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4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,500 miles

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact noticed that the steering column was difficult to turn. When he arrived home, he placed power steering fluid in the vehicle. The steering column began working again, but a noise was heard while driving. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and they stated that the power steering cap was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was later driven to a tire shop for new tires and the mechanic stated that the rack and pinion was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that they were not liable for the repairs. The current mileage was 105,164 and the failure mileage was unavailable. Updated 12/30/08 the rack and pinion was leaking. Updated 12/30/08.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #3

Feb 102008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Leaking steering rack and solenoid pack. Possible leak in steering pump also. Safety of tie rod ends, bushings, sway bars, control arms noted in inspection of front end both by a Chrysler dealer and by an auto-repair chain. Both recommended replacement of parts (in shop right now) to eliminate a safety risk. In speaking to another owner of this same year and model of car with low mileage, I learned that he has experienced the same problems.

- Scituate, RI, USA

problem #2

Mar 022004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my car new, a '02 PT CRUISER, and this is the second time that the rack and pinion has cracked!!! I have been told that the part is on national back order, which tells me that I am not the only person that this has happened to!!

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 072004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Power steering failed. Dealership states the power steering rack and pump are defective. This was a sudden loss of steering. The part is back ordered up to 3 weeks which leads me to believe this is not an isolated incident. There must be a significant number of rack failures.

- Eagan, MN, USA

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