Question about 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser
This happened before the garage said it could be the brain going out. He unhooked the battery cables and that worked for about two months. now it is happening again. this car only has 50,000 miles on it.
Do you have codes with that engine light?
Do you have a digital odometer?
Insert the Key into the Ignition and
Turn from OFF to ON (not Start) ON is just before Start.
Do this 3-times: OFF to ON (not start), OFF to ON (not start), and OFF to ON (not to start).
Leave the Key in the ON (not start) Position.
Look at the Digital Odometer.
With the Egine Light on there will be Codes in the Odometer Display.
Record these Codes and get these Codes back to me.
These codes should pinpoint the Problem.
What is the Transmission Fluid Level and Condition?
Remember to Check the Transmission Fluid with the Engine On and at Normal operating temperature. Check it with the vehicle in Park or in Neutral (WITH the Parking Brake engaged).
When was your Transmission Fluid and Filter Changed?
After 35,000 miles they should be changed. Do not get the Superflush, as this does not change out the filter. Use the correct, recommended Transmission Fluid, do not buy the cheap stuff.
The "brain" they are talking about is the Transmission Solenoid. It looks like a box, and is usually found on the front of the Transmission Because of it's location the electrical connections are prone to corrosion and oxidation (white stuff) on the electrical connectors, causing problems with shifting. You can remove the electrical connections from ALL the connectors on the vehicle; Check and Clean then and re-plug them back in, and check operations.
The Transmission also has Sensors. These are easily located on the Transmission. They send electronic information to the computers and are used during shifting. As stated earlier: remove the electrical connections for each sensor, and clean both sides of the connections.
One or more of these Sensors may be malfunctioning, causing the shifting problems. You may also easily remove these Sensors and clean the inside end of the sensor (they gather small metal particles on them), reinstall, replug and check operations.
Let me know if this helped, or if you have additional information or questions. Feel free to contact me at FixYa.com!
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
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