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#83 of 104 Shimmy when shifting
Jul 20, 2011 (1:51 pm)
I have been told that a shimmy when the auto transmission is shifting may be transmission and/or motor mounts? I have also been told that the mounts on my 2003 PT Cruiser go out every 4 or 5 years? They said you should make sure the mechanic changes the water pump and timing belt at the same time as the mounts with no labor charge, because you have to take those things off anyway when you change the mounts? Is this info correct?
#84 of 104 Re: Shimmy when shifting [tim185]
Jul 20, 2011 (2:53 pm)
might as well! Chrysler never put out to the public how, shall we say, "sensitive" the early, and perhaps, recent, PT tranny's are! Mine blew up, and it costs as much as the car to get a new one, a used one was put in and it blew up too. I WOULD NEVER BUY A PT OR ANY CHRYSLER EVER AGAIN. I have a little Nissan Versa with a lawnmower type transmission that just hums along! If you DO NOT do these things, it is just a matter of time before the tranny blows out completely for you! Read deeper in Edmund's about PT transmissions. GOOD LUCK, Uggy
#85 of 104 04 PT Crusier 5speed
Aug 21, 2011 (7:06 pm)
My check engine light has been on since we bought it back in April or May of this year...we've had it checked on quite a bit but everyone says the same thing it's fine nothing is showing up...around about 3 wks or so ago it started having trouble going into reverse but no problems with any other gears....What could be the problem with it??? Any idea's????
#86 of 104 pt cruiser law suit
Aug 29, 2011 (5:01 pm)
does any one no if thiers a class action law suit against chrysler for these problems we all have incountered. i have a 2003 pt bought it new by the third year i replaced the timing belt then the conputer now the car shakes they said its the transaxel i have spent around 6000.00 and the tranmission is to be about 2500.
#87 of 104 Re: pt cruiser law suit [dkaczmarek]
Aug 29, 2011 (9:39 pm)
Blood from a stone. I had an 88 ramcharger that I loved. The paint evaporated off of it above the passenger and the driver on the roof! Then, it started to leave the body turning it white from gray. The Maintenence Manager brought in a Chrysler rep and this guy said this, "You must have driven through something! Something aerosol!" (!?!). My reply, "Like what? a picket line of pissed off hairdressers?" (at the time, Chrysler had blamed the hairspray of their assembly line workers for the big paint problems they were having!)They would do nothing, he was very rude and declared that I had exceeded the 50,000/5 yr. paint warranty by one month! I explained that it TOOK A MONTH FOR HIM TO GET THERE, & DRIVING BACK AND FORTH TO WORK TOOK IT OVER THE LIMIT, WHILE I WAITED! He did not care. I contacted my states Attorney general, and got harumphed. Years Later: I discovered Chrysler was experimenting, (along with the other big 3) with "enviromentally Safe" undercoatings that were EXPECTED to cause the degradation of the surface paint! Ford had better success, but GM and Chrysler did not. And now the rest of the story: the paint on my PT Cruiser is fine, but it has been 9 months trying to get a transmission in it that will work! My brother seeks a new car, today he looked at a Chrysler 300, I hit him with a brick... Good Luck!!!
#88 of 104 Replaced tranny with one from Stratus
Nov 18, 2011 (7:15 am)
2001 PT Cruiser Automatic
My daughter hit something which broke the bell housing on her tranny. He friends replaced it with one from a boneyard which came out of a Stratus. They guy said it would work. They got it in ok but it will not shift out of first. Someone told her that there is a "linkage conversion kit" she needs to buy for the Stratus tranny to work in her PT Cruiser. She is bringing me the car on Saturday to fix it. (sure wish she would of done this to start with) Any thoughts? This is all I know and I could not find anything about a "conversion kit"
Terry the Dad
#89 of 104 Re: 04 PT Crusier 5speed [trrjar]
Nov 21, 2011 (7:54 am)
If the car has problems going into reverse then it usually indicates that there is something going on with the transmission.
#90 of 104 Re: Replaced tranny with one from Stratus [tiver43809]
Nov 22, 2011 (1:35 am)
Figured it out. Where the linkage attaches you can turn the nut underneath to adjust it.
#91 of 104 Re: 04 PT Crusier 5speed [trrjar]
Jan 17, 2012 (7:06 am)
I had a same problem and it was a computer in the car.If your light on not pass a smog-test,and had to replace a computer.about 800-900 dollar
Apr 13, 2012 (4:00 pm)
I have a 2001 Pt Cruiser and it has been leaking the transmission fluid, about two weeks ago it the check engine light came on and the car started to get stuck on first gear....i checked the fluid level and it was low... i added fluid and it worked fine but it started doing it again after a few miles of driving it. Yesterday a friend of mine that's a mechanic checked it and cleared the codes and the check engine light turned off and the car was working perfectly fine but after a few miles of driving it the light came back on and it started getting stuck on first gear again but he cleared the code once again and it worked fine again. Has anyone had this problem? Please help...i need answers