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Had timing belt and water pump and timing belt replaced on 2003 sebring,there's a rubbing noise inside the timing belt housing is this normal?

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  • Brenda Webb Eastman Mar 19, 2011

    we did take it back today and they said that the belt stretched and it was basically rubbing on the housing. My husband does a lot of the mechanical work on our vehicles but he didn't attempt this because he has never replaced a timing belt on a car with a dual overhead cam. the car seems fine now and is running well. is it possible that the belt did stretch? My husband says he never heard of such a thing but he could be wrong.

  • Brenda Webb Eastman Mar 19, 2011

    That's what we'll do. Thank You for your help


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That doesn't sound normal. If it were mine I would be worried that the shop that replaced the timing belt didn't get the belt or the cover on correctly. I'd take it back to them right away and have it checked out because if the belt breaks serious internal engine damage can occur. You may want to call them and explain what you are hearing and see if they even want you driving it.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

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    Steve Martineau Mar 19, 2011

    It's possible the belt would stretch a little but if it stretched enough to rub on the cover what's to keep it from stretching further and causing engine damage? I would call a dealer and get a second opinion to be safe.


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