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2002 pt cruser 2.4 4cy headgaket, water pump and timing belt need to be replaced., Can you tell me how difficult and how long it would take to fix these problems with the use of full shop

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  • kaharoo May 29, 2010

    yes.

  • kaharoo May 29, 2010

    Thank you for your help

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The timing belt is a fairly tough job, a lot of people get frustrated and quit before ever finishing, Everything on the front of the engine comes off and gets out of the way, If your engine is facing front, then the radiator too, then the timing covers, you want to make sure you get a belt with marks on it if you can. Then when the old belt comes off, nothing gets moved, clamp the cams so they don't move. Line up the timing marks on the belt, if they don't line up something is wrong, if you can't see them, mark them with a white marker. just a dot. Mark the dots on the cams and the crank, Do the water pump and the belt tensioner while you are in there, put the belt on, make sure it is right before you pull the pin on the tensioner, if it has one, some just have a wheel. If you get a belt with no marks, try to transfer the old belt marks you made before you took it off to the new belt, count the teeth if you have to, it has to be right, or you might as well take a gun to it now. Put everything back together, fill up the radiator, and fire it up. That is about it in a nutshell, keep notes on stuff you are not sure about, take fotos of the engine before you take it apart so it will look like that when you put it back. It is about a 3 hour job. Hope this helps.

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  • kaharoo May 29, 2010

    how long to replace the head gasket? Thanks for the info on the timing belt.

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    Ned White May 29, 2010

    I missed the head gasket, , That changes things. Add about 3 hours to the job plus getting the head shaved, and hope nothing else is wrong. I just had a subaru come in here and it was easier to replace the engine than the head gasket. the radiator shop wanted $1200 for the job, we got a nice low mileage engine for $900, and sold the parts off the old engine. Worked out a lot better. If your car is overheating and blowing steam out the exhaust, It will eventually quit. Don't let it over heat. I have a feeling it might not be worth doing. But, I'll leave that up to you. The heads usually get new bolts, I don't know why, but they try to sell them at $100 a set. So now, if you do all this at once, you will pull the head(s) off, and the front of the engine, forget about not moving the cams, you will have to spin the engine to TDC, get both cams lined up on their marks, get the belt on there, pull the pin, then put it all back. Now it becomes a major job. Instead of a fairly tough job. But it can be done. Hope this helps.

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