Question about 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
I need a step by step, easy to understand,on how to change the timing belt on my 2005 pt cruiser,it is a stick shift,5speed,2.4....thank you.
Please do look on YOUTUBE. There are loads of folkms that have done it. There are tips and solutions to do the job correctly and lisitng of tools as well as parts.
Posted on Feb 12, 2015
Hello Julie. This is a major project, will require a pretty well stocked array of tools (including a pair of decent torque wrenches - about $200 worth), an air compressor, and an impact wrench with the appropriate sockets), and a decent (winter is coming on) place to do the work. You will need to have the car on jack stands with the right front wheel removed. Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Remove the splash shield in the right front fender. Drop the exhaust system off the manifold downpipe. Remove the accessory drive belts and crankshaft damper (an impact wrench and patience using it will be necessary, otherwise all you'll do is turn the engine if you try removing it with a big wrench). Jack up the motor slightly to remove the weight from the torque struts and engine mounts. You'll need to have the entire front (that part of the engine facing the passenger fender) of the engine disconnected from the rest of the car and accessible; clearance is limited (you will scrape knuckles and use colorful language disparaging the parentage of the Chrysler engineers), and other components that get in your way will also need to be removed or loosened and shifted out of your way. Remove the front engine mounts and torque strut. You need access to both the top and lower timing belt covers, and will need to remove them (additional irritating minor stuff will be in your way and will also have to be moved). Jacking the engine up and down will help with clearances. Loosening the radiator and/or disconnecting the radiator hoses will help. The air conditioner compressor may have to be shifted, but the lines do not need to be disconnected. Do not remove the timing belt yet. Put the crankshaft damper bolt back in and slowly turn the engine to align the camshaft and crankshaft alignment marks (if the timing belt is broken, you'll have to individually turn the crank and each cam to align the marks). Remove the timing belt tensioner (then use a vise to compress it and put a thin nail in the retention hole to keep it compressed for later reinstallation). Remove the timing belt and replace the water pump. NOT REPLACING THE WATER PUMP AFTER ALL THIS WORK IS REALLY FOOLISH, because it will start leaking at the shaft seal (if it isn't already) before you need another new timing belt!! Install the new water pump and timing belt, reinstall the belt tensioner, remove the nail, and then use the crankshaft damper bolt and a big wrench to slowly turn the engine through two complete revolutions to ensure that the two camshaft and the crankshaft timing marks all still line up. If not, take off the timing belt tensioner and move the belt the correct number of teeth on whichever sprocket(s) failed to line up. A dot of white paint on the appropriate sprocket tooth and belt teeth will make it a lot easier to keep all three components lined up (you will again use colorful language) while you reinstall the tensioner. If they don't line up, remove and compress the tensioner again, reinstall the belt and tensioner, and recheck with two complete revolutions again. It doesn't matter how many tries this takes, this has to be exactly correct. After that, reassembly is conceptually straightforward in reversing the disassembly process. Whenever I do this, once I have the old timing belt off, I also remove the head and let my local machine shop replace the valve stem seals, and pressure test and lap the valve seats where necessary. Then I reinstall it (new head gasket and bolts, and new cam seals and cam cover gaskets). At that point I can go back to the new water pump and timing belt process. If any of this sequence seems less than straightforward, DO NOT attempt it. It is difficult and time consuming, and insane to start without a having decent (Chiltons or Clymers, etc.) aftermarket maintenance manual on hand. You are going into a portion of engine maintenance that requires correct alignment of components, and correct installation torque of nuts and bolts you'll have removed (some will break in the disassembly process because they've rusted together; some PB Blaster will help, but you'll still have some problems).
Posted on Nov 18, 2014
The instruction book comes with
the timing belt kit
Should be a pic if you google it & something
on you tube video
Not a job you do at home, unless you
have decades of motor experience
Posted on Nov 18, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
to change the belt on this vehicle you have to evacuate the a/c syst. disconnect the a/c lines on the right side of the eng compartment. Remove drive belts, remove balancer. Support eng with a jack, remove engine mount. remove timming covers. Time eng and proceed to remove belt.
Posted on Jul 08, 2009
Big problems. you will have bent valves. dont attempt unless you know what you are doing. the head will need to come off. Chrysler has an updated tensioner and cover, replace the water pump. Good Luck.
Posted on Oct 09, 2009
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