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
hood
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
$3000
  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?

18,230

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.

21,795

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

1,355

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

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
1,355

if that was done right maybe head gasket or head crack

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
44,695

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.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • How to unlock the engine of a 2002 PT Cruiser Chrystler 4 answers

    I have a 2002 PT Cruiser, and the engine locked the very next day after a service was done. What can I do to have it unlocked and driving again please?

    2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • why is my pt cruiser overheating.water bubbling and shooting all the water back to the resorvor and dump it out in the over. 11 answers

    I have a 02 pt cruiser change waterpump.thermostat radiator.hoses heater hoses clean heater coil.now heater works.didnt work before.bleed air out system.still overheats.water bubbles to radiator cap...

    2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • my 2003 pt cruiser just stopped running. 51 answers

    While driving I got an ding the check engine light came on and the car just died on me. No sputter or any indication of a problem. Just stopped running. It has 3/4 of a tank of gas so that isn't my p...

    2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Help 05 pt cruiser 5 answers

    05 pt cruiser. Replaced battery. And starter. Car periodically won't start. Sometime I go days no issues.. run around all over town.. other days I run five stores at least once when I come out I p...

    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • How is the PT Cruiser? 11 answers

    Seriously thinking of purchasing a PT Cruiser. Does anyone know if the car has a pacific maintenance issue?

    2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring

    -

    General

PT Cruiser

Looking for a Used PT Cruiser in your area?

CarGurus has 3,194 nationwide PT Cruiser listings starting at $1,850.

ZIP:

Search Chrysler PT Cruiser Questions

Chrysler PT Cruiser Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,110
#2 Gypsy Rose
Gypsy Rose
Reputation 1,360
#3 Kelly Little Ashford
Kelly Little Ashford
Reputation 1,200
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Beetle
136 Great Deals out of 8,997 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chrysler Sebring
26 Great Deals out of 3,010 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Mustang
397 Great Deals out of 47,365 listings starting at $1,999
Used Ford Focus
542 Great Deals out of 57,043 listings starting at $800
Used Toyota Corolla
713 Great Deals out of 73,207 listings starting at $1,950
Used Honda Civic
515 Great Deals out of 89,847 listings starting at $1,299
Used Honda Accord
788 Great Deals out of 88,193 listings starting at $1,150
Used Toyota Camry
848 Great Deals out of 90,973 listings starting at $249
Used MINI Cooper
207 Great Deals out of 11,173 listings starting at $1,550
Used Chevrolet Impala
542 Great Deals out of 29,827 listings starting at $799
Used Ford Escape
1,386 Great Deals out of 95,859 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
80 listings starting at $2,375
2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 162 listings starting at $1,850
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
367 listings starting at $2,900
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 503 listings starting at $3,000
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
602 listings starting at $2,995