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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Question: I heard a loud squeeling under hood, then a little smoke then no power steering.

 

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discouraged, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Melbourne, FL, May 20, 2013, 18:09
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don't know what happened, is it belt, is it pump,can anyone give me an idea and how much it might cost? problem has never happened to date. no diagnostic code for that. what would have made it happen so suddenly?

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    Assured Auto Works (40 Answers) , Melbourne, FL - (321) 420-1919
    brinkline May 20, 2013, 18:37
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    Based on your description the cause of the squealing was more than likely the power steering belt. This belt also drives the A/C compressor and there is a idler pulley. Without seeing the vehicle I would guess that either the idler pulley, power steering pump or the A/C compressor internally seized or the A/C compressor pulley seized. One of the pulleys that the belt drives has a bad bearing causing a pulley to seize which is the reason the belt is squealing.

    This is Brin from Assured Auto Works. We are in Melbourne as well. We are a repairpal "Top Shop".
    We are very good, Honest, and have fair prices. Give us a call. You will be glad you did. We will take care of you.
    Assured Auto Works
    4451 Enterprise Court Suite N
    Melbourne,FL. 32934
    321-610-7977

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    discouraged, May 20, 2013, 19:41
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    Thanks so much I will call on 5-21-2013. But I read somewhere online that 2002 pt crusiers wherre recalled was this for the same thing?

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    brinkline, May 21, 2013, 04:54
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    Good morning,

    The only recall that I know of is for a power steering hose issue. What you are describing does dot sound related but we would have no way of knowing for sure without checking the vehicle. It is a good idea to run the vehicle identification number (VIN) to check for any open recalls. You could call a Chrysler dealer with your VIN and they should be able to tell you if there are any open Recalls on your vehicle. If the vehicle were here we would do that for you.
    It sounds like the vehicle is not drivable. We can have it towed for a reasonable price.

    Thanks and have a great day,
    Brin

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13255 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper May 21, 2013, 07:19
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    POSS IDLER PULLEY IS LOCKING UP AND CAUSING BELT TO SLIP. SEEK DAIG AND EST TO REPAIR

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