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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Chrysler Town & Country - Preventive Maintenance - 6/12/2014
    The service maintenance light comes on each time I start the van, and bought this vehicle used and don't have a manual
    would like to know what that means
    0 answer
  • MoshingMomma
    MoshingMomma - 2010 Chrysler 300 - Preventive Maintenance - 5/30/2014
    Unbelievable Tire Wear - SAFETY CONCERN
    I am VERY concerned about an issue I am having with my 2010 Chrysler 300 Limited. It has 107,000 km on it, yet I am on my THIRD set of tires. The wear on the rear tires is so extreme and noone can tell me why. The last set did not even last 18,000 km. Brand ...
    • bear.1216
      5/30/2014 bear.1216
      Any good suspension mechanic should be able to pinpoint the problem by looking at the wear pattern on your old tires. Any uneven wear would indicate the problem area. Here are some basic things that would cause premature wear. Improper tire size, load rating, speed rating, heat rating or inflation pressure. Lack of tire rotation. Worn or damaged suspension parts. Improper wheel alignment. Or aggressive driving like wheel spin or hard cornering. It could also be caused by loading to much weight in the vehicle or heavy towing. To narrow down the problem you must have the vehicle checked out by a good suspension shop. Have the mechanic check the wear pattern on your old tires and explain why they are wearing. If they are wearing out that fast the problem should be obvious. If your mechanic cant explain why by now. Take it to another garage for an inspection. The wear you describe sounds like it would be cause by improper rear tire alignment. Too much camber or toe. I would have to see it to be sure, but you likely need a four wheel alignment. That is where I would start. Make sure to get a printout of your alignment. The alignment readings will narrow down the problem. You should have a wheel alignment performed with every set of tires to prevent wear. Tell the mechanic in advance. That you want a copy of the alignment printout for your records. If you get an alignment. Reply with some of the angles for further help.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Preventive Maintenance - 5/19/2014
    I was told that all belts on my PT Cruiser need repaired
    I am suppose to have jus gotten a motor after a radiator was changed. I was told that all belts on my car need to be changrd
    • Jimm
      5/19/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - when was the last time / how many miles since the belt was last changed? What is the condition of the current belt? Have you inspected the belt(s) for yourself? Does the belt have severe cracks or portions missing? If yes, then this single condition (only) would indicate the belt wear and need for the replacement. Use the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps to inspect and replace the drive belts.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources,,,,, - to list only a few possibilities. The various belts are listed in price from around $2.90 each for your vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Chrysler 200 - Preventive Maintenance - 5/16/2014
    Water in my floor mats
    my car is leaking water from the AC unit under the dash on to the floor mats when the AC is on Where is the drain hose for this located and how do i clean this out ?
    • Chevy doctor
      5/16/2014 Chevy doctor
      Usually a rubber elbow that sits below the air condition lines right where they enter through your firewall to the HVAC case. Take a coat hanger or 2 piece foot of Wire and go in through the drain until water comes out.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Preventive Maintenance - 5/8/2014
    What maintenance should be performed on a 10 year old car with only 19,000 miles on it?
    I purchased this car with under 19,000 miles on it in Dec 2013 it's a 2004 high out put turbo 4 cyl. I now have 20,000+ miles and have not done a thing to it as yet. Oil was changed prior to my getting it, it starts and appears to run fine, it has an auto trans. ...
    • Jimm
      5/8/2014 Jimm
      Typically, with any used vehicle purchase - the area to start (given you can confirm the maintenance history as accurate) would be a complete fluid and filter transfusion; engine oil and filter, transmission fluid and filter, fuel filter, new air intake filter, brake fluid flushed and exchanged - these items as a minimum - in order to establish the service baseline for future maintenance / service thresholds.
      5/9/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thanks for your response!
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Chrysler Sebring - Preventive Maintenance - 4/6/2014
    Why does my oil and my airbag light (the airbag light only once) will lightly flicker on and off when stopping?
    Occasionally when breaking at lights or stop signs the oil light flickers, despite the oil level being where it should be. The airbag light has also done this, though only once or twice. The guages have also tacked out, fell completely, then resumed proper placement ...
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Chrysler Sebring - Preventive Maintenance - 3/30/2014
    How much to replace water pump etc?
    137,000 miles. Just want to stay ahead on maintenance. Replace water pump, timing chain and all else in that area that is worn out.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/30/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Nobody replaces the water pump and timing chain ahead of time. If you do you will go well over $1000
    • Jimm
      3/30/2014 Jimm
      Typically, the timing chain itself requires no periodic replacement; lasts the life of the engine.

      The water pump should only be replaced if: noisy, worn - such as center shaft bearing - or leaking.

      Otherwise - just drive and save the repair cost until necessary.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Chrysler 300M - Preventive Maintenance - 3/4/2014
    I put radiator sealant in antifreeze reservoir. since then, car is overheating. will a flush remedy that problem?
    it happens when I drive.
    • Jimm
      3/4/2014 Jimm
      Usually, the radiator sealant is added directly to the radiator - and not the reservoir. A cooling system flush may correct the blockage - depends on the amount of sealant added to the system.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/4/2014 HouseCallAuto
      My mechanic intuition says that the sealant did not cause the overheating. I do not believe that a flush will change anything other than the appearance of the coolant. Check the level of coolan t at the radiator cap if it has one at the radiator. If the system is low then you probably have a leak.
  • batina
    batina - 2005 Chrysler Pacifica - Preventive Maintenance - 2/3/2014
    Why do I have to keep replacing the fuel pump in my car. It has been replaced 3 times within 8 months
    Now I am unable to put gas in it
    • jdl
      2/3/2014 jdl
      Are you using quality fuel pumps or discount auto store fuel pumps? You may need to check amp draw on fuel pump to see if close to normal.

