2002 PT cruiser running hot after all repairs have been done


Asked by Sep 13, 2015 at 07:19 PM about the 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My PT cruiser has turned into a hot mess!
After my local mechanic, who I think is competent, ran all the diagnostics,
change the radiator,  fan  assembly, thermostat,three radiator caps And heat
sensor valve above the thermostat, at a cost of around $600.
  Alas,  it is still running hot and blowing out the coolant very quickly?
It seems as if the cooling system is under extreme pressure
The water pump does not seem to be making any noise and seems to be
working properly
When I shut it off it sounds as if it has a demon growling at me from under the
My mechanic finally said he could not fix it I would have to take it elsewhere
  That it probably was a engine seal that would have to be changed for about
  The car is less than $3000 and I am considering ordering a engine and
exchange it instead of putting in all the labor
Any suggestions how I can exercise this demon from my engine
  It is a low mileage car with only 65,000 miles on it? Any suggestions?
Thanks for your help

6 Answers

Did he check the freeze plugs?


Did you have the cooling system flushed ? Could be a blocked passages in the cooling system in the engine block. If not and you decide to try it use Prestone Super Cooling System Flush.


And why do you consider this guy "competent"? Taking it "elsewhere" is a good idea-


make sure the cooling system is filled right bleed the air http://www.ehow.com/how_12174559_bleed-coolant-system-pt- cruiser.html

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if that was done right maybe head gasket or head crack

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Bob Beaman

I would guess that the head gasket or cracked cylinder head is leaking compression into the cooling system. This should be fairly easy to diagnose by pressure testing the cooling system and by checking for combustion gasses in the coolant. Get a different mechanic.

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