Question about 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Car was diffiult to start at times, eventually wouldnt start. However started right up with a jump from a second vehicle. This is a 203 pt touring w/o turbo. Lights and radio still operational when the car wouldnt start. Replaced the battery and the neg battery terminal head, since the thin copper ribbon attaching the original stretched and broke during an attempt to wire brush it. Replaced only the negative with a brass connector. The possitve is still original. Started fine for a day the problem returned. Started the car removed the neg node at the battery and the car died immediately, making me believe it is the alternator that has to be replaced.
Appearently the PT Cruiser was designed with under the impression that the alternator will never go out and so I am finding that this is going to be a major project. Any advice is appreciated
Also since so much work is involed should I purchase a new, rebuilt or used alternator, should the belt also be replaced?
Thanks for any help in advance
Hey check it out, I am a carpenter and my buddy a residential electrician and we removerd the alternator without undoing the steering arm or the drive shaft, no transmission fluid lost. But as I stated we are just 2 guys and not mechanics so I am just sharing what we did, I am not saying it was smart.
We jacked the right side of the car, supported it with a jack stand, removed the tire, plastic panel all the Alternator boltsfreed the alternator and then removed the lower support bracket, just like all the resourses stated, including the online manual. If you try to remove the alternator at this point it almost slips out throu the wheel compartment but not quite. Since we had the car supported with the Jackstand, we placed the jack (2 1/2 ton) under the bottom of the engine its self and jacked it up a little at a time. As a resul just enough space was created to pull the alternator out leaving all the difficult and messy steps out of the process.
Good Luck hope this is helpful to any do it yourselfers, saved a ton of money in this case!!!
BTW I havent checked the link above at the time of writing this so I dont know if this is redundant info or not.
Posted on Sep 26, 2008
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Posted on Sep 24, 2008
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