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Old 03 Jan 2017, 03:54 pm
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Just so you understand I did not know if it was the he or her responding on this thread using one member name at any given time? I don't look for a members sex and dont really care about such things. I look at members as members sharing the same interest. Besides you have any idea how many members have PM me when I sign off Cheers, Lynn aka NitroPT and they say I did n't know you were a female!


Anyway my offer is still on the table should either household member wish to call!
OK, thanks. My DH was only on the thread for about 5 minutes last night to answer some questions. The rest of the time it has been me, and will be me from now on. If we end up keeping the car, and I hope we do, he might give you a buzz on the phone. Thanks again for your offer of help.
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Isn't the purpose of an open forum to discuss things, in the open, rather than privately, and that all members can benefit from the shared information.
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Isn't the purpose of an open forum to discuss things, in the open, rather than privately, and that all members can benefit from the shared information.
Yes naturally , except in the few cases like this thread that a more one on one between the member needing help perhaps only from one or two more experienced members with the topic issue(s)can benefit for a faster resolve by going to PM ,texting or the best direct communication via phone.? This resolve can always be posted later. I am sure there are many members that will support that idea at times? Especially when they are on the problem end of an issue!
Rick I would even help you like that....

The game of your getting hotter ,yes hotter no, no you are getting cold for Q&A is anti productive and for others in the future perhaps finding this threads are going to go ...HUH!??
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Old 03 Jan 2017, 04:27 pm
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What's your problem dude? I chose not to respond to your invitation to talk to you personally by phone because I think you're sorta rude. And you just proved I was right. And you're stalking me, watching what I'm doing? I think not calling you was a good choice on my part. Anyway, I happen to be doing other things on my computer also today which I shouldn't have to explain to you, but I can barely keep up with the very helpful comments I'm getting on this thread much less branching out to multiple threads. Why is it your business to keep telling me what I should do re this forum - first GET OFF, then now, go look at everything else! Please leave me alone. That is all.

Lynn, NitroPT, is one of our best "GO-TO -GUYS" on the PT Cruiser Forum. His PM with a suggestion of a simple advisory phone call would have done you a world of good. There are no "STALKERS" on this Forum, just a lot of PT friends who share PT information, advise and the occasional part that can't be found. It's a lot easier to explain something to a novice over the phone than with verbose threads.

I'm know for my wordy threads but you've bested me. Your now our official reigning champ!

SOOO BIG has suffered every malady you describe on your PT. He and I stuck it out and now he's good for another 100,000 miles.

We replaced his heater box and evaporator, less than $250.00. Timing belt for just over $700 on the side of the road in Kingsland, Georgia with a very strange, over night, now legendary Motel 6 experience. A year later we replaced the accumulator/dryer, new A/C lines, recharge, all done professionally for a total of less than $590.00. I bought the approved A/c compressor needed for the job by shopping around for the best price and the best quality and warrantee for well under $200.00.

I'd say stick with your beloved PT but find a trustworthy mechanic. For the A/C I'd go to a recommended A/C guy who just works A/C. If some duffus mechanic is readin' the instructions while makin' up your estimate, or prices it so high it's ridiculous it's 'cause he's not sure of what he's doin' and he's coverin' his butt!

Incidentally something as simple as not replacing the A/C seals (just a few bucks) every time an A/C line connection is opened up can cause an A/C leak without that new seal! This goes back to how well the timing belt job was buttoned up! Your big plus is the timing belt is done. NUFF SAID ON THAT!

Everything done on SOOO BIG was done relying on the good advise of guys like your "stalker" NitroPT! SOOO BIG wouldn't be the PT he is today without the help of my friends on the PT Cruiser Forum.


On my CP are some photos of some of those projects and deep in the bowels of the "HOW TO" threads are all the answers you need.

I suggest tuning it up and letting your daughter drive the Dakota. If it survived a rear ender w/o out more than a scratch it should be safe for your daughter. That's what seat belts are for.

Confucius says, a teenager is gonna scratch up a vehicle once or twice. Have her drive around for a hour with a cup of water just about filled to the brim sitting on the center of the floor hump. one full hour w/o spillin' a drop. Patience is it'd own reward! See she gets the old time parallel parking down pat too. We learned that before the advent of Walmart pull in parking lots. That technique gives you a respect for chrome bumpers! (My last "cup runith over" driving test was some 60 years ago when my Dad taught me to drive. Along with all he taught me about driving he taught me to deserve his trust!) If that cup doesn't spill with all the stopping, starting, turning and whatnot take her for her drivers test. YAHOO Look out world, here she comes! If she drives constantly with that kind of attention to control and adds courtesy, patience and maturity to the mix she'll be a trustworthy driver.

