How Often Should A 2001 PT Cruiser Timing Belt Be Changed? (Manual Trans)


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Neil Grayson answered
A 2001 PT Cruiser timing belt should last anywhere between 60,000-100,000 miles but should last to 100,000. The Chrysler PT Cruiser is a retro styled compact automobile launched by Chrysler as a five-door hatchback in late 1999 (for the 2000 model lineup) and as a two-door convertible in early 2005. A timing belt, or cam belt (informal usage), is a part of an internal combustion engine that controls the timing of the engine's valves.  Timing belts replace the older style timing chains that were common until the 1970s and 1980s (although in the last decade there has been some re-emergence of chain use). Some manufacturers, such as BMW, are known for utilizing timing chains, because of their durability. The term "timing belt" is sometimes used for the more general case of any flat belt with integral teeth, although such usage is a misnomer since there is no timing or synchronization involved.
The older versions of the PT Cruiser were well known for needing to be changed more regularly but the newer additions have had some adjustments to the crank shaft which means that the timing belt should be fine to run for much longer. It can be a huge job to have the timing belt replaced which can be a costly expense, costing anything up to $800, so it is best to be aware that the job will need doing when your car reaches the higher mileage.
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Anonymous answered
Change the timing belt at the recommended time always because loose timing belt can result in poor running and loss of power, while a broken timing belt can cause your valves to crash into your pistons.Timing belts fail without warning so it is better to change it at the recommended intervals.
 Your PT has about 65,000 miles recommended time so change it to avoid any future loss.

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