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#28 of 67 Air loss in Front tires of my 2002 PT Cruiser!
Oct 24, 2008 (11:55 am)
I, too, have purchased a used 2002 Lmt. Ed.PT Cruiser 3 months ago. It's been in the shop, under it's 24K or 24 months warranty that came with the car, for 12-16 lb. air loss in front tires every 3-4 days, suspension problems, and now overheating and bad battery problems. Last night, the battery was replaced and today the Cooling Fan was replaced. They have also replaced whatever holds the sway bar onto the car (supposedly the suspension problem, NOT!), and have supposedly dismantled the front tires, cleaned, and rebeaded both the front tires! The 2nd time was done with some sort of weather glue! Whatever! They STILL loose 12-16 lbs. of air every 3-4 days! I'm exhausted with this problem. And....I only live 1 1/2 blocks from a gas station where I can fill them up! I sometimes only find them with enough air to just put a pressure on the guage! I'm worried that this will not only cause me to have an accident, but that I will break the beading when I drive on them, LOW, to the gas station at some point! The mechanic last night, even said that he saw the glue starting to come out of the sides! THIS IS RIDICULOUS! I have read countless entries on countless sites about this tire problem and I am wondering what I can do about it!? I can't believe that Chrysler is still making and selling these cars, without having taken care of that particular problem! If anyone that reads this HAS the answer, PLEASE let me know! Thanks
PS: I was told, last night, that I might try to fill the tires with "Nitrous" that a couple of our tire dealers sell! Is this something that might help?
#29 of 67 Re: Air loss in Front tires of my 2002 PT Cruiser! [lspringerf]
Oct 24, 2008 (12:36 pm)
It's not your TIRES! It's the damned chromed wheels that are causing the problems. They pit and lose their seal with the tires, thus enabling air to escape. I've had this problem six times in the past two/three years. Thank goodness I have a replacement warranty purchased from Just Tires so my repair is covered. We should make Chrysler respond to these problems as the guys at my Just Tires say they know about this defect.
#30 of 67 Re: Air loss in Front tires of my 2002 PT Cruiser! [roosters940]
Oct 24, 2008 (1:55 pm)
I've had to deal with the air leak on my wife's 03 GT Cruiser with chrome wheels. NTB ended up sanding the rim bead area and adding a sealer along the bead. This solved the problem for three of the wheels.
The other one was so bad from the chrome flaking off the wheel had to be replaced. Fortunately, I had a spare chrome wheel I purchased on eBay several years ago and they swapped it out. No more leaks for now.
Nov 22, 2008 (2:09 pm)
We have not (knock-knock) had the leakage problems other complain of. We do have a dented rim and need a replacement or replica for a 2001 16" chrome w/o dimples. Does anyone know a source for under 200 bucks? Wheel prices are absurd.
#32 of 67 Re: PT Cruiser Tire/Wheel Questions [pf_flyer]
Dec 24, 2008 (5:12 pm)
Along with my list of pt issues, My 2005 pt rims were leaking at after 2 years. Ruined all tires due to constant air pressure loss. That is when you get a radial shift and tires become toast and you get a shimmy, or separatiation of thread. Chrysler Dealer refurbished them under warranty, but I had to bitch loads before they did. Any wheel repair shop should be able to turn and refinish them. Also, had wheel weights put on the inside of the rim, for the lead weights corrode the finish and start chapping. So far after a year of cold and salt roads, all is okay. Seal the tiree beads also. Good luck.
#33 of 67 Pt Tires Poor, Rims leaking
Dec 24, 2008 (5:21 pm)
My 2005 rims neede returning at about 48,000 klms. All tires were apparently sparated. A chrysler service tech told me cheap cars, cheap tires. Wheel repairs and turning is about 200 bucks apiece canadian. Warrenty paid for the rims, but if you must, buy your tires elswhere. wayne
#34 of 67 Re: PT Cruiser Tire/Wheel Questions [wissler]
Dec 26, 2008 (10:53 am)
You have the pothole blues...
It seems as tho Our friends at Goodyear,have made these low profile,tires
today with[soft sidewalls]so we can get what the folks at Chrysler.
Make us think we have a very good handling car.
The 2001/02 cruisers,had a sway bar for this,in the cost cutting.
It was left off the rest of the fleet-03-and up.
If all you want to fix the problem[after buying a new pair of tires]
go to any junk yard and ask to look over any smashed ones.
Find a 01 - or -02 get the swaybar for less than a new pair of shoes.
And the tire problem,Goodyear came out with a new tire with kevlar,on
the sidewalls[for as my wife puts it ";she can rub the curb now.' oh boy.
So i got me a Dream series2 with all the factory toys....
hope this helps your problem..
#35 of 67 Re: Pt Tires Poor, Rims leaking [yale329]
Dec 26, 2008 (11:01 am)
Sorry you listen to the tech's
My CRUSIER,is not cheap or the tires or rims.The leaking is due to the flacking off of chrome on the wheels,get a tire company[Discount] and they can help you fix your problem for nothing,by wirebrushing your rims before putting on your
#36 of 67 Re: pt cruiser wheel sizes [corvairbob]
Dec 26, 2008 (7:57 pm)
Providing disc brakes are the same diameter as the 2001, a 15" wheel should fit with no clearance problems.
If I felt like spending the money I'd go to 15s on my wife's car. 195.65.15 is the correct 15" size, they have a taller sidewall than the 205.55.16 that are on there now. I'd get replacement wheels at Tire Rack or similar.
#37 of 67 What kind of wheels do I need to replace mine?
Nov 02, 2009 (1:35 pm)
My 2002 PT GT with the chrome, low profile, high performance, high price tires has me at wit's end. I had to fill them at least every week and was replacing tires (all 4) every year, as well as numerous trips to the Goodyear store to grind and seal the rims. I finally gave up and got a nice new Nissan Altima hybrid this March and planned to sell the PT.
I got my PT detailed in preparation to sell it. After returning from a 2 week vacation, 3 of the tires were flat. I called a new (to me) mechanic and had the car towed there. They are grinding and sealing the rims. They told me my tires have dry rot, which I had never heard of. They are all less than a year old, but I learned that maybe the dressing that the detailer put on them caused that.
Assuming that I will have to replace many of these tires, if I just give up on the chrome wheels and go with a smaller, pothole friendly, normal tire and wheel, what size do I choose? How much do they cost?
I want to sell this car. It is too bad. I love the look, the performance and the handling.