2001 Pt cruiser is overheating

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#223 Sep 7, 2012
The one thing to remember is that Chrysler is a troubled car. don't want another one from them ever.
BP Motors

Ozark, AR

#224 Sep 12, 2012
Have an 02 PT Cruiser, was told it was a bad water pump; stripped it down only to find pump was fine so we replaced the thermostat.
put everything back together only to have same problem, tore back down to find blown head gasket
went to have head surfaced and it turns out the head is cracked between valves.
put new head timing set cams,valves the whole shot.
Got her back together only to find that she runs hot still. Any clues anyone? have my brother-in-law stumped to and he's ASC(39 yrs). any answers would be a God send.
joy

Erie, PA

#225 Sep 28, 2012
i am looking to find if there are any other chrysler cars that are interchangeable with my 02 pt cruiser i am having a hard time finding rims and other parts for it , i need a fan motor for an overheating problem and cant afford a brand new one so if anyone knows what other chrysler cars are interchangeable please let me know thank you
mlane257

West Memphis, AR

#226 Sep 30, 2012
my wifes 06 pt cruiser, is overheating and i have changed the thermostat, but the top hose continues to feel tight, i am at a loss right now, so we are down to just one vehicle, can someone please give me some ideas, plus i forgot to mention that the fan never comes on and the temp goes all the way to the ''h''.
maury5

Houston, TX

#227 Oct 4, 2012
Ok 2002 pt is over heating fans won't turn on low or high then all of a sudden ac stops working clutch does not engage the fan motor is fine relays are fine if I run everything direct from battery to fuse box everything works ac and fan low and high I have it running direct for now till I can figure out the problem I know it has to be electrical but I'm just stuck not knowing were to go from were I'm at any help plzzz
Adam Graves

Halifax, Canada

#228 Nov 16, 2012
I am looking to buy a moter for my Pt Cruiser it has 180 km on it for 600 dallers is that a good price for that many km
picsauto

Tobyhanna, PA

#229 Nov 28, 2012
BP Motors wrote:
Have an 02 PT Cruiser, was told it was a bad water pump; stripped it down only to find pump was fine so we replaced the thermostat.
put everything back together only to have same problem, tore back down to find blown head gasket
went to have head surfaced and it turns out the head is cracked between valves.
put new head timing set cams,valves the whole shot.
Got her back together only to find that she runs hot still. Any clues anyone? have my brother-in-law stumped to and he's ASC(39 yrs). any answers would be a God send.
take the jiggle valve off the thermostat this stopped my [email protected] om
Mamma D

Plainfield, IL

#230 Jan 8, 2013
I have had allot of problems with my 02 pt cruiser overheating!!! On my third thermostat and radiator flused twice....hundreds of dollars later my car starts overheating once again...a man from my church came and replaced I think he called a relay....the thing that tellls your fan to turn on...the part is under a hundred dollars. Now my cruiser is not jumping while idoling and no longer getting hot! Crossing my fingers that he finally fixed the problem. Is anyone elses car eating batteries?
Mamma D

Plainfield, IL

#231 Jan 8, 2013
BP Motors wrote:
Have an 02 PT Cruiser, was told it was a bad water pump; stripped it down only to find pump was fine so we replaced the thermostat.
put everything back together only to have same problem, tore back down to find blown head gasket
went to have head surfaced and it turns out the head is cracked between valves.
put new head timing set cams,valves the whole shot.
Got her back together only to find that she runs hot still. Any clues anyone? have my brother-in-law stumped to and he's ASC(39 yrs). any answers would be a God send.

I just had a part replaced that tells the fan to turn on...I think they called it a relay....the part costs about ninety dollars. It runs the cooling system...I have spent allot as well. Good luck to u!
kelly

Morehead City, NC

#232 Feb 3, 2013
2001 pt cruiser 4 door 5 speed over heats and have changed thermos twice radiator cap water pump timing belts a kit and $900 later so what next please/help
Roy

Fulton, AR

#233 Mar 22, 2013
My 2005 pt cruiser is overheating.

Things that I have I done.

