Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 17 problems related to power steering fluid (under the steering category).
Car stopped at red light. Engine died and smoke began to rise from engine compartment, then flames shot out. Driver could not get door open at first then after short time locks released and driver was able to escape. Fire department extinguished flames and said fire appeared to be started by fluid leakage. This model had been subject to recall due to fires. Car had recall fix on 9/23/04. It now appears the recall fixes were not permanent and the original problem can recur. It is potentially life threatening. Attempts to discuss the problem with Chrysler were unsuccessful. Chrysler stone walled and falsely rigged their response procedure so as to avoid any responsibility. Chrysler refused to allow me to speak with any person in a position of authority. The clerks I spoke with stated that someone would be in touch with me. Finally after three attempts to speak with someone at Chrysler, and after more than one month from original contact, a letter dated may 13, 2015 was received from Chrysler stating they had tried numerous times to contact us and the claim would be dropped if we did not respond in 10 days. This quite simply is a lie! no attempt was ever made to contact us, even after we contacted Chrysler on three occasions asking to speak with someone. The letter instructed us to contact dekra automotive to arrange an inspection. We did and gave them all the information once again. We offered to send photos of the damage but dekra was not interested. On may 27 we received a letter stating they were unable to inspect the car since it had been sold (salvaged) and were closing the file. Thus, Chrysler had created circumstances through obfuscation and manipulating the response time which they felt relieved them of any responsibility, even the need to discuss the issue with us. This fire hazard still exists.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the power steering failed without warning and caused the fluid to leak out the bottom of the vehicle. No warning indicators were illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering return line hose had a hole in it. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 166,000. Ddr.
Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while turning the steering wheel a grinding noise was present coming from the steering wheel. After starting the vehicle one morning the contact was unable to turn the steering wheel. Upon inspection the contact discovered that the power steering fluid had leaked out of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering hose had made contact with the transmission and ruptured causing the power steering fluid to drain from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure the failure mileage was 85,000. Jft.
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The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while reversing from a parking space, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact took the vehicle to a local dealer where the vehicle was diagnosed as power steering fluid leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04v268000( steering). The contact indicated that the vehicle experienced the same defect as listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 134,000.
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While parked, the contact noticed power steering fluid was leaking from the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 04v268000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections) but had already been repaired. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.
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The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that whenever the steering wheel was turned. A squealing noise emitted from the steering column. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that power steering fluid was leaking out of the power steering pump. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the power steering pump was replaced. The failure continued. The current and failure mileages were 104,000.
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The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that power steering fluid was leaking and causing a grinding noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed a steering hydraulic power issue. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 170,000.
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The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving approximately 2 mph in reverse, the contact heard a noise. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic who stated that there was no power steering fluid in the vehicle. The power steering fluid was replaced; however, the contact stated that she had to constantly replace the fluid and was unable to find out where the leak was located. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealer to be examined. The current and failure mileages were unknown.
Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that the vehicle made a loud whining sound and that the steering began to get tough. The contact found that the power steering fluid was leaking and took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer stated the hose to the steering needed to be replaced, but even though there was a NHTSA recall number: 04vv268000 (steering: hydraulic power assist: hose, piping, and connections), the vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 150,000. Rl.
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In 2004 Chrysler recalled Pt Cruisers with automatic transmissions for a fault with the power steering hose which caused fires in a few cars. They did not however cover 2001 Pt Cruisers with manual transmissions. Last week (8-20-09) my wife drove to the post office (2 miles from home) and smelled burning rubber, she drove the car directly back home. I examined the car that night and could find nothing wrong with the drive belts, tires, and there didn't seem to be any leaks. I took it for a quick test drive and everything seemed fine. The following day (8-21-09) my wife again drove the car to the post office, this time it started making grinding noises and was difficult to steer. She drove the car straight home again. There still didn't seem to be any leaks but when I test drove it I could tell the power steering was non functional. I opened the fill cap for the power steering fluid to check its level and the remaining fluid in the system drained onto my driveway. It seems like there had been a leak in the power steering hose that was being burnt off on the engine. We were fortunate that we were only using the car for local trips as it would have been much more dangerous if the hose had let go while we were driving on the highway. Recall 04v268000, NHTSA action number pe04028, should be extended to the Pt Cruisers with manual transmissions as well before someone gets hurt.
