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..

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