1. New thermostat
2. New timing belt
3. New water pump
4. Flushed Radiator twice
5. New fan
6. Pressure test (good)
7. Replaced radiator cap
8. No oil in water
9. No white smoke coming out of exhaust

Help
chris

Summerfield, FL

#234 Mar 26, 2013
i have a 2001 pt that was also over heating at stop lights and at idle i replaced the water pump and timing belt but still the car over heated i took all your advice and to thought when i changed out the radiator ever since then my cars running fine and it's not over heating
Roy

Fulton, AR

#235 Mar 26, 2013
chris wrote:
i have a 2001 pt that was also over heating at stop lights and at idle i replaced the water pump and timing belt but still the car over heated i took all your advice and to thought when i changed out the radiator ever since then my cars running fine and it's not over heating
My next step is to change the radiator, but something funny has happened. I have driven the car for four days and the car has not overheated once. Ths is crazy.
Bill

Las Vegas, NV

#236 May 15, 2013
My 2005 PT had the radiator, radiator fan, and radiator cap replaced. It began to overheat the other day. I was pulling off the freeway and heard the warning light come on and noticed the temp approaching red. I turned on the heater and pulled over. I heard the gurgling sound and saw that the overflow was full. When it cooled down, the coolant did not appear to be pulled back into the radiator, so maybe there is a leak and air is getting pulled in. The fan was running which I noticed because this had previously been the reason why my AC was not working. I will check the thermostat to be sure it is opening. If that is not it, I will start the car and have someone rev it up while I feel the coolant hose for flowing coolant, this would indicate a water pump issue. If that is not it, it could be that the after market radiator is not very good at radiating heat. I have not noticed any white smoke from the exhaust which would indicate a coolant leak into the cylinders (cylinder head gasket) or seen any coolant in the oil.
boozersdad michigan

Newport, MI

#237 May 21, 2013
Mark wrote:
My Pt curiser is overheating and when it gets hot it is coolant is all over the engine not sure where it is coming from but i checked the hoses and their ok. i've changed the theromstat and it did it again. i checked the relay under the hood and it seems to be working. The electic fan does not seem to be working so i took the electic fan out and plugged it up to my brother pt cruiser and it does not work. I was told that it could have been the sensor near the theromstat. any ideas it is apart and i'm not sure to by a new fan or if something else is the problem. HELP>
MY 2001 PT IS LOOSING SOME ANTI FREEZ COOLANT, I ADD ABOUT A 1/2 PINT EACH MONTH TO RESIOVOR, THE TEMPERATURE GAGE WAS READING BEWTTEN 1/2 AND UP 3/4 THEN WARNING "DINK LIGHT" WOULD COME ON, BUT IT WAS NOT OVERHEATING, THERMOSTATE WOULD OPEN, FAN WOULD KICK ON,(TO TEST IF FAN IS WORKING JUST TURN ON THE AIR COND) FAN IF WORKING WILL COME ON, MY PROBLEM WAS THE TEMPERATURE GAGE COOLANT SENSOR, IT IS LOCATED JUT BELOW THE RADIATOR CAP, AND LOOKS LIKE A SPARK PLUG, GOT A NEW ONE AT AUTO ZONE 14.00 BUCKS, TOKE 15 MINS TO PUT IN, AND NOW TEMPERATURE GAGE STAYS RIGHT AT HALF WAY MARK
Jeremy

