The following is a compilation of Q&A's submitted by enthusiasts and answered by Ed.
Part Sixty Two Q&A 1526 - 1550
1526. I purchased a 2001 LE PT with 106k miles on it, which has been trouble free until recently. I had it inspected at the time of purchase and all was OK and in great condition. The previous owner had all recommended maintenance performed, as have I, including a new timing belt and battery. After traveling the highway for about two hours, I exited to a stop light at the bottom of the ramp (thankfully two blocks from home). When the light changed, I realized my car was not running. The radio, instrument panel lights, etc were still functioning. When I tried to start the car, it sounded normal but wouldn't catch to full start. Self test B reveals fault code P0340. I tried starting the car again today; one little catch, but that's about it. Other than not starting, everything else sounds and seems normal. The car was in for service just two weeks ago to have two outer tie-rod ends replaced. The dealer also conducted a 23 point vehicle check up. Not sure if this could have triggered something that needs to be reset now? All suggestions and thoughts are welcome! Thank you. Pam, from Connecticut.
P0340 Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit - A rationality error has been detected for loss of camshaft position sensor.
Possible causes include:
Intermittent Crankshaft Position Sensor Signal
Intermittent Camshaft Position Sensor Signal
CMP Signal Circuit Shorted Ground
CMP Signal Circuit Open
CMP Signal Circuit Shorted To Voltage
CMP Signal Shorted To (K7) 5 Volt Supply Circuit
Sensor Ground Circuit Open
PCM - CMP Signal
Camshaft Position Sensor
Your recent servicing probably has little to do with the issue. Your dealer will be able to narrow down the issue to a specific cause with the aid of a DRB scan tool and diagnostic manual.
1527. I have a 2001 LE PT with 60k miles. I was away on a business trip for two weeks and nobody started or drove my car. When I returned, the car would not start, but cranked at a higher pitch than what I was used to. Eventually, the battery died from cranking. I was afraid that the timing belt had snapped, but I could see it moving through the inspection port. I towed the car to a local garage; they ran diagnostics, got no codes, checked fuel, etc., but could not find anything wrong. Then they made a few calls, and got the car started. They told me that the valves have a hydraulic component that leaked-down pressure during the two weeks the car remained idle and that there was no compression (hence the higher-pitch cranking noise). They hooked up the battery cables to a heavy-duty charger/jump-starter, cranked the engine for about 60 seconds, and then it started. Since then, it starts right up. I now know that if I go away I'll have to have someone start the car at least once a week. Just wondering if you had ever heard of this problem and its solution? Thanks. Al, from New Jersey.
We haven't received any reports of this type before, however starting issues after extended down time are not uncommon. All of the reports that we have received were related to normal battery drain or drain because of excessive IOD. The starter requires sufficient voltage (10v) to function and in a few instances the owners thought the battery charge was sufficient. The problems were resolved when the batteries were tested and recharged to full capacity. A vehicle that has not been operated for approximately twenty day's, may discharge the battery to an inadequate level. I would suggest that you disconnect the IOD fuse during extended down time to minimize the possibility of experiencing this issue.
The term ignition-off draw identifies a normal condition where power is being drained from the battery with the ignition switch in the Off position. The IOD fuse feeds the memory and sleep mode functions for some of the electronic modules in the vehicle as well as various other accessories that require battery current when the ignition switch is in the Off position, including the clock. The IOD fuse can be used by the vehicle owner as a convenient means of reducing battery depletion when a vehicle is to be stored for periods not to exceed about thirty days. However, it must be remembered that disconnecting the IOD fuse will not eliminate IOD, but only reduce this normal condition. If a vehicle will be stored for more than about thirty days, the battery negative cable should be disconnected to eliminate normal IOD; and, the battery should be tested and recharged at regular intervals during the vehicle storage period to prevent the battery from becoming discharged or damaged. For more information review the IOD system guide here.
