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Old 10 Sep 2011, 10:21 pm
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Default mmelia

New to the forum any help wold be greatly appreciated. So I trying to help my brother in law. (he's slightly handy capped) he has a 2002 pt cruiser 2.4 and we are trying to change the water pump, timing belt, and all other important things. We have started, however have run into a few snags, and was wondering if anyone could give me a link or site that has complete directions because the chilton book for this car sucks big.
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Old 10 Sep 2011, 11:35 pm
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do you know you have chosen the HARDEST thing on a PT to change??? really this is usually a shop item even for guys whop work on there cars a lot

however there are tons og threads on this site that will walk you through you will need a few special tools I can tell you the PT timing belt is nothing like a normal car
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Old 11 Sep 2011, 06:03 am
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Cruserdad is correct. It's one of the hardest things you can do on the cruiser. Here's couple of links that might help.

Replacing the timing belt 2.4L (without a lift!) -Detail instructions

Timing Belt Change Hints and Tricks (Picture Warning!)

ever replace timing belt in a pt cruiser

Timming Belt Change Help-Getting to tensioner
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Old 11 Sep 2011, 10:08 am
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Yep, I've stripped the top half of my engine down, I've rebuilt the headlight assemblies, the fog lights, re-ran wiring throughout, have put more than 1100 hours into my PT, and that is one thing I will not touch!
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Old 11 Sep 2011, 12:40 pm
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welcome from virginia and this is the hardest item to tackle yourself i had a shop do mine ,it pays in the long run to have a shop that has done work on pt's to do this job
It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile,
and one nut to scatter it all over the road
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Old 20 Nov 2011, 06:11 pm
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Default Re: mmelia

Well after weeks of working part time on this project and having the pcm rebuilt in Texas, now i have spark but its yellow, any ideas?
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