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?

19,990

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.

23,495

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

1,445

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

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
1,445

if that was done right maybe head gasket or head crack

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
52,605

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

PT Cruiser

Looking for a Used PT Cruiser in your area?

CarGurus has 2,967 nationwide PT Cruiser listings starting at $879.

ZIP:

Chrysler PT Cruiser Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,580
  • #2
    Gypsy Rose
    Reputation
    1,470
  • #3
    Kelly Little Ashford
    Reputation
    1,400
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Beetle
192 Great Deals out of 7,387 listings starting at $1,450
Used Chrysler Sebring
32 Great Deals out of 2,734 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Mustang
585 Great Deals out of 36,206 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Focus
801 Great Deals out of 55,008 listings starting at $800
Used MINI Cooper
266 Great Deals out of 10,052 listings starting at $1,958
Used Toyota Camry
927 Great Deals out of 80,593 listings starting at $1,440
Used Honda Accord
1,022 Great Deals out of 57,887 listings starting at $1,099
Used Honda Civic
752 Great Deals out of 69,404 listings starting at $1,000
Used Jeep Liberty
218 Great Deals out of 7,261 listings starting at $1,400

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
79 listings starting at $2,999
2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
158 listings starting at $2,930
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
337 listings starting at $2,500
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
433 listings starting at $1,000
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 586 listings starting at $2,750

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.