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Old 26 Aug 2014, 07:38 pm
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Question Timing belt time!

I'm sure this has been asked more than a gazillion times, but I've been searching the forum and see bits and pieces of info scattered everywhere. So, in the interest of having all the info in one place, let me ask:

What should I have my mechanic replace while he's doing a timing belt replacement and has everything taken apart?

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Old 26 Aug 2014, 08:24 pm
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Along with the timing belt, the water pump and belt tensioner should also be changed. Others might throw a couple more things in while it's all apart.
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Old 26 Aug 2014, 08:53 pm
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CREWZIN is right, but also check your power steering & alternator belts along with the lower motor mount.
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Old 26 Aug 2014, 09:13 pm
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AC/Power steering belt tensioner
and you might consider a cooling fan
a few last much beyond 100,000
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Old 26 Aug 2014, 10:27 pm
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While your mechanic has the timing belt off do the water pump and tensioner and also so the cam and crank seals because he will be right there. Maybe the old ones will last another 100K or maybe only 1k. The job has to be done a second time to do them later.

As well as others have suggested do the other belts and tensioner too.
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Old 28 Aug 2014, 01:07 am
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I'm sure it's on here somewhere haven't looked yet, but does anyone know if the 2.4 is an interference engine?
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Old 28 Aug 2014, 03:03 am
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It's a Non-Interference engine. Which means the valves ca't hit the top of the piston if the timing belt breaks BUT the opposing, free spinning valves could possibly hit each other. After saying that, of the many, many owners that have come to the forum after the timing belt broke, only one or two have reported any damage at all.
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Old 09 Sep 2014, 11:41 pm
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

In addition, I've got the AC to charge along with replacing the power steering pressure switch, so I think this is going to be a pricey visit.
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Old 10 Sep 2014, 12:30 am
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Don't forget to have the mechanic replace the center motor mount as well as replace the upper and lower torque struts if the struts are damaged or have not been replaced yet. This is very costly to do later then if you have them do it while they are replacing the timing belt. Make sure when you go to get the PT Cruiser from the dealer the first thing you do is open the hood and check the coolant level in the overflow tank, check the engine oil, check the air conditioning, start the PT Cruiser and let it idle with the air conditioning on while you are checking everything else out for ten minutes to make sure its not overheating. Many people complain about overheating problems after getting their timing belt with water pump replaced.
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Old 10 Sep 2014, 08:09 am
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My son and I recently decided to undertake that job ourselves on our '02 Limited. However, considering the limited space and the amount of work that would be involved we decided to pull the engine and do the work. This gave us a multitude of options. Were were able to see what else that needed to be done in addition to the timing belt, tensioner and other things. One point....you should also change the camshaft oil seals when you change your timing belt. Most Kits come with these now. Unfortunately there are special tools needed from Miller for these seals. Both to remove and to install these seals. Anyway, we removed the engine from the top (there have been some posts about not being able to) and while it was out we were able to make so many other fixes or repairs. Valve cover gasket, hard-line heater hoses, torque struts and just generally clean the engine bay and the engine. Oh, and we also needed to replace the wonderfully engineered 41TE transmission. This is my third transmission. Now that the work is done, the car runs like the day I drove it off the showroom floor.
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