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My 2004 PT cruiser have a bad water pump fill it with water going about 70 when white smoke came out then it rattle and shut off now it wontstart

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That is bad news, sorry to say. Much worse than a bad water pump, white smoke is an indication of coolant being burned in the cylinders, probably due to a cylinder head gasket failure. To verify, have an engine compression test done, or pull out the spark plugs and check them. The bottom part of the plug from a good cylinder will be tan or light brown with very little deposits on them. A bad cylinder will likely have a lot of deposits on the plug. You may even see evidence of water in the cylinder. The only repair is a new head gasket, which gets quite expensive at shops. It is a labor intensive job, not terribly difficult but takes a good amount of time getting to the head gasket, and a good shop will check out the cylinder head for cracks, for straightness of the head where it sits on the engine block, and if the valve train is still good or needs any new parts.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014

  • donnell glover Apr 17, 2014

    It's no water mix with the oil and it's not getting any fire it act like it jump timing

  • montehammons Apr 18, 2014

    How do the spark plugs look? Just because no water is in the oil doesn't prove the gasket is good. It all depends on where a head gasket might fail. To see if it jumped time, check the timing marks on the front of the engine-beneath the timing cover. If the plugs are removed, the engine can be turned by hand easier.

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SOURCE: PT Cruiser Timing chain and water pump problems removing

It's a pain to get out I just did mine belt and water pump it took about 3 times as long as I thought.
Make sure all the bolts are loose, make sure you have removed the tranmission mount as it gives you more room to move the engine. It's suggest you take the exhaust off as well as you can damage it if you jack the engine up too high. Lossen the bolts on the motor mount across from that plate, you will not be able to remove the motor mount but you can spin it allowing you to get that big plate out.

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Not for the beginner, I will be doing one on monday. 2001 Twin Cam.

I have been in repair for 30 years, I would not let anyone with less than 5 years experience touch it. This motor has the potential to bend valves if out of time between the cams and crank.

Changing the right side mount too. 10 hours according to the book (all data) and thats for someone that knows how.

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SOURCE: will a pt cruiser run perfectly fine with a blown head gasket.lots of white smoke,but runs fine

If i remember right the color of the smoke will tell you what it is and i think blue smoke is water getting into the combustion chamber. The car can run like this for a while. Lots of times the car will run like normal besides the smoke. But the passage in the gasket will continue to get bigger and lead to more serious problems.

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Blueish white smoke comeing from exhaust


Hello There

White smoke when first started is normal. If white smoke continues you have an internal coolant leak, i.e., cracked head/blown head gasket.
Black smoke is caused by a rich fuel condition.
Blue smoke is caused by oil consumption.

You need to check your oil cap for yellow/white gunk on the cap if you have this then this is a sign your head gasket is cracked. Check to see if your radiator coolant level is down this is also another sign.

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Will a pt cruiser run perfectly fine with a blown head gasket.lots of white smoke,but runs fine


If i remember right the color of the smoke will tell you what it is and i think blue smoke is water getting into the combustion chamber. The car can run like this for a while. Lots of times the car will run like normal besides the smoke. But the passage in the gasket will continue to get bigger and lead to more serious problems.

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Just had the timing belt changed for my 2004 pt cruiser and the engine is making load rattling noise.


Hopefully something is just loose and rattling around. The bad alternative is that the timing belt job was botched. I would not drive the car , get the mechanic to come over and find the problem , or he can tow it back to his shop at his expense.

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CHECK THE SUPPLY TUBES FROM THE PUMP TO THE SPRAY HEADS. SOME TIMES FINE PARTICALS OF DIRT WILL STOP THESE UP REMOVE THE HOSE FROM UNDER THE HOOD AND USE COMPRESSED AIR AND BLOW FROM THE SPRAY HEADS BACK TO THE OPEN HOSE TO CLEAN OUT THE DIRT IF THIS DOSN'T WORK LEAVE THE HOSE OFF AND TRY THE WASHER WITH OUT THEM HOOKED UP SEE WHAT KIND OF FLOW YOU GET FROM THE PUMP IF IT IS VERY LOW THE PUMP IS BAD

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