Friday, January 8, 2010

If a timing belt on a '93 PT Cruiser breaks, does it blow the motor?

Question 1
If a timing belt on a '93 PT Cruiser breaks, does it blow the motor?...  My wife was driving her PT Cruiser, stopped at a red light and while sitting there the car died and would not start. We were told that if the timing belt broke then we would need a new motor. Just looking for a second opinion.
Sorry for the typing error, it's and '03 PT Cruiser, not a '93.

1)   Good idea to get a 2nd opinion - it is possible that there is damage to a valve(s) or other parts, so it's best to get 2 or 3 estimates/opinions as to what is needed for repairs and costs; regardless, the vehicle will not need a "new" engine, but a rebuilt one, at a much lower price. If you are mechanically inclined, then you can get a repair manual at an auto parts store, and at least remove the cover for the timing belt and maybe a rocker cover for the valves - that way you will have an idea of what is wrong so that you will not get ripped off - not 2 B fooled

2)   The 2.4l will not bend valves, I would recommend having the belt replaced and have all of the timing related pulleys checked for wear and replace as necessary.
Even if any valve was completely open and that piston reached top dead center it would not contact the valve. - buddy_236

3)   the first PT was 2001 - pickmefirstplz

4)   It can only bend some, but not all the valves because all the valves can't come in contact with the pistons tops when the belt broke. Just the ones that are open at the time the belt broke.. Sometimes this happens and it doesn't bend any valves, and sometimes it bends 3 or 4. I recommend you replace the belt, start the engine and see if any were bent. If they are, you at least didn't remove the head and might have found none were bent. - Jackolantern

5)   No, had same thing happen to a customer yesterday except she was driving on the highway. 03 PT Cruiser 2.4. Replaced the belt today and all is fine. - p3200tmz

6)   I would think not.When the belt breaks, the engine stops. - badbill1941

7)   The 2.4L is a semi-interference engine. If any valves are bent, they will be intake valves. The head should be checked for bent valves before replacing the belt. I suggest replacing the water pump at the same time, it will not be much more and will make the engine more reliable. - C-Tech


Question 2
I have a paid for 2004 Chrysler Pacifica that needs $2900 in repairs. Should I fix it or trade it in?...  

1)   Trade the sucka. - D O Double G

2)   It's a Chrysler, so that won't be your only expensive fix over the lifetime of the car. Best to get rid of it now and buy a Ford or Volkswagen - booyahbd

3)   For the love of God, trade it in! Stay away from Chrysler! - LoRd sTiG

4)   Fix it! Don't listen to these other people. The Chrysler Pacifica was engineered with Mercedes! The Chrysler Pacifica is a great car and you probably already know that. I don't know what these other three people are driving, but I'll bet that they have never even owned a Chrysler. Let alone a Chrysler Pacifica. I would think about trading it if you have really high miles because it never pays to sink that kind of money on a high mileage car.

Here's the real deal. Keep your Pacifica if you like it. Don't fix it and trade it if you don't. Use the money that you would have paid to fix it to put a down payment because they will deduct for the needed repairs.

I hope that this helps. - chrysler_link

5)   Kbb has it listed for $6,500 in the condition its in now. - hondab16tuner

6)   whats the trade in value? - Steve


Question 3
My 1997 Chrysler concorde interior lights stay on all the time?...  any reason why

1)   You have to adjust the switch noobcake - David

2)   Yeah--but a mechanic has to fix it. Take the bulbs out now before the battery goes dead. - fire_inur_eyes

3)   My switch sensor get stuck in real cold weather after the ar heats up it goes back to working. - Live Green

4)   Yep - you probably pushed the switch or little wheel near the light switch all the way in the other direction. Try messing around with it and the lights should go out. If this does not work, you could try pulling the fuse for the interior lights :) - Sharon

5)   Some cars have a rotary knob on the headlight switch. Try turning the knob clockwise, with the door closed. That should turn the lights off. If not, a door is not closed all the way, or one of the door switches needs adjusting. - badbill1941


Question 4
1999 chrysler intrepid passenger window ?????...  my passenger window was not working when i got the car I figured it was no big deal maybe a switch or a moter but I was wrong, I checked the switch to start it wasn't that, then I picked up a moter and when I took off the skin I found it was unpluged so I pluged it in and it rolled down but it wont go up anyone have any ideas??? I know its not the moter or the switch thanks

1)   most likely the drivers door switch, it powers the pass side switch. - Daniel R

2)   Inside the door, there is about a 3 foot long piece of toothed plastic. It's called the window tape. They have a habit of breaking. It probably needs replacing. - badbill1941

3)   Might be a fuse or relay,or it could be a short in the wires open the driver side door and between the fuse panel ant the door are some wires a bunch of them wrapped in coil insulation grab the harness and wiggle them at the same time try to raise the window sometime the wire that go to the power for the window break when the door open alot. Good luck - Lloyd

4)   Just remember that yours and all the early models had to have both the passenger door window switch and the drivers door window switch in good condition to operate. Because voltage and grounds pass through both so that kids don't push one switch up and the other down at the same time and blow a fuse. The newer models use the body controller to operate the windows with input from individual switches. - Jackolantern

5)   id look at the wiring going through the door to the body,they are prone to have the wires break - Steve


Question 5
I have a 97 chrysler LHS and it wont start after it sits overnight,good batt,starter,it take an hour to start?...  

1)   does it have gas? i know at first it sounds stupid, but when it is cold you should have at least 1/2 tank at all times. if the tank is too empty water can condense in the tank, then when it gets cold freeze in the fuel lines. the reason it would take an hour to start is because the ice has to melt. try "HEAT" in the tank and make sure it is 1/2 full or higher at all times - battle_the_beat

2)   go to the nearest automobile dealer and trade that chrysler piece of junk in, It's to bad you didn't get rid of it in the cash for junk program a few months ago - S D

3)   My guess its is is your fuel pump. - Wallstreet 3

4)   maybe u have corosion on ure battery - Jhon

5)   The fuel pump is going out! It looses pressure over night and using the starter draws too much current from the battery to power the pump properly. Try turning the key on and off several times before cranking. - Jackolantern


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