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Old 01 Feb 2012, 10:03 am
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Default 2001 PT Cruiser troubleshooting....

So I've been having a problem with my 01 Cruiser. It's was idling really roughly, even sometimes just shutting off while idling at an intersection. I had just got the vehicle back from my mechanic for a cracked head when this idling problem started. The CEL light came on, so I pulled a 0300 code, misfire detected...well hmm. Mechanic told me is most likely my ignition coil from water spilling on it when my heads cracked. No problem i replaced it...still idling rough. Then he says its my idle air control i replaced it along with my MAP sensor since it threw a code for that as well. It ran okay for about a day then tripped the CEL for insufficient flow from the EGR system. So i replaced the EGR Valve like 3 days ago. It was running perfect until this morning. CEL light came back on with 0300 code again, and even idled out a light!!!

I was hoping someone could give me any ideas as to what I can do. What could be causing the misfire or how can I get down to the real source of my problems? So far since august of last year I've had to replace pretty much everything in this car...lower end completely rebuilt (crank kit and all) all new cooling system components, all new charging system components, upper end rebuilt, and the heads machined, new gaskets etc.... I just don't get why I can't get this damn car running good for more than a few days. Seriously am considering getting rid of it!!!
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Old 01 Feb 2012, 05:34 pm
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Default Re: 2001 PT Cruiser troubleshooting....

Your mechanic sounds like he has no idea what's wrong and is having you trow parts at it in hopes of getting the right one. Has he hooked up and OBDII scanner to see if that can pinpoint something? You haven't said anything about plugs and wires or looking for a vacuum leak.
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Old 01 Feb 2012, 11:59 pm
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Default Re: 2001 PT Cruiser troubleshooting....

Yes it has new wires and the plugs look to be fine.
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