pt cruiser overheating
Hats

Midlothian, IL

#182 Jan 18, 2008
tom wrote:
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You mention lack of support from Chrysler. Cars are complicated and things fail occasionally--often from lack of maintenance or abuse. Your car is nearly 6 years old and I doubt if it came with a lifetime warranty. I notice most of the complaints are from people who took their vehicle to the local garage for repairs, not the dealership. Dealerships charge higher fees, but generally have better trained technicians and their training is specific to their vehicles. They are better informed of problems and solutions for these vehicles than the neighborhood garage or Pep Boys or Jiffy Lube or your buddy down the street. The money you would have saved if your mechanics had been right on the first "guess" was wasted when they made the second, third or fourth wrong diagnosis. There are some excellent technicians not affiliated with the manufacturers, but few of them are specialists on a given vehicle. Unfortunately when we try to save money it often costs us more in the long run.
Tom,
I've been bringing my PT Cruiser to my Chrysler dealer the whole time. It started overheating last summer. First they said it was the fan, then the radiator cap and thermostat, then coolant leak cause by something else. They also purged the radiator. After all this, it still overheats and now they want to take apart my engine to see if the block is cracked. They want $700 just to look plus more than $1,000 to fix the block if it is cracked! I think they've been guessing the whole time and their games may have caused the block to crack.

Do I have cause to accuse them of this?
David

United States

#183 Jan 19, 2008
My PT started over heating and then it quit running. Could there be a water vaccum problem. I even took the thermostat out to see what would happen and it over heated even quicker. Can someone give me some advice.
James

Provo, UT

#184 Jan 21, 2008
Last summer my pt gt 2003 overheated on the hotest days. The first time in the shop they said they updated the software to control the fan to come on earlier to keep the engine cooler. I located on a web site that this upgrade is in fact true, but I spent $300 for them to evaluate and test the engine to be sure it didn't get damaged. It still overheated boiling out of the overspill. I took it back. After another diagnostic they then told me the radiator cap was not holding proper pressure and replaced it. It didn't have a problem since then but the days were not as hot either. My main concern, still, is that the temperature gauge never registered above normal when it overheated. I still love this car.
Kim

Hopkins, MN

#185 Jan 23, 2008
I also have that problem, I had the radiator coolant fan modules replaced..it still is overheating!
Sue in Savannah GA wrote:
I have a 2001 PT and I am experiencing the same problem as alot of other PT owners - overheating. It only happens after I have already driven the car earlier in the day (a hot day) and then head back out later in the day and basically do stop and start driving. At the red light or stop sign is where the overheating starts - the temp needle starts to go up, AC blows less and less cool air and I have to turn off the AC and turn on the heat to get the needle to go back to normal.
I took the car to the Chrysler dealer and they are currently in the process of replacing the radiator coolant fan modules at a total cost of $520.00. I don't mind spending the money if it corrects the problem. I will keep you all posted.
Temp Flux in the Winter

Monroe, OH

#186 Jan 23, 2008
My 2005 PT Cruiser's temperature gauge started fluxuating betweem 18 minutes to 15 minutes (half way point), outside temperture is 10 to 20 degrees. It also seems like the heater air into the cab is warmer. Concerned I am beginning to have a problem. Hasn't overheated but am wondering if I am on my way. Will a therostat replacement fix the problem or is this symptomatic of a different problem?
guy

Rockville, MD

#187 Jan 27, 2008
using coolant with out an external leak does not mean its leaking at the head gasket, it could be the mainifold is cracked, or the manifold gasket is leaking. also a cracked head or a cracked block. anything coolant runs threw could be cracked on the inside and it will go to the combustion chamber and leave out the tail pipe. its best to have service manual and run through the diagnostic procedure for the problem.
a auto technicians point wrote:
first if your car is blowing alot of white smoke and it smells (sweet) your headgasket is leaking coolant internally into your combustion chamber. unfortunately if your mechanic replaced your t-stat and waterpump to repair the problem he's either incompetent or deliberately lied to you. there is no other way for coolant to get in you exhaust it must go through the cumbustion chamber this equals a leaking headgasket.
Tony Harvey