1528. I have a 2004 TE GT (LO) with automatic transaxle and 20k miles. I just installed a custom leather shift knob on the shifter, took the car for a drive, all went well till back in the garage, now the key will turn the ignition off but wont rotate far enough back to remove. Since this is the first time this has happened, I'm assuming it's related to the shift knob installation. The shifter locks into park without a problem, and pushing the button releases it, but now I'm stuck with a key in the ignition. Eric, from Colorado.
It sounds like the new shifter ball isn't completely compatible with the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) system. Unfortunately, the 2001-2006 service manuals show the leather shifter used on the 2001-2002 model year PT's. There is no mention of the newer OE shift knobs or how they operate with the transaxle. With the 2001-2002 model year PT's simply changing the shift knob was not possible. Aftermarket manufacturers like Kustom Kruzr included special kits with their shift ball which maintained normal OE interlock system operation. Try the most obvious solution reinstall the OE shift ball.
Follow up from owner - Thanks for verifying the fact that the shift knob is directly linked to the brake and the park and key locking mechanisms. By holding the brake down and playing with the position of the shift knob, while continually monitoring the key and park lock functions, I found the sweet spot. I tightened the set screws on the shifter, and everything seems to be working normally.
PTDIY follow up Hold onto the OE shift ball in case you decide to reinstall it at a later date.
1529. We just traded in our 2002 TE PT for a 2006 LE PT. I have noticed that the chime reminder for an unfastened seat belt is annoying on the new PT when I drive short distances. Can anything be done about this? Thank you. Carl, from Georgia.
We suggest that you always use your seat belt, however the warning can be lessened to some degree. The Fasten Seat Belt Indicator Warning System on the 2006 model year PT generate repetitive chimes at a slow rate to announce that a hard wired input from the seat belt switch indicates that the driver side front seat belt is not fastened with the ignition switch in the On position. The chime warning system also supports the Enhanced seat belt reminder (beltminder) when this feature is enabled. If the vehicle is equipped with the Occupant Classification System, this will apply to the front passenger seatbelt as well.
There are two different programmable Fasten Seatbelt Reminder announcements incorporated into the cluster's logic, a Non-Enhanced announcement and an Enhanced announcement. The Enhanced feature is enabled as a default at the factory however this feature can be disabled and or enabled by the customer using a specific programming event sequence outlined in the owner manual (below) , or by the dealer using a diagnostic scan tool.
When the Enhanced announcement is DISABLED:
The cluster will chime five times (not greater than six seconds) and illuminate the Seatbelt Lamp after turning the ignition to the run/start position if the driver/passenger seatbelt is unbuckled.
When the Enhanced announcement is ENABLED:
The cluster will chime continuously at a slow rate for a period of 6 seconds and illuminate the Seatbelt Lamp after turning the ignition to the run/start position if the driver/passenger seatbelt is unbuckled. After 6 seconds the chime will stop, but the Seatbelt Lamp will stay illuminated. If the ignition is in the run position for a period greater than 60 seconds, and the driver/passenger seatbelt is unbuckled, and the vehicle's speed is greater than 5 mph (8 km/h) in a forward gear, the Enhanced Fasten Seatbelt Reminder will activate. This will cause the Seatbelt Lamp to blink and a slow continuous chime to sound for 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, the chime will stop, but the lamp will remain illuminated for an additional 3 seconds. The Enhanced Seatbelt Reminder cycles for a total of 12 times (96 seconds). After the 12th time, the Seatbelt Lamp will remain on without any chime. Buckling the driver/passenger seatbelt at anytime will cancel the Fasten Seatbelt Reminder announcement.
Customer Programming Sequence
Note - The following sequence of events must occur within sixty (60) seconds of the ignition switch being placed in the On position in order for the programming to be completed successfully. Even if the vehicle is equipped with both driver and passenger side front seat belt switches, this programming sequence MUST be performed using the driver side front seat belt. The passenger side front seat belt switch has no programming functionality.
1. With all doors closed and the ignition switch in any position except On or Start, buckle the driver side front seat belt.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the On position and wait for the seatbelt indicator reminder function to conclude (about six seconds).
