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  • 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; www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - 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?
    100,000miles.it 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
     
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  • 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.
  • 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.
     
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  • johhny
    johhny - 2001 Chrysler Sebring - Preventive Maintenance - 12/7/2013
    Car Will not start lights come on and everything .
    car will not start try charging battery and a few hot shots, but nothing not even a clicking sound in trying to start. No warning
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Hi probability of a bad starter and possible open fuse - Fuse # 23
      HouseCallAuto
      12/3/2013 johhny
      I appreciate your help , you said fuse 23 where is it located under hood or under dash, and again thanks
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Fuse 23 is in the power distribution center (PDC) in the engine compartment. Sometimes this fuse blows when the starter is on its way out but I do have memory of coming upon a Sebring and seeing this fuse blown and after replacing the fuse the car started. It still had to get a new starter because of the excessive current the starter was drawing.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/6/2013 johhny
      hello HouseCallAuto thanks again for your advice, about the starter, the day prior the car ran fine, the next day tried to start the car lights everything work, but the radio,and no charge, the starter, gave no warnig, no nothing, had not had a change to try fuse yet due to illness at time,tomorrow
      will install fuse. What I like to know could a short also cause a proble.m, Sorry to be a pain,but your help is very helpful. If fuse does not work, or new starter what next.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/6/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If fuse 23 is not blown (it might not be blown) then you have to check the starter. Update the post after you check the fuse and I will tell you how to check the starter in detail.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/7/2013 johhny
      Hello (HouseCallAuto), its me again,by the way thanks for your response, will I tried the fuse, no go, but I do have some more information that might help you diagnose my trouble, before this problem, (not Starting), I had problems with a/c compressor, making grinding noise, and even smoke coming from a/c pulley area,was going to disconnect a/c pulley, for winter and fix in summer,but this other problem arise. I know its a mess, do not know where to start. HELP
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If you have smoke coming from the ac compressor clutch / pulley area and a grinding, unplugging the ac compressor electrical connevctor will not solve that as it is a mechanical failure of the clutch ass'y.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/7/2013 johhny
      Thanks HouseCallAuto, for taking the time to help me with these problems, well let me get started, and I wish youand your family happy holidays, cause you made mines a lot better. If you come up with any quick solutions be free to let me know. BYE JOHNNY.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Just a quick addition. Just today one of my clients had his ac compressor fail on his Infiniti G20. I bypassed the ac compressor with a shorter belt. Many cars you can do this but not all cars, and there is no "look up list" to find out. It alll has to do with clearances by skipping that ac pulley. Replacing his ac compressor would be about $800. Replacing the ac clutch ass'y alone would be about $400. Bypassing the compressor because of his lack of funding "priceless". I billed him $90.....
      HouseCallAuto
      12/8/2013 johhny
      I cannot thank you enough ,THANKS
  • johhny
    johhny - 2001 Chrysler Sebring - Preventive Maintenance - 12/2/2013
    Disconnecting A/C compressor pulley
    I am having problems with my a/c compressor, and would like to know if I can disconnect unit, and if so will car still be driveable, and no harm done, for I am not using unit (winter), and if so what procedure to use.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Chrysler LHS - Preventive Maintenance - 11/28/2013
    How do I reset my car computer?
    I went for inspection and failed the emissions: OBD Monitor Readiness Status: Catalyst (G)/NMHC Catalyst (D): Not Ready, 02Sensor (G)/Exhaust Gas Sensor(D): Not Ready, 02 Sensor Heater (G)/PM Filter (G): Not Ready, EGR/VVT (G,D): Not Ready
     
    • Maize
      11/28/2013 Maize
      Disconnect the battery for a few minutes.
  • riley
    riley - 2007 Chrysler 300 - Preventive Maintenance - 11/27/2013
    My heater stop working
    The heat in my car have stopp working is not working at all
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/27/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You have not provided a sufficient level of detail. Please explain "heater stop working" because this can mean different things and I don't want to have to detail all of the situations.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Chrysler Town & Country - Preventive Maintenance - 11/23/2013
    Why does my van die at 40 miles an hr or less?
    89000 miles. van dies when traveling at 40 miles an hr or less. Car is running and warm. happens while driving. Happens regularly. ESP light comes on when it dies. The Ck Engine light is not on. Esp light comes on
     
    • AutoMD Member
      11/23/2013 AutoMD Member
      can it be related to fuel filter? the air filter has been changed. is it electronic?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Chrysler Sebring - Preventive Maintenance - 10/26/2013
    Water leak front passenger floor.
    engine cooling system fine.could this be an air conditioning problem. A blocked drain line or something like that. Florida car a/c on all the time. Thanks.
     