Memphis, TN

#188 Jan 27, 2008
I have 2001 PT cruiser and it is overheating as well. I don't know if it is worth trying tofix snce I have tried several options since this summer costing me over $3300 to date. Two thermostats have been put on it, a new radiator, a new a/c system, new gaskets, a water pump,etc. I am really at a lost for what t do.
Browneyelady

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#189 Feb 8, 2008
I too have a 01 PT, my car has been overheating as well, it used to only happen when ever I gave/received a jump. For the past month or so it happens whenever I'm idle, I have the radiator fam replaced and ensure the the thermos is working. Still the problem continues. I'm gonna try changing the relays to see if it helps, I'll keep you posted. If anyone has actually resolved overheating please post
jerry l

Muscatine, IA

#190 Feb 10, 2008
Jerrilyn B wrote:
Also having the problem with the Fog lights. When the car does overheat usally when idling at a red light, the tempature gauge NEVER indicates Hot. It's reading about medium all the while it's steaming like old faithful under my hood.
My daughters 01 pt does the same. It's not actually overheating. It's blowing coolant out of the radiator overflow right onto the hot exhaust. It steams and smakes and makes you think it is overheating, but the temp guage say otherwise.
Maeve

Plano, TX

#191 Feb 11, 2008
I am having the same overheating issue everyone else seems to be having. I have a 2001 Limited, I have replaced the radiator, radiator fan, condenser, radiator cap, thermostat, have checked pressure and it is good, I do not have any symptoms outside of overheating that would indicate a bad head gasket or cracked head (no white smoke out of the exhaust, no cottage cheese in the oil). My next step is to change the relays starting with the high in the distribution box but I am pretty near the end of the line with things to replace outside of looking for a warped head which does not thrill me at all.

Chrysler should come clean on this, there are far to many of us experiencing a similar problem!
Maeve

Plano, TX

#192 Feb 12, 2008
Replaced both the high and low relays last night along with the relay fuse and still no change. Having re-read all of the posts here there are a few that caught my eye, my overheating also started happening after I had replaced the battery. The only thing I can really think of is that somehow the PCM is getting corrupted when either the battery is disconnected, replaced, or in some other way loosing power as it appears that one poster noticed this after a bad VSS.

I am really at a loss for this, if anyone has any other ideas outside of pulling the head I would love to hear them.

At this point I think my poor PT is getting ready to get listed on Caraigslist and sold "As Is" and then I am going to move to a more responsible car manufacturer. I have always taken very wonderful care of my PT and I see NO way that neglect on my part could have caused the problem.

Good luck everyone!
Allyson

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#193 Feb 16, 2008
I have a 2001 Pt cruiser, and It keeps over heating, I took it 3 different places and no one can seem to figure it out, I EVEN TOOK IT TO A CHRYSLER PLACE AND THEY CANT FIGURE IT OUT. I cant sell it because its over heating, and Ive done everything you can think of to get it fixed. Im still making payments on it, because I only bought it last year, and its eating my money away just sitting in my drive way. Does anyone know what I can do???
Eddie

United States

#194 Feb 16, 2008
I just bought a 2001 PT three months ago and it just developed an overheating problem. After refilling the system with coolent, I didn't get any heat from the heater and after replaceing the thermostat I noticed that the water pump was leaking, which I think had a slow leak in the first place. It looks like a real pain to replace so, I'm going to let the shop do it. Or, after reading all your comments, maybe I'll go car shopping for something other than a Dodge or Chrysler. Thank You all for your comments, they are very helpful.
Rich