Happy PTin', ptprice
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Old 03 Jan 2017, 05:18 pm
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Lynn, NitroPT, is one of our best "GO-TO -GUYS" on the PT Cruiser Forum. His PM with a suggestion of a simple advisory phone call would have done you a world of good. There are no "STALKERS" on this Forum, just a lot of PT friends who share PT information, advise and the occasional part that can't be found. It's a lot easier to explain something to a novice over the phone than with verbose threads.

I'm know for my wordy threads but you've bested me. Your now our official reigning champ!

SOOO BIG has suffered every malady you describe on your PT. He and I stuck it out and now he's good for another 100,000 miles.

We replaced his heater box and evaporator, less than $250.00. Timing belt for just over $700 on the side of the road in Kingsland, Georgia with a very strange, over night, now legendary Motel 6 experience. A year later we replaced the accumulator/dryer, new A/C lines, recharge, all done professionally for a total of less than $590.00. I bought the approved A/c compressor needed for the job by shopping around for the best price and the best quality and warrantee for well under $200.00.

I'd say stick with your beloved PT but find a trustworthy mechanic. For the A/C I'd go to a recommended A/C guy who just works A/C. If some duffus mechanic is readin' the instructions while makin' up your estimate, or prices it so high it's ridiculous it's 'cause he's not sure of what he's doin' and he's coverin' his butt!

Incidentally something as simple as not replacing the A/C seals (just a few bucks) every time an A/C line connection is opened up can cause an A/C leak without that new seal! This goes back to how well the timing belt job was buttoned up! Your big plus is the timing belt is done. NUFF SAID ON THAT!

Everything done on SOOO BIG was done relying on the good advise of guys like your "stalker" NitroPT! SOOO BIG wouldn't be the PT he is today without the help of my friends on the PT Cruiser Forum.


On my CP are some photos of some of those projects and deep in the bowels of the "HOW TO" threads are all the answers you need.

I suggest tuning it up and letting your daughter drive the Dakota. If it survived a rear ender w/o out more than a scratch it should be safe for your daughter. That's what seat belts are for.

Confucius says, a teenager is gonna scratch up a vehicle once or twice. Have her drive around for a hour with a cup of water just about filled to the brim sitting on the center of the floor hump. one full hour w/o spillin' a drop. Patience is it'd own reward! See she gets the old time parallel parking down pat too. We learned that before the advent of Walmart pull in parking lots. That technique gives you a respect for chrome bumpers! (My last "cup runith over" driving test was some 60 years ago when my Dad taught me to drive. Along with all he taught me about driving he taught me to deserve his trust!) If that cup doesn't spill with all the stopping, starting, turning and whatnot take her for her drivers test. YAHOO Look out world, here she comes! If she drives constantly with that kind of attention to control and adds courtesy, patience and maturity to the mix she'll be a trustworthy driver.

Happy PTin', ptprice

OK, I'm educated about Nitro, now. Thanks everyone for singing his praises, "hear that Nitro?" You have a fan club bigger than Justin Bieber! He and I are cool now.

And I'm honored to have the wordiest thread award!!! That's what retirement does for you. You guys' only consolation is that I have to go watch my youngest play basketball in a minute so I'll be done for today!

As to this: Confucius says, a teenager is gonna scratch up a vehicle once or twice. Have her drive around for a hour with a cup of water just about filled to the brim sitting on the center of the floor hump. one full hour w/o spillin' a drop. Patience is it'd own reward! See she gets the old time parallel parking down pat too. We learned that before the advent of Walmart pull in parking lots. That technique gives you a respect for chrome bumpers! (My last "cup runith over" driving test was some 60 years ago when my Dad taught me to drive. Along with all he taught me about driving he taught me to deserve his trust!) If that cup doesn't spill with all the stopping, starting, turning and whatnot take her for her drivers test. YAHOO Look out world, here she comes! If she drives constantly with that kind of attention to control and adds courtesy, patience and maturity to the mix she'll be a trustworthy driver.

Yes! There is no way that girl is getting anything close to a new or an expensive used car for a while. She is a jumpy, jerky, ball of energy and not exactly cool, calm and collected. She's getting there - like I said, she's been driving in DC commuter rush hour traffic for a semester so that's an accomplishment. She actually got rear-ended for the second time in her life a few weeks ago while driving to school. She nor Flame weren't hurt this time either, but my husband sure chewed out the Marine who ran into them, LOL! He made him go apologize to my daughter!

