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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 6/27/2014
    Why does my car shut off at random times.?
    this happens all the time. at random times hot or cold. check engine light is on. when it happens I am usually pushing the gas pedal and it doesn't shut off right away I will push the pedal to the floor and the car will not go any faster then like 10 seconds later ...
    0 answer
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 6/23/2014
    What does code p0403 mean
    Check engine light comes on and car runs a little rough.
    • CVO
      6/23/2014 CVO
      P0403 . Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Malfunction.

      The EGR control solenoid is stuck open due to debris, etc. the code may be accompanied by misfire under acceleration, rough idle, or engine dying altogether.

      Possible causes.

      Bad EGR solenoid

      Excessive resistance in control circuit (PCM controlled ground) due to an open, chafing or damage to the harness

      Poor connection at the EGR solenoid harness (worn or loose pins)

      Water intrusion at the EGR solenoid harness

      Blockage in EGR control solenoid holding solenoid open or closed causing excessive resistance

      Loss of supply voltage to EGR solenoid

      Bad PCM

      6/23/2014 Lester L
      Thanks cvo I removed the egr valve and cleaned it out with brake clean and blew it out with air compressor.Car is now running fine with no codes
  • Perry
    Perry - 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 6/22/2014
    • CVO
      6/22/2014 CVO
      Try this tip.

      First, check the battery and starter cables for their tightness or free of corrosion and physical damaged.

      See this Starting system simplified diagram. Have a help from an assistant to crank the engine, use a 12 volt light tester or a digital voltmeter, apply it to the starter control circuit.
      If there is light or 12 volts and the starter isn't cranking, then the starter is the culprit. Have the starter to bench test for free at the local auto parts stores.
      If there isn't no light or no volts, then the ignition switch is the culprit.
      Check the starter relay and position the Automatic transmission shifter in neutral.

      Note: a 3/4 charge battery is 12.50 volts
      A discharge battery is 11.75 volts.
      A battery under a cranking load and it is reading less than 7 volts,it will be a recycled battery.
      6/23/2014 Perry
      no valtage at starter colenoid . the ignition key only seems to turn a fraction past the on position
      6/23/2014 CVO
      Not sure if this Chrysler PT has a security system like GM, if the security light is on then the starter won't crank, otherwise the ignition switch may be the culprit. Use the WD-40 to drive out the debris or moisture and re-instate the ignition back to normal.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 6/22/2014
    Where is a temperature switch located at
    what is the easiest way to find and locate the temperature switch
    • CVO
      6/22/2014 CVO
      The engine coolant temperature sensor threads into the front of the cylinder head.

      Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
      Disconnect battery negative cable from remote negative terminal on shock tower and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
      Perform this operation only when the engine is cold.

      With the engine cold, drain coolant until level drops below sensor level.
      Disconnect coolant sensor electrical connector.
      Remove coolant sensor.
      To install:

      Apply 3M® AAD part number 8731 or equivalent conductive sealant to threaded portion.
      It is imperative to use a conductive sealant.

      Install coolant sensor and torque to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm)
      Attach electrical connector to sensor.
      Fill cooling system.

