Chrysler PT Cruiser Repair and Maintenance

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

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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.

Locked up WCM may cause engine cranking problems

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.

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.

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Chrysler PT Cruiser Questions

is there a separate fuse for the cigarett lighter? I can't find that fuse. (2 answers)

fuses in fuse box are all ok, is there other fuse box

oil light comes on and beep signal them stops Why? (1 answer)

my pt turbo convertible cruiser is 2005 having oil fight come on the oil is full and has just been changed.
then it will go off during my drive. then when this was happening going up a mountain a beeping signal would beep somedtimes one time and sometimes 3 times straight. then after a visit of...

the temp guage slowly climbs to overheat i add water or AF pretty much daily (2 answers)

i have also turned the car off sat 5 to 10 mins started it up and continued to driveand the needle never went past normal range why? sometimes with heater on the needle will slowly fall again why. what should i check?

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Chrysler PT Cruiser Recalls

Chrysler Recalls 2005-2006 PT Cruisers Because the Rear Quarter Glass May Fall Off

The rear quarter glass may separate from the vehicle. If the glass separates while driving, it could strike another vehicle or injure a pedestrian. In most cases, the glass will become loose before falling off completely. Dealers will replace the quarter glass on affected vehicles.

Chrysler Recalls Certain 2005 PT Cruisers Due to Damaged Left Front Brake Tube

The left front brake tube may rub on the manual transaxle. If the brake tube were to rub through, fluid loss would occur, which could result in a loss of braking force to the left front and right rear wheels. A soft or low brake pedal may be noted and/or the low brake fluid warning light may illuminate prior to loss of braking ability. Dealers will install revised brake tubes to correct this concern.

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.

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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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