Suspension Noise Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser

Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 9 problems related to suspension noise (under the suspension 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   Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 03/14/2018

I had purchesed a used 2003 Pt Cruiser and on the hwy home short time later I heard clunking sound three times first when merging onto hwy from car dealership. Futhermore, about 10 min into my hwy drive home I became frightend when my car ended up having a mind if its own and stared going to the left so I tried to turn stearing wheel towards right and I was unable to correct it for few seconds and ended on the otheride of white line just about off hwy and into gravel but at that point I seened to regain control of my car stearing and proceeding back beteeen yellow and white line on the hwy, following was another incident was when I came to complete stop following with left turn (started to make a clunking sound even louder). Durning my route I made a right turn the sound again. I ended up taking it to a dealership to take a look at . The mechanic said he knew at one point they had a safty recall on the suspension for pt crusiers because they could cause injury with motor vehicle accidents due to loss of control as a result of lower contol arm /sway bar / and bad ball joints which I personally prob expericend on my way home following my purchese of the car. The mechanic I spoke to checked my VIN number and it did not have a recall on it however there was recalls for a set amount and that mine wasnt one of them but shoukd have been and that I should inform " NHTSA "about my situation because there could be others experiencing same situation due to malfunctioning parts because a malfuction can happen to even after market parts can lead to deadly accidents even death because of loss of control. I strongly agree with mechanic that the recall should be updated even on the after market parts for the suspenion such as control arm and called for every 2003 pt crusier gt because of loss of control that almost caused me to be in accident even could of been fatal. Thank you.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

The contact owns a 2001 chrsyler Pt Cruiser. While driving at any speed, the front end of the vehicle made a loud noise. The contact stated that the cross member frame had rusted out. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 16v387000 (suspension). The dealer was notified, but the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 05/29/2014

I had stopped at a ssignal light and was hit in an front /head on crash there was no air bag deployment - thecar was deemed as a total lost per my insurance the damage was front left finder - hood = bumper - grill left suspension parts radiator oil cooler and frame I feel that if the car is going to sustain that much damage the car would have deployed the air bags. I have seen cars that the airbags deployed when hit hard enough to scuff the front bumper also the horn would like to stick when depressed some time the horn would sound some time the horn would not make any sound till you beat the darn thing.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 12/03/2012

The car makes a cracking sound when you turn or goes over bumps sound like its coming from from of car possible front suspension.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 08/28/2007

At 23,021 miles my 2005 Pt Cruiser had the lower left control arm replaced (8/28/2007). Seven months later, I experienced the same problem with the car (clunking noise when going over bumps). I took the car back to the dealer and they replaced the other lower control arm on 3/25/08 at 27834 miles. I had the front brakes replaced at 38,033 miles and at 60,349 miles. I have read many complaints in online forums from people with similar problems with this model and brake wear has been reported due to front wheel bearing issues. My car is now at 62,570 and I am having the same clunking noise in the front when hitting a bump along with a loud noise upon braking at high speeds. I am highly concerned about my safety in this vehicle now. Many people have reported the same issue. This is a safety and life threatening issue and Chrysler nees to do something about this vehicle. Prior to this car, I owned a 2001 Pt Cruiser and had the control arms replaced in that car before 40000 miles. There has to be some defect with this vehicle. Please address this issue for the safety of anyone driving in these vehicles. A wheel bearing breaking while driving is a serious issue! see complaints at sites below. Thank you. . Read more...

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 06/02/2005

Bell crank connecting watts links. Bushing wears out before 40k miles creating loud clunking noises at rear suspension. And this suspension is highlighted on Chrysler web site as a feature, not a failure. Repair is $315. 05, part available. Should at least be under warranty. Many failures noted on owner forums. Also own second pt at 30k miles and it is showing (hearing) symptoms.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 06/09/2004

Rear suspension bushings wore out at 40,000 mi and now again at 75,000 causing the rear end to bounce and sway uncontrollable at high speeds (45-65 mph). Indication of worn bushings: loud clunking noise in rear end.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 05/01/2004

Rear suspension made up of many links with grommets inside them that wear out prematurely and make a loud clanging banging noise. I thought it was my spare tire w/o air and did not get to the dealer before the 36,000 mile warranty expired (plus this dealer does not really repair things). Local mechanic got ahold of local dealer who is very familiar with this very frequent problem. Either it is a poor design or the supplier blew it but it is goddawful and I am fearful of failure.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 03/20/2003

Rear suspension part broke. Bell crank broke causing a loud knocking noise. Dealer said that futher driving could have resulted in back suspension falling of of car in a catastophic failure.

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