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Old 24 Dec 2014, 12:42 am
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Cars need parts. that's why you see few cars 15 years old, and very few that are 20.
And it doesn't matter the brand, there's practically no 1993's of any type anymore
where do you come up with these things? I know when I finish a bottle of wine I do not see this stuff??
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Old 24 Dec 2014, 08:56 am
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I am not complaining about replacing the parts I'm complaining that the perfect mechanic cannot find the problem so I can replace the parts fyi sooner cruiser I am a women and have found the perfect man so you have not. Thank you to all that have tried to help me out and have no Snyd comments.
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Old 24 Dec 2014, 09:39 am
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I am not complaining about replacing the parts I'm complaining that the perfect mechanic cannot find the problem so I can replace the parts fyi sooner cruiser I am a women and have found the perfect man so you have not. Thank you to all that have tried to help me out and have no Snyd comments.
Than you do not have "the perfect mechanic".
This is NOT a "snyd" comment.

There is nothing that can not be diagnostic if your mechanic has the proper scanning and normal trouble shooting tools.

There is absolutely nothing uncommon with a PT Cruiser that really does not go along with any repair or diagnostic procedures on vehicles manufactured since and sold in the USA from January 1, 1996.

My advise at this point as you are not the one working on your PT Cruiser is to find another mechanic. I recommend that you find someone that at has a ASE Certification and has been for at least a minimum of the last 19 years. This will cover the type of vehicle a PT Cruiser is. These people are easy to find you just need to ask them there qualifications. Anything less then 5 years you have a "green horn" and anything older than 19 years they are considered "old school"!

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Old 24 Dec 2014, 01:51 pm
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Wifie still in love with her "Cow", the 1993 Grand Marquis LS.
Hmmmm.....something about her and chrome.

It's getting to the point where even her Ford dealer is getting resistent to fixing things and finding parts for her.
Sorry, if my comment seemed snide!
I'm just trying to bring a little "reality" into the expectations here.
You say "your perfect mechanic".....is that a Chrysler certified mechanic that has worked on PT Cruisers???
I drive 45 minutes from OKCity to Kingfisher, OK, just to get to my 5-Star Service dealer.
They HAVE NEVER FAILED ME!
One big mistake non-wrenchers make is, not taking their car to a dealer for things bigger than changing the oil.
Most owners opt out for a cheaper local "general" car mechanic.
THEN they come here to cry!
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Old 24 Dec 2014, 02:04 pm
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Wifie still in love with her "Cow", the 1993 Grand Marquis LS.
Hmmmm.....something about her and chrome.

It's getting to the point where even her Ford dealer is getting resistent to fixing things and finding parts for her.
Sorry, if my comment seemed snide!
I'm just trying to bring a little "reality" into the expectations here.
You say "your perfect mechanic".....is that a Chrysler certified mechanic that has worked on PT Cruisers???
I drive 45 minutes from OKCity to Kingfisher, OK, just to get to my 5-Star Service dealer.
They HAVE NEVER FAILED ME!
One big mistake non-wrenchers make is, not taking their car to a dealer for things bigger than changing the oil.
Most owners opt out for a cheaper local "general" car mechanic.
THEN they come here to cry!
Just sayin....
I use my local Chrysler dealership, too, for many repairs on my PT. I'm probably paying a little more, but in my opinion, I'm paying for their expertise, knowledge, and the peace of mind that they will stand behind their work! I'm sure there are many other mechanics that I could find at a lower price, however, I have not yet found one. But with working with my local dealership, if I do shop around and get a lower price on a repair, from a reputable shop, if I present that quote to the Service Manager at my dealership, many times they will match the other shop's price and maybe beat it. The most recent example is where I had the power steering pump replaced on my PT, my favaorite dealership beat the price of another local dealership!
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This is "geared" towards woman.

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rckstein and Soonercruiser -
My dealer won't even begin to look at car unless I pay a $100 "diagnostic fee". For that, they will tell me what they think is wrong, but not fix anything - that is more, and above what a competent mechanic charges.
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Got car back from Chrysler Tuesday they said I needed to have the head gasket checked could just be a haircrack or they could need replaced, they do not know until they get into it. They did a block test they said or they are still going by diagnostics from previous owner. When I drive my car about .3 miles the temperature goes up then comes right back down, I park start car back up immediately it goes to red comes back down then stays in middle, stop start up again does the same thing. I have topped off all fluids and it is not using anymore than normal. Do you think this diagnosis could be right. I am taking it to another shop for another opinion.
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Take it to another shop, they could have tested for a blown head gasket there & they didn't. When you take it to the other shop, don't mention anything about what the previous owner said...just tell them about the gauge going up & down.
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Old 25 Dec 2014, 10:20 am
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rckstein and Soonercruiser -
My dealer won't even begin to look at car unless I pay a $100 "diagnostic fee". For that, they will tell me what they think is wrong, but not fix anything - that is more, and above what a competent mechanic charges.
In my experience, at least in the area where I live (Dallas/Ft. Worth), it may be different in more rural areas, but most shops charge a "diagnostic fee" of some kind, but most will also then apply that fee towards any repairs. That's why I try to find out as much as I can to narrow down what may be the problem, before going anywhere, so that I can give them an idea of what to look at. Along with my UltraGauge which can detect engine codes, I also have an OBDII module plugged into the port all the time so that I can run a diagnostic scan at anytime through my smartphone. But I have to learn to be careful with that as it recently detected a code, that my PT has experienced before, in an area that my dealer has worked, so I thought that it would be a good indication that something was wrong so it should be covered under their warranty for that previous work. But when I took it to the dealer and they had it hooked up to their test equipment for a couple of hours with no problems showing. When I picked up my PT, they didn't charge me for any diagnostic and they easily could have charged me a fee for use of their tech and equipment and I would have been obligated to pay it. My PT has not thrown that code since. I have to start learning not to jump at evey little glitch that the scan tool may detect, but just keep a record of it and until the "check engine" light comes on telling me there may be a real problem, I'm just going to continue to drive my PT! One instance of where a dealership did charge me an extra fee, above what work they were doing, was when I had to have the oil pressure switch replaced, "check engine" light did come on for that failure. But the dealership recommended to have an oil pump pressure test done. They did it and confirmed that the oil pump is producing plenty of pressure, at idle and under load, on my PT, so in my mind, that was money well spent!
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