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I bought this 2004 cruiser has done this from about the2nd or third year after purchase new,only when in wet conditions it makes this chirping noise fall,winter or even after a car wash in the summer,

I bought this 2004 cruiser has done this from about the 2nd or third year after purchase new,only happens when in wet conditions it makes this chirping noise fall,winter or even after a car wash in the summer,unltil it is dried off.it happeneds all wet seasons,spring, fall & winter seasons.sounds to me like a pulley bearing or belt squeeling or bent pulley.maybe power steering? .

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9 times outta 10 when moisture is involved it's the serpentine belt. Try belt dressing or just a new belt.

Posted on Nov 06, 2012

  • michael ludwig Nov 07, 2012

    Ben,I will try the belt dressing first,because I purchased this PT cruiser new in 2004 and it only has 55,800 mile on it in 8 years.Thank you so much for your solution,Mike

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SOURCE: serpintine belt

It sounds to me like the belt tensioner pulley is bad.Its spring loaded and this pulley is what keeps the belt in place.

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If it gets worse when turning the wheel at a stop, then it's the power steering pump. Could be the power steering fluid also. Check your belts for wear or damage. The idle pulley will make a constant noise, sometimes whining sometime screeching. To check idler pulley it is best to remove belts.

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SOURCE: noise under right front of hood

This is pretty hard to diagnose without being there. I would suggest that you take a hose with ends cut off and listen through it, since you are mechanically inclined. I would also check things that may be rattling against the firewall, the exhaust system for rattles as they tend to do so when bushings are worn out, and recheck the things you have if you haven't done so with hose or stethescope. I had a similar problem that was a loose exhaust bushing... Hope this helps you, Rick

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SOURCE: 2001 pt cruiser, right rear, sounds like a chirping noise

sounds like the bearing in the hub assembly has gone bad

Posted on May 21, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 PT cruiser trying to start with no keys!

I would check your wire harness. The starter is close to where you would be working on the radiator. I have not had the pleasure to put one in but i know its a tight squeez in there.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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