      The air in your tank has to go somewhere when you put gas in it. If it can't go anywhere, the air will burp back up the fill pipe and shut off the gas pump. Check your evap system.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/3/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I fully believe that this is a misdiagnosis and that you did not need 3 fuel pumps within 8 months. This is impossible. I need more detailed info to work with than what you have supplied to comment further about a real cause.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Chrysler Town & Country - Preventive Maintenance - 1/2/2014
    What causes the hazard fuse to draw excess current from the battery (.55 Amps while turned off).
    Battery has gone dead twice already. Also what is the nominal current draw with the "fob", with the key out, and the engine off, lights off etc? Could this be a computer malfunction due to the sub zero temperatures we have been having here the last few days? Battery ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      1. Check the amperage draw by putting an ammeter in series with the battery negative cable.

      2. Install a jumper in parallel. Let the vehicle sit this way for 45 minutes, then remove the jumper and read the draw in amperage.

      3. Up to 50 milliamps is normal.

      Before removing the jumper wire, verify that the amp meter is turned on. Some amp meters will shut off automatically. If meter is off when jumper removed, you will have to start this process over again.
      1/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      More than 90% of all cases of suspected battery draw turn out to be bad batteries and nothing more with the draw test being conducted wrong and getting an incorrect reading.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Preventive Maintenance - 12/27/2013
    Based on time rather than mileage, is it necessary to change the timing belt on a PT Cruiser GT with only 46,000 miles
    this car runs beautifully & is only driven locally, ie no long trips.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/26/2013 HouseCallAuto
      yes it is definitely time. water pump and tensioner and pulleys as well. Final answer
    • Jimm
      12/27/2013 Jimm
      Be careful - the 2.4L engine is an interference engine - meaning that if the timing belt breaks during engine operation, major damage may occur - as in the valves will impact the pistons.

      The parts are readily available; try these on-line sources;,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the replacement timing belt kit (Dayco part # WP265K3A
      w/o Bracket; Water Pump Driven by Timing Belt, Interference Engine; Water Pump, Timing Belt, Camshaft Belt Tensioner, Camshaft Belt Idler) from around $112.00 for your vehicle.
  • karl
    karl - 2004 Chrysler Sebring - Preventive Maintenance - 12/18/2013
    What would cause windsheild fluid to stop pumping through the sprayer?
    Stopped working After filling the reservoir.
    • CVO
      12/18/2013 CVO
      1. Apply a 12 volts direct to the washer motor connector for a test. if the washer motor works.
      2. Then check the washer relay.
    • AutoMD Member
      12/18/2013 AutoMD Member
      sounds to me like bad washer motor or if you have a relay for that check that
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Chrysler Town & Country - Preventive Maintenance - 12/12/2013
    When im pumping gas it stop like it is full but is not.Why does it stopafter i pump 3 or4dollars and then go?
    100, stop at 3.50dollar when im pumping and the go. another 3.50 and then stop again.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/12/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Quick answer - replace the Leak Detection Pump a/k/a the LDP, not a sure thing but probability is over 75% as being the cause. Remove the Leak Detection Pump and try to blow through it. You should be able to and if you cannot it means that the evap vent on Leak Detection Pump is stuck shut. When you are fueling the vehicle the air being displaced by the added fuel into the fuel tank must be able to flow through the LDP and if it can't it allows the fuel to "back-up" and cause the repeated shutting down while fueling up.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Chrysler Town & Country - Preventive Maintenance - 12/11/2013
    It makes a grinding or rubbing noise when i slow down or turn right or left .
    I've changed my brakes, rotors and pads. and power steering. I've got 120000 miles on the car. please help
    0 answer
  • James A. Chappelle
    James A. Chappelle - 2004 Chrysler Sebring - Preventive Maintenance - 12/8/2013
    Code read P0172 Bank system too rich and Bank 2 system too rick.
    Miles 138,500 no problems just check engine light on reading too rich on bank one and two.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/8/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Erase the code and if it returns, clean the mass air flow sensor and see if any change. You mentioned no symptoms? I assume there are none or you would have said?
    • Jimm
      12/8/2013 Jimm
      A code P0172 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
      The MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor is dirty or faulty. Note: The use of "oiled" air filters can cause the MAF to become dirty if the filter is over-oiled
      There could be a vacuum leak.
      There could be a fuel pressure or delivery problem

      Possible solutions include:
      Inspect all vacuum and PCV hoses, replace if necessary
      Clean the MAF sensor. Consult your service manual for it's location if you need help. I find it's best to take it off and spray it with electronics cleaner or brake cleaner. Make sure you are careful not to damage the MAF sensor wires, and make sure it's dry before reinstalling
      Inspect fuel lines for cracks, leaks, or pinches
      Check the fuel pressure at the fuel rail
      Check the fuel injectors, they may be dirty. Use fuel injector cleaner or get them professionally cleaned / replaced.
      Check for an exhaust leak before the first oxygen sensor (this is unlikely to cause the problem, but it is possible)
      To get an estimate of the cost to repair - check the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' feature on the AutoMD web page.