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2006 pt cruiser does the engine have to be pulled out to replace timing belt. Was cruising along and engine just shut off . No running issues or anything prior to shutdown .Mechanis says engine has top be pulled to do it and also any other issues that he may not be telling me
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Poppycock. The right splash shield and motor mount comes off and it can be performed. I would get your car away from this guy ASAP.
The 2.4L is also a non-interference (piston-to-valve) design, so any engine damage from a broken timing belt is very unlikely.
Flat rate repair time is about 5.5 hours.
 

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Agree with ImperialCrown 100%. I've changed the belt 3 times, and you do not have to pull the engine.
 

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It's a PITA to change, but it's not NEARLY that big of a PITA... Three friends with PTs have had their timing belts go, none had any damage requiring the head to be pulled.
 

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It's more likely a bad sensor than a bad timing belt. Check for error codes. How much would you bet this crook would do NOTHING but change a MAP sensor and charge for an engine job?
 

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Even if the belt is broken, since the PT Cruiser has been around for more than a decade, if after all this time this is their first one to work on, find someone else with a little more experience.
 

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I'm with Dave and checking for a engine code for a electronic malfunction 1st.

You might have a bud key the starter and you look down the front of the timing cover to see the belt for movement and it's tension. There's not much visible but it is actually seeable.
 

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Glad you got it going again for a more fair and reasonable charge. You can disconnect the battery to see if the Airbag code resets (reset your clock afterwards).
If the light comes back, a fault code is stored in the airbag (passive restraint) module. An advanced scan tool may be needed to read the code.
Would the guy who just did the belt be able to get the code for you if necessary? Write down the fault code number and description.
 
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