Engine Mechanical problem
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 150000 miles
Had my car for roughly 9 years has 150,000 miles coolant squirts from the spark plug hole. It originally overheated due to cracked radiato, which was replaced but the car would not start after a while and a bubbling sound came from the engine. Which lead me to check beneath the spark plug to see if coolant was there. So far I don't know if it is the gasket, cracked or warped head, and if there is any additional damage to the pistons or rings from the coolant. From what I hear, replacing the header and gaskets could fix the problem, but it could also lead to others that deal with engine pressure. Quotes have ranged from 800 to 1500 depending on whether the gasket is the only problem, or resurfacing a warped head & replacing gasket, or having a cracked head which would lead to replacing the head completely and the gaskets. Gasket kit for a PT is $160 and the new head is $350 roughly, so that on top of plugs, wires, coolant, and timing belt is another $150 to $200 additional in parts. The rest is all labor, so if gasket the parts should be around $350, If it's the header then its $650 parts. So to make a long story short $900 for cracked gasket, $1200 for complete header replacement & everything else, Or the BIG ONE a remanufactured engine at $3000 which will fix all other possible problems. This entails them towing it to there place for free, taking out the old engine, replacing radiator hoses, water pump, thermostat, dipping radiator (which is not needed since it's new), replacing plugs & wires, plus installing the new engine of course. Year warranty, unlimited miles vs. The other repair services which covered 6 months. Wow, that was alot, but I appreciate any feedback or answers. Thanks AP
have the same problem?
Friday, July 16th, 2010 AT 6:52 PM