2001 Pt cruiser is overheating

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#203 Jan 17, 2012
PTCruiserMechanicdotcom wrote:
ahhhh, the one overheating pt cruiser. A very common problem on this car. One thing to keep in mind people is to not let your car overheat to the point were you warp the cylinder head then you in real trouble. If you gonna keep driving the car until you get the funds to fix it, dont let it get to hot.
Its really a strange thing with just this car. the same engine is used in at least 60 other cars and they do not report over heating.
john

Canada

#204 Mar 31, 2012
Lorry NY wrote:
My PT Cruiser runs beautifully for 35 miles until I stop at a light or a stop sign and it stalls. When I try to restart it I have electrical function but it will not turn over. The temparature gauge is in the middle. The vent air is very hot. I must wait 15 minutes and then it will start and drives perfectly. This problem has been progressing. I used to be able to drive 100 miles before it stalls and wait only 5 minutes to restart. By, the way, this only happens in the summer......HELP>>>SO S>>> I work 200 miles from my home and NEED TO TRAVEL!!!!
Cheak your starter it over heats.I had a car that it won,t start . And I wait 15 to 1/2 hr and satrats
Doris Fisher

Terre Haute, IN

#205 Apr 3, 2012
Replace the radiator! Ours was overheating, replaced the fan, water pump, thermostat, flushed out the radiator....still overheating....they said the radiator tested fine, but we replaced it anyway...no overheating now! Took the bottom off the old radiator and there was green slime sludge all over 3/4's of the bottom of it! Ending up costing us over $2,000...... Radiator replacement was $400

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#206 Apr 3, 2012
Doris Fisher wrote:
Replace the radiator! Ours was overheating, replaced the fan, water pump, thermostat, flushed out the radiator....still overheating....they said the radiator tested fine, but we replaced it anyway...no overheating now! Took the bottom off the old radiator and there was green slime sludge all over 3/4's of the bottom of it! Ending up costing us over $2,000...... Radiator replacement was $400
Did all of that, now looking for the bucks to fix a head gasket. and it only has 77K on it.
Stephen

Mcdonough, GA

#207 Apr 9, 2012
Jon wrote:
My wifes 2001 pt just started overheating but only when it's idling or in slow trffic, I looked and the fan seems to be working, so if what you all are saying it's not the thrmostat or water pump what could it be?
My 2002 does the same exact thing, and I've replace the water pump, but no one can figure out what it is, and if it runs for too long the water and coolant start to boil inside the car.

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#208 Apr 9, 2012
Stephen wrote:
<quoted text>
My 2002 does the same exact thing, and I've replace the water pump, but no one can figure out what it is, and if it runs for too long the water and coolant start to boil inside the car.
I have monitored everything, new radiator, pump, hoses, thermo coolant. then the overflow tank blew. head gasket or cracked head or block are all that are left.

Most of the mechanics I have spoken to say replace the engine. there are a ton of that block engines out there, some with blowers.

of coursse mine may be blown as well.:))
jason

Portland, OR

#209 May 21, 2012
is there a reset button if your car wont start after overheating?
Tim P

Ashland, OH

#210 Jun 1, 2012
I have a 2002 PT Limited paid $25,000.00 for the thing waited a year for it. I'd never buy another new car again. As soon as you drive it off lot you loose money.
Anyway my PT is overheating boiling water out radiator. Upon investigating I found the fan was not operating on low speed fan it was a hit and miss, sometime it would work other times it would not.
I pulled connector and jumpered fan wires, black is ground, DK green is low speed and yellow is high speed. I found fan would not operate on low speed but was ok on high speed.

I went to O Reilly Auto parts and purchased a fan control thermostat for $17.99 and wired it in on the high speed side. The fan now comes on and off with thermostat and car doesn't overheat. I almost purchased new fan but I thought what the heck I'd just use the high speed side of the fan. I guess the only time this is used is when the air is on so now I have extra cooling even when just regular driving.
[email protected]
Dolores S

West Frankfort, IL

#211 Jul 5, 2012
Oh my ...after buying my 01 PT Cruiser i find out about the overheating problem!!! We have wired the fan direct it helped for a day but it started overheatting again....now we r gonna try to replace themostat and radiator cap....wish us luck...wish I never bought this POS
Jordan

United States

#212 Jul 8, 2012
Dolores S wrote:
Oh my ...after buying my 01 PT Cruiser i find out about the overheating problem!!! We have wired the fan direct it helped for a day but it started overheatting again....now we r gonna try to replace themostat and radiator cap....wish us luck...wish I never bought this POS
Doing that fixed mine. It cost 13 bucks. Good Luck
TR SI

