PT Cruiser Forum  

Go Back   PT Cruiser Forum > General Forums > Tech & Performance Forum

PT Cruiser Forum

A happy, healthy engine

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Macgyverman1123

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 30 Nov 2017, 08:47 pm
Macgyverman1123's Avatar
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Posts: 297
Default A happy, healthy engine

So, broad question, I know. A while back, in a failed attempt at replacing my valve cover gasket, i took my engine down to the cams. To my untrained eye, everything looked healthy. Does anyone else see any trouble signs/early wear? 151K
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 14606286_687856438037690_79955020915469304_n.jpg (61.4 KB, 17 views)
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 30 Nov 2017, 09:03 pm
Handy_Cruiser's Avatar
Obsessed Cruiser
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 10,679
Default Re: A happy, healthy engine

It's hard to tell in that photo. Inspect the lobes on the camshafts. On the worn ones, there will be wear and pitting from rubbing the rocker roller. And even if there is, it doesn't mean too much.

Also, the first thing to check on a high mileage PT engine is the timing belt. You can remove the top plastic dust cover and then rotate the engine until you can see the timing belt label. If it's a Gates/Mopar belt, then it might be original or it might be an OEM replacement. But if it's got an aftermarket label, then you will know the belt has at least been changed once since it was new. There will always be risk riding on a timing belt with over 100,000 miles on it. They fail fairly often over this.

Last edited by Handy_Cruiser; 30 Nov 2017 at 09:20 pm.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 30 Nov 2017, 09:04 pm
Macgyverman1123's Avatar
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Posts: 297
Default Re: A happy, healthy engine


I was told it was changed at 120k, in which case I'll leave it alone for a while. Next time i'm digging around, I'll take off the timing cover again, now that I know what to look for. Thanks!

Handy_Cruiser likes this.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
happy pt superpug666 General Turbo Discussions 2 15 Mar 2009 09:51 pm
happy happy happy turbomangt Exterior Accessories Forum 1 19 Jul 2005 07:33 pm
Happy and Healthy New Year turbomangt Vendors & Buyers Forum 4 30 Dec 2003 10:56 pm

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:02 pm.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.