Anyway, thank you for your suggestions, I will take them. I'm glad you've had good luck keeping your PT cruzin'.
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Did you ever decide on your Pt whether to fix or sell?
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Did you ever decide on your Pt whether to fix or sell?
No, LOL! I have a little wiggle room to postpone the decision because we took it to the shop to have the guy who gave us the AC quote look it over one more time, and he was able to unblock a clog in the heater core and we now have some HOT air flow! He didn't charge us for it. He again told my husband that it was time to sell as the cost of the AC repair was going to be high, but I still haven't made the decision since it's my car.

We did get some good news - our oldest is being considered for a full ride scholarship at one of the colleges she applied to, so if that happens, we'll be better able to pay for the maintenance if I decide to keep it, or buy a good used car for us to use as the family commuter/second daughter car if I decide to sell.

Sorry I couldn't give you a yes or no answer.
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No, LOL! I have a little wiggle room to postpone the decision because we took it to the shop to have the guy who gave us the AC quote look it over one more time, and he was able to unblock a clog in the heater core and we now have some HOT air flow! He didn't charge us for it. He again told my husband that it was time to sell as the cost of the AC repair was going to be high, but I still haven't made the decision since it's my car.

We did get some good news - our oldest is being considered for a full ride scholarship at one of the colleges she applied to, so if that happens, we'll be better able to pay for the maintenance if I decide to keep it, or buy a good used car for us to use as the family commuter/second daughter car if I decide to sell.

Sorry I couldn't give you a yes or no answer.
Glad to hear the higher priority heat situation has been repaired with winter breathing its' cold blast. Shouldn't need to worry about the a/c for awhile yet. No charge on the heater core flush, can't beat that. Happy Cruisin'!
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So in hopes this thread does not look like a "how-To" resolve a heat issue, if in fact the heater core did have something that reduced its flow you can pretty well bet the radiator will have some problems as well. The core of the radiator has smaller separate fluid cores (more surface area coverage) than most heater cores and generally is more prone for blockage.
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Old 12 Jan 2017, 04:18 pm
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PTtreegirl,

Hope you are getting closer to resolving this. Wanted to throw my two cents in here for what it's worth, based upon my understanding that you are not a DIYer.

1. AC problems are best handled by one of two kinds of mechanics; ones who know YOUR make and model inside and out, or 2) someone who specializes in AC systems. For example, if I have a difficult AC problem, I use Carlisle Auto AC here in San Antonio. Are they the cheapest? No, but I don't think you can throw a problem at someone like them they can't fix because that is all they do. They have literally seen it all! So, if all else fails, find an AC specialist.

One thing you haven't mentioned is whether ANY of the shops have introduced dye into the system. It is done so often here, even for a minor recharge, that I would be shocked if a qualified shop didn't use it. The dye, when it leaks out, makes an easily recognized stain that is seen with a special light that comes with the dye kit. Usually, a good shop doesn't recommend a compressor unless they see pressure readings that indicate a lot of wear, or they see those dye stains I mentioned in or around one of the compressor seals.

Please also keep in mind that, like any other repair, if a shop replaces a part that is NOT the cause of the problem, you still have the problem. So, what I would do in your shoes is this; if a mechanic tells me I need a new compressor, I ask WHY? They should be able to give you a reasonable answer in easily understood terms. If he can't....don't walk away...RUN!

2. Repair vs. replace: I am driving a PT with more than 200K miles. I've spent a little money on it, and it runs great....NOW. But could the transmission go out tomorrow? Maybe....but I paid about 10 cents on the dollar for what the car costs new. And when it comes to old cars, I have learned a lot of things along the way (I'm also over 60 and 'semi' retired).

If an 8, 9 or 10 year old car went that long without a particular problem (AC compressor, heater core, etc.) then it is reasonable to assume that if it is fixed correctly, it won't be back for 8, 9 or 10 years. Compare that to an unknown car that is about the same value and age, and you don't know whether it will hold up any better than your current car. Toyota? Good car, but did the previous owner take care of it? Hard to tell.....

3. Mechanics: go with someone or someplace recommended. Angie's List is a good place to start; the cost of joining is saved with the first use that saves you time and aggravation. Another place to look is to find the PT group nearest where you here in the forum. Find another owner in or near your city, and then ask the other PT owner(s) who they have used, who to stay away from, etc. Word-of-mouth recommendations are usually 99% right.

4. Don't let anyone disrespect YOUR car; ALL small cars are hard to work on. Compare ANY 4-cylinder small car engine compartment with the engine compartment of a 1980 full size car or truck. HUGE difference. There are some quirks to working on a Chrysler, but guess what....there are quirks about working on ANY brand of car. So, if your mechanic doesn't like working on PTs, not to worry. He AIN'T the only game in town!

Hope you decide to keep it. Unless the body is trashed due to rust or accidents, or the interior is falling apart, these cars seem to be holding up relatively well for their age and mileage.

Joe
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