definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,467 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

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 #3

Sep 152004

PT Cruiser

  • miles
No power steering after vehicle was repaired. Upon backing into a parking space the consumer noticed a grinding sound when she turned the steering wheel. When the consumer turned off the ignition she noticed a cloud of smoke. The consumer was told that her power steering column was broken and in need of repair. The vehicle was repaired, soon after the consumer heard a squealing sound and discovered the power steering had failed again. The consumer was then told a fitting was not properly installed when the previous work was done.

- Gwynn Oak, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 052004

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • 30,000 miles
Steering wheel shakes back and forth, making it hard for the driver to control the vehicle.

- Ardmore, OK, USA

problem #1

May 162003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 51,869 miles
The car had a fitting in the power assist steering system that was loosening. In a driving condition of high pressure, the system developed an instant, fast leak, which reacted to the high temperatures of the exhaust system. This reaction ultimately started the fire, which burned the engine compartment of the vehicle. Same incident as voq#10039792 per conversation with paul abbey on 6/16/04. Pe04029_cat

- San Clemente, CA, USA

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