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When my 2006 pt cruiser gets hot it is hard to shift gears. When it is hot you barely let the clutch out and it starts to move, whereas when the engine is cold the clutch engages when clutch pedel is almost half way out.

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I live in Tucson AZ and have the same problem with my 2006 Cruiser. During mild weather (below 90 degrees) the clutch behaves fine. When it gets hotter, as it always does in the summer, it gets very hard to shift. I had clutch work done at the dealer (replaced a slave cylinder) and they had a hard time getting it to bleed properly. Said it is tricky and requires a special technique or something. I like the car, but this is quite frustrating.

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Cant honestly say that in 40yrs of motor fitting i have come across this before ,but need some more info on this to be able to assist,is your model a clutch cable or hydraulic ,if its a cable then remove clutch and possibly renew ,if its hydraulic then it could be a problem with air in the hydraulics which i doubt but if its in the end of the slave cylinder then it might be a job to remove in extreme cases and it will expand on heating up but i cant for the life of me work out why this would cause a problem because in actual fact an expansion would cause it be the other way around .No iam sitting here thinking about this and again its not the same as having the vehicle in front of me but i do think that i would be inclined to remove the clutch and have a look because the diaphram spring in the clutch cover could be playing up or the clutch disk plate could be sticking to the spigot shaft when hot .Also check the crankshaft thrust ,by looking at the front pulley and getting someone to put foot on clutch and see if front pulley moves away from the front cover with engine cold then after a drive when hot and clutch is low to floor .Also post back the results please because this is puzzling

Posted on Jul 17, 2009

  • mike62079 May 06, 2011

    Was there ever a resolution on this? My 2006 PT does the same thing and I live in Phoenix. Under about 95 Degrees, the car is a dream to drive. Over 95 degrees, you cannot shift it. I have a P Basic model with a 5 Speed Manual trans. I Love the car but this is the 3rd summer with it and I am about to trade it in for something else.

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