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Old 10 Jul 2009, 07:51 am
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Howdy PT people. I'm John, an old retired person down here in southwest Florida. I just bought my first Chrysler product last night. I been a chevy guy for for 45 years It's a 2005 GT convertible. The car has 61k miles on it. I am not familiar with this car at all so I have a large learning process to go through. I try and do most of the maintenance myself. I purchased this car off a car lot and don't know any history on it other then the Carfax I got. So what's been done I do not know. I think I will just go ahead and change out all the stuff that should be done up to what the book says to 60k miles. I have been reading a bit on here. I believe the plugs and wires need a changing since it does idle a bit rough. Going to change trans fluid (automatic). I'm thinking of going to synthetic oil in the engine. Anyone know if this can be harmful since car probably been using dino oil for 60k miles? A few questions;

Trans oil capacity for the automatic
What spark plugs and wires to use
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Old 10 Jul 2009, 10:11 am
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Welcome to the forum John.

The transaxle, if your doing the full flush, takes 16 quarts. But if your doing it yourself and only dropping the pan you only need 4 quarts. You need to use only ATF+4 fluid which is available at the dealer or auto parts stores but make sure it reads ATF+4. There's also synthetic (I just went to it myself) and I think the mechanic called it ATF+5 but can't verify that.

For the turbo, use copper plugs and I believe the new gap should be around .032in. Any good set of wires as ling as it's not the same wires they use from the factory. A lot of us use Crane wires from the performance section of www.RaceandStreet.com
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Old 10 Jul 2009, 10:21 am
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fljohnboy Welcome to the Forum!! I am long past retirement so I know where you are coming from. BTW I wouldn't depend much on the CARFAX info, known to be not necessarily correct.

PLugs we recommend is Platinum Champion 7570 or equal and performance wires. The Normal wires are Cranes or MOPAR, and I understand both are on back order, so what you can get at Advance or NAPA will work. There is a "sticky" under "Tech & Performance section.

Transmission: as long as you have a complete flush it will take about 22 qts, I believe. A change will be only about 4 qts and it also will use a filter.

Synthetic oil should be alright, but not sure, someone else should be answering that question.
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Old 10 Jul 2009, 10:55 am
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PLugs we recommend is Platinum Champion 7570 or equal
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but aren't these plugs for a non Turbo PT and isn't a PT Cruiser a turbo model?
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Old 10 Jul 2009, 11:58 am
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I purchased this car off a car lot and don't know any history on it other then the Carfax I got. So what's been done I do not know. I think I will just go ahead and change out all the stuff that should be done up to what the book says to 60k miles.
That's what I did, exactly. Bought mine at 45k and picked up the service schedule at that point right out of the book. Regarding the tranny, I bought my car with no prior maintenance records as well so I spent the $150 on the professional tranny flush. I was pretty sure the original owner didn't service the tranny previously.

I changed the plugs and wires (originals were still in it with a .057 gap) and went to synthetic oil. I got my wires from Autozone (anything is better than OEM) and went with Bosch Platinum +4 plugs.

Car is running strong and has given me no trouble.

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Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but aren't these plugs for a non Turbo PT and isn't a PT Cruiser a turbo model?

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For the turbo, use copper plugs and I believe the new gap should be around .032in.
Ya, Crewzin got it. Copper for Turbos.
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Old 11 Jul 2009, 01:01 am
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I don't put much stock into what the carfax reads. The car is nice but disappointed at the car lot I bought it from. There was suppose to be a boot for the top but that was missing. They gave me 1 key and 1 fob and said the other set was locked away and they would get that to me today. Well, that set is missing but they did call out a locksmith and made me a new key with programming. I found a fob on ebay for 12 bucks so that's ordered. The right GT floormat is missing so I'll need to find that somewhere. I bought the plugs today, 7570's, Autozone had no wires so had to order them.
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Old 15 Jul 2009, 11:14 pm
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Going to try and load in a picture here. Installed new plugs and wires today, 7570 Champions and wires from Autozone, Duramax. Seems to idle smoother now.
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Old 16 Jul 2009, 06:58 pm
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Welcome.
No problem switching to synthetic, and I regard synthetic oil as nearly mandatory for a turbo...
The PT takes 5 quarts of oil - go to WalMart and they sell 5-quart jugs of Mobil1.
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