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Engine Cooling System Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 22 problems related to engine cooling system (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 02/05/2011

2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser, manual trans, naturally aspirated - arizona stop light, dash indicator, engine overheated, ac high pressure relief valve releases r134a refrigerant. Ac shop says defective pcm, ac system failure. Shop says only Chrysler dealership have pcm fix.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 01/02/2011

Premature water pump and timing chain failure 2002 Pt Cruiser.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 05/01/2010

Every time I unplug my battery it takes some hours of driving before the fan comes back on and that causes overheating by the time the car's fan start working again. When it over heat it boils the coolant and I would have to put the heater on full blast in order to suppress the overheating. And the power steering hose is on part of the radiator that makes it melt when the coolant gets too hot.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 10/18/2009

2001 Pt Cruiser overheating problems. Have spent over $2,000 dollars in repairs,from a new radiator,new hoses,fans, belts,flushes,etc. And it still overheats. People need to be warned of this problem about these cars,they overheat no matter what you have had repaired on them. I hate them they need to be banned from being purchased anywhere where cars are sold!!!!!!!.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 09/25/2009

I was driving my 2002 Pt Cruiser, I was stopped and noticed flames coming from under the hood. I got out and within a minute the car was fully engulfed. The car was completely destroyed. I have pictures of the car after the damage.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 09/22/2009

I own a 2006 Pt Cruiser base model. When the air conditioner was activated, the engine would idle low when the vehicle was stopped in traffic, a stop sign, or red light. The vehicle would almost stall before resuming normal operation. When stopped, warm or hot air would blow through the vents. I took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the fan module repair would cost $700. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 89,052 and failure mileage was approximately 77,603.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 05/14/2009

My wife has a 2006 Pt Cruiser. Around 5/14/2009 it started sputtering when it is at an idle. The motor does fine when you are in motion. My wife was told the problem was the cooling system fan behind the radiator. This car has only 38,000 miles on it. If I 'm not mistaken a part like that should last longer and not break down as soon as the warranty runs out. I need to know if you have had any other problems with this part and what you are going to do to take care of it.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 05/10/2009

Repeated overheating due to a problem with the cooling system. Antifreeze is properly mixed and the reservoir is full. Engine overheats after only a few minutes of operation. Thermostat and radiator cap have been replaced to no avail. When engine is shut off, gurgling noise can be heard from inside the car. Radiator was pressure tested and found no leaks. Antifreeze seems to evaporate constantly causing the overheating issue to occur again after additional amounts of antifreeze has been added.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 09/11/2008

Approached vehicle after visit and noticed strong fuel smell from 20 ft. Away. Opened car door, fumes even stronger. Felt dizzy & disoriented. Called service to have it towed (did not want to start car with strong fumes). Was told there was a problem with fuel line (recall) and that it was repaired. Nearly 1 year later, same problem, check engine light on. 1/2 tank of gas leaked in one day. No obvious source of leak from exterior. Lingering gas smell in interior. Was told nvld pump was replaced. Very concerned about safety, possible adverse health consequences, likelihood of fire. Car has had many other issues as well, including smell from ac system (originally non-functional) which smells like an electrical fire/burning plastic. Dealership is dismissive. Possible lemon.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 06/23/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle's temperature gauge dial would rise above the halfway mark. The fan had to be activated in order for the dial to return to its normal position. The dealer stated that the fan and thermostat failed and needed to be replaced. There was no recall regarding this failure. The current mileage was 69,029 and failure mileage was 64,000.


 
car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
Failure Date: 03/01/2008

Can was due for inspection the check engine light was on the car failed for emissions but the code that was given was for a power steering sector shortly after that on my way to work the car just stopped running as I was driving down the road I pulled over try a few times to start it but it would not start had the car towed to a garage I told that it was the timing belt which I had replaced 2 weeks later drove car for about 30 or 35 mins when I shut the car off I heard the water in the engine boiling there was not warning lights or anything to show that the car was over heated I had to have the car towed again and have not been able to drive it and will not drive it until I cae see about having it repaired again this it getting to be very expensive and is costing me time at work because im a one car owner living in a rural area with not many transportation options.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 12
Failure Date: 02/08/2008

I recently purchased a used 2001 Pt Cruiser. After watching a Pt Cruiser catch on fire in my work parking lot, I noticed that I had no heat. I added coolant and everything seemed fine until I drove it for over 20 minutes. It started to overheat and smoke started coming out from under the hood (in the dead of winter). After letting it cool I was able to get it home. I added coolant and checked for leaks and found none. Then I checked the internet to help troubleshoot the issue. . . And ran across several website with my exact same problem with many people stating that they had spent thousands of dollars without any results, and with no help from Chrysler resolving the issue.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 13
Failure Date: 09/05/2007

