2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser
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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser ProblemsEngine & Ignition shutting down
Today, 2/9/2015, my engine and ignition just shut down - completely stop while I was driving. This is dangerous and very scary. It is a computer and other problem which is Chrysler's fault and no fault of mine -- even though Chrysler does not make these PT Cruisers any more, it should be a recall. Chrysler owes me to fix this car for free or give me another one that is almost free since I should not be needing a car.
If the engine does not crank (or cranks but won't start), the wireless control module (WCM) may have locked up. This is due to static discharge through the ignition key. A revised model should be installed, but simply disconnecting the negative terminal of the battery for thirty seconds will temporarily reset the module so you can start the car.
2.4L 4 cylinder (non-turbo)
Software updates to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) are available that can improve shift quality for rough up and/or down shifts. On higher mileage vehicles, other problems may cause shifting issues. Diagnoses may be required to isolate the cause. Anytime major transmission repairs are made the PCM software should be checked and updated as necessary.
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser QuestionsThe car overhead we shut it off. Now it will try and start but won't fire. (1 answer)
It's been overheating only when it's on and sits for awhile. We put a new radiator In it. Last time it overheated we shut it off and when we went to turn it back on it would want to start but won't fire. What things could it be?
Just started problem yesterday. I had to put turn signal on to make fog lights go off and not drain my battery.
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser RecallsChrysler Recalls 2001-2005 PT Cruisers Due to Power Steering Fluid Leak
The power steering pressure hose may contact the automatic transaxle, potentially damaging the hose. An underhood fire could result from the leaking fluid. Dealers will inspect the power steering pressure hose and retain or replace it as necessary.
The fuel pump module mounting flange could leak fuel in the event of a rollover crash. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak may result in a fire. Dealers will install a secondary seal over the fuel pump module to correct this issue.
Chrysler is recalling certain 2002 PT Cruiser and Jeep Grand Cherokee models because the instrument cluster could become inoperative. The majority of cluster functions will stop working if this occurs. Dealers will upgrade the cluster software to correct this concern.