3. Unbuckle and buckle the driver side front seat belt three or more times, ending with the belt buckled.
Note - The occupant must be sure to fully retract the seatbelt each time during this cycle because the actual switch is located in the seatbelt retractor and not the buckle. Each time the seatbelt is buckled or unbuckled, and fully retracted, the seatbelt indicator will illuminate or turn OFF, depending on switch state.
4. Turn the ignition switch to any position except On or Start to toggle the beltminder feature from its current setting (from active to inactive, or from inactive to active). A single chime tone will provide an audible confirmation that the programming sequence has been successfully completed.
1530. I have a 2001 LE PT with 66k miles, which I bought in April 2001. In May, 2005 I needed a new Transmission control module (TCM). One year later, May 2006, the car needed another TCM. Are you aware of this part being problematic for Cruisers? Thanks for any help that you can provide. Susan, from North Carolina.
Actually, what the dealer has been replacing is the on-board computer or PCM. The PT is equipped with the Powertrain Control Module and Transmission Control Module combined into a single control module.
Although PCM's can and do fail it is not a common occurrence. If you're experiencing drivability or emissions related issues, often the dealer will attempt to flash reprogram the PCM before replacing it to resolve problems. Flash reprogramming can't solve mechanical problems or compensate for parts that have failed, but it can correct problems that are the result of how the vehicle's on-board computer is calibrated.
When an engine is not running correctly and the cause is not obvious, some technicians will simply blame the PCM. Over 50 percent of the PCM's that are returned under warranty, because the PCM failed to resolve a performance problem or the engine did not run properly after it was installed, have nothing wrong with them. They are returned to the supplier, rigorously retested, repackaged and placed back in inventory.
One way to reduce the risk of PCM failure is to find out why the old PCM died, however some technicians simply do not make a determination, or in some cases determining the cause of death is not possible. If a determination hasn't been made and addressed there is a risk of damaging the replacement PCM.
You may fall into this category, or you may simply have bad luck. An owner rarely has to replace the PCM during the lifetime of the vehicle, much less twice.
1531. I have a 2001 LE PT with 54k miles. The heated seat on my passenger side is not working. I noticed it the other day when I accidentally pushed the switch, that the indicator light did not turn on. I checked the fuse box and noticed the fuse was blown. I replaced it with another one of the same size, tried the heated seat and it still didn't work...the fuse had blown immediately. Any ideas as to what the problem could be? Could it be an easy fix? Thanks. Brent, from Oregon.
No illumination at the switch can be caused by:
1. Faulty fuse.
2. Wiring faulty.
3. Ground faulty.
4. Faulty switch.
You'll need a service manual to diagnosis if you decide to DIY. If you do not have access to one, you'll find a Heated Seat System guide in the Pit area.
1532. I have a 2003 BE PT with 68k miles. The vehicle misfires badly during acceleration, and worse when running the A/C. The check engine light illuminated. I took the vehicle in and had fault codes pulled. P0301- # 1 cylinder misfiring. I replaced what was I thought a bad spark plug (appeared to be cracked), took it back and they cleared the code, but the problem returned again. What is the engine firing order, and how are the cylinders are numbered; I'm not sure which cylinder is #1? Phil, from Ohio.
The cylinders are numbered from the front of the engine to the rear. The firing order is 1342. Coil number one fires cylinders 1 and 4. Coil number two fires cylinders 2 and 3.
For engine performance issues read here.
1533. I have a 2002 BE PT with 35k miles. As soon as I replace fuse #15 (20 amp, wiper/blinker) in the fuse box, I can hear it make a snapping noise (fuse is blown). Both the wipers and blinkers were in the off position. I have replaced these fuses in the past without this problem. Thank you. Thomas, from New Jersey.
Fuse #15 in the interior fuse box feeds both the multifunction switch which controls the turn signals, and front wiper/washer switch which is mounted on the right side of the multi-function switch. It sounds like a shorted multifunction or front washer switch. If you have a volt/ohmmeter I would begin by testing the switches to determine if one or both are faulty. System guides are available in the Pit area if you need them.