Jacksonville, FL

#195 Feb 19, 2008
I have overheating problems with my 2001 PT which I have owned since 2002. I had about 70,000 miles on it when overheating started when running A/C Unit. As soon as I turned A/C unit off temperature would drop to normal. Took car to shop once and they got it back to normal but problems has now reoccured after 3 months of use and 3,000 miles later. Now shop thinks it is a two speed fan problem and fan is not working on high any longer when you turn on A/C Unit. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
bruce

United States

#196 Feb 23, 2008
I am having overheating problem with my 01 PT. I have changed thermostat,fan works, radiator cap replace, radiator flush. Cools while idling. This is not the first time with this problem. I beleive more owner should take complaint to Chrysler, Too many pt cruiser with same problem with no answers.
SLH in PSL FL

Hollywood, FL

#197 Feb 27, 2008
Tony Harvey wrote:
I have 2001 PT cruiser and it is overheating as well. I don't know if it is worth trying tofix snce I have tried several options since this summer costing me over $3300 to date. Two thermostats have been put on it, a new radiator, a new a/c system, new gaskets, a water pump,etc. I am really at a lost for what t do.


Did you every get your overheating problem resolved? I am having the same problem since Thanksgiving. Replace fan motor and 2 thermostats but still overheats after running 30 minutes or so. Mechanic has had for 3 days now - I'm DESPERATE!
SLH in PSL FL

Hollywood, FL

#198 Feb 27, 2008
Allyson wrote:
I have a 2001 Pt cruiser, and It keeps over heating, I took it 3 different places and no one can seem to figure it out, I EVEN TOOK IT TO A CHRYSLER PLACE AND THEY CANT FIGURE IT OUT. I cant sell it because its over heating, and Ive done everything you can think of to get it fixed. Im still making payments on it, because I only bought it last year, and its eating my money away just sitting in my drive way. Does anyone know what I can do???


Hey Allyson,
I'm in your neighborhood having same problem. Car is with mechanic now but he still can't figure it out after 3 days! Let me know if you have any luck and I will do the same! Thanx
phil

United States

#199 Feb 29, 2008
2007 PT Cruiser started overheating in December. Overflow tank keeps filling but does not draw coolant back into engine. I've had to add about 4 gallons of coolant into radiator. First time I took to dealer, they replaced heater core in dash. Second time they told me too much coolant in tank and sucked it out. they checked fan and said ok but I have never heard it run. Third time they changed thermostat, test drove it and decided to keep for further testing. They have removed head and are replacing gasket which they said was made wrong. Now I;m just waiting. I have asked about water pump and they said it was ok. I wonder if Radiator cap is defective and not allowing coolant back in or if there is a pinhole leak that is letting air into the system. I have mentioned this too. I have been riding around with the heater on and the windows open to keep the engine cool. I can't do this in warm weather.
Allyson

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#200 Mar 2, 2008
SLH in PSL FL wrote:
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Hey Allyson,
I'm in your neighborhood having same problem. Car is with mechanic now but he still can't figure it out after 3 days! Let me know if you have any luck and I will do the same! Thanx
Ive had it at the mechanic for days at times, they'll tell me its fixed, then id drive it for 30 mins on purpose and it still overheats, im just gonna go trade it in. A mechanic came to my house and told me it was a blown head gasket or a cracked engine, but when i took it to another mechanic they said it cant me that, so its been sitting in my driveway for about 6 months collecting dust, while i make payments on it. Chrysler should just recall on pt cruisers since everyone seems to have the same problem.
Kelly

Dallas, TX

#201 Mar 4, 2008
I have a 2002 PT cruiser with the same issues you are experiencing. I've had my thermostat replaced, my radiator flushed and the radiator fluid was a very brownish color. I bought the car from a dealer and the car had 92,000 miles on it. The mechanic thinks their's a small crack in the head gasket. I'll have it a year in April. I've had less problems in the winter than I had in the summer. My dad is going to work on it and I'll let you know if he can help fix the problem. I'm still trying to get the leaking to stop. I lose a lot of anti-freeze. If anyone can give me some guidance on how to fix the problem without spending a lot of money, please respond.

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