Brooklyn, NY

#213 Jul 10, 2012
AMF wrote:
<quoted text>
The cooling fan has a low and a high speed. The high speed on mine is not working as of now, but will not overheat until it idles a long time. I would like to know where the temp sensor for the high speed on the fan is. It has to be in a water jacket. If this sensor is bad, it will not send temp to the control module and the module will not turn on the fan speed to high.
Also, under the battery there are two relays, one for the low speed and one for high speed. I removed the start relay and the car would not crank. I changed out both the low and high relay in the start relay position and the car started everytime. My way of thinking, is if the fan is out, its out. I dont think that it would just run in low speed. If the control module doesnt know that the collant is getting excessively hot, it cant turn on the fan to high speed. New fans are on Ebay for 87.00 plus 13 for shipping.
The High Speed of the fan only gets engaged when the AC is turned on. Other then that, the low speed fan operates when called for.
Dolores

Marion, IL

#214 Jul 11, 2012
TR SI wrote:
<quoted text>
The High Speed of the fan only gets engaged when the AC is turned on. Other then that, the low speed fan operates when called for.
Hmmm thats good to Know maybe I need to leave the air on...and the thermostat and radiator cap didnt help much! Im getting frustrated with this car:(
Louise

Lancaster, PA

#215 Jul 16, 2012
What do I need to tell them to do? My PT is overheating...stopped working...had to be towed. They replaced a selonoid. I had to wait well over a week for it to come in and be installed. The heat guage goes up to halfway when I just start moving. The front hood is hot. Thanks.

Rob wrote:
My 2002 Pt Cruiser began overheating with 94,000 miles on the engine. My Low speed and High speed fan relays run my fan with A/C off and on.I flushed my radiator and replaced radiator fluid.I installed 4 Bosch 4-way spark plugs, since it would rough idle as it got hot.I put on a new Pressure release radiator cap. I ohmed out the plug wires, and they checked good. The only other job that I am going to tackle if the overheating and rough idle continues is to change my Thermostat and Install a High Output Waterpump.I don't think that Chrysler anticipated this issue with so many Pt's, and they know exactly how to fix the problem, but it isn't in thier budget. So they go with the least expensive so-called, fix. The upper radiator hose is routed under the Intake Manifold, and that design causes the coolant to heat above Temp, during a long idle period, or with a load on the engine.( I.E. A/C On.)Good Luck. If you have a PT under Warranty, demad a legitimate, long term, fix to your engine issue. Even if you have to call Corporate.

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#216 Jul 23, 2012
After some research a couple days ago I found that in 2006 the engine was redesigned. for better cooling and preped for mor HP. the power curve was changed as well. Oil was squirted on the pistons for better cooling and the crank was changed. If your PT crashes, you might consider finding a 06 or newer engine.
TomTT

Malvern, AR

#217 Jul 27, 2012
My 02 PT runs great, no coolant leaks, no misses..coolant goes into overflo resivour but doesn`t return to the engine after cooling, takes about five times of bringing engine to operating temp before coolant resivour is full and coolant is pushed out the resivour overflo hose. Rad.,rad. cap, thermostat, and cooling fan are all new. Sound fimilar to anyone? Solution?
Dean mister92

Chicago Heights, IL

#218 Jul 31, 2012
JoAnn wrote:
Did you ever figure it out? Mine's doing the exact same thing...
Mine did to same shit. it take out head gasket,water pump,and then motor.....!!! Help
Dolores

Marion, IL

#219 Aug 9, 2012
I cant even drive this car....Im letting it go back from where I bought it and finding something else....Ive had it for 5 weeks and drove it 1 week...pos
jaime b from CO

Colorado Springs, CO

#220 Aug 14, 2012
Lorry NY wrote:
<quoted text> have you found an answer yet anyone.....?
i have the same problem with my 2001 pt ( can any one help )
Bill

Croswell, MI

#221 Sep 4, 2012
What would cause a 2001 PT cruiser to overheat after on hour or so of driving, all normal components seem to be working normal. Water pump, thermostat just replace with no change. The fan is working when it overheats, the radiator is about 2 years old. The thing that is puzzling to me is that it takes a hour or so of driving before this occurs.
tretha

Brunswick, OH

#222 Sep 5, 2012
help my pt is doing the same thing i don't know what to do

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Chrysler PT Cruiser Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
pt cruiser overheating (Feb '06) Mar 21 carolw691 837
2003 pt cruiser wont start batt & alt both good... (Jun '13) Mar 18 Tbear3 42
front wheel bearings (Oct '06) Mar 12 Drewski253 196
Problems with missing at low idle (May '15) Mar 7 John 2
pt cruiser motor mounts (Sep '08) Mar 7 John 155
battery and starting problems (Mar '06) Mar 7 John 199
PT Cruiser monster truck Mar 5 All 1
More from around the web