PT Cruiser Timing Belt Problems

by Brock Cooper

PT Cruisers, like most cars and trucks, have timing belts that turn the camshaft. Over time, the timing belt can fail leaving the car driving poorly and the belt must be replaced.

Function

The function of a timing belt on a PT Cruiser is to turn the camshaft exactly one half the speed of the crankshaft. The camshaft must be aligned properly as it controls the intake and exhaust associated with the movement of the engine pistons.

Problems

There are two main problems associated with the timing belt. The belt can break over time, causing the car to not start or shut down if it breaks in transit. The other problem is the belt can become worn and either slip or stretch out, ruining the timing and can cause the car to run badly.

Remedies

When the PT Cruiser's timing belt goes bad, it must be replaced. If the belt breaks while driving, it can cause damage to the engine and valves, meaning added expense and repairs.

About the Author

Brock Cooper attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. He was a reporter for seven years with a daily in Illinois before branching out into marketing and media relations. He has experience in writing everything from press releases to features on a variety of subjects and forums. His work can be seen in NewsTribune newspaper, Chicago Parent magazine and several websites.