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Old 07 Dec 2014, 02:35 pm
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I have a 2001 PT cruiser. The timing belt went after 8 years and 81K miles and bent the valves. It was supposed to last until 100K. I had to get a new valve job for $1,800. Change the belt early and often.
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Old 07 Dec 2014, 02:45 pm
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A belt change is recommended at or before 100K miles, not guaranteed through 100K miles.

Mine died at 92K. No damage though.

I hate to hear your hard luck ! You should be good for another 81K miles now !

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Old 07 Dec 2014, 02:48 pm
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I have a 2001 PT cruiser. The timing belt went after 8 years and 81K miles and bent the valves. It was supposed to last until 100K. I had to get a new valve job for $1,800. Change the belt early and often.
Did you do the job or have someone do it?
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Was it mostly city driving?
Is this the second time the timing belt has failed?
If someone else did the valve job did they show you the bent valves?
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I had someone do it. It is difficult due to the size of the engine and compartment. I did see the bent valves. The were really bent, not just a little dinged. I hate interference engines and timing belts in general. I hear they are going back to chains that last for the life of the car.
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If that was the first change, 2001 is more than 8 years ago...

We are skeptical that valves were bent...
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I had someone do it. It is difficult due to the size of the engine and compartment. I did see the bent valves. The were really bent, not just a little dinged. I hate interference engines and timing belts in general. I hear they are going back to chains that last for the life of the car.
You see that is really odd since the pistons can't hit the valves. In theory only the valves can hit another valve. Which at best you would need to use a liquid to see the bend. Even if you could see it your only talking one or two valves in one cylinder. But If I told a customer it bent valves and pulled head and they wanted to see it. All I would need to do is push the head on to a corner of a table to push out a couple valves and pop them with a hammer for you to see. Because you probly wouldn't want to pay to pull the head if it turned out nothing was wrong with it. Then buy a few valves and pop them back in and profits just when up. No chains are not coming back. Chains this long do last the life of the motor. It's what kills them. When they go it usually destroys the engine. In about 80K. A little secret here The only folks that report bent valves All paid someone to do it.
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sounds like you got screwed.....
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The driving was mostly suburban. The 2.4 engine is an interference engine. I was there when the topend was pulled. Car just lost power. That's what happens when the engine is turning 3000 plus rpms and the timing belt snaps. I also had the snapped belt. The valves were bent considerably. I rebuilt the engine and it now has 132K miles and runs great. This damage happened 5 years ago. I just wanted other owners to know what happened. BTY that was the first problem I had with the car. I plan on changing the belt again at 150k since the first one only lasted 80k. All I am saying is that my belt snapped at 81K period.
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The driving was mostly suburban. The 2.4 engine is an interference engine. I was there when the topend was pulled. Car just lost power. That's what happens when the engine is turning 3000 plus rpms and the timing belt snaps. I also had the snapped belt. The valves were bent considerably. I rebuilt the engine and it now has 132K miles and runs great. This damage happened 5 years ago. I just wanted other owners to know what happened. BTY that was the first problem I had with the car. I plan on changing the belt again at 150k since the first one only lasted 80k. All I am saying is that my belt snapped at 81K period.
That fact was never in dispute. It's the other that don't correspond with the known history and mechanical clearances of the 2.4.
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