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The following is a compilation of Q&A's submitted by enthusiasts and answered by Ask Motor-Mike and Ed.

 

Part Fifty Four Q&A 1326 - 1350

1326. I have a 2002 BE PT with 51.3k miles. As a routine service I was going to repack the rear wheel bearings at the same time I replaced the brake shoes. I found that the spindle nut does not seem to have lock tabs or double nuts like the front spindles on my race car. Is there a trick for removing the spindle nut, and are there any other surprises that I may encounter while trying to repack the bearings and replace the seals? – Bob, from Arizona.

The SM indicates that the hub and bearing is designed for the life of the vehicle and requires no type of periodic maintenance. Almost all vehicles, other than pickup trucks and cargo vans above 3/4 ton, do not have bearings that can be repacked. Those days are long gone. Hub bearing assemblies are the only way they are sold.

 

1327. I have a 2002 TE PT with 50k miles. A perfect stranger and his wife approached me in the parking lot yesterday and asked how many miles I have on my PT. He then told me that at 80k miles on his 2001 PT, his engine overheated, redlined without warning and cooked itself. When he took it in for repair, his mechanic told him this has been a huge problem with PT's and that all thermostats should be replaced to avoid this problem. I contacted my local dealer in Elk Grove and they told me they had never heard of this happening at all. Have you folks? Should I immediately replace my thermostat to be safe or what? Thank you. – Mary, from California.

We have received a handful of overheating complaints from owners, which can be caused by a variety of issues, but very few were eventually diagnosed with faulty thermostats; it is not a common occurrence. If you are not experiencing any overheating concerns we suggest that you simply follow the recommend maintenance schedule outlined in your owners' manual.

 

1328. I have a 2005 BE PT with 500 miles. When setting the fan to outside air, incoming air from the vents feels almost balmy in temperature. A simple check by rolling down the window and comparing outside temperature to inside fan temperature always has the interior air warmer. It forces us to use A/C more often then we'd like to, otherwise, we love our cruiser. Could this be corrected under the warranty? Thanks so much for your assistance. – Norm, from Montana.

Outside air enters the vehicle HVAC system through the air intake (cowl) at the base of the windshield. The air intake is just above the exhaust manifold, which would explain the residual heat that you experience through the HVAC system. It's more of a design issue then anything else.

 

1329. I have a 2001 BE PT with 50k miles. My PT lost its overhead dome light, power door locks, electric mirrors, there is no chime when the lights are left on or when the door is open. The odometer says “no fuse.” I called a service dealer and he said it could be a body control module. What do you think? Where would that module be located? Thanks. – Michael, from Minnesota.

The IOD fuse is the only one that will cause the cluster to display "no fuse". It would seem that the cluster (body control module) has failed, a ground is open, or a power circuit isn't reaching the destination. You may want to check the condition of the IOD fuse in the Power Distribution Center (fuse cavity 17, 20amp, yellow) under the hood. The BCM is part of the instrument cluster. If it fails the IC must be replaced.

 

1330. I am writing this for my sister-in-law, the owner of a 2005 PT Convertible. Apparently the other day she left the blower motor running and ran down the battery. The battery was put on a slow charge and all was well until she left the lights on and ran the battery down again. The battery was charged in the same manner as before. Since then, the automatic "smart" windows are not working, so the windows don't lower/raise when the doors are opened and closed. The switch inside the car does not operate the windows either. When I looked at the car it was discovered that the power convertible roof no longer works either. The only fuse or relay I could find was in the under hood fuse/relay box labeled "roof" was a 40amp fuse that tested ok. I can't believe that this is a coincidence - the battery drained twice and also the roof and windows stopped working. Is there any kind of connection? Any advice would be appreciated, since the windows no longer seal with the roof, and rain is an issue. – Jeremy, from Missouri.