    • CVO
      10/26/2013 CVO
      If the water leaks and the color isn't green as the color of the coolant, then the A/C drain line is blocked. The standard location of the drain line is under the chassis ( underneath the evaporator ). Dirt debris could have been plugged and blocked the evacuation line.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Chrysler LHS - Preventive Maintenance - 10/22/2013
    My car is running hot. what else could it be beside thermostat and gasket or hoses. I have made all these changes.
    I was told it could be the catalytic converter, Is that possible and how many converters do I have on my car
     
    • Jimm
      10/22/2013 Jimm
      Loss of coolant because of a coolant leak is probably the most common cause of engine overheating. Possible leak points include hoses, the radiator, heater core, water pump, thermostat housing, head gasket, freeze plugs, automatic transmission oil cooler, cylinder head(s) and block.

      Some reasons for the overheating condition are: clogged or dirty radiator passages, faulty thermostat, clogged radiator hoses, clogged heater hoses, clogged heater core, radiator cooling fans not working.

      Make a careful visual inspection of the entire cooling system, and then pressure test the cooling system and radiator cap. A pressure test will reveal internal leaks such as seepage past the head gasket as well as cracks in the head or block. A good system should hold 12 to 15 psi for 15 minutes or more with no loss in pressure. If it leaks pressure, there is an internal coolant leak (most likely a bad head gasket but possibly also a cracked cylinder or engine block).

      It is important to pressure test the radiator cap, too, because a weak cap (or one with too low a pressure rating.
      Note: do the radiator test while the engine is cold.

      Obtain a loan free radiator pressure tester from the local auto parts stores such as; Advance Auto, Autozone, O'Reilly, PepBoys or other. Follow their instructions and pump it an adequate air pressure 12 -15 psi or the allowances on the radiator cap. Observe the leaks and perform the repair.
      Note: do not over pressurize than the pressure rating as listed on the radiator cap.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Chrysler Sebring - Preventive Maintenance - 10/22/2013
    Floor mat front right passenger side soaken with water
    engine cooling system is fine. could this be a air condition problem. florida car a/c on all the time
     
    • Ron
      10/22/2013 Ron
      I had the same problem with my van. I found a small drain hole somewhere near the bottom of the firewall that was plugged. Ater I cleaned it out the problem went away.
  • John Sawicki
    John Sawicki - 1995 Chrysler LeBaron - Preventive Maintenance - 10/17/2013
    Gas filter replacement
    Iknow gas filter is underneath passenger side seat. What is the process to replace this gas filter.
     
    • Jimm
      10/17/2013 Jimm
      Here are the directions and location:
      - The fuel filter is mounted under the vehicle, next to the fuel tank. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely on jackstands.
      - Remove the retaining screw that mounts the filter to its retaining bracket so you can reach the hose clamps.
      - Then, loosen the clamps (quick-connect fittings on later cars-see the procedures for the fittings in the AutoMD How-To-Guides feature) for both the inlet and outlet lines. Quickly wrap a shop towel around these connections to collect escaping fuel safely. Then, dispose of this towel in such a way as to protect it from heat.
      - Note the routing of the hoses. The high pressure hose from the tank and pump goes to the inlet connection, which is always located toward the outer edge of the filter.
      The outlet hose to the engine is labeled on some filters and is always at the center.
      -Before removing the fuel filter, note the positions of the two fuel lines.

      -Pull the hoses off the connections on the filter.
      Replace the filter, draining fuel into a metal container and disposing of it safely.
      Inspect the hoses for signs of cracking / pieces missing. Replace the clamps (most new filters will include new clamps in the package) and replace defective parts as necessary.

      Installation:
      Reconnect the hoses, using the proper routing noted as you disconnected them. For the older rubber hoses, you may want to very slightly wet the inside diameter of the hoses to make it easier to install them onto the filter connections. Install them as far as possible, until they are well over the bulges at the ends of the connectors. Install the clamps so they are a short distance away from the ends of the hoses but well over the bulged areas at the ends of the filter connections. Tighten both clamps securely. If you have an inch lb. torque wrench, tighten them to 10 inch lbs. (1 Nm).
      Connect the quick-connect hoses, if so equipped.
      Remount the filter on the bracket and tighten the bolt to 6 ft. lbs. (8 Nm). Start the engine and check for leaks, tightening the hose clamps, replacing parts, or installing the hoses farther onto the connectors (older hose types), if necessary. Allow the engine a little while to start, since the fuel system must be pressurized.

      In addition to local parts sources, check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, wwwpartsgeek.com, www.autoanything.com or www.rockauto.com - to list only a few. For example, most on-line sources list the fuel filter from around $5.00 for your vehicle (Fram part G9279 / Motorcraft part FG1098 / Mann MF 1049 / Pentius PFB44705 as parts applications).
 
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