Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 29 problems related to engine oil leaking (under the engine and engine cooling 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.
Engine leaking oil.
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My 2007 Pt Cruiser with 17,340 miles (yes, that's correct), started leaking a good amount of oil. Researched and found this to be a common problem with some folks getting stranded on highway when car dropped all of its oil, brought to dealer. The invoice states the following: "customer states vehicle is leaking oil. Verified the concern. Found oil leaking from cam and crank seals. Disassembled engine to replace seals, and found excessive crank shaft end play, causing the crankshaft seal to push out. Inspected motor, found broken thrust washers and damage to the crankshaft. Replace the engine and recheck, no more oil leaks. " and that's what they did. . . Total cost, including tax was $6,055. This was not an easy decision. Checking online, I found it to be a common problem. Based on what I read, I asked dealer to replace with a short block. Said they are no longer made. Car is only worth about 6k but there's no way I could afford a new car. This way I do have a 3 yr warranty on the new engine.
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I noticed a sudden oil leak. I immediately had it checked to be told it was the front crank shaft and front seal needed to be replaced. My research showed it to be so common a problem in the Pt Cruiser. Repair cost up to $1300. 00. And problem would likely re-occur. Has not been repaired .
Driving at 35mph. Suddenly the engine shut off. The car coasted/rolled down-hill for 1. 5 blocks. I stopped at the first red light. The car would not re-start. It began to crank but would never turn the engine over. Checked the oil stick and there was no (zero) oil on the stick. We added 4 quarts of oil. The oil did not leak out of the car. We let the engine cool and tried to start the car. It would not start, it cranked again but didn't turn over. I had the car towed to the mechanic shop.
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After getting out of my car and noticing a oil leak on the driveway, I took it to my mechanic and he diagnosed it as a failed front crank seal. Vehicle is maintained with normal maintenance and oil changes ever 3000 miles. It only has slightly over 47000 miles and a major mechanical problem. . Well, I contacted Chrysler customer care and they cant help. . I had it repaired and absorbed the full cost myself. . Then as of this weekend 12/27/13 I had the same problem again. . . Called Chrysler and they won't help at all I'm reading about this being a pretty common problem with the 2. 4 engines isn't it time we hold out manufactures responsible??? to at least absorb some of the cost for parts failing way too soon in their expected life. . . If this would have happened on a long trip I might have been in much worse shape. . . Vehicle was 4 quarts low when I finally alerted there was another leak.
After coming from the store I notice a big spot of oil on the garage floor,I wipe it up went inside the house the next day I went on some errands came back to the house and some more oil, at this point call my local parts house he came up with a bad front oil seal. So I wanted to did further into this, and found a lot of Dodge, Chrysler, owner had this same problem. I pull up and copy these problem's some p/t owners said the dealer wanted to charge them to change the engine because of the thrust bearing was to far out of specs. And pushing the front seal out and causing leak. If this would happen at high speeds,this would have a terrible terrible problem. I think Chrysler knows about this, because one Chrysler tech did say he knows the 2. 4l has a crank seal issue on a handful of the vehicle. Now our p/t only has 55,000 miles on it and this problem should not be. Most owner that I've read about has mileage no more than 110. 000. And some have had the seal replace two-three times. I think Chrysler needs to step up to plate and address this problem now we are stuck without a car. This could cost in the thousands,this problem should have address long ago. The hole under carriage is soak with oil.
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2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. Consumer writes in regards to no instrument panel illumination, fuel and oil leaks, brake warning lights comes when applying brakes, inoperative windshield wiper switch. The consumer stated the instrument panel was completely dark and he was unable to see the gauges at night.
