owner

Knoxville, TN

#24 Nov 23, 2010
took car to chrysler dealer in oakridge tennn ths meghanic said it didnt have an alternator it all was working through the computer. when thay dont know nothing about a car it is time to change cars but knot a dodge/chrysler or any of those it doesent mater what kind of vechiel you have there have to be a charging system on it oh yea thay said there is nothing wrong with it but charged 45 dollars to look for the problem and it is still doing the same thang concerned owner
Muff Daddy

Pearland, TX

#25 Nov 24, 2010
That was your first problem......buying a Chrysler product.
mike

Stratford, Canada

#26 Jan 12, 2011
Larry Adams wrote:
Can anyone tell me what you must do to change a alternator on a 2002 PT Cruiser 4 cyl. Thanks Larry
not sure how much difference between 2002 4cyd and my 2003 4cyd but i assume their the same.anyhow do all steps untill you get to step 14 of whiteys reply and after that remove antifreee reservoir attached to firewall,disconnect vacuum line connected at rear of intake manifold,disconnect accelerator-cruise control cables from throttle body.with a little bit of manipulation you should be able to pull the alternator out the top between the firewall and engine.saved me a lot of work.
alex

Stratford, Canada

#27 Feb 1, 2011
Sure wish I had seen your post before reading all the others, you made what seemed a complex almost impossible job for a backyard mechanic like myself possible with just a few basic tools.you were correct about two different alternators being used in these years,89-95. nippondenso40/90 inentified by tag which reads family 90 HS on OE alternators or by elongated ears on rear housing for the mounting of wiring harness. The other 50/120 alternator used between 89-95 is identified family 120HS on OE alternators or by the short stubby ears on the rear housing for mounting wirin harness and its oversized case.This also explains why the 40/90 will slip out between the firewall and intake and the other is a lot more work because it involves removing the right side cv drive shaft.So if you decide to replace your alternator,hopefully your car has the 40/90,much less work.And by the way,no car manufactuer has installed a generator on a north american model for about 60 years so when you order your new ALTERNATOR dont say GENERATOR or they will laugh you out of the store.
TRYtokeep_tempo

Kennewick, WA

#28 Mar 8, 2011
wow just poped in to try to figure out how to get the alt. outta my friends car sounds like these cars are garbege go FORD all day every day granted fords have there prob.s to.....90's electronics are cr@p so on and so forth that I have not yet had the frustration of dealing with but wow! old... the saying they dont make them like they used to holds water!!!!!!!!!! O.B.D. 1!!!(on board diagnostics (first gen.)) old school go old school simple enough to work on with ease complex enough to work well!!!!
SINTORMAN

Fort Collins, CO

#29 Jul 8, 2011
hillbilly678 wrote:
<quoted text> ok larry heres how its the easiest way ur not gonna believe this where the exhaust manifold is there is an ear sticking out where part of the heat shield is bolted on the corner u do not need that corner so cutt it off with a small grinder or zip wheel and after u have removed the heat shield ull know how much to cut off on the corner this is the only thing holding it back from coming out i just did one 10 min ago my alternator is out in less than 10 min dont do all that other stuff cause theres a lot more to do with what there telling u to do
Can you post a picture of how much you cut off your heat shield? Or email it to me?
angie

Ashburn, VA

#30 Jul 31, 2011
sickofPT wrote:
I've finally had it with this POS. IT's been nothing but trouble, considering howlittle it's been driven.. Wish I could pull it up in front of the dealers and set it on fire.
Exactly..your response is how I feel. I wish I could park my car on the front lawn of whoever designed the 06 and set it on fire!! Tired of putting money into trying to fix mystery porblems.

This car is so unsafe ti drive!!!!
jena columbus ohio

Columbus, OH

#31 Aug 10, 2011
i hate my car i have been tring tro get out the alternater all day ang i cant seem to find a way to get it out so i can put the new one on we have the old one loose but everything is so tight that i dont know how thay even got it in there can any one help me please.
Tina

Inkster, MI

#32 Sep 14, 2011
@003 pt cruiser. Replaced alternator today. This car is a lemon. I will never ever buy a Chrysler again. It has been a big money pit.
maurice

