My 2001 pt cruiser quit running going down the highway. has not started since. we had some problems with the ignition switch so we replaced it. still did not start. changed coil packs. still will not start. turns over real well. but will not even sputter. all fuses are good. wires all look good. good fuel pressure at the fuel rail. what next?? HELP.
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A problem like that sounds like the ignition coil overheats/quits after time. So after it dies, check for spark on the plug wires as someone is cranking the engine. (pull wire off and hold end next to ground and see and hear a spark)
could be a bad alternator or battery, if by "the motor turns over somewhat" it sounds like it tries to turn over less and less each time you try. Even if it did start it wouldn't stay running with one of these problems.
Car overheats then engine dies going down hill coasting. When try to start, starter spins as if no gas or fire to the plugs. Can this be a sensor flipped by too much heat or lack of coolant ? If so, how do you reset the sensor ?