Front Wiper Washer Switch
1534. I have a 2006 LE PT with 4k miles. While reading through the owner manual I see no mention of the PDC on my previous PT; what has changed? - Phil, from Connecticut.
Only the terminology; the new name for the fuse box under the hood is Integrated Power Module or IPM. With previous 2001-2005 model years it is referred to as the Power Distribution Center or PDC.
1535. I just purchased a 2006 PT with AM/FM/CD. When I shut off the engine, the radio continues to play, is this normal, I always thought that the radio should shut off, when you shut off the engine. Forum Post, from USA.
The 2006 model year service manual states: The radio receiver operates on ignition switched battery current that is available only when the ignition switch is in the On or Accessory positions. The digital clock function of the radio operates on fused battery current supplied through the IOD fuse, regardless of the ignition switch position. Operation is similar with previous model years.
PTDIY follow up There's no mention of this in the service manual, but the owners manual states: On vehicles so equipped the radio, steering wheel radio controls and 6 disc CD/DVD changer will remain active for up to 45 seconds after the ignition switch has been turned off. Opening a vehicle front door will cancel this feature.
1536. I purchased a pre-owned 2003 GT (HO) with 35k miles. How do I set the compass\temperature display in the overhead console; it always reads south and the temperature is clearly wrong. The PT didn't come with an owner manual. Please help. Tim, from Missouri.
Standard Compass Calibration
Do not place any external magnets, such as magnetic roof mount antennas, in the vicinity of the compass. Do not use magnetic tools when servicing the overhead console.
The electronic compass features a self-calibrating design, which simplifies the calibration procedure. This feature automatically updates the compass calibration while the vehicle is being driven. This allows the compass unit to compensate for small changes in the residual magnetism that the vehicle may acquire during normal use. If the compass readings appear to be erratic or out of calibration, perform the following calibration procedure. Also, new service replacement compass mini-trip computer modules must have their compass calibrated using this procedure. Do not attempt to calibrate the compass near large metal objects such as other vehicles, large buildings, or bridges; or, near overhead or underground power lines.
1. Start the engine. If the compass/temperature data is not currently being displayed, momentarily depress and release the Step push button (this unlabeled button is located directly behind the overhead console display screen) to step through the display options until you have reached the compass/temperature display.
2. Depress the Step push button, until ZONE appears in the display (approx. 5-10 seconds), then CAL will be displayed. Release the Step button when CAL is displayed. The CAL in the display indicates that the compass is in the calibration mode.
3. Drive the vehicle on a level surface, at least fifty feet away from large metal objects and power lines, in all four compass directions, such as driving around a city block several times or driving in two to three complete circles at a slow speed (approx. 5 mph) until the CAL is no longer displayed.
4. Finally, set the proper zone/variance for the area you are in, when in manual override mode for calibration, it defaults to zone 8. To determine the correct Variance Zone setting for your area check with your local dealer.
If the CAL message remains in the display, either there is excessive magnetism near the compass, or the unit is faulty. Repeat the calibration procedure at least one more time.
If the wrong direction is still indicated in the compass display, the area selected for calibration may be too close to a strong magnetic field. Repeat the calibration procedure in another location.
For temperature issues read here.
1537. We have a 2004 LE PT with 47k miles. Our last vehicle had a back up warning system which we grew to appreciate after one of the younger children in the neighborhood was almost backed over by a family member. Are these systems available for the PT? -Lilly, from Rhode Island.
A few manufacturers sell generic back up safety systems, which fit a number of vehicles. And Mopar has one available for the 2001-2007 PT's, which is decribed below.
Park-Sense ultrasonic sensing technology assists you in slowly backing up your vehicle or during parking maneuvers. Four ultrasonic sensors are discreetly integrated into the rear bumper, activating an interior light/sound indicator when the vehicle is in reverse and detects an object.
Hole Saw Tool, for installing Park Distance Sensors. Includes 24MM and 30MM hole saws for sensors and display installation. P/N 82208882. About $20.
