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Took 2003 pt cruiser in for oil change found out oil plug was stripped. dropped oil pan to find chain linkage in bottom of pan what could this be from has new timing belt

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Although it has a timing belt check that the oil pump is not chain driven as it could be from that.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014

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SOURCE: timing belt

Usually at around 90k miles.

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 PT Cruiser overheating

Hi Shannon,

Since the vehicle is already at the mechanics, the standard check this and that scenarios don't apply. I also try to refrain from judging a situation that I'm not in front of, but something isn't quite right.

In case you are being taken advantage of, knowledge is power and I'm going to do my best to empower you. So let's get to the right questions to ask your mechanic.

  • I find it disturbing that it took only five miles to overheat.If they filled it with coolant and enough leaked out to allow it to overheat in under ten minutes, that leak should have been apparent. Did they not even check?
  • Did they take it for a test drive? At least run it until it warmed up? If so, HOW DID THEY NOT NOTICE? If not, HOW DID THEY FILL IT? The engine needs to be running to circulate the coolant, to get rid of air pockets remaining in the engine as you fill the radiator. For this to happen, the engine needs to be warm enough for the thermostat to open and allow circulation. Again, how did they not notice?
  • What about the oil? Another leak? From where? Did they check?
  • Was the radiator new? If not, why $400. If so, where is the old one? (You might call a local salvage yard for their price on a replacement)
  • Did they flush the system?
  • Did they check the thermostat?
  • Did they try to figure out why the radiator cracked? Was it just a crack or what looked like a blowout?
  • Did they check the hoses
  • Did they check the water pump? Was it leaking through the weep hole or shaft? Was the coolant circulating? Was it discolored? Was there evidence of oil in it? How much coolant was added? How much should it take? (Good one, eh?)
Things to make note of:
  • Have you noticed water pooling where you park?
  • Loss of power
  • Excess smoke
  • Oil in the coolant
  • Coolant in the oil
These (not necessarily all) symptoms can be indicative of a problem with the head gasket. The best way to check is with a compression test on all cylinders. This is done by pulling the spark plugs, attaching a pressure gauge and turning the engine once. This is repeated for each cylinder. All pressures should be close. If one or more is significantly less than the others, the cylinder is not containing the compressed gasses within. The symptoms you described along with any one of those on my list should have prompted this test.

Every one of the questions (just about every one) I put down would be reasonable if your car kept working perfectly the first time. I did get on a bit of a rant, please forgive me for that.
When asking them:
  • You should speak to the person that did the work (so he doesn't have to 'go check with whoever' to get their stories straight).
  • You should expect clear concise responses. If he starts going over your head with 'Techno-Babble', stop him and say, "Plain English, start again please".
  • His demeanor should be embarrassed and trying to make it right, convince you he knows his stuff and this was just a fluke. (Possible, I've been hit by lightning, but what were the odds?)
I hope there is a reasonable explanation, I don't like to think ill of anyone. I also will not stand for violating professional ethics or people being ripped off.

If these guys are trying to pull a fast one, they are lazy by nature. They are hoping for the same in those they take advantage of. Being prepared is key.

If you have one of those digital voice recorders, make sure it has fresh batteries and set it to record. The second you start asking questions you have the momentum, they are on the defensive.

Ask as many questions as you want. If you don't get straight answers, if you get waffling, condescension or BS, have them get your car ready to go, Don't pay them another dime. And as you leave, ask my final question: Do you guys know a good mechanic?

If you decide to take them to court, that recording is evidence. Their response to that question will likely win you the case.

I hope I have given you enough ammo to get to the bottom of this. If you need anything else comment me back, I'll respond as soon as I get it.

Either way, please let me know what happens. Can you tell I have issues with a certain type of 'business person'? ;-)

Best Regards,
Mike

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

ewashmidas
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SOURCE: stripped oil pan plug

You should replace the pan. Pan saver plugs are for temporary use only.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

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SOURCE: schema the timing for pt cruiser 2003 touring motor 2.4

aa70e2e.gif2.4L timing belt installation and timing marks. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jun 06, 2009

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SOURCE: timing belt replacement on a 2001 pt cruisre

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.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010

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