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Old 24 Oct 2014, 06:40 pm
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Hi....new to the board.....

I have a 2005 PT Turbo with 45,000 miles. I was driving on the highway for about an hour and a half when I noticed the gas pump icon was light and the gas gage was showing it was on empty. I pulled into a gas station because I thought I might be losing gas....it only took $2.00 worth of gas. When I restarted the car all was ok until I drove a few miles and then I noticed the speed gage was not working and couldn't get it to move past 30 (speed). Our mechanic, could not figure out was happened. He tested all the panels, senors, etc. He even contacted a teaching school and they had no idea what happened?

Has anyone ever had this issue happen?

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Old 24 Oct 2014, 09:07 pm
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You'll get some techie help soon.
Maybe the fuse for the display, or computer problem.
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Old 24 Oct 2014, 09:51 pm
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Gas gauge has acted up on quite a few people, not the speedometer.
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Old 24 Oct 2014, 11:34 pm
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Default Re: Gas gage dial.....

I had similar issues in my Neon for a long time, then via another internet forum I discovered that the problem was the solders on the instrument cluster circuit board. I took it out, used my soldering iron on the connections, and voila, things were back to normal.

For a while anyway. The floater in the fuel pump went bad and caused my gas gauge to fluctuate wildly now, but the speedometer is still fine.
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Old 25 Oct 2014, 04:02 pm
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BTW, Nora,
Do you have a habit of letting the gas in your tank (Gauge shows) going below 1/4 full???
That can eventually play heck with the fuel pump itself. (it's in the tank)
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Old 25 Oct 2014, 04:16 pm
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How old is the battery and have you cleaned the battery cables lately? Are you getting 12 to 12.5 volts not running and 14 to 14.5 volts running. PT Cruisers are sensitive to any voltage drop.
Have you had the PT Cruiser battery jump started lately?

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Old 25 Oct 2014, 06:35 pm
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I would also suggest doing the Instrument Cluster Test. To put the instrument cluster in self-diagnostic mode, press the trip reset button down and then turn the ignition to the ON position simultaneously, then release the button. The gauges will increment to selected stops and all indicators will light with the exception of liftgate ajar and fog lamp indicators. Watch the effected gauge for operation. The speedometer gauge should position at the following calibration points: 20mph, 55mph, 75mph and 120mph. Let me know what codes you get if you get any.
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Old 27 Oct 2014, 05:37 pm
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Hi...Tank is always either full or half full - I never let the tank go past half full.

Thank you for your reply!!!!
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Old 27 Oct 2014, 05:39 pm
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How old is the battery and have you cleaned the battery cables lately? Are you getting 12 to 12.5 volts not running and 14 to 14.5 volts running. PT Cruisers are sensitive to any voltage drop.
Have you had the PT Cruiser battery jump started lately?

Thank you for your reply - battery is almost 4 years old...all seems well with it.
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Old 27 Oct 2014, 05:41 pm
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I had similar issues in my Neon for a long time, then via another internet forum I discovered that the problem was the solders on the instrument cluster circuit board. I took it out, used my soldering iron on the connections, and voila, things were back to normal.

For a while anyway. The floater in the fuel pump went bad and caused my gas gauge to fluctuate wildly now, but the speedometer is still fine.
Hi...Thank you - I will mention this to our mechanic.....

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