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Old 07 Feb 2013, 02:15 am
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Hi, I have an 2004 PT Cruiser with 107k, and I took it in a couple of months ago(September) to Canadian Tire and they told me I absolutely HAD to get my timing belt replaced for a grand total of 3000$, I thought that was completely insane, and for months I didn't have anything that related to the timing belt wrong with my PT. Couple months pass and its freezing cold and there is snow everywhere and I need winter tires or all seasons and again they assured me that I needed a new timing belt and when I told them that nothing was wrong with it, they asked me 'How would you know? You're like 12' . Anyways I took it in today and they assured me that nothing is wrong with with my timing belt and Canadian tire was just trying to rip me off.

The question I have is should I be getting my timing belt replaced right now and how much would it typically cost me?

(BTW sorry for the long story)
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 07:46 am
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We advise everyone that asks here on the forum, that 100,000 miles should be the time for the timing belt, water pump and tensioner to be changed. According to my calculations, your at 66,486 miles so you should have awhile yet before you need it changed by miles. Others go by how old the car is, and your at 9 years, so under that rule, yes, you should be thinking of having it done.

That Canadian tire place is way too expensive for that particular job. Shop around (if you can) as car dealers here only charge something like $1200 (U.S.) for the same job with parts and labor.
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 03:46 pm
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Crewzin is right. If your belt is original, the tire shop was not trying to rip you off. They are over-charging for sure, but you do, in fact, need to get the belt done.

Time is just as much of a factor for a timing belt as mileage.
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Old 07 Feb 2013, 07:33 pm
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Yes it is recommended at 100k MILES. by Chrysler. Some of us push it, im at 118k+ miles on my original * i think its original anyway* however i have the cash set aside and all the parts incase she goes pop *im just curious of how far it will go and my garage says they will do it whenever on a moments notice * :-D

I had a neon with the 2.4 that pushed 130k miles before it broke but. If your super worried im sure a competent mechanic could remove the cover and inspect it for you :-)

When in doubt, change it :-D
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