Flush-mounted sensors, paintable, detects objects behind vehicle up to six feet away. Includes LED/audible interior warning indicator. P/N 82208246AD. About $300.
1538. I have a 2002 TE PT with 30k miles and auto transaxle. The transmission takes up to 2 miles to shift into overdrive. The dealer says it is made to shift slowly because the engine is too small for the weight of the car. I have test driven other PT's and talked to friends who own Cruisers. Their PT's shift great and usually within a half to three quarters of a mile. Fluid and filter are new and clean. I am really getting poor MPG due to this. Is there some cable that can be adjusted, like a detent cable? David, from Indiana.
No, there isn't. Control of the transaxle is accomplished by fully adaptive electronics. Optimum shift scheduling is accomplished through continuous real-time sensor feedback information provided to the Transmission Control Module (TCM). With this information, the TCM can calculate and perform timely and quality shifts through various output or control devices (solenoid pack, transmission control relay, etc.).
I would obtain a second opinion from another dealer. Ask the service advisor to accompany you for a comparison test drive with a similar PT in their lot and point out the differences. And make sure that they used the correct transaxle fluid during the change. The wrong fluid can cause a variety issues.
1539. I have a 2002 PT with 114k miles. I recently had the tires rotated and they recommended changing the wheel studs. They said there have been problems with the PT's studs stretching. Have you heard of this and do you need and type of tool to replace or just hammer them out? Dave, from California.
Wheel stud stretching issues have never been reported however a few owners have reported issues with damaged wheel studs which required replacement.
If there is an issue with your wheel studs that require replacement the procedure is not difficult, but would require a service guide and wheel stud puller (not a hammer). If you don't have access to one, an OE tire/wheel system guide is available in the Pit area.
1540. We have a 2003 TE PT with 27k miles. Recently we noticed that the equalizer on the radio stopped working. What can we do to repair it? Thank you for your help. Susan, from Alaska.
There's nothing you can DIY, however the dealer can test the radio for internal and mechanical faults. If its' an internal failure they will simply replace the radio; they're not serviced by the dealer.
1541. I have a 2001 LE PT with 93k miles. The water pump went out and I want to change it. What is the easiest way? Mara, from Michigan.
There's only one way, and it's not easy. To access the water pump you must remove the timing belt. At 93k miles I would suggest that you replace the belt while you're in there. The replacement interval under maintenance schedule B is 90k miles. Owners have been reporting belt failures between 90-120k miles. It will be much less expensive addressing it now than replacing a broken belt and repairing possible engine damage later on.
1542. We have a 2002 BE PT with 60k miles. I was removing the trailer pig tail and now the turn signals along with the flashers do not work. I have gone through each fuse and light bulb and all check good. Today I replaced the turn signal flasher in the steering column as per the Chrysler parts department suggestion, but still nothing. I just need to get this one thing fixed as most of the driving is in the city. Thanks. Hugh, from Louisiana.
It could be the flasher based upon your malfunction description, but the timing of the failure and trailer pig tail suggests another issue which another owner encountered.
If the pig tail is ok, the other potential causes would be:
1. Fuses - recheck fuse #15 (20 amp) in the interior fuse box and #19 (15 amp) in the PDC under the hood.
2. Faulty contact in multifunction switch.
3. Open circuit in feed wire to switch.
4. Open or grounded circuit in wiring to external lamps.
Follow up from owner Thanks, I checked the interior fuse box, but wasn't aware of the other one. I found a blown fuse there and that resolved the issue.
1543. I have a 2003 TE PT with 79k miles. The interior air filtration system has been very helpful with my allergies. The filter needs changing, but I read that the filter isn't available for replacement; instead you must repurchase the entire assembly (filter holder and filter). Are there any other options? Thank you. Ken, from California.
When the cabin air filter kit was originally introduced the filters were not available separately for replacement, but that is no longer true.
