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Timing belt on 2001 pt cruiser went

I need ti know if i have damaged the pistons when the timing belt went this is a 2.0 engine HELP!!!!!!!

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Have you installed a new timing belt? If yes then you must do a compression test on each cylinder to verify no piston/valve damage. Your motor is not a freewheeling one. Damage is most likely to occur if your belt has failed.

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There is an experience (www.ptcruiser.fi)
that 2.0 litre engine there is enough space between valves and pistons, even the belt goes broken.

So, no worries.

Posted on May 30, 2009

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