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Old 01 Oct 2016, 04:19 pm
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I recently got a stick shift 2005 pt cruiser from my uncle and it was running fine for the first month or two and then one day it stalled in the middle of the street. I have changed he alternator and radiator thinking those were the problem but It is still shutting off on its own. The car doesn't give me any cows from the computer so I'm not sure what else to do. Whoever has had this problem and has some info or advice it would be greatly appreciated
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Old 01 Oct 2016, 04:51 pm
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Welcome to the forum.

What year is your PT Cruiser?

Any engine trouble codes?
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Old 01 Oct 2016, 07:33 pm
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I recently got a stick shift 2005 pt cruiser from my uncle and it was running fine for the first month or two and then one day it stalled in the middle of the street. I have changed he alternator and radiator thinking those were the problem but It is still shutting off on its own. The car doesn't give me any cows from the computer so I'm not sure what else to do. Whoever has had this problem and has some info or advice it would be greatly appreciated
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What year is your PT Cruiser?

Any engine trouble codes?
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Old 02 Oct 2016, 06:21 am
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Ehhh, Guys, he says it's an 05 and there are no codes. Anyway, I'd suggest you pull the battery back out and check the ground connections on the drivers side fender. This is a known trouble spot from time to time. Take them loose and clean them, then reattach them. Also, the most common question. When's the last time the car had a tune up? Recommended plug change is every 30,000 miles with the OEM style Champion Copper plugs. You probably also need to clean the throttle body and a bottle of Techron Fuel Injector cleaner in the gas tank won't hurt either.
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Old 02 Oct 2016, 10:27 am
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With no codes showing as LionPT pointed out I would suggest checking the fuel pressure. Make sure you are getting 58 +/- 5 PSI.
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Old 02 Oct 2016, 09:05 pm
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Check for spark at each plug and check the coil pack. I think we just had a members who's PT was doing this or something similar and it was a bad coil pack.
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Old 03 Oct 2016, 09:06 am
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No cows, but were there sheep?

I think we need to define what "shutting off" means. Is it just stalling, or is the car losing all dash lights, electrical? Does the radio keep playing when it shuts off? Sometimes these kind of clues can point us in the right direction.
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Old 03 Oct 2016, 10:18 am
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Did the cow damage the radiator?

Was the radiator leaking after the cow damage?
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Old 03 Oct 2016, 10:40 am
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Arosas....

On a serious note. I had this same issue. I was told intake leak. Im was checking with propane. Then I noticed my battery terminal was loose. I tightened it up and all was good.

In my case when the car engine turned off... I lost all lights on my gauges and radio. So that should mean eletrical issue. If engine turned off but I still have 12 volt in the system, I would check fuel pressure like others said.

Check all battery connections.

Also, I am not a mechanic, take my advise loosely.
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Old 03 Oct 2016, 11:10 am
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The fuel pressure is easy to check, you can rent a Fuel Pressure test kit at most auto stores. If there is no fuel pressure in the rail ... the car won't run ... I've "proven" that to be true first hand.
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