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Chrysler PT Cruiser timing belt

Asked by John, Wonthaggi

My daughter has a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser that has only done 80,000 km. The handbook recommends that the timing belt be changed at 140,000 km, but there is no mention of time. On this basis the car will be 14 years old before this mileage is reached. Should the belt be changed at five or six years, as it would surely perish as it gets older?

Answered by CarsGuide

10 Nov 2011 Graham Smith

Belts perish and stretch over time and need to be replaced even though the mileage is low in your case. We couldn't establish a recommended time, from mechanics or Chrysler dealerships, but I would suggest it would be worth changing the belt given the car is eight years old.

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