3 Year Quest to Find Engine Shut Off Problem

110

Asked by Jul 13, 2010 at 11:45 AM about the Chrysler PT Cruiser

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

72,300 miles on a PT Turbo HO has had numerous shop visits over the past 3 years here in Ft Walton beach Florida to find out why the car randomly:
1) Check Engine Light comes on
2) Engine may or may not then begin to sputter.
3) When Check Engine light begins to flash it probably will just "shut off" at the next red light or in the middle of a turn onto another road.  Sometimes there is no sputter and at the next red light the engine suddenly just turns itself off.
4) Every time putting it in park, turning ignition off and on then restart the engine and it runs great again (just like it usually does!)
5) Cyl misfire is a common OBD code
6) Cam sensor, plugs and wires, air filter have been replaced.  it still does it
7) This week smoke came out of multfunction stalk and fog lamps shorted out to right turn signal.  It is shop getting a new turn signal multi-function stalk.
8) It always seems to do it after driving 10-20 miles and more in summer than in winter.
9) Today the local shop is pluging in via the internet to Chrysler headquaters to let some Chrysler corporate mechanic gurus look at the engin's vital stistics.
10) I may opt to replace timing belt and water pump today if it is not too expensive when the shop calls me.

Any ideas I might suggest to the mechanic?
Kris

1 Answer

110

PS: Also after #4 above, when restarted the engine works great, but the speedometer reads 10-20 mph when I am really doing 50-60 mph. This goes away after the next restart. Kris

Your Answer

Chrysler PT Cruiser Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,660
  • #2
    Gypsy Rose
    Reputation
    1,520
  • #3
    Kelly Little Ashford
    Reputation
    1,410
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet HHR
41 Great Deals out of 2,467 listings starting at $799
Used Toyota FJ Cruiser
52 Great Deals out of 2,035 listings starting at $7,400
Used Volkswagen Beetle
214 Great Deals out of 8,558 listings starting at $995
Used Chrysler 300
330 Great Deals out of 18,653 listings starting at $900
Used Kia Soul
372 Great Deals out of 27,531 listings starting at $3,452
Used Chrysler Sebring
24 Great Deals out of 2,618 listings starting at $2,400
Used Honda Civic
710 Great Deals out of 64,876 listings starting at $1,350
Used Ford Mustang
567 Great Deals out of 36,320 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Caliber
59 Great Deals out of 2,141 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Focus
790 Great Deals out of 57,024 listings starting at $1,900
Used MINI Cooper
264 Great Deals out of 10,958 listings starting at $1,950
Used Ford Escape
1,059 Great Deals out of 100,162 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota Camry
953 Great Deals out of 90,524 listings starting at $300
Used Honda Accord
1,096 Great Deals out of 65,138 listings starting at $561
Used Chrysler Town & Country
351 Great Deals out of 13,696 listings starting at $1,000

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.