Jackson, TN

#238 Jun 19, 2013
My 2001 PT Cruiser ran rough at idle, so I changed spark plugs, still ran rough low idle, got better park plugs Champion 4 ways, new wires, still rough, fixed vacuum leaks 2 hoses, little better but still has low idle. Then I drove to chatanooga going up the mountain, temp guage ran up almost in the red zone, came back and same thing. I thought the thermostat was shot. So I flushed the radiator and replaced thermostat with the failsafe type that lock open incase of overheating. Went through 2 both locked up.Ceck Engine light came on with oil light, replaced oil pressure sensor, oil light out. Then pv valve replaced. It would run at stable temp. until it got hot and I drove uphill and the engine strained....OVERHEATING... fans work but upper radiator hose was tight and very hot. I thought thermostat is not cycling antfreeze? Then it overheated and bubbled out antifreeze out of the resovior for coolant. I turned on heat full blast to cool it down. i worked. These cars are what I call Dealer Traps! They make them almost impossible for the average Joe to work on the simplest thing. They hope you bring in your pt to the dealer, so that after you pay it off, they still make money off of it! Why else would they make it so compact and difficult to maintenance??? Simple things they could do in design to make it 100% easier to work on. For instance...serpinetine belts, Timing belt, Water pump, complicated fan relay system, spark plugs requires to remove intake manifold, same with spark plug wires,Fuel filter is inside the gas tank. In my opinion. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER CHRYSTLER!!! Worst car I ever owned! Wish I had a time machine so I would've walked right past it. Too Costly and everyone has had complaints with every owner I talk to. This proves to me how methodical dearlers and car companies really are. So far I've replaced 2 wheel bearings $250. 2 cv axles $85 each and 1 going out now, Drivers side tie rod $11,Spark plugs $12, wires $25, air filter $3, Thermostat $14, Oil pressure sending unit $12, Oil change $30, Antifreeze $75 4 jugs, at 113,000 miles I've never had as much trouble. This was the costs last week. Also after 2 weeks of owning it the door lock remote went out had 2 of them neither work, dealer dosen't know? It's rediculous!!! Everyone says these cars are crap. It's true. And with 113,000 miles Timing belt and water pump are due to be replaced, Gonna cost my hard earned money to be thrown in this money pit! I've got house bills also and too many other things to pay besides sinking money in this pile of junk. Hard there were some recalls on a 2001 model also and my air conditioner has a lou grinding sound even if I cut it on low, so I got no a/c. And no money! This car has broke me.
ACE

Sioux City, IA

#239 Jun 24, 2013
Kevin wrote:
Any luck resolving your issue?
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I'm having a problem with that at this very moment. It sounds like either the thermostat has gone out, or the radiator fan needs to be replaced [most of the time because it doesn't have the correct fan hooked up for that model]
PT Looser

Addison, IL

#241 Jun 27, 2013
I had a friend with a 02 PT cruiser with serious issues. 2 Major issues were car would die after about 15 mins and engine would overheat in traffic or idle. Then wouldn't start until cooled off and the cycle would continue car would run briefly then die. It threw a crank or camshaft sensor code. It's either one or both. The way to test the cam sensor is to tap it with the butt end of a screwdriver while the car is started. If it dies change that sensor. If it stays on move on to the crank sensor. I put the car on ramps and was easy to access this way. 1 small bolt holds it in. Be aware the sensor was stuck in the block and did break while still in there. I cut the o ring and got some good needle nose pliers. I was able to remove it. Install was easy. That fixed the engine stall issue. The car still overheated. I started by checking the obvious ran the car in the garage until warm and noticed the radiator fan was not kicking on. I checked the fuses the relays and finally the fan. The fan was the overheat issue. I also ran a coolant pressure test because other people claimed it was a head gasket. Pressure test held perfectly. The fan can be tested with direct power from the battery. The connector has 3 prongs the 2 outers are positive and the middle pin is the ground. If the fan only runs on one of the outers or neither, the fan needs to be replaced. if the fan works on both the problem lies in the wiring before it. I would check the relays first. After new fan was installed car has ran with no issues.
David

United States

#242 Jul 31, 2013
Check the cooling fan. It's a two speed and the are prone to dying out.
PTOverheat

Fulton, AR

#243 Jul 31, 2013
My 2005 PT kept overheating. I replaced the thermostat, drained the radiator twice, checked hoses, checked water pump and everything checked out good; including the fan at the time. I then put some radiator (gold color) stop leak in the radiator and I had no more problems for two months. After two months, the PT began to overheat again. I the put some more radiator stop leak in it and the problem continued only while the car idled. I then noticed the fan wasn't blowing. I then had the fan replaced and I've been good to go thus far.

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