2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Problems

Engine & 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.

Software Updates for Powertrain Control Module Mayl Improve Shift Quality

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.

Recall to reposition high pressure power steering hose

There was a recall to inspect and reposition the high pressure power steering hose. The hose could contact the transaxle differential cover and wear prematurely. Damaged hoses must be replaced.

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Questions

My key won't turn in the ignition. The steering wheel isnt locked. (1 answer)

It was fine last night but won't turn today. I tried my spare key

Transmission wont shift (1 answer)

Have PT Cruiser 2003 Limited Edition. Car has slow transmission fluid leak and would stop shifting when it got dry. Been filling it as it needs it until I can get it fixed. Last time I put in fluid, though, transmission refused to shift. Pcm gives out a 0700 error code which I understand indicate...

Where can I find the correct fuse? (1 answer)

Hi!! MY 2003 PT cruiser blew a fuse (plug inside) and it's not a fuse under the dash. Where is it located under the hood?

Thank you
Sheila Ferace

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Recalls

Chrysler 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.

Chrysler Recalls 2003 PT Cruisers Because the Clutch May Fail to Disengage

The clutch may fail to disengage due to a welded pin disengaging from the dual mass flywheel. It most cases, you will hear a significant rattling type noise if the pin disengages. Dealers will replace the flywheel and clutch assemblies with updated parts.


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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

We bought this 2003 PT Cruiser from a Dealership in another state. I'm surprise we made it home and was able to drive it for almost a month before we started having all the problems we've had. One day it just wouldn't started. Took it to our mechanic and they check it and said it was the starter. So we put a new starter in and then about a week later it wouldn't start again, so back it went to ...
Good looks,ride and room I like it its almost like a truck
I have a 2003 Cruiser Limited. I like it pretty well, but am going on my 3rd starter since November and the last replacement was just a week ago. So I'm w/o transportation again. Does anyone have any ideas what might be causing this to happen? Don't want to be stranded, mjham

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