Steering:Hydraulic Power Assist System
Steering:Hydraulic Power Assist:Hose, Piping, And Connections
Steering:Hydraulic Power Assist:Power Steering Fluid

PE04-028 was opened to investigate seven complaints alleging that the engine compartment caught fire on MY 2002 PT CRUISER vehicles.on June 3, 2004, DaimlerChrysler (DCC) notified NHTSA of a safety defect in MY 2001-2005 PT CRUISER vehicles equipped with naturally aspirated 2.4L engines and automatic transaxles (recall 04V-268).the notification identified variation of the high pressure power steering hose routing, which allowed the hose to contact the transaxle differential cover, as the factor contributing to this defect.contact between the power steering hose and the transaxle differential cover can cause hose damage and power steering fluid leakage, which can potentially result in a fire. (note: The failure data in this resume is limited to MY 2001-2003 vehicles per DCC's PE04-028 information responses.)this condition was limited to vehicles with automatic transaxles as vehicles with manual transmissions have substantial clearance between the transaxle differential cover and the power steering hose due to a smaller transaxle design.this condition also does not adversely affect vehicles with turbo engines, which have a different power steering hose routing that provides substantial clearance between the transaxle differential cover and hose.DaimlerChrysler will instruct owners to bring their vehicles to a dealer to have the power steering hose assembly inspected and relocated, or replaced, as necessary, and to confirm the torque of the hose fastener at the steering gear end.
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Date Opened
MAR 15, 2004
Date Closed
JUN 18, 2004
NHTSA Recall #
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