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Old 18 May 2014, 10:45 pm
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I just purchased a 2003 PT GT turbo with 55k miles. The car is in mint condition, runs great and has all the dealer service records. Recently a 122 point inspection was completed.

What is the recommended schedule to install a new timing belt kit with water pump?

Looking on ebay I found a chain replacement instead of a belt. Has anyone had experience using a chain instead of a timing belt? Do you recommend it?
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Old 18 May 2014, 11:34 pm
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The replacement must be a belt, the ebay info is misleading or incorrect. All PT cruisers (in America at least) have a belt. The engine is not interference as a general rule, but there are advantages to not running it until failure. Most people that change them in advance do so at 90,000 to 100,000 miles, or if the water pump starts to leak. Your belt is now 11 years old even though it is at low mileage. I would not worry about belt replacement, but would plan toward replacement in the next couple of years unless you are going to be driving it a lot.
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Old 18 May 2014, 11:52 pm
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It is a way that some sellers can somtimes get you directed to thier product by muti naming the product. I dobt that the ad was misleading and I am sure that reading it completly you will see that it refers to a belt.

At 55k and having been mechanically inspected I think you can feel pretty secure that your engine should be ok for another30k+ miles as long as you continual normal maintenance .
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I found the chain while searching ebay. Apparently it is supposed to fit the 2003 PT GT Turbo

"95-03 CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP PLYMOUTH 2.4L TIMING CHAIN SET +WATER PUMP (PCI+GMB)"

I was surprised to find it but wasn't sure if it's a proven solution. In terms of longevity there are advantages to using chain over belt...but I am hesitant to take the risk on a car that doesn't have any problems.

After reading some member posts concerning problems with timing belt installs, I am beginning to have second thoughts.
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Old 19 May 2014, 12:07 am
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.....your PT uses a different engine.

You can not go by the E-bay compatibility as it has been known to be flawed. Under eBay seller guidelines some seller must use it.
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Old 19 May 2014, 12:10 am
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Old 19 May 2014, 12:15 am
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BTW that chain set is for the Balance shaft not the timing belt!
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Old 19 May 2014, 12:18 am
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I just read the complete ad and was caught up in all the wording.

I can see if you did not know the engines well you may have purchased this kit only to find later....oh crap!
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My mistake...I thought that it was a timing belt replacement. Thank you for pointing it out.
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It is a way that some sellers can somtimes get you directed to thier product by muti naming the product. I dobt that the ad was misleading and I am sure that reading it completely you will see that it refers to a belt.

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