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Old 09 Jan 2011, 09:03 pm
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I have a odd problem with my wifes PT it's a turbo, non GT with automatic 2004 model

She drove it fine Friday then when we started to head out again it backed up just fine but trying to drive forward it was like it had square wheels or that we were trying to drive over 4x4's

we backed it fine up the block and back into our driveway,
I assumed the worse that it was tranny related.

So I go out there sat and try it again, it runs and drives fine besides a very slightly ratty idle.

I really need to have peace of mind that the PT with be reliable anyone have any clue what that issue could be?

Many thanks,
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Old 10 Jan 2011, 09:20 pm
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Was the steeing wheel jerking back and forth?
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Old 11 Jan 2011, 08:27 am
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How many miles? Were spark plugs and wires ever changed?
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Old 11 Jan 2011, 08:50 am
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Maybe a stupid question, but did you have the emergency brake on? With it on, you can back up but when you try to go forward (depending on how hard the EB is on) you won't be able to move or it will shudder.

P.S. Do it all the time with the wife's car. She uses the EB all the time and I forget to take it off when taking her car. I back it out of the driveway and when I try to go forward it won't or starts shuddering/hopping till I release the brake.
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Old 11 Jan 2011, 07:16 pm
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My tech said it appears to be a compression issue, so I took it back to the fellow who overhauled the engine and he will check it in the next couple days and see what he thinks,

I have owned lots of cars some better than others but this PT is sadly rating up there with the biggest POS and I hate to say that because I do love this car if it wasnt always having some issue or another,

In addition to the compression issue,
The starter is bad,
The ball joints tie ends,
AC leaking at evaporator...I was told this is a huge task to fix
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