The power top system allows the convertible top to be raised and lowered electrically by actuating a switch on the instrument panel. The power top system receives battery feed through a fuse (#9, 40amp) in the Power Distribution Center (PDC), only when the ignition switch is in the ON position. In each door there is a window regulator module directly connected to each of the front door window regulator motors. The window regulator module receives battery feed through a circuit breaker in the interior fuse block (#14, 20amp), only when the ignition switch is in the ON position. The modules control window motor operation and smart glass functions. The driver window module controls the convertible top operations by supplying a ground signal to the motor/hydraulic pump relay. Check both fuses; let us know how you make out.

 

1331. I have a 2002 TE PT with 65k miles. I travel with my notebook computer for work and use a Coleman 600 watt power inverter that plugs into my cigarette lighter.  The inverter creates up to 600 watts during high demand and has a fuse in case demand becomes too great for it to handle.  My PT will blow the fuse for the 12V cigarette lighter outlets at intermittent times when I have my computer plugged in through the power inverter.  I have never experienced this issue using the same equipment on other Chrysler, Ford and Mercury vehicles I've owned or rented while traveling out of town. Do you have any idea what might be causing this behavior on my PT when it does not occur on any other vehicle? - Donald, from Florida.

Fuse #20 in the underhood power distribution center handles only the power outlets. Other than an intermittent wiring short, I would guess the power plug is shorting out or too much power is being drawn. For example, with the alternator output at 14.7vdc and a 20 amp fuse, you have 294 watts available input to your equipment. That's not the same as the 600 watt output from the inverter. 600 watts at 120vac is 5 amps.

 

1332. We have a 2003 TE PT with 19k miles. A friend has been considering the purchase of a Dodge Neon and suggested that both vehicles used the same engine. Are they the same? - Jeremy & Susanne, from Rhode Island.

The 2.0L engine is utilized in the domestic Neon and export PT; perhaps that's where the confusion lies? The domestic PT utilizes a 2.4L engine, while the Neon uses a 2.0L engine. The 2.4L engine is similar to the 2.0L engine in design and construction. It has a partially open deck, bedplate, powdered metal connecting rods, crankshaft design, sealing features, fuel injection system and direct ignition system. But the 2.4L engine has a longer stroke, taller block, dual overhead camshaft cylinder head, dual counter-rotating balance shafts that reduce engine vibration, high compression ratio and knock sensor.

 

1333. I have a 2002 TE PT with 66k miles. The PT temperature runs normal (middle of heat gauge) then when I drive a little, and turn it off, and start it back up the temperature almost redlines. I turn the heater on and the temperature cools back down to normal. When I run my A/C it gets hot again. I have had all of my fluids serviced. – Matt, from California.

A non-contact digital thermometer that every technician has in his toolbox will determine if the thermostat is opening around 195F and if the low speed cooling fan runs at about 210F. A scanner can command the fans on to test the circuits. The radiator may also be plugged with sediment. Again, the temperature probe will be able to see cool spots where a clog is located

 

1334. I have a 2001 BE PT with 81k miles. I have had a problem for the past few months with the door ajar and dome light going on after stops. Is there anything that I can do to fix this myself? Thanks. - Roger, from California.

The dome light and door ajar switches are integral to each door latch assembly. You would need to diagnose each switch and wiring to locate a fault in the circuit. All of the lighting is controlled by the BCM instrument cluster, which could indicate an issue with the actual instrument cluster. In either case, your local dealer will use their scan tool to diagnose and isolate the issue.

 

1335. I have a 2003 TE PT with 21k miles. I have had this problem happen four times since December 23, 2004. I start my PT and back up in my driveway about 100 feet. When I take my foot off the accelerator to cover the brake at the end of the drive way, the car stalls and the fuel injector floods out. I had the fuel injectors serviced when the car was only 2 months old and had less than 3k miles on it. I did not use the car much at all last winter.

I took the car to the dealer in February. They ran diagnostics and could not find anything wrong. The last time this occurred I called and had it towed to the dealer; they still couldn't find anything wrong. I am getting a bit frustrated. - Anonymous, from the USA.


