Question about 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
My PT Cruiser was overheating. The oil was really low and I added 2 quarts of oil to it. I took it to the shop and they replaced the radiator, saying it had a 'crank' in it. They also said there wasn't any coolant found in the car, and they added coolant. I drove the car away after paying over $400 for the new radiator and after only driving 5 miles it overheated again and the coolant light came on. The oil also smelled kinda funny when I popped the hood. It's now back at the mechanics again and I'm awaiting a new diagnosis. Can anyone help with info on how this all works or if this info even makes sense so when the shop tries to charge me even more money I can argue? Thanks!
Since the vehicle is already at the mechanics, the standard check this and that scenarios don't apply. I also try to refrain from judging a situation that I'm not in front of, but something isn't quite right.
In case you are being taken advantage of, knowledge is power and I'm going to do my best to empower you. So let's get to the right questions to ask your mechanic.
Every one of the questions (just about every one) I put down would be reasonable if your car kept working perfectly the first time. I did get on a bit of a rant, please forgive me for that.
When asking them:
If these guys are trying to pull a fast one, they are lazy by nature. They are hoping for the same in those they take advantage of. Being prepared is key.
If you have one of those digital voice recorders, make sure it has fresh batteries and set it to record. The second you start asking questions you have the momentum, they are on the defensive.
Ask as many questions as you want. If you don't get straight answers, if you get waffling, condescension or BS, have them get your car ready to go, Don't pay them another dime. And as you leave, ask my final question: Do you guys know a good mechanic?
If you decide to take them to court, that recording is evidence. Their response to that question will likely win you the case.
I hope I have given you enough ammo to get to the bottom of this. If you need anything else comment me back, I'll respond as soon as I get it.
Either way, please let me know what happens. Can you tell I have issues with a certain type of 'business person'? ;-)
Posted on Feb 13, 2009
I have a 2001 PT Cruiser with 55.000 miles on the clock and it has started to overheat my garage has checked it out and has now came back to me and said that my engine is rotten and i need a new engine .I have had the car for 5 years and it has been well cared for so i know the engine has not been abused does anyone have a answer for me please ? thank you Patrick
Posted on Aug 02, 2010
I have a pt cruiser and as a mechanic for 25 years and having the same problem before,the radiator fan assembly is not working on fast mode .i currently am on my third fan assembly but no new radiator.
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
If the oil smell was sweet smell there is a leak coolant in to the oil . but when thay changed the rad thay could have spilled coolent if so it is most likely the thermastat has seazed shut or open and needs to be replaced thank you for useing fixya please rate me
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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