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Old 01 Feb 2016, 01:22 pm
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I own 2001 pt crusier limited, 158,000 miles with no sign of trouble the auto trans made loud thug and seemed to lock up. engine runs but car will not move in any gear. anyone have any suggestions, there are no engine codes.
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Old 01 Feb 2016, 02:48 pm
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Will it roll in neutral? Does the engine reg freely in gear, or sound like it's trying to go but can't ?

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Old 01 Feb 2016, 03:15 pm
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I own 2001 pt crusier limited, 158,000 miles with no sign of trouble the auto trans made loud thug and seemed to lock up. engine runs but car will not move in any gear. anyone have any suggestions, there are no engine codes.
What was the PT doing when you heard the loud "thug"? Were you in gear and accelerating from about 20 mph? Did the noise have a ringing bell quality to it? Kind of like a "bong". What is the fluid level in the transmission? And what does the fluid look like? Does it smell burnt? Does the shifter travel freely though the entire range or does it have hard places and/or try to bind up?

Also, check under the car to assure one of the CV shaft hasn't come completely loose from the transaxile or that one of the shafts going into the transaxile hasn't slid out a half inch or so.
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Old 02 Feb 2016, 04:08 pm
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car will roll in neutral without engine running, if engine is running it will not roll and engine sounds like it has load on it in gear when trying to rev it up but it will rev.
problem happened when I started off from stop light and the thug was a hard shift like it slammed into park when it started to shift into 2nd gear but it didn't go into park or 2nd it was like it just locked up. probable going 15 to 20 mph when it happened. fluid level was good and it had nice red color and didn't smell burnt. checked axles everything looked normal
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Old 02 Feb 2016, 04:14 pm
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friend just told me it might be torque converter, going to pull trans pan and check for metal
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I had that happen on a Caravan once and it was a broken half shaft. Mine was on the drivers side, not that it's relevant. Good luck with yours.
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