I'm not sure how you know all 4 fuel injectors flood the cylinders. They will stop flowing fuel the instant the ASD relay shuts down in a stall condition. There is no choke. The cold air enrichment is controlled by the PCM via the idle air control motor. If it's clogged or faulty, the car may stall.

 

1336. We have a 2001 LE PT with 54k miles. We experienced an overheating problem and I replaced the thermostat and radiator cap. We resolved the problem by replacing the cooling fan. A week later my wife was driving home and the engine started running extremely rough. I scanned diagnostic codes and found P0300, P0301, and P0302. I changed plugs, wires and ignition coil which had no effect. Since the car will start I believe it has sufficient fuel pressure. I have not performed a compression test yet (lack of tester). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. – Allan, from Kansas.

The combination of recent overheating and current misfire issues you've experienced is a concern. Misfires are caused by loss of spark, air/fuel mixture is too far out of balance to ignite, or loss of compression. You have ruled already ruled out the plugs and wires, and ignition coil (usually affects all cylinders).

A P0300 DTC indicates the misfire is random and is moving from cylinder to cylinder, but my concern is with the two other misfire codes. As you know P0301 and P0302 are for adjacent (1-2) cylinders. If two adjacent cylinders are misfiring, it's very possible that the head gasket between them has failed which could be a result of the recent overeating issue. Loss of compression means the cylinder loses most of its air/fuel mixture before it can be ignited. An adjacent cylinder leak will result in approximately a 50–70% reduction in compression pressure. A Cylinder Combustion Pressure Leakage Test provides an accurate means for determining engine condition. Combustion pressure leakage testing will detect: exhaust and intake valve leaks (improper seating), leaks between adjacent cylinders or into water jacket, and causes for combustion / compression pressure loss. That's where I would begin.

Follow up from owner - I conducted a compression check and the results were cylinder #1-50psi, #2-55psi, #3-140psi, and #4-145psi pressure. Do you know if the 7/70 power train warranty covers head gaskets? Thanks.

PTDIY follow up - That's what I was afraid of. Here are the basics of the 7/70 Powertrain Warranty. The Powertrain Warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed (less a $100 deductible per repair visit at the end of the 3 Year/36,000 Mile Basic Limited Warranty) to repair a defective powertrain component on your vehicle listed in section 2.2.F below, supplied by DaimlerChrysler Corporation that is defective in material, workmanship or factory preparation.

The Powertrain Warranty covers the cost of towing your vehicle to the nearest Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep dealer if your vehicle can't be driven because a covered part has failed. The Powertrain Warranty covers these parts and components of your vehicle's powertrain (as it applies to the engine):

Gasoline Engine: cylinder block and all internal parts; cylinder head assemblies; timing case, timing chain, timing belt, gears and sprockets; vibration damper; oil pump; water pump and housing; intake and exhaust manifolds; flywheel with starter ring gear; core plugs; valve covers; oil pan; turbocharger housing and internal parts; turbocharger wastegate actuator; supercharger; serpentine belt tensioner; seals and gaskets for listed components only.

Make sure that they inspect the head closely; aluminum heads can and do warp when overheating occurs.

You can review the warranty in its entirety on this page.

Follow up from owner - Back on the road again! Head gasket failed between cylinder #1 & 2. Thanks for the help!

 

1337. I have a 2002 BE with 31k miles. Several local tire shops, including a local DC dealer, will not quote me a price for just a front end alignment. They claim front wheel drive cars require that the rear wheels be aligned. I have owned several front drivers since 1984 and none required rear wheel alignment. My Chilton manual for the 2001-03 PT Cruiser says that no adjustment of the rear wheels is possible! Is a rear wheel alignment necessary or even possible on the PT, or they trying to rip people off? Thanks. – Dave, from Arizona.

