Problems With PT Cruisers in the Front End

by Steven Symes
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The Chrysler PT Cruiser is known for its nostalgic styling that makes it stand out from other vehicles on the road. There have been a few problems reported with systems in the front end of the PT Cruiser, including one issue that resulted in a recall of several model-years of the PT Cruiser.


Some Chrysler PT Cruisers from model-years 2001 through 2005 have had problems with the front end suspension. The lower control arm bushings have been reported to fail prematurely, causing the ball joint to come loose. The driver can lose control over the car’s steering system, which could result in a collision. A recall was issued in 2008 for the affected model-years. A Chrysler dealership will replace the defective parts free of charge.

Cooling System

PT Cruisers not equipped with a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine have experienced problems with the vehicle’s cooling system. The engine cooling fan’s motor can suddenly fail, which results in engine overheating. The overheating engine can cause serious damage to the vehicle. According to MSN Autos, PT Cruisers from model-years 2001 to 2004 are affected by this problem.

Control Module

The power train control module in some PT Cruisers from model-years 2001 to 2003 has reportedly failed suddenly and prematurely. The PT Cruiser’s power train control module regulates the engine and starting system’s functions. When the power train control module fails, the car will not start at all. The failed power train control module must be replaced in order for the car’s engine to start up.

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