My car overheats just when going slow changed radiator cap thermostat cleaned radiator still overheats.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 14
Failure Date: 08/30/2007

The air conditioner failed and a foul pungent odor was coming out of the blower. Since it was the end of summer and the cost to fix it was so much, we waited until this year to repair it. The blower was used during the winter with the same foul odor blowing out of it. The cause of the smell was investigated and nothing was found. The fan was replaced but that did nothing. They (the dealer replaced the fan again but nothing. We had to spray disinfectant in the car on a daily basis to eliminate the odor. As a consequence, I got a severe upper respiratory infection. Finally, the dealer said we needed an evaporator which they replaced. The car had less then 50,000 miles. We realized after this was replaced that the odor went away and the air was so cold that I do not believe that the air conditioner worked well from the first day that we had it. When we complained about it not throwing out cold air (when it was new), we were told that it is because it is a 4 cyl. Car. Now I find that I am leaking antifreeze. They said it was the thermostat housing, so it was replaced. Still leaking. . . . . . . . Now they want to try the water pump. What's next?.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 15
Failure Date: 08/15/2007

Stalling at stop, running rough at low speeds and idle, missing at high speeds.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 16
Failure Date: 08/11/2007

My Pt Cruiser overheated and I realized that the fan was not coming on. I took it in for repair and the mechanic said the sensors and fuses were fine and that the fan assembly needed replacing. Which cost $700. 2 weeks later, the car overheated, again and once again a couple of days after that. This time it stalled and would not start back up.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 17
Failure Date: 12/16/2006

Pt cruiser overheating at idle. No repairs help.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 18
Failure Date: 12/15/2006

- the contact has a 2002 Pt Cruiser. The contact's Pt Cruiser stalled while driving 45 miles an hour. There were no indicator or service lights. The contact checked the vehicle for leaks and the hoses for damage. She did not smell any fluids and no visible damage was apparent. The dealer informed the contact today that the fuel pump is in the transmission and it was damaged. The mileage at the time of the incident is 40,000. The contact is not the original owner of the vehicle.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 19
Failure Date: 01/28/2004

While driving vehicle lost power brakes, power steering, and stalled. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, technician determined that radiator hose broke, and coolant fell off.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 20
Failure Date: 02/09/2003

Vehicle is a new 2003 pt-turbo gt w/auto stick, air, etc. Vehicle is the very first new vehicle that my wife has ever owned. I bought it for her as a xmas gift in Dec. , 2002. Since February 2003, the vehicle continues to overheat. It has had numerous parts replaced from theromstat/cooling fan and its theromstat switch, trans-cooler (turbo), water pump, etc. Vehicle has been in the shop for almost 11 weeks. Both the zone and the manufacturer has been contacted by dealership, and they responded on previous trips into the service bay. My wife actually was able to drive it for almost 5 1/2 weeks after receiving the vehicle back from dealership. Then, on Sunday, 20 July 2003, the vehicle overheated again!! my wife drove it to victorville motors (local Chrysler dealer, victorville, CA) on Monday, 21 July and there it has been since. We understood that it was the water pump again and the dealer was waiting for the zone and/or mfg to contact them to see what else could be done to rectify this anomalous condition. Either in design and just a bad engine. Block is iron, water pump and heads are aluminum. Engine has overheated into the red line so many times, the block and other components have been severly heat stressed. My wife recently (Jan 2003) discovered she had renal esrd (total kidney failure) and is currently doing dialysis. We live in victorville, CA and she must drive to fontanna, CA kaiser hospital for her treatments. Approximately 40 miles each way climbing through a desert mountain pass, elevation 4340 ft. She requires a reliable vehicle and at this point in time, she does not have one. My wife could be stranded in the middle of a desert mountain pass with this problem vehicle. All we have asked for is Chrysler replace the entire engine. . . . My wife has wanted this dream car. For over 2-years. It. . . ". . Thank you. . . . . . . . Ron & gwen repass.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 21
Failure Date: 06/28/2001

Just completely angry and frustrated with Chrysler for producing an automobile that's constantly causing overheating problems that no one seems to be able to correct. Just a lot of money being spent. Who need this when the economy is at its lowest ever? please help the many owners of Pt Cruisers. Thank you.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 22
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser with defected control arm bushings. Consumer stated that the bushings are wearing prematurely. The consumer stated he has had problems with the transmission, steering column, front bearing and water pump.


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