2006 Pt Cruiser. Consumer writes in regards to crankshaft issues and vehicle repairs
the consumer stated the vehicle was leaking oil and therefore, it was taken to the dealer on 03/13/12. The consumer was contacted at the end of the day and informed the crankshaft had ruined the engine block and needed a short block replacement at a cost of $4,000-5,000. The consumer had the same issue at 4,000 where the crankshaft had to be replaced due to a factory defect. Chrysler approved the short block replacement, but the consumer had to pay a CO-pay. The consumer received a call from the dealer on 03/21/12 and was informed the vehicle was ready to be picked up. However, upon arrival the next day, the only thing that was replaced, was the crankshaft, the dealer knew nothing about the replacement of the short block. The consumer was assured the block was not damaged, even though the consumer was told previously the block was damaged.
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Recently, I noticed a puddle of oil forming under my car when it was parked briefly. A check of oil showed that it was slightly below normal, but well within range. Topped up oil and started engine, and steady stream of oil was seen to be coming from crank oil seal. The day before this car did not drip a drop of oil. Mechanic found seal was in tact, but completely loose from engine. Had seal replaced by certified mechanic, and in less than 15 miles the oil leak returned. After seeing multiple similar accounts on internet, had the mechanic open the engine and found the crank end play to be well over . 020" and the thrust bearing wiped along with damage to the crank thrust face. Oddly Chrysler seems to only install the thrust bearing on only the top half in this design. The problem seems to be the thrust bearing fails, the crankshaft then walks into the back of the seal and knocks it out. Fortunately, I noticed the puddle, before this failed at highway speed. This could have emptied the oil in minutes and seized up the engine at speed. This is clearly a known design flaw that Chrysler is avoiding taking responsibility for. No engine should have this sort of failure in the 21st century!.
I am so unhappy with this car, it has given me nothing but headaches. I have had front end bearing problems to electrical, but the worst problem is the one I have right now. My car is at the dealership as we speak, and I am being told that Chrysler may not cover this problem. The car has various leaks,the oil has leaked into the spark plugs, and other areas that they are not certain off, they suggested one is coming from the head gasket a part of the engine. The problems started about six months ago, first it wanted to stop on me at every light, second the engine light went on, third the oil light. I would take it to mechanics and they could not find the problem, it was getting worse and I would replace parts that were going bad, but still the problem was there. When I went to Chrysler dealership they told me we can't see the problem, but I told them that I would not leave until they found the problem. I am waiting the status on this matter from Chrysler extended warranty. I suggest you recall this car, it has some serious issues relating to the engine, my perspective of this vehicle is the life span lasts 70,000,mile because the problems. Get worse.
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact was driving 35 mph when oil started leaking from the engine. The contact stated that he previously noticed a oil puddle in the driveway of his home. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where a diagnostic was performed that determined that the short block in the engine would need to be replaced. The contact was concerned that the vehicle could have stalled and caused a crash. The failure mileage was 41,112.
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that the check engine warning lamp was illuminated and smoke began emitting from under the hood area. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the crank shaft seal failed. The vehicle was repaired and the next day, the contact experienced an abnormal oil leak. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised that there was excessive movement in the crank shaft which caused the seal to be pushed outward. The manufacturer was contacted who stated that there were no recalls for the failure but they decided to extend a goodwill warranty that would cover the replacement of the engine block. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 69,100.
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking oil. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who confirmed that the crank shaft, and the front seal needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 49,000.
Purchased automobile 12/07/2010. . . Repairs conducted on 1/21/11 (1) replacement drivers (outer) l panel driver seat switch bezel broken *same exists panel continually "breaks" down after sitting on drivers seat (2) power lock system l/r door would not lock/or/unlock * additional electrical problems with "late" automatic locking of automobile doors on 11/14/11 during oil-change (mechanic) discovered (1) broken motor mounts (upper/lower) rf engine (2) shock leaking. . . Mechanic stated in 20 plus yrs of work as a mechanic he has "replaced" many pt cruiser-broken motor mounts. . . Myself, I documented all above in an email to Chrysler 11/14/2011. Suggesting "lemon" automobile & requested total compensation or (new automobile) replacement free of charge.
