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Old 11 Nov 2016, 09:31 pm
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Default Removing Head Question

NVM, I found a video! Thanks
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Old 12 Nov 2016, 09:43 pm
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Default Re: Removing Head Question

Head R&R, oh joy! What a fun job this is on a PT Cruiser, and yours is a turbo! What fun! It made me wish I was younger and slimmer. I also swore I'd never do it again.
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Old 15 Nov 2016, 08:17 am
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Default Drop motor for easy access?

I did my timing belt and water pump along with the regular belts and hoses a couple years ago. (2005 automatic turbo convertible, about 90,000 miles at the time) I did the job by dropping the motor out of the car from below with the car on a lift. I havenít seen the technique discussed here much, so Iím repeating an earlier post. If you or your mechanic has the capability to do the work in this manner, I would recommend it. It took about four hours to drop the motor and a similar time to reinstall it, but there was some time saved doing the actual work on the engine with it mounted level on a table with nothing around it. The downside is you have to drop the lower suspension cross member (wheel alignment required after the job) and discharge the A/C and disconnect the power steering hoses, but most of the little work arounds people have discussed such as pulling the passenger headlight and juggling the engine to stand it up on end are not an issue. The A/C compressor does not need to be unbolted from the block. The upper intake manifold was removed, but the radiator and intercooler stayed in the car. The power steering pump has to be unbolted from the cast iron motor mount anyway, and on mine, a pump replacement for a seal leak meant I was going to disconnect the hoses anyway. I had the help of a very skilled mechanic with the equipment to do the work in this manner, but he had never worked on a PT cruiser before. He said that compared to other cars that he had worked on, The PT engine is the same or easier than most cars for engine removal from the bottom. Even standing at eye level with no interference, it took two tries to get the timing marks perfect, which explains partly why so many people do this job more than once because the marks are off one tooth. As others have noted, even with the perfect access, we had it was important to have the special three jaw puller for the harmonic balancer.

The mechanic asked $350 for his effort, and we did extra work as part of the job. I spent about $600 on parts including a reman power steering pump and generally, all Mopar parts. The Mopar turbo water pump has a cast iron impeller and my old factory installed water pump had a plastic impeller if that question has come up in the past.

I took quite a few pictures on the turbo engine out of the car on the lift table and of the empty engine bay from below. They are at my photobucket account if you are interested.

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Old 15 Nov 2016, 11:36 am
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Default Re: Removing Head Question

That's a heck of a library, nomad. I'm impressed with all of the photos. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 21 Nov 2016, 06:51 am
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I called Chrysler engineers lots of expletives when I changed mine. Very bad design! Most engineers do not think of the common sense things!
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