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Old 14 Jul 2008, 02:04 pm
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Default Chicago: need a great, trustworthy, smart mechanic

Hi!

I need a great, trustworthy, smart mechanic in Chicago, preferably north side.

My 2001 PT LE has just developed the notorious overheating problem.

For those of you unaware of what I am talking about, do a search on this forum for "2001 overheat" and you will find a half dozen threads from people who have had their 2001, 2002, or 2003 PTs overheating. Most of these people never have found a suitable and permanent fix for this problem.
Do a web search, more broadly, for "2001 PT Cruiser overheat", and you will find dozens more threads on many more web sites describing the same problem: people's cars are getting hot, and after multiple trips to the mechanic (indie or dealer) and great expense, the problem is not solved.

I am now in the unenviable position of having to begin the apparently fruitless process of attempting to fix this problem, and I want to begin with a really solid, trustworthy, and smart person doing the work.

I live near Western and Touhy, but will go where I need to (preferably not suburbs or south side if avoidable).

thanks in advance!

James
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Old 26 Apr 2009, 09:42 pm
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Default Re: Chicago: need a great, trustworthy, smart mechanic

James my 04 had an overheating problem.
Turned out my radiator fan would not kick on.
Had to buy a new fan and install...no more problems.

Oh and I am in Brookfield Illinois.

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Old 28 Apr 2009, 12:24 pm
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Default Re: Chicago: need a great, trustworthy, smart mechanic

Hi

I ended up going to Eliot's Complete Auto Repair on Irving Park.

Eliot was kind of pompous twit who immediately started spouting his extremist political opinions at me.
His opinions, by the way, are opposite to my own. But even if this weren't the case, as a business owner you just don't start ramming your politics down a customer's throat without the customer giving you signs that they're interested in that conversation.

But anyway, the work was solid, but expensive.

As I stated above there are dozens and dozens of people describing this same PT cruiser overheating problem on forums all over the web, and a scary high number of them have found no solution.

Nine months after my work at Eliot's, I have had no further problems.

He was expensive and offensive, but he did the job right.

So there ya' go.

My advice is to get your car into the shop as soon as you experience regular overheating. Don't wait too long, or you'll get a chain-reaction effect that will damage more components of the car and make the problems worse. That is what people on other forums seem to have experienced.
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Old 28 Apr 2009, 05:47 pm
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I don't have an overheating problem. It was brought to my attention during a standard free oil change ( have them for as long as I own the car) that they noticed my fan not kicking on.

Instead of paying upwards of $500.00 I just ordered a new fan and did it myself along with flushing the coolant and changing the radiator hoses.

I can do all my repairs myself so I won't have these issues.

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Old 17 Oct 2010, 04:40 pm
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Theres a good mechanic around in Northwest suburbs of chicago. I would just go to Chrysler dealership.
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