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Old 09-29-2009, 09:13 PM   #1
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PT Cruiser does strange things

OK, not my vehicle. I stop being very interested in ChryCo vehicles made after 1980. This is the weirdest problem I've seen- makes me happy I have a Ford.

With the transmission in park, you try to start the engine. The engine is labored, will not idle, and the vehicle lurches forward slightly like it's still in gear. It does the same thing in N. The lights come on set to bright even if the light switch is off, and this car does not have daytime running lights.

I would not be surprised if this is 2 different problems. I'm just wondering if any of you have any experience with PT Cruisers, or might know what would cause the transmission to act like this. If I can get past that much, I can figure out what the lights are doing.

These friends can't afford to have a shop fix it, and I'm not going to waste my time and their money throwing parts at it.

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Old 09-29-2009, 10:14 PM   #2
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I can't say what's wrong, but the transmissions in PT Cruisers are crap so it doesn't surprise me
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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It sounds like two things. One being the converter clutch is constantly on causing there to be a constant mechanical link between the motor and trans. Two, something is off or clogged in the valve body causing one or more of the friction devices to constantly get pressures from the oil pump, causing it to remain in gear no matter what.
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My parents have a stratus that has been in the tranny shop 4 times in a month. :) Have no clue why they even bought that POS...
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:38 PM   #5
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we had a PT Bruiser rental. it's a pretty plain car... I personally thought it was awful but i guess it can get a job done...?
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I dunno about those PT cruisers in specific but it does sound like something is being stuck open. I hate to say this but it MAY even be one of those rare cases where the CPU is just fried. In fact we're working on a volvo today that fried the computer. it runs, barely, and all these weird things happen when you press a button, or wont for that matter.

if that's the case..... well there better be a dead PT in a junkyard :P
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To think they are still keeping this thing in production till like 2011 lol.
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I wanna see the California Cruiser go into production well more so than the PT Cruiser at least.
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Have to say it does sound like a transmission problem, those transmissions aren't that great, although having had trans problems with my 07 Focus guess I shouldn't talk about others. You might wanna try poking around on allpar.com msg boards and see if you find anything.
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My old Neon did the samething (auto trany) until last week when the oil cooler blew up and took out the radiator. Now I have a Foci.
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