Four-wheel (thrust) alignment is becoming the standard service today, essential on vehicles with front wheel drive and independent rear suspension. This is also echoed in the OE service manual: "Vehicle wheel alignment is the positioning of all interrelated front and rear suspension angles. These angles affect the handling and steering of the vehicle when it is in motion. Proper wheel alignment is essential for efficient steering, good directional stability, and proper tire wear. The method of checking a vehicle's front and rear wheel alignment varies depending on the manufacturer and type of equipment used. The manufacturer's instructions should always be followed to ensure accuracy of the alignment, except when DaimlerChrysler Corporation's wheel alignment specifications differ. On this vehicle, the suspension angles that can be adjusted are as follows:

Front - Camber & Toe
Rear - Camber & Toe"

A number of owners have reported having four wheel alignments on their PT's. In fact, I had one done about a month ago when I replaced all of the tires.

Q&A Resources: 1 2

 

1338. I have a 2003 TE PT with 37k miles. After starting the PT and applying the brake the shifter will not depress and allow me to put it into gear. This seems to occur sporadically and possibly due to condensation because it will usually depress in the afternoon after the car has sat in the sun all morning. Can't really pinpoint what's going on, but want to have an idea before I take it to the dealer. Is there some sort of interlock between the brake and the shifter that could be malfunctioning? – Andrea, from New York.

That safety feature is part of the Brake/Transmission Shift Interlock System. When you turn the key to the ON/RUN position and depress the brake pedal the shifter should shift out of park. If it does not, then system repair and or adjustment is necessary. At 37k miles you are just out of warranty however the dealer may overlook the recent expiration under their “secret warranty” if you purchased the PT from them, relied on their service department for maintenance and their goal is to maintain a good relationship with their customers.

 

1339. I have a 2001 TE PT with 51k miles. If I am listening to AM radio and I turn off the car, the time goes to 12:00, volume drops very low and the station I was listening to is no longer there. All the presets are still there and the volume returns if I turn it up but I have to reset the clock. This only happens if I am on AM. If it is FM or CD nothing happens. The station stays, the time stays.

There are a number of things that would have to be checked:

1. Fuse inoperative.
2. Radio connector damaged.
3. Wiring damaged.
4. Radio ground damaged.
5. Radio inoperative or faulty.

The audio system components operate on battery current received through a fuse in the Junction Block (JB) on a fused ignition switch output (run-acc) circuit so that the system will only operate when the ignition switch is in the On or Accessory positions. The electronic digital clock function of the radio operates on fused battery current supplied through the IOD fuse, regardless of the ignition switch position.

If you rule out the obvious items your local dealer will be able to make a determination on the condition of the radio using their DRB scan tool. I would bet on a faulty radio.

 

1340. I just purchased a pre-owned 2001 LE PT with 34k miles and manual transmission. I find it very hard to shift into gear in the mornings, but after a short warm-up, it will shift into gear easily. Any possible cure to fix this problem? – Judy, from North Carolina.

Worn, damaged, or misaligned clutch components can cause difficult shifting, gear clash and noise. A worn or damaged clutch disc, pressure plate, or release bearing can also cause hard shifting and gear clash.

The majority of PT owners we hear from have automatic transmissions. We haven't received any feedback on this issue. It is difficult to know if your experience is normal or abnormal with the PT. In some instances the experience can be somewhat subjective based upon your past experience with other vehicles; each may feel and shift a little differently. You may want to have it checked out by the dealer to make sure that it's functioning correctly.

 

1341. I have a 2002 BE PT with 23.5k miles. The check engine light came on and self test indicated a P0141 fault code. I continued to drive the car for an additional month without changing the O2 sensor. Then, suddenly the car went into "Limp" mode and code P0700. The OBD2 says it is 0755: Solenoid B Malfunction. Today I finally changed the O2 sensor, but the transmission is still stuck in limp mode. Should I try to change ATF-4 fluid in transmission and filter, or should I just change the Solenoid pack? How can I reset the computer in the car in order to take it out of limp mode? Thanks for your kind suggestions. – Marvin, from Honduras.

The second gear limp-in feature allows the vehicle to be driven to a dealer for servicing without damaging the transaxle. In the event that the problem has been momentarily the transaxle can be reset to regain all forward gears. Stop the vehicle and shift to park (P). Turn the key off then restart the engine. Shift into D and resume driving. If the transaxle can not be reset, dealer service is required to resolve the issue before it can be reset.

