PT Cruiser engine won't hold a timing belt
I have a 2006 pt cruiser turbo engine. It was running perfectly and I had the timing belt
replaced. The first time it shredded immediately. The second time it drove 75 miles
before coming off. The shop is telling me the engine is bad. Is there anything that will
cause the belt to track improperly?
If it's the 2.4 liter engine it's a non interference engine. Did you have the tensioner pulley replaced? Water pump? If you just replaced only the belt, you may have another bad component.
Well, either your engine is bad or you need a new mechanic! So, you're saying that you had your timing belt professionally installed and the mechanic at your garage can't keep the thing running on the car and it has fallen off or destroyed twice? The mechanic does not pay attention to details and sounds incompetent to me.
I hope he refunded your money. I would definitely recommend towing the car to another garage. Call one of your friends and get a recommendation.
It is very critical that all of the idlers, pulleys and cogs be 100%, just the slightest wear will cause the belt to mistrack and shred, a lot of times this will not be obvious so you will have to pay very close attention to them, check for sideways wobble, up and down movement and in and out movement of the cam and crankshaft.
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