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Old 29 Jul 2012, 03:24 pm
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Angry 2001 PT Cruiser, screetching serpentine belt?

I have a 2001 pt with 180k miles, just replaced the computer and alternator and had belt replaced, but the mechanic believes the problem is an oil leak that cant be found that is getting all over the belt. So now it is screeching really bad, and the car really vibrates/studders when I start it.

The sound goes away after I drive for a bit.

Any suggestions?

Also should I keep this car? or is it time to get rid of? I don't really have the money to go buy one, and I hate the idea of leasing a car
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Old 29 Jul 2012, 04:33 pm
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I would try a different mechanic. First I would use engine degreaser and try and get as much oil and crud off the engine as possible, particularly the bottom. Then drive it and look all over to see if you can spot any oil leaks. If it's getting the belt wet I would bet it's the front main seal. If that's the case I would change the seal and put in a new timing belt, water pump and tensioner. If the cars running good I would hang onto it. Labor to change the seal and timing belt is expensive ($500 - $1400), unless you can do your own work or know someone that can help. It's not hard to do just takes time.

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Old 29 Jul 2012, 04:37 pm
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You said it yourself, you hate leasing and don't have the money to buy another one, so just stick a few $$ into the PT and it'll be as good as new.
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Old 29 Jul 2012, 07:30 pm
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Default Re: 2001 PT Cruiser, screetching serpentine belt?

also check the splash shields underneath and the overflow bottle level. my belt also squeels whenever it rains or gets wet then after a while it quits. my splash shield was loose at the bumper getting the bottom of the belt wet and my wife overfilled her coolant and overflowed on the belt
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Old 29 Jul 2012, 07:33 pm
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By the way, replace that belt--after you find the wetting problem. It will not stop squeeking after a while.

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Default Re: 2001 PT Cruiser, screetching serpentine belt?

i got a new belt for both just trying to find time to get them on
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