P0700 DTC is an informational DTC letting you know that a DTC(s) is stored in the Transmission Control Module. Erase this DTC from the PCM after all Transmission DTC(s) have been repaired. According to the 05 Transmission Diagnostic manual P0141 and P0755 could be a number of things:

P0141

O2 Sensor Heater Operation
O2 Heater Element
O2 Heater Ground Circuit Open
O2 Heater Control Circuit Open
PCM

A DTC is the result of a system or circuit failure, but does not directly identify the failed component or components. It could be any of the conditions that I identified below. I would not assume that it is the solenoid pack without further tests with a DRB scan tool and diagnostic manual. The diagnostic manual suggests checking the transaxle fluid level to make sure it is correct before conducting any tests and to see if it resolves the issue.

P0755

Related Relay DTC's Present
Transmission Control Relay Output Circuit Open
2/4 Solenoid Control Circuit Open
2/4 Solenoid Control Circuit Short To Ground
2/4 Solenoid Control Circuit Short To Voltage
2/4 Solenoid
Powertrain Control Module
Intermittent Wiring and Connectors

 

1342. We have a 2001 LE PT with 50k miles. Water gets into the rear passenger side floorboard when it rains. How can I track down the source? Could it be the sunroof drain? If so where is that drain and where does it run? – Clay, from Alabama.

If you discovered water on the front passenger side floorboard I would suggest checking the A/C condensation drain tube for stoppage. Make certain that the water you see in the rear passenger side area does not originate in the front passenger side area.

If it originates in the rear area it is not likely that the sunroof is causing the problem given the position of the drain hoses and condition of the headliner. Adequate drainage is provided by a drain trough in the sunroof housing which encircles the sliding glass panel and leads to drain hoses. If a wet headliner or other water leak complaints are encountered, ensure that the drainage system is not plugged or disconnected. The front drainage hose is routed through the A pillar and exits in the passenger side cowl area below the windshield. The rear drainage hose is routed through the back of the vehicle under the headliner and exits near the passenger side liftgate hinge.

Other than the A/C and sunroof drains the issue can be caused by a number of factors and can be time consuming to resolve. We have a diagnostic in the Pit area which may be of some help to you here:

Water Leak Diag

Sunroof Diag

Sunroof System

 

1343. We have a 2002 TE PT with 66k miles, which is overheating after a few minutes of driving time. We can start it and drive and it will be OK for maybe 7 minutes, then it will begin to heat up. Turn it off and it will cool down and take about 7 minutes to heat up again. We cannot really afford to take it in right now and my husband is worried about driving to work (45 minutes/highway). We changed the thermostat and checked the fuses. We haven't done the relays because the fan does come on, although it is a bit noisy. I did the "diagnostic thing" where you try to get the codes. I can't figure much out except we may be doomed! The codes come up for 3 seconds or so, but I can't seem to find any that match. I did the self test B and did not find anything but the P1684 code. Thanks. – Charmante, from Tennessee.

The fan will come on at about 210F, after the thermostat opens at 195F. The fan will not operate above 35mph, due to the airflow. If it overheats sitting still, look for fan operation. If it overheats while driving, the T-stat operation and radiator flow should be checked. You may have to take it to the dealer for diagnostics; there isn't much you can test on your own without a SM and equipment.

 

1344. I have a 2001 LE PT with 96k miles. The check engine light is on. I read the trouble code and it reads P0420. I have been a mechanic for many years, but have not come across this one? Other then the light, the engine seems to be running fine. Thanks. – Dennis, from Florida.

I've seen the P0420 code several times.

P0420 - 1/1 Catalytic Converter Efficiency. Catalyst 1/1 efficiency below required level.

Either the secondary O2 sensor is tired, or the cat is failing. The NOX emissions have reach 1.5 times the programmed limit.