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The vehicle was parked when the contact noticed oil leaking from the engine. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the technician stated that the crank shaft was leaking. The vehicle was repaired but oil continued to leak. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the technician stated the engine needed to be removed in order to determine if they could diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser convertible. The contact stated that the front seal on the bottom of the crank case would leak oil. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the defect. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 43,000.
It appears that the crankshaft on 2006 Pt Cruisers does have a inherent built-in flaw that allows the crankshaft to move along its axis more than it should. After a while this causes the main crank seal to pop out and a significant oil leak to happen. It looks from reading over various forums that this problem occurs as early as 10,000 miles and is known by Chrysler although not yet classified as a recall. This is a safety issue a major oil leak whilst running can have major consequences for the user and others. In my case the problem was identified before an incident happens with the oil pressure reading abnormally high but I understand this can happen unexpectedly.
2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser, front crank shaft seal blown out 5 time since 2/2008. Leaking oil- over 1 quart every 10 miles. Fixed 4 time by a ase certified mechanic. Contacted Chrysler and was told that this is a know issue with the 2007 Pt Cruiser and that it needs a short block. Found 100s of accounts of this online people experience it. Chrysler referring to it as a silent recall. Oil light doesn't come on at high speeds could lead to an engine seize.
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. In March 2010, the contact noticed oil where his vehicle had been parked so she took the vehicle to the dealership where they replaced the seal. The next week, the new seal failed and oil began leaking again. The contact called the manufacturer who advised her to return the vehicle to the dealership. The vehicle was at the dealership and not in drivable condition at the time of the complaint. The dealer informed the contact the engine needed to be replaced. She then called the manufacturer again and was told that they could not assist her with any of the repair costs. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 66,000. The current mileage was 66,060.
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact noticed that there was a slight oil leak. She checked the engine and saw that there was an adequate amount of oil inside of it. Later that evening, the oil light illuminated on the dashboard. When she checked the engine, there was no oil on the stick at all. The next morning, she put four quarts of oil in the engine. Before leaving work, she put two more quarts in the vehicle as it showed that she was two quarts low. By the time she reached home, the oil light was illuminated again. She put four quarts of oil and took the vehicle to a repair shop the next morning. The mechanic told her that cam seal failed and possibly caused the oil leak. The vehicle was repaired. When the mechanic restarted the vehicle after it was repaired, all of the oil leaked onto the ground. The mechanic then called her to say that the failure could have been caused by the engine pump. She called the dealer and was told to instruct the mechanic to inspect the thrust bearings. The mechanic confirmed that the thrust bearings were defective. She called the manufacturer and was told that someone would call her in 24 to 48 hours (she was currently awaiting a response). The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 66,000.
1)massive oil leak. From front crankshaft seal being pushed out 2)Chrysler 2. 4 have (inner company memo)star 3)remove engine measure crankshaft endplay then replace with short block.
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact noticed that the vehicle was leaking oil. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the contact was informed that the right crankshaft seal failed and needed to be replaced. In February 2010, the same failure occurred and the dealer replaced the right crankshaft sensor. The failure continued to occur. The manufacturer was aware of the failure, but failed to offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 83,000.
While driving down the freeway, my 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser lost all the oil out of my engine. This caused my engine oil light immediately came on and I pulled off the freeway. After putting 2 pints of oil into the engine, I drove home only to find out that again my engine had no oil in it after roughly 50 miles of driving. I put 3 pints of oil in a day later and turned over the engine and found that my oil was leaking out of the engine gasket seal. I contacted Chrysler, and the informed me that engine gasket repairs are not covered for vehicles over 120,000 miles. Leaking oil in this manner is a major fire hazard, and I'm lucky that my vehicle did not catch fire while driving home. I noticed online, that many other pt owners have complained about these types of engine failures consistently. I cannot pay the 2800 dollars for this repair, the car will sit until Chrysler loses this lawsuit.