Calgary, Canada

#33 Oct 16, 2011
cheryl wrote:
2005 pt turbo conv -- need help/tips on replacing battery cables to starter..first attempt at car repair (in over my head?!) stopped for gas yesterday and car would not turn over, power everywhere, but engine does nothing, tried different key still nothing. Been reading online sounds like typical for cables to go bad to starter..got it to start by disconnecting and reconnecting cable on battery post, but only gets me one start.(where is starter located in relation to battery?) Would like to be able to handle some of this smaller stuff myself, willing to learn, but don't want to hurt car (or me)..
There you go!!!! Seems like you've found your problem! Think abt it, your car was not turning over AFTER you changed the cable, so it makes sens to me that after you put you terminal back to the battery post, you didn't push it completely to the base of the post. The post is actually cone shaped, meaning bigger at it's base. So you should remove the cable from the battery, loosen the therminal nut as much as you can, and then open the terminal until it sits on it's nut. Now put your cable back on the post by pushing it all the way down until it almost touch the top of the battery, hold it firmly there while you tightening the terminal nut until the terminal is tight. That it!!!
Mike Carpenter

Ann Arbor, MI

#34 Oct 20, 2011
I cut a frigging hole thru the firewall... changed the alternator...put sheetmetal over the hole ...you will need to change it again and this is the easiest way...or just trade it in for a new TOYOTA!!
shadow

United States

#35 Nov 5, 2011
jena columbus ohio wrote:
i hate my car i have been tring tro get out the alternater all day ang i cant seem to find a way to get it out so i can put the new one on we have the old one loose but everything is so tight that i dont know how thay even got it in there can any one help me please.
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Remove the 2 bolts from the top of the heat shield on the generator.
3. Remove nut from the upper T-bolt adjustment bracket.
4. Raise vehicle and support.
5. Remove the right front wheel.
6. Remove the accessory drive splash shield.
7. Remove the lower heat shield bolt.
8. Remove the generator heat shield.
9. Unplug the field circuit from the generator.
10. Remove the B+ terminal nut and wire.
11. Loosen the accessory drive belt t-bolt.
12. Remove the pencil strut.
13. Loosen the lower generator pivot bolt.
14. Remove the generator belt; refer to the Cooling section for more information.
15. Remove the axle retaining nut.
16. Remove the lower control arm from the steering knuckle.
17. Remove the 2 bolts for the axle shaft bearing support.
18. Remove the axle shaft assembly. Put a container under the transmission to catch the transmission fluid from the transmission.
19. Remove the generator from the lower mounting bracket and set generator to the side.
20. Remove the lower mounting bracket for the generator.
21. Remove generator through the axle shaft hole.
steve

Endicott, NY

#36 Jan 12, 2012
why wont my 2002 pt stert after i judt changed the alternator it powers up all lites come on but turn the key and nothing happens not even a click i can short out the starter and it will turn over but still womt fire off like no fuel pump checked all fueses that i seen everything good i dont get this can someone help please
Maurice

Edmonton, Canada

#37 Jun 27, 2012
steve wrote:
why wont my 2002 pt stert after i judt changed the alternator it powers up all lites come on but turn the key and nothing happens not even a click i can short out the starter and it will turn over but still womt fire off like no fuel pump checked all fueses that i seen everything good i dont get this can someone help please
Thinner wire on the starter probably not connected, or, if it is, probably cut somewhere. Most common cut would usually be at the terminal.
zoo

United States

#38 Jun 29, 2012
melissa wrote:
where is the right wheel bearing located on a 2001 pt cruiser
On the right side (passenger)
GoneFord

Saint Paul, MN

#39 Aug 15, 2012
Phil wrote:
<quoted text>
Eric,
Only problem is: The PT Cruiser is not made by union workers in America........
It's made in Toluca, Mexico. Those workers there make about $2 to $3 an hour; so they can't even afford the product they build!
Phil
If you want to support union workers, Just pay your taxes, they'll get their money.
It doesn't matter who made them, they're junk.
amber

Steinbach, Canada

#40 Sep 13, 2012
Husband just did it axle out rad hoses off and watch your head cause it almost hit him in th head and bend in your heat shild with a hammer first
Josh

United States

#41 Oct 22, 2012
Lenora wrote:
My 2001 PT Cruiser battery light on the console started coming on yesterday. I took it to a shop and they tested the batery and said I need a new alternator. They quoted me 150.00 for a new alternator, but they don't do the repair work. The shop next door will do the work for 160.00. Now I find out that I might need a belt as well, but the repair shop or the shop that tested the battery said anything about that. Where can I find a honest repair shop they would not look at me as just a women and try to cheat me?
I'm in the Bronx, NY
It has nothing to do with the fact that you are a woman, when people test the charging system the plug a machine up. They don't typically do visual inspections of the belts. But the belt has a similar lifespan of an alternator.
Elizabeth

Dallas, TX

#42 Jan 20, 2013
I'm about to pay someone to replace the alternator and have no idea what the cost should be and nobody has talked about cost yet
fechia

Warren, AR

#43 Mar 13, 2013
I have a 06 pt cruiser and have had 3 new battery and 3 alternator and 2 alternator blets put on it and the battery light stil comes on and it will not hold charge.

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