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I need a step by step on changing my timing belt on my 2005 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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  1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  2. Raise vehicle on hoist. Remove right front wheel.
  3. Remove the right splash shield.
  4. Remove accessory drive belts.
  5. Remove crankshaft damper
  6. Remove the lower torque strut
  7. Disconnect exhaust system from manifold.
  8. Disconnect A/C pressure switch at rear of compressor housing.
  9. Lower vehicle and support engine with a jack.
  10. Discharge A/C system and disconnect A/C lines at coupling block
  11. Remove upper torque strut
  12. Remove screw attaching ground strap to strut bracket.
  13. Remove torque strut bracket from strut tower.
  14. Remove upper radiator support crossmember
  15. Remove power steering pump and bracket. Set pump aside. Do not disconnect lines from pump.</B>
  16. With engine properly supported, remove right engine mount through bolt.
  17. Raise engine with jack until engine support bracket bolts are accessible.
  18. Remove support bracket bolts.
  19. Remove support bracket.
  20. Remove upper timing belt cover fasteners and remove cover.
  21. Remove lower timing belt cover fasteners and remove cover
  22. CAUTION: When aligning crankshaft and camshaft timing marks always rotate engine from crankshaft. Camshaft should not be rotated after timing belt is removed. Damage to valve components may occur. Always align timing marks before removing timing belt.
  23. Before the removal of the timing belt, rotate crankshaft until the TDC mark on oil pump housing aligns with the TDC mark on crankshaft sprocket (trailing edge of sprocket tooth)
  24. NOTE: The crankshaft sprocket TDC mark is located on the trailing edge of the sprocket tooth. Failure to align trailing edge of sprocket tooth to TDC mark on oil pump housing will cause the camshaft timing marks to be misaligned.
  25. Install 6 mm Allen wrench into belt tensioner. Before rotating the tensioner, insert the long end of a 1/8” or 3 mm Allen wrench into the pin hole on the front of the tensioner .
  26. While rotating the tensioner counterclockwise, push in lightly on the 1/8” or 3 mm Allen wrench, until it slides into the locking hole.
  27. Remove timing belt. CAUTION: If timing belt was damaged due to incorrect tracking (alignment), the belt tensioner assembly must be replaced

  1. Set crankshaft sprocket to TDC by aligning the sprocket with the arrow on the oil pump housing.
  2. Set camshafts timing marks so that the exhaust camshaft sprocket is a 1/2 notch below the intake camshaft sprocket
  3. CAUTION: Ensure that the arrows on both camshaft sprockets are facing up.
  4. Install timing belt. Starting at the crankshaft, go around the water pump sprocket, idler pulley, camshaft sprockets and then around the tensioner
  5. Move the exhaust camshaft sprocket counterclockwise to align marks and take up belt slack. NOTE: A new tensioner is held in the wound position by a pull pin.
  6. Remove the pull pin or Allen wrench from the belt tensioner.
  7. Once the timing belt has been installed and tensioner released, rotate the crankshaft two (2) complete revolutions. Verify that the TDC marks on crankshaft and timing marks on the camshafts are aligned as shown in .
  8. Install lower timing belt cover and tighten fasteners to 9 N·m (80 in. lbs.
  9. Install upper timing belt cover and tighten fasteners to 9 N·m (80 in. lbs.
  10. Install right engine support bracket. Ensure the power steering pump is properly located in mounting location on bracket. Tighten mount bracket bolts to 61 N·m (45 ft. lbs.)
  11. Lower engine into mounting position and install right engine mount through bolt. Tighten bolt to 118 N·m (87 ft. lbs.).
  12. Install power steering pump and bracket.
  13. Install upper radiator support crossmember
  14. Install torque strut bracket to strut tower.
  15. Connect ground strap to bracket.
  16. Install upper torque strut
  17. Connect A/C lines. Evacuate and recharge A/C system
  18. Raise vehicle.
  19. Connect exhaust system to manifold.
  20. Connect A/C pressure switch connector.
  21. Install crankshaft damper
  22. Install accessory drive belts
  23. Install lower torque strut
  24. Perform torque strut adjustment procedure
  25. Install right splash shield.
  26. Install right front wheel.
  27. Connect negative cable to battery.

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