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Old 06 Mar 2020, 12:42 am
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FIVE YEARS!

Thats how long it has been since my last post where I describe the issues my PT has and whether I should fix it... List of problems with my PT and the cost of repair

FIVE YEARS!!!!!

So much has changed in that time but the one constant through it all, is my poor PT Cruiser has sat unused and following me around. Im still the same Dill, but in some ways, changed. At the time, $1000 to repair was a shocking amount of money. Nowadays I am more advanced in my career and the price to repair isnt really that bad. On top of that, I bought a house two years ago so I have a driveway where I can actually work on a project and attempt to DIY, so that is just what I am going to do.

My hope is to completely replace the Lower Engine Mount as well as both the front Tie Rod inner and outers, Lower Control Arms, links, CV Axle (not needed but why not just do it), Wheel Bearings (will take the parts to a shop to press), rotors, brakes and calipers. I feel like doing all that will fix what was wrong as well as prevent me from hopefully having to do any front end stuff again.

However... It has been sitting all this time. It was at my mother in laws for years and she was supposed to crank it every now and then but she didnt. When I got it to bring it down from PA to my house in NC it was full of MICE! Its a wonder they didnt destroy everything. Complete mouse life cycles occured in this car, even finding their corpses! I cleaned the car SUPER throughly removing all the seats, the carpet and as much of the dash as I could yet the smell... the smell remains... so here is my process.

Step 1: Buy a new battery and see if it starts with 5 year old gas - COMPLETE! I added some HEET to it and it cranked up easily, roughly idled a few minutes then worked nicely. It has half a tank so I will bring a few gallons of Ethanol Free gas to add to the tank.

Step 2: Add some air in the dry rotted tires and see if it will even drive - COMPLETE! The brakes were stuck but after a bit of trying they popped out of the rust and it drove fine minus the front end noise that caused me to park it to begin with

Step 3: Get rid of the smell - IN PROGRESS! Its apparent from the past year I have been opening the doors on pleasant days that this smell is not going away. I bit the bullet and bought an ozone generator. It was pricey, but supposedly a few treatments will fix this issue. Im going to put it in the car and run it for about 15 minutes then let the car sit with the door closed for 1 day before opening the car and airing it out. Then I will repeat the process again if needed (likely so). If this works ill be happy.

Step 4: Fix the gauges - The high beam light wouldnt turn on. Im hoping its just the bulb! I ordered a full set of bulbs to replace all of them in the cluster... Im hoping no mice chewed a wire......

Step 5: Figure out the wheels - It needs wheels so if I get stuck on a part of my project I can put it back together and hobble it to a real mechanic. My old 2005 PT convertible was wrecked by my grandmother and has been in my driveway as a parts car. Her tires were only a couple of months old so I will likely ditch my 16 inch rims and order a new set of nice modern rims in the 15" size that will allow her tires to work. I found some Vision black rims that will work and all 4 will be like $370 shipped to my house. Not bad since I have good tires to go on them. If I dont like them, I can always sell them later as a set with the tires and get back at least what I spent.

Step 6: Fix the front end issues - The scary part but I think I can do it. May mess around with the parts PT just to practice before I get messing on this one.

Step 7: Fix all the other smaller issues and a general tune up and fluid change.

Step 8: Give it a beautiful loving exterior cleaning and get it ready to show off again!

Thats my planned steps for this resurrection! I will keep everyone updated here along with any bumps in the road ahead! Let me know if you know of any other things I may be forgetting or suggestions I should do while im still on the front end. KBB may think im crazy for doing anything to this car but Ive had it so long that I may as well keep it going!
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Old 06 Mar 2020, 11:46 am
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Step 3: Get rid of the smell - IN PROGRESS! Its apparent from the past year I have been opening the doors on pleasant days that this smell is not going away. I bit the bullet and bought an ozone generator. It was pricey, but supposedly a few treatments will fix this issue. Im going to put it in the car and run it for about 15 minutes then let the car sit with the door closed for 1 day before opening the car and airing it out. Then I will repeat the process again if needed (likely so). If this works ill be happy.
A great tip that NitroPT gave me was to use baking soda. Sprinkle it onto the carpet and work it into the carpet with an old comb. Let it sit there for several days, then vacuum thoroughly to get it out. It may take a few cycles of this to get rid of the smell. Try to get all the baking soda out because any residual dust floating around tends to dry out your skin.
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A great tip that NitroPT gave me was to use baking soda. Sprinkle it onto the carpet and work it into the carpet with an old comb. Let it sit there for several days, then vacuum thoroughly to get it out. It may take a few cycles of this to get rid of the smell. Try to get all the baking soda out because any residual dust floating around tends to dry out your skin.
Baking soda is good. Coffee too. Don't work it into the carpet! I had a car that I bought from a cigar smoker. I just used to leave a can of ground coffee open in it and then snap the lid on before I drove. Helped the smell a great deal.
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Old 09 Mar 2020, 04:11 pm
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During SOOO BIG's reincarnation I took the seats out and removed the carpet completely for a full scrubbing. They cleaned up nicely. Of course there wasn't generations of mice remains to contend with. I just suggest the carpet and the seats might be easier as an out of the PT clean up project.
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Very dangerous to keep this car, you are likely to get sick driving it or get a disease. Once mice take over the interior of a vehicle it's time to scrap it and the pieces worth keeping are drivetrain and suspension parts. Electrical wiring will be certainly chewed.
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Dill, I have to disagree on the scrapping. I would ware a mask while vacuuming and such. A pet spot cleaner works great to clean up the upholstery. I use awesome and a little fabric softener to help smell. I would in your case use the machine to rinse wit water after cleaning, then spray it with softener and water mix. Allow to dry. Head liner too. Next time you park a ride. Use peppermint oil in a small container with holes in it so fumes can get out. Animals and bugs hate that smell. So no more mice or snakes ect. Good to see you back. 😁
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Thanks everyone for the posts of encouragement!

Yesterday I ran my Ozone machine and left the doors closed all night and today. I'm about to go out and start the airing out process.

I had fully ripped out the seats/trim and such when initially cleaning the car. We didn't try any fabreeze or anything though. I'll be posting shortly on the results of the Ozone machine.
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Old 21 Mar 2020, 11:48 pm
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Get yourself a couple of plastic bowls and half fill them with dishwasher salt, and leave them in there. Salt will suck anything out of anything, including smells.

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If you're worried about mice getting in a stored car, mix Plaster of Paris 50/50 with high quality drinking chocolate powder and leave it either in little heaps under the bonnet (hood) or on a plate in the middle of the car.

The mice eat it because they cant resist the chocolate, then the Plaster of Paris kicks in and they GTFO to find water. Usually too late.

If they snuff it in the car, you'll find them, and even if you don't find them immediately, the PoP will do a really good job of desiccating them so you don't get the usual smells of rotting.

The above tip - which works in houses as well, of course - is probably the only worthwhile thing I learned from living in rural France for 4 years
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