Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 9 problems related to brake disc caliper (under the service brakes category).
I was driving through town when I smelled something like rubber burning, saw smoke billowing out from passenger front side of car. I immediately pulled off of road, turned car off & looked to see what was causing this. No leaks of any kind. My mechanic is in the process of repairing my pt. The front passenger brake seized & burned up my caliper, rotor & brake pads. It was so hot, it literally melted parts. I came close to a major fire & it was a good thing I was not on a highway. I hope this does not happen again. I do not know if there were any recalls on this vehicle due to brake problems- but I would like to know as I feel this is a major safety issue.
See all problems of the 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser.
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. She noticed a loud rubbing noise in the steering wheel every time she drove the vehicle. The dealer stated that they could not find the cause or reason for the noise. She received recall notice (04v268000) for the power steering and the repair was performed according to that recall; however, she noticed that the recall repair did not remedy the issue. The dealer later stated that they could not hear the noise in the steering wheel and were unable to diagnose the failure. While driving away from the dealer, she smelled smoke, drove back to the dealer and smoke began to "bellow" from underneath the left front tire. The dealer provided assistance and replaced the hose, caliper, brake pad, rotor and the wheel cover. She was charged $406. 60 for the repairs. The manufacturer was advised of the repair cost; however, they advised her to take the matter up with the dealer. The following year the failure recurred, the same dealer told that the caliper was leaking. They caliper was replaced according to the warranty. She asked the dealer why they had not replaced it the first time according to warranty and was told that the first time, it was a new issue. She went back to the dealer the following year for the identical failure and was billed $239 to replace the caliper since the warranty had expired. Recently, she smelled smoke and an authorized dealer stated that the caliper was warped because of intense heat and the brake line had soot in it and that the warped caliper was holding the wheel in place. She provided the dealer with a reference number from the manufacturer. The dealer tried to speak with the representative and was unsuccessful. The current mileage was approximately 37,900. The failure mileage was 21,181. Updated 12/7/09
See all problems of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser.
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that the left and right front tires caught fire due to intense heat in the wheels. The brake caliper also locked which caused the left wheel to lock and melt the brakes. The dealer stated that they corrected the failure in April of 2006. A different dealer confirmed that the brake line was never replaced or repaired which is why the failure has occurred. The failure mileage was 21,000 and the current mileage was 37,800.
: the contact stated while driving 15 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate and felt as if it was dragging. There was also a smell was coming from the front of the vehicle. It was towed to an independent repair shop who determined the front left brake was sticking. The caliper was replaced and bolts were tightened. One week later, the same thing occurred. This time the independent repair shop replaced the caliper with the original and suggested a visit to the dealer for further assistance. The dealer flushed the brake system and during a test drive the front left and the rear right brakes caught on fire. It was determined the rotors and pads and abs system needed to be replaced.
The front brakes and tires exhibit extreme wear and tear. Front tires replaced approx. 40,000 miles, real ok at 68,000. Front brakes replaced twice so far, with rotors and calipers needing replacements. The front suspension system appears to be overly stressed due to vehicle design.
See all problems of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser.
My 01 Chrysler Pt Cruiser, 25,602 miles, had a stiff brake pedal. Car felt as if I was driving w/foot on brake. Chrysler towed car to dealer. They said I had contaminated brake fluid, repairs not covered by regular or ext. Warranty. My bill for repair was $2643. 48. They replaced all brake system components.
Premature, unexplained wear, requiring replacement of front discs and calipers, brakes.
2001 Pt Cruiser, caliper freezing to rotor causing brake pads to wear down to medal and rotor to turn blue, only on passenger front side of vehicle. I have the brake pads from the vehicle and the pads from the driver's side look like new. I filed a complaint with daimler Chrysler over the warranty on the caliper and contemporary Chrysler dodger said it was "normal wear" and "brake dust and dirt particles" that cause the caliper to stick? I believe it is not normal for one side to be worn down to the medal? the right rear caliper froze and caused the same problem at approximately. 20,316 mi. But the service was performed at a different dealer. Also, causing shimmy in the front end.
2001 Pt Cruiser, caliper freezing to rotor causing brake pads to wear down to medal and rotor to turn blue, only on passenger front side of vehicle. The right rear caliper froze and caused the same problem at approximately. 20,316 mi. But the service was performed at a different dealer. Also, causing shimmy in the front end.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
|Brake Disc Caliper problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
|Brake Squeaking Noise problems||
|Brake Grinding Noise problems||
|Brake Disc problems||