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Oil leaks discovered. 2 different mechanics replaced front crank seal only to have seal pushed out due to end play. Had engine replaced @ $3,836. Was told that end play was within factory specifications on 2006 engine. The Pt Cruiser is a 2006 with 45,000 miles on odometer. Mechanic stated that new engine will work fine. Old engine had bugs in it.
My husband was heading back home from idaho and the car over heated in tremonton. He called and asked if there was any oil or anything in the driveway. There was. We have never had a leak up to this point with the cruiser. He was stuck for quite a while trying to figure out how to get home. We are now waiting on the dealership to figure out what is wrong. It sounds like from all of the boards that I have read that it is not ust a small issue. When is Chrysler going to get it in gear and do a recall so no one else gets stuck, hurt or even killed because of the their negligence?.
On December 24, 2007 I took my 2007 Pt Cruiser, that is only 6 months old, to firestone to be checked on cause I noticed I was leaking oil. They proceeded to take my car put it on the lift and noticed it was leaking dramatically. They then told me that I had major engine trouble and needed to have it checked out. I went to sears auto center I pulled in front within 10 minutes all the oil in the car was on the ground. I had them look at it and they said my car has major engine trouble. I had my car towed to the dealership which I bought it. On December 26. 2007 I got a phone call saying they had to order the small block for the car because a bearing in the crankshaft went and blew the bottom half of the engine out and it would cost about $6,000 to fix. He also told me the part would be in Friday December 28, 2007 but he had no idea when it would get done because of the amount of work that needed done. I then contacted Chrysler because I feel unsafe in a car that no warning lights come on and that needed major engine repair within the first six months. After it's fixed I'm worried it is going to happen again. They advised me I could trade it in for something else but I would have to carry the balanced owed over. The dealership didn't want to give me much for it. I called Chrysler financial and they advised me to contact my attorney general's office to see about a lemon law or a buy back because a car that is only 6 months old should need work that extensive. I then contacted Chrysler to see if they could just replace the car because of the amount of damage was done. They then advised me they would send the dealership all the paper work that is needed to document the damage and for me to contact the attorney general's office to see if the company is required to buy back this vehicle that needed this extensive work done to it.
New 2006 Pt Cruiser with 6700 miles started dripping oil at first, and then large puddles started to appear. Took the car to dealer where after a day I was told that the main crank seal was leaking and both cam shaft seals were found to be wet with oil. Dealer replaced crankshaft seal and cam seals. Picked up the car and the following day the car started to leak puddles of oil again. Car was returned to the dealer where the engine was torn down twice in attempt to find the leak a die was also added to the oil to try and locate the source of the leak. After one day I was offered a loaner vehicle and was told they found the source of the leak, the main crank seal was leaking again and they would have to order parts. The next day I was told while ordering the necessary parts a technical service bulletin (TSB) issued by Chrysler was found and it stated a defect with the block was causing the crankshaft to walk back and forth crushing the seal. A new engine block was ordered and installed.
I have a new 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser limited. It has approx 4200 miles on it. Last weekend it started heavily leaking oil from the front of the engine. The oil level was down almost 3 quarts when I discovered it, and still no indication on the dashboard. I took the car to town & country Chrysler in levittown NY ,Monday morning. Tuesday they diagnose the main cam seal had burst. They believe it was caused by an incorrect bore size on the block. They will have to install a new engine block in the car. If the diagnoses is correct, engine blocks to my knowledge are not bored out by hand , but by robotics . Therefore I am certain my isn't or won't be the only complaint. . This might be a quality control issue.
My 2003 Pt Cruiser, still under the original warranty, has had a serious problem with oil leaks. The first time I took the car in for service was one year ago. Now, within the past several weeks, I have had to bring the car in for oil and/or brake fluid leaks three times. I am taking it in for a fourth time tomorrow. I am simply looking for any and all avenues with which to formally complain about the lack of quality in the vehicle and the lack of quality service at the "five star" dealership I bought the car from. I have notified Chrysler of the problems and the cavalier response was extremely disconcerting. It is quite clear to me Chrysler does not care about quality or its customers.
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