 

1345. I have 2 PT's and my mother-in-law has a 2003 Dream Cruiser. On several occasions, after starting the car and driving a short distance the car would not restart and the dealer couldn't replicate the problem. Thanks. – Brett, from North Carolina.

There's not enough information here to form an opinion. As you discovered intermittent issues can be very frustrating for the owner and difficult for the service technician to diagnose. Ask the dealer if they have a co-pilot recorder they can install on the PT. It allows a vehicle operator to capture intermittent problems to assist the dealer technician in identifying problems. You might also consider a second opinion at another dealership; a fresh look can't hurt.

 

1346. I have a 2002 LE GT (Turbo - LO) with 900 miles. I was wondering if there is a way you can change an automatic car to an autostick? I know they make the PT's like this, but I bought mine as an automatic and would like to convert it. – Lesley, from Florida.

Previously discussed here.

Follow up from owner - Another PT owner said if the Cruisers are anything like the Cloud Cars it may work. With the Cloud Cars all you have to do is install the autostick shifter and instrument cluster, the harness is already there. Not sure if the same is true for PT's?

PTDIY follow up - The Dodge Stratus, and twins, Chrysler Cirrus and Plymouth Breeze were collectively called "Cloud Cars." They were mid-size 4-door sedans introduced in 1995 based on the Chrysler JA platform. They were available with 2.0L, 2.4L, and 2.5L straight-4 engines. A 5-speed manual transmission was available with the 2.0, and a 4-speed automatic came with the larger engines. The Cloud Car JA platform was updated in 2001, becoming JR and JX. Confusingly, the vehicle nameplates were shuffled with the Diamond Star Motors (DSM) coupes. The JA-based Dodge Stratus sedan continued, but the Stratus Coupe is a DSM car. The Cirrus became the Chrysler Sebring sedan, while the Breeze name was dropped (with the rest of Plymouth). The JX platform was used for the replacement Sebring convertible, but the Sebring coupe is an entirely different vehicle.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser was designed as a modern interpretation of the Chrysler Airflow with Dodge Neon components, but the final product uses a separate platform. It is a front wheel drive 5-passenger vehicle, classified as a truck by the EPA for CAFE fuel economy calculations, but as a car by most other standards. Officially, the “PT” stands for “Personal Transportation”, but the initials also designate the car's platform. The Neon was based on the Chrysler PL platform, or “Platform Low”, while the Cruiser was based on the Chrysler PT platform, for “Platform Tall”. “PT” was also the production code for the PT Cruiser.

There are some similarities between the platforms, but the PT is not classified as a Cloud Car. I would suggest that you contact your local DC dealer directly. They should be able to provide you with the information you need if you wish to pursue this modification.

 

1347. I have a 2004 BE PT with 21k miles. When turning the steering wheel a rubbing noise occurs. The intensity of the sound varies. I have visited the dealer twice for same issue, and I'm ready for my third visit to the service department. They said it's the clock spring and the last time I brought it in they were supposedly to upgrade me to a better part, which I think is bull since it only worked for about a month! I'm wondering if this problem is ok to drive with for a while, or if it requires immediate attention due to safety issues? The dealer said it is just an annoyance. – Kristen, from Michigan.

Three failures in one year makes me wonder if they are installing it correctly or if there is another issue, which is at fault or causing the failure. I would suggest having it serviced at your earliest convenience. Perhaps another dealer in the area can provide you with a second opinion.

The clock spring is used to maintain a continuous electrical circuit between the wiring harness and the: driver airbag, speed control switch and horn switch. When the clock spring is replaced, the SM calls for testing the airbag system to ensure that it's operating correctly.

A number of owners have experienced problems with the clock spring and DC has issued a few related TSB's. As you can see by the model years listed below the clock spring P/N has changed a few times, which is an indication that the part has changed or been modified in some way. Note that the P/N's are similar for model year 2003-2005. This indicates that there haven't been any changes in the part for the last 3 model years. That suggests that your dealer is merely replacing the clock spring, not providing you with an improved part, (unless an older part was in place to begin with).

