23 Aug 2011, 07:51 pm
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Default Re: Changes 2001 / 2002 head gasket

oops!!!

Mis-read your post. the drain back hole will likely leak w/ the '02 headgasket.

It should be leaking oil over front of engine; shouldn't have anything to do with oil pressure, (until it runs out of oil) as it's only a drainback

Are you SURE it's an '01???????
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Old 24 Aug 2011, 12:36 am
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I will look Wed morning at manufacture date on the door. It runs good but I smell a bit of oil. Oh well guess its just more practice for doing my coworkers timing belt on his 03 turbo pt. I am just learning this car also have to do front end work and it seems both wheel bearing are bad. Nice to have a press at work.
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Old 24 Aug 2011, 04:10 am
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nice, friendly up !!
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Old 24 Aug 2011, 06:52 am
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Look at under hood emissions sticker , or decode the VIN.
Build date might leave you guessing.

In any case; look at front drivers side block.
an '01 will have the head 'bulge' over hanging, '02 will have bulge on block, too.

Here's the '01 setup, you can see head overhang and the slim cast headdrainback,
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Old 24 Aug 2011, 11:03 am
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Goodmorning all. I work the graveyard shift so I have some time in the morning to work on projects. Today was working on cleaning up the carpet and pulling out old stereo equipment (sirius pioneer module) The car date of production is 08-00. I hope that helps. Thank you for all the replies.
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