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that the power steering pressure hose would have to be replaced because it was fractured and was causing steering fluid to leak. The vehicle was repaired. After the repair, the failure occurred a second time. The vehicle was taken to another mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that the power steering pressure hose would have to be replaced a second time. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 04v268000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.
Took 2005 pt convertible for oil change, mechanic informed me I was very low on power steering fluid, he refilled it. Gradually began noticing whining/groaning sound when turning, the tighter the turn the worse the sound. Sound increasingly became more frequent. Returned to mechanic (a different one) and he said I was out of steering fluid. I informed him that it had been filled about a month ago. Going from memory here. . . He checked for leak and found none, and refilled. Problem continued to increase until the power steering stopped completely and I could barely turn the car. Returned to previous mechanic to find that the hose had popped off. He reattached. A couple months later when turning left I heard an odd sound, can't really describe. Within a week the groaning was back, hose had popped off again, and fluid ran out in a matter of days. The mechanic again reattached and said something about the way the equipment is arranged under the hood, causes something to rub against the power steering hose, causing it to detach. This ordeal was repeated 3 times within about a year. I was finally able to pin down the type of movement that caused the hose to come off. . . Turning left while at an incline or decline. Through-out all this (I am not good with cars and am a girl) I ended up needing to replace the steering column. I wish I had thought to check into this sooner as I see this is not an isolated problem.
Car type: 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser(touring). Problem: power steering fluid leak. One month after my 36-month warranty expired the power steering fluid leaked out enough to cause considerable noise when the steering wheel was turned during driving. Chrysler dealer investigated this and found fluid leaking from the rack-and-pinion gearbox. Estimated cost to owner for repair: $600. 00 plus labor.
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While driving consumer lost power steering. Consumer pulled over and had the vehicle towed. Dealer informed the consumer that the problem pertained to power steering pump fluid leakage. The problem was not resolved.
On July 7, 2004, I had an coming out of a parking lot when all of a sudden my steering wheel became very hard to turn and I hit a pole on the right side of my vehicle. When I informed daimler Chrysler of the accident, they had an investigator tow my car to mancari's Chrysler Jeep in crestwood, illinois on July 15, 2004 to inpect the damages. When finished, the investigator called me and told me that Chrysler would contact me regarding the damages. After the investigator contacted me, I called daimler Chrysler about two times a week asking for a status and would get put on hold for a long time only to be told that my file is still under review. When I asked for a manager, they would tell me no one is available. In addition, I sent emails to get to Chrysler to get a response. One response was about contacting Chrysler financial. I called and spoke to a mr. Lambert and he gave me an extension on my car payment until September 2004. I told mr. Lambert I do not feel safe in the Pt Cruiser due to my accident and articles that I found. . Read more...
While the vehicle was parked, the consumer noticed fluid leaking from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection numerous times. The mechanic can not duplicate the problem. Please provide further details.
Prior to receiving a recall notice on the power steering hose. On 2 separate occasions I had my oil changed the mechanic said he topped off my power steering fliud it was a little low. When I received the recall notice I arranged to have the hose repaired (serra crysler,Jeep etc). I was told by the mechanic that the hose was damaged and must be replaced. The check engine light came on after diagonistic checking I was told that the power steering switch was bad and needed replacing. This cost $68. 00. My question is if the powering steering assist hose,piping & connections are bad, did that contribute to the power steering switch going bad? the manager jay jordon said that one had nothing to do with the other. So I paid for the switch & labor. Could someone let me know if this is a contributing factor so others will be prepared to pay the extra cost.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Steering Hose, Piping, And Connections problems||
|Power Steering Fluid problems||
|Steering Column problems||
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||
|Hydraulic Power Assist Steering System problems||
|Steering Tie Rod Assembly problems||
|Power Steering Pump problems||
|Steering Wheel problems||
|Steering Noise problems||