Does 2006 PT Cruiser have non-interference engine? (Timing Belt Broke)

Asked by Aug 11, 2017 at 08:19 AM about the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've been getting conflicting information on this. Some sites and mechanics
say that when the timing belt breaks on PT's, the engine gets damaged
because the valves can make contact with each other. But apparently later
models PT's don't have that kind of engine. Is the 2006 model a non-
interference or interference engine? It's a non turbo 4 door. I don't think it's
a touring edition or special model. Just a regular PT.

2 Answers


That is correct, the valves will make contact with each other if the timing belt breaks at anything above an idle, but it will not blow the engine as in the earlier models. More information can be found on the PTCruiser forum.

I own a 2006 pt cruiser and had the timing belt break on me when I was driving on the interstate at 70 mph.. it did NOT tear up my engine thank God! But do make sure when you get the belt replaced that you have them replace the water pump and anything else that looks bad when they have all that out or you will end up paying the labor again at a later time getting the other stuff repaired. The best way I know to save money if you don't know a mechanic..

Your Answer

Chrysler PT Cruiser Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
    Gypsy Rose
  • #3
    Kelly Little Ashford
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet HHR
52 listings starting at $2,500
Used Volkswagen Beetle
26 Great Deals out of 401 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota FJ Cruiser
64 listings starting at $9,950
Used Chrysler 300
84 Great Deals out of 845 listings starting at $1,888
Used Ford Focus
80 Great Deals out of 2,492 listings starting at $990
Used Ford Mustang
998 listings starting at $3,900
Used Chrysler Sebring
219 listings starting at $2,935
Used Honda Accord
52 Great Deals out of 1,214 listings starting at $1,795
Used Dodge Caliber
12 Great Deals out of 255 listings starting at $1,995
Used MINI Cooper
34 Great Deals out of 705 listings starting at $3,495
Used Honda Civic
259 Great Deals out of 4,687 listings starting at $2,700
Used Chrysler Town & Country
30 Great Deals out of 474 listings starting at $3,777
Used Toyota Corolla
137 Great Deals out of 3,463 listings starting at $2,495
Used Chrysler Pacifica
6 Great Deals out of 1,377 listings starting at $2,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.