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Old 01 Jul 2016, 05:08 pm
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Default It's normal for the PT Cruiser leaps in the resume?


I bought one PT Cruise, and I sense a beat when suddenly accelerate stronger at low speed. It seems the sound of a hammer... It is because the exchange of four-speed? This is normal?

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Old 01 Jul 2016, 09:30 pm
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Default Re: It's normal for the PT Cruiser leaps in the resume?

Take a look at some Youtube videos under "PT Cruiser motor mount" and watch the diagnostics. The parts are actually called torque struts. If you have the hood up and rev the engine, you or an observer should look at the engine. If it twists a lot as you rev it up, chances are the torque strut bushings are either worn out or totally ripped.

My Cruiser made a "clunk" if I accelerated while coasting.

These are lower mounts, the top one is new, the bottom one is old (87,000 miles) and you can see it's completely shot.

The upper strut was just as bad. Fortunately, the replacements were just over $10 each and it took about 30 minutes to replace.
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Old 02 Jul 2016, 01:27 am
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It's easy to jump to conclusions with such a description of the problem. Here's the obvious things I would check when clunking is heard at gear changes or taking off/ changing speed or direction:

Lower control arm bushes and balljoints
Sway bar mounts
Tie rod ends
Strut bearings

Any play on those will definitely be noisy/ noticeable when you change gear, take off from lights etc.

Other things that it could be:

Brake pads
Engine/ gearbox mounts

I hope that at least helps
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Old 02 Jul 2016, 01:42 am
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When i started looking at buying a PT Cruiser I test drove one and found the torque struts were bad. On both of my PT Cruisers they only lasted an average of 70,000 miles.

If the torque struts are bad the engine will rock back and fourth about 3/4 of an inch or more. You can take a flashlight and verify it.

This video is for a PT Cruiser with an automatic but you can see the engine moving back and fourth at least 3/4 of an inch.
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