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2002 pt limited edition. Engine visibly vibrates.

 
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Old 22 Sep 2012, 03:41 pm
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Default 2002 pt limited edition. Engine visibly vibrates.

Hi:

I'm considering buying a 2002 limited. I've never had a pt. This one has 112K, but is in excellent condition. Very clean. I think I can get for about 3600. My only concern is that when I opened the hood while the engine was running, I noticed that it vibrates quite a bit. That's the best way I can describe it. It kind of rocks. Forward and backward, (not left and right). I didn't detect any missing, sputtering, or any other kind of unwelcome engine noise. Just the rocking motion. Question 1....Is this normal? Question 2......If it's not normal, what is the likely cause? Limited time to make a decision.

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Steve
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Old 22 Sep 2012, 04:01 pm
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Default Re: 2002 pt limited edition. Engine visibly vibrates.

there are two engine mounts that are very easy to change. very common. top and bottom, both on the passenger side, both are cheap. have a look.

the more important issue would to be to see if the timing belt has been changed. if not, it's running on borrowed time.

3600 is too much for a 2002 PT Cruiser IMO

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Old 22 Sep 2012, 07:41 pm
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Default Re: 2002 pt limited edition. Engine visibly vibrates.

I agree with Rob.

The rocking back and forth of the engine is a prime symptom of worn motor struts (you may call them mounts). The fix is not that hard, but you should get a Hayne's Manual to show you how to do it--and especially the torque values and adjustment procedure. The manual is cheap--and at any auto parts store.

Better see if they have paperwork on the timing belt change. If not, add up to $1200.00 to do that (the price includes a new water pump and belt adjuster, since you have it all apart, anyway).

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