2001

4671 604AA 1 up to 11-15-2000
4671 875AB 1 after 11-15-2000

2002

4671 875AB 1 after 11-15-2000

2003

4671 874AC 1 Without Speed Control
4671 875AC 1 With Speed Control up to 03/13/03
4671 875AD 1 With Speed Control after 03/13/03

2004

4671 874AC 1 Without Speed Control
4671 875AD 1 With Speed Control after 03/13/03

2005

4671 874AC 1
4671 875AD 1

 

1348. I have a 2005 BE PT with 900 miles. Is there a special fitting for a grease gun to lube the front lower ball joints? I pulled the wheels off for easier access and my grease gun end fitting would not fit the grease fitting on the PT. Thanks. – Mark, from Texas.

The ball joints are sealed for life and require no maintenance. They are filled during vehicle assembly at which point the grease fitting heads are snapped off. “No attempt should be made to service the headless grease fitting on the ball joint. It has been purposely snapped off by the manufacturer to avoid over-greasing and damaging the non-vented seals.” Grease will not leak from the broken grease fittings. To replace a defective ball joint you would remove the OE headless fitting, install a standard Zirc type grease fitting, fill per factory instructions and reinstall the OE headless fitting to prevent future lubrication.

 

1349. I have a 2001 LE PT with 90k miles. When I'm on the highway the engine begins to lose power. When I step on the gas, the car starts to stall with just enough time to pull over before the engine shuts down. I have to let it sit for about 15 minutes then it starts again, but soon after it does it all over again. I changed the ignition coil and fuel injectors, but it did not fix the problem. I took the car to a mechanic, he figured it was the fuel pump so he took the gas tank off and it turns out I had sugar in the gas tank. He replaced the fuel pump and filter also cleaned out the gas tank. So far it runs good. What symptoms should I be looking for to see if the sugar will harm my engine, etc? Someone out there doesn't like me or PT Cruisers. – Heriberto, from Texas.

We haven't run into any situations where this has been an issue therefore it's hard to know what the cumulative effect will be on the engine, but I suspect it will be relatively minor since it wasn't introduced directly into the engine. The affect may depend on several variables; how much sugar was added, how much gasoline was in the tank, how long the car was driven with this condition, how much sugar made it through the fuel filter, fuel pump and finally into the fuel injectors. Sugar does not dissolve in gasoline, and as you discovered, its gritty texture had an adverse effect on the car's performance resulting in hesitation, lose of power and stalling. If the PT seems to be running fine after the shop performed their maintenance no further action may be necessary. If you experience a reoccurrence of these symptoms you may want to have the fuel injectors inspected, and if necessary cleaned or replaced. In the interim, you may want to invest in a Mopar locking gas cap to reduce the likelihood of this occurring again.

 

1350. I have a 2001 LE PT with 97.8k miles. I opened the sunroof as usual without incident, but now it won't close. I hear a clicking sound, but nothing is moving. I took it into dealer for a quick look. The dealer did not have time to service it, but did briefly look at car. The radio was not working at time, neither were mirrors, or dome light. I had replaced all of the interior fuses, and he replaced one fuse in PDC under the hood, which resolved the issues with the radio and lights. He also checked the fuse located in the interior fuse box, which was ok and suggested that I come back in and replace the whole deal. Do you have any suggestions? I'm very green to the whole repair process, but I can follow any directions you give. Thanks a bunch. - Rebecca, from Georgia.

As a precaution recheck fuse #14 (20amp) in the interior fuse block. If you hear a sound when you depress the switch to close the sunroof a few things need to be checked which may be beyond your skill level and require professional assistance. However replacing the “entire deal” without first attempting to troubleshoot the problem could be an easy fix for the dealer and costly for you if the problem is minor. If you have another DC dealer in the area you may want to consider using them for a second opinion.

1. Broken or worn drive cable.
2. Binding cable.
3. Worn drive motor gear.
4. Mechanisms not synchronized.
5. Faulty sunroof drive motor.

 



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