      See this Fig. Testing coolant temp sensor

  • cisco
    cisco - 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 6/17/2014
    Oil consumption through intake manifold.
    using oil but no signs of visible leakage other than oil on intake manifold gasket, plugs look good at this time no signs of fouling, was wondering if this might be a ring problem? thank-you
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  • cisco
    cisco - 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 6/17/2014
    Noticed oil consumption through intake manifold, is this most likely a ring problem? thank you
    using oil, but no visible signs of leakage except around gasket on intake manifold. plugs look good at this time, no signs of oil or fouling
    0 answer
  • Tiffany
    Tiffany - 2006 Chrysler 300 - Engine - 6/17/2014
    Do I need a new computer to fix injector #5 from dumping fuel in the car?
    I have 213,000 miles on my 2006 Chrysler 300. A couple of days ago, white smoke started to come out of my exhaust pipe. It smelled like gasoline. I couldn't even make it 20miles before my car ate up the gas. Now I'm being told that injector#5 was reading bad. They ...
    • alex
      6/17/2014 alex
      i bet there is a short to power in the harness somewhere i would check into it i have never sen an ecu fail like that before.
      6/17/2014 Tiffany
      AAmco is saying they switched cylinder #5 and it's still doing the same thing. I believe they should be closed and #5 is open and fuel is coming out of it. He said they checked the wiring and that was good so the only thing left is the computer being bad, which is not allowing cylinder 5 to be closed.
  • Tiffany
    Tiffany - 2006 Chrysler 300 - Engine - 6/17/2014
    Does my car need new computer because of gas coming out of injector #5?
    I have 213,000 miles on my 2006 Chrysler 300. A couple of days ago, white smoke started to come out of my exhaust pipe. It smelled like gasoline. I couldn't even make it 20miles before my car ate up the gas. Now I'm being told that injector#5 was reading bad. They ...
    0 answer
  • Billy
    Billy - 2004 Chrysler Pacifica - Engine - 6/16/2014
    Seafoam into vacuume hose?
    I have a 2004 pacifica with 170,000 miles, has always had a little "catch" in the throttle when you accelerate. is this carbon in the throttle body? and will syphoning seafoam or stp, or what ever thru the break booster or TB vac hose break this loose? any ...
    • Chevy doctor
      6/16/2014 Chevy doctor
      Best thing to do is to take of the air intake tube and open throttle plates. Clean with a tooth brush using throttle plate cleaner, carb cleaner or a top engine cleaner. Scrub and wipe clean.
      Chevy doctor
      6/17/2014 Billy
      thanks for your comment
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 6/16/2014
    Car is cutting out ,jerking, dieing when i come to a stop. Idle goes up down when driving.
    Car feels like it loses it speed , power ,, a/c will lose its blower strength.
    • GT500Knights
      6/16/2014 GT500Knights
      Check engine codes.

      Your problem sounds like it may be due to bad idle air control valve and/or throttle position sensor.

      Check for vacuum leaks. Check fuel pressure. Check ignition timing.
  • Billy
    Billy - 2004 Chrysler Pacifica - Engine - 6/14/2014
    How long to replace heater core?
    was wondering how many hours should it take to replace the heater core on my pacifica, and should I tackle it myself? am getting a lot of estimates over 500.00 to do the repair. does the whole dash have to come out or just under the steering column?
    • bear.1216
      6/14/2014 bear.1216
      Book time is 4.6 hours. That is for a mechanic in a shop with a hoist. And 4.6 hours is likely under-estimated. It will probably take way longer. Probably a few days to complete. Pretty much the entire dash has to come out. Replacing a heater core is a horrible job. Frustrating and painfull and tedious. If you have never changed a heater core. Try pressing the gas pedal with the back of your head. If you attempt that job yourself.That is the position you will be stuck in for at least six hours. Nobody can hold that position for that long. It will take you days. And you will hate every minute of it. Save yourself the torture. Pay someone to do it or buy a new car. Those are your only options. Fixing it yourself is a terrible choice. Taking it to your usual mechanic is also not wise. As he will hate you for it. Your best option is a dealership. That is where I would take it. Dont just pick the cheapest estimate. Go to a dealer. They know exactly what they are getting into. They also have the most accurate estimate and service manuals.
      6/16/2014 Billy
      thanks for your honesty... ive put some barrs aluminum stopleak in it and am praying it stops!
  • Perry
    Perry - 2007 Chrysler Pacifica - Engine - 6/12/2014
    • Chevy doctor
      6/12/2014 Chevy doctor
      Some control heads will flash when you try to engauge ac and its low on freon. More the likely there is a leak somewhere in the system. These do have issues with rear evaporator leaking. Does yours have rear ac. Most systems have dye. Condensers also leak a lot. Inspect for green dye leak. Most systems have dye in it from factory.
      Chevy doctor
      6/13/2014 Perry
      Thanks Chevy doctor, it does have air
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 6/7/2014
    Installed new camshaft seals and I was able to push them in by hand do I need to install repair sleeves
    Camshaft seals we're leaking oil new ones or the same size as the old ones they slipped on easy without having to tap them in
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Chrysler 300M - Engine - 6/6/2014
    Engine sometimes wont start unless I hit the unlock remote or door switch 3 or 4 times in succession.
    It seems to occur after deactivating alarm.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2012 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 6/1/2014
    When starting,after sitting all night,will backfire, on inital start.after that,starts normal.
    engine has 11548 miles on it, 350 plus hours,running time on it.happens when engine is cold,is also parked outside. no lights on,or any other info come on
    • Chevy doctor
      6/1/2014 Chevy doctor
      I would have your Chrysler dealer look at it. Sounds like carbon build up on valves or the high pressure injector pump leaking down over night.