2001-2007 Cabin Air Filter, complete kit. P/N 82206886 About $16. A replacement filter can be ordered separately: P/N 05058040AA
1544. I have a 2006 BE PT with 5k miles. The cloth upholstered seats in my PT have become stained from water that hits the seats every time it rains. The water should be repelled instead of soaking into the seats and staining the material. This car is only a few months old and it is already stained beyond belief. I spoke to Chrysler and they advised me that they will talk to their district manager and see if they can assist me in some way. I am wondering if anyone else is having a similar problem. Thanks. Eric, from Florida.
We haven't received any complaints from owners regarding rainwater spotting on their seats. I purchased my PT with leather seats in 2001 and have never experienced a problem with rainwater spotting. Given the environment that the seats are utilized in I find it hard to believe that the upholstery is not pretreated for soiling by the seat manufacturer prior to delivery to DC. There are aftermarket automotive products which clean, condition, and protect (retard soiling and resist water spotting) leather and vinyl surfaces. For cloth upholstery perhaps a product like Scotch Guard would be appropriate.
PT DIY follow up a new TSB was issued for the 2007 model which explains how to care for the new YES Essentialsฎ stain, odor, & static resistant fabric. It specifically states not to use any solvents and it is not compatible with aftermarket fabric-protecting coatings. Any additional protection will damage the performance of the fabric.
1545. I have a 2003 PT. I changed the front disc pads last September 2005. I have heard noise on the front end when braking so I checked the brakes this morning and found that the outboard pads have about one quarter of pad wear but the inboard pads on both sides are worn down to within about an eighth of the disc pad plate. It seems odd that both would be wearing down so quickly and at the same time and only on the inboard side. Any answers as to what might be causing this? -Garn, from USA.
Uneven inboard and out-board pad wear can be caused by a faulty caliper, and or more frequently by binding and or corrosion on the caliper guide pins and guides.
1546. I have a 2006TE PT with 12k miles. K&N air filter just released a new air filter to fit the 2006 PT's. I purchased and installed one; instead of my MPG going up it went down from 26 to 21. Is it normal for this to happen? I do not have a heavy foot on the gas, but I have noticed an increase in HP. Should I go back to the OE filter that came with the car or is there something else I can do to get better MPG with the new filter? Karl, from Virginia.
Normally, you would experience a slight improvement in MPG and hp, and hear a throatier intake sound. The throatier sound of the engine winding up as one accelerates can be appealing and addictive to some owners, which can result in a more aggressive driving style and decrease in MPG. However, if your mileage has decreased as dramatically as you indicate and driving style remains unchanged something isn't quite right. You may want to reexamine your installation and make sure you reassembled everything correctly. If everything appears normal, I would contact K&N directly and request assistance. If they indicate that MPG should increase instead of decline you may want to reinstall the OE air filter and recheck MPG. If MPG returns to normal there is obviously a problem somewhere. Unfortunately, the aftermarket filter for the 2006 model is relatively new; we have not received other feedback on its application.
1547. I have a 2001 LE PT with 64k miles. The car's A/C becomes weak and unable to keep up after long periods of use - blowing little cool air at all, even when the fan is on high. It seems that my problem is similar to Q#755. It works perfectly for every day driving conditions around town, no matter the outside air temp. Your suggestion (to Q#755) to inspect the low-speed fan is helpful, but the dealer has looked at the car twice and has been unable to locate ANY problems. Instead, they tell us to "bring it in next time it happens." That's impossible since it only happens when we're about 150 miles away from home! Any suggestions would be helpful since we're planning another driving vacation in July. Thanks. Jay, from Indiana.
The HVAC and Cooling systems are interdependent and must be tested together to ensure optimal performance of each system. If the dealer is unable to duplicate the concern resolving the issue may take time.
