Crankshaft Position Sensor Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser

Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 2 problems related to crankshaft position sensor (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chrysler Pt Cruiser based on all problems reported for the Pt Cruiser.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 08/10/2011

2006 with less than 60,000 miles on it started hard time cranking, jerking, skipping and losing power down to about 25 mph. Replaced plugs, wires, battery and crank sensor nothing seemed to fix it. I went online to see if this was a regular problem with the Pt Cruiser and on several websites found it was a continual problem here is the result of one of the searches: I ran into that problem with a customer's Pt Cruiser the same year as yours. What I found by accident during diagnosis was the connectors terminals that plug into the front control module lose terminal tension causing intermittent electrical concerns. The way I found it was by wiggling the wiring harnesses that go up underneath the module which caused the problem to show up. I had to dissemble the connectors and re tension the terminals. The terminals are kind of dinky on those and it wouldn't take many plugging and un-plugging of the connectors to cause the terminal to lose tension. No fix is listed on the Chrysler website or anywhere yet there a numerous complaints. I bought this car for my 16yr old (now 17) never had a problem with it until now. When going down the interstate it went from 65 to 25 and she was scared sensless. This could have been a tragic accident. Now the car does it we push the plugs back in runs fine then when the car is ran for any length of time it does it again. Push the plugs back in runs fine so I do know it is this part I hope for a fix before someone gets really hurt from the loss of power so abruptly. Websites I referred carjunkie. Com, ask. Com, Chrysler. Com, google. Com sear for 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser.

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car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

Iwas driving and entering the expressway from an on ramp when my check engine light came on after I heard a ding sound. I tried to excellerate and could not go over 20 miles an hour with out the car sputtering as if it was not getting gas. I drove to the nearest off ramp and preceded to a dealership where I had an oil change done on the same car a month prior. I had bought the car used from carmax just 4 months ago and it only had 44,000. The tech said it was probably something minor. When he called to tell me what was wrong it was not minor. The cam and crank position sensors had gone out. At the tune of $491. 00 to fix it. I called the operations manager at carmax and all he wanted to say was thank goodness I had bought the extended warranty so it would only be $300. 00 for the deductible. I saw that there were others with this same problem. I have had more people tell me that these cars (pt cruisers) have many problems and that something is always going wrong with them. I wish I had never gotten this type of vechile now!!! I am stuck with this car because I cannot trade it in, I would be upside down. Hopefully I will not have the oil problems that all the others have had. If I had known they were built in mexico I would not have even thought about buying it.

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