From a cooling system perspective inadequate air conditioner performance can be caused by:
1. Electric radiator fan not operating when A/C is on.
2. Radiator and or air conditioning condenser is restricted, obstructed or dirty.
3. Radiator air seals missing or improperly installed.
A HVAC system that blows cold air for awhile then warm air is probably freezing up. This can be caused by air and moisture in the system that allows ice to form and block the orifice tube. Air can get inside a system through leaks, by not evacuating the system prior to recharging it, and or by recharging the system with refrigerant that is contaminated with air. Recovery equipment can suck air into the recycling tank if an A/C system contains air or if the system has a leak. Evacuating the HVAC system with a vacuum pump will purge it of unwanted air and moisture. For best performance, an A/C system should contain less than 2% air by weight. For every 1% increase in the amount of air that displaces refrigerant in the system, there will be a corresponding drop of about one degree in cooling performance. More than 6% air can cause a very noticeable drop in cooling performance, and possibly cause evaporator freeze-up.
That being said, we're not HVAC system experts. Have your cooling and HVAC systems checked by a shop that specializes in this work.
1548. I have a 2001 LE PT with 45k miles. I'm having problems with the fuel lines continually breaking under pressure. The first time it was a line that rubbed on the A/C bracket. I found out later that there was a recall on this. The fuel lines have broken 3 times in the last two months. Twice on a line that would appear to be a return line to the top of the fuel tank. This line however is not attached to the tank. I do not know where this line is supposed to go. Also if it is a return line, why does it have so much pressure? Can you help? Thanks. Craig, from Texas.
I can't be sure what you're seeing. I don't have access to the 2001 SM, and there were changes to the fuel system on the 2002 and later model years. I'm reviewing the 2002 SM and it only shows one fuel line. It's in the front of the fuel tank with a quick connect fittings. The fuel system is pressurized and uses a nonadjustable pressure regulator that maintains fuel system pressure at approximately 400 ฑ34 kPa (58 ฑ5 psi). I'm familiar with the first recall, however if you've experienced 3 additional breaks in the line I would suggest that you have the dealer inspect it as soon as possible. It is not normal and may present a safety hazard. (Unable to reply - email bounced back - user unknown.)
1549. I have a 2002 BE PT with 58k miles and manual transaxle. I can't get the car to shift into reverse. All of the other gears work fine, but the shifter won't move into the reverse gear. I normally leave the car in reverse when parked and just started experiencing the problem today. -Joanne, from Texas.
The majority of PT owners we hear from have automatic transmissions. We haven't received any feedback on this issue from an owner with as manual transaxle. There is little troubleshooting information available in the SM relating to this issue. Your best bet is a visit to the dealership.
Follow up from owner - Took it to the dealership. There was a broken piece on the shift cable assembly. There apparently are two bushings (?) on the shift cable, one for forward and one for reverse; the reverse was broken. The entire shift assembly had to be replaced, which was not covered under the powertrain warranty.
PT DIY follow up - You actually made out pretty good. Could have been a much more serious and expensive problem. There have been some issues with the cable bushing which you can read more about here.
1550. I have a 2001 BE PT with 120k miles. I have changed the spark plugs numerous times because of a problem with plugs in cylinders #1 and #3. When you pull the plugs you can see a dark line on the porcelain like a crack. This has resulted in intermittent missing at idle. I also tried a different brand of plug. They are gapped correctly and I never get a check engine light. I think it could be the coil malfunctioning. Have you ever experienced this or know someone who has? Bill, from Illinois.
Interesting problem, but it hasn't been reported before. Coil number one fires cylinders 1 and 4 and coil two fires cylinders 2 and 3. It is unlikely that both coils are faulty. The coils that DC utilizes are generally pretty reliable.
The dark lines on the plugs are descriptive of electrical tracking. Make sure the boots, spark plugs, ignition wires, nipples, and wires to coil show no signs of tracking. Tracking is most commonly seen as a thin erratic burn line on the outside surface of the spark plug and or coil, or the inside surface of the boot and or nipple. If tracking is observed on the spark plug, coil or inside surface of the boot and or nipple, the spark plug wire and the mating part must be replaced. If you haven't changed the OE wires or the quality is poor, you may want to consider replacing all of them with better quality wires.
There is little else to go on since you didn't indicate the plug type/manufacturer or results of the self tests.
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