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Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 06 Sep 2009, 07:55 am
Replies: 11
Views: 6,135
Posted By MX-5
Re: 2002 Dream Cruiser center wheel cap

That's going to be a challenge.
They made only a few of the Inca Gold Dream Cruisers in 2002.

Your cap is 2002 only, Dream Cruiser only, 7 years ago. Nobody had replacement parts available when...
Forum: Interior Accessories Forum 31 Aug 2009, 06:28 am
Replies: 10
Views: 26,698
Posted By MX-5
Re: lost radio code

The security code is ONLY AVAILABLE for export PTs. No domestic PT has a theft code.
That's why the American, Canadian, & Mexican owners are unable to help.
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 16 Aug 2009, 12:39 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 2,648
Posted By MX-5
Re: So WHY is my car quicker under partial acceleration off the line?

Because the PCM limits timing advance to 23 degrees in open loop; above 85% throttle. Up to 85%, you can get as much as 37 degrees advance.
Also, intake air vacuum is higher with the throttle plate...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 15 Aug 2009, 08:35 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,755
Posted By MX-5
Re: 2002 - upgrade to 2003 auto shifter lever

I performed this swap and wrote the guide with photos at about 5 years ago. The part numbers for everthing needed is posted in the guide. The parts were ordered from Chrysler and are...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 21 Jun 2009, 09:56 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 47,000
Posted By MX-5
Re: PT 2.4L is a non-interference engine

I understand the point of view.
What Russ has not seen is that the cams will continue to spin until the spring tension equalizes.

Remember, I work on these motors every week. I just did another...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 05 Jun 2009, 06:22 am
Replies: 5
Views: 3,237
Posted By MX-5
Re: Multi-function control switch

Why not just call a local auto parts retailer? My local NAPA has them in stock alll the time.
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 31 May 2009, 07:57 am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,723
Posted By MX-5
Re: OBD 2 code reader

Is your code reader CAN - Controller Area Network compatable?
All late model vehicle communication protocals are switching to CAN.
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 25 May 2009, 10:04 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 3,109
Posted By MX-5
Re: Camshaft Position Sensor

There is no code P0240. There is P0204 = fuel injector #4, or P0340 = Cam sensor circuit fault. The cam sensor circuit is from the computer's 8-volt reference to ground and the signal back into the...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 17 May 2009, 08:44 am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,525
Posted By MX-5
Re: 05 Turbo Will crank but won't stay started

Stalls after running 3 seconds is the theft deterrant system called the SKIM Sentry Key Immobilizer Module. Watch for the Security light or symbol on the instrument cluster.
A valid transponder key...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 06 May 2009, 05:46 am
Replies: 3
Views: 7,158
Posted By MX-5
Re: Beyond the P0700 code

Why go to a dealer?
Why not a qualified/trained/certified independant repair shop?

As a shop owner, I have the same Chrysler scan tools and repair information as a dealership. My cost for the...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 29 Apr 2009, 06:01 am
Replies: 1
Views: 1,792
Posted By MX-5
Re: DRB box, which one is the best

The only choices are the DRB-III for non-CANbus systems and the Star-Scan / Star-Mobile for newer systems.
Either way, You will need subscription access to DelaerConnect or TechAuthority to get the...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 28 Apr 2009, 06:10 am
Replies: 2
Views: 1,829
Posted By MX-5
Re: Air box temps

I did an accurate temp study with a dual channel scope about 7 years ago. The results are charted at
The temp study was very detailed with different air intakes.
Forum: Canada PT Forum 27 Apr 2009, 06:23 am
Replies: 17
Views: 7,943
Posted By MX-5
Re: VIN burning on stock used pcm

I never said that. Don't twist my reply to fit your wishes.
I do not know if you can change a VIN once it's been programmed. I only said that I program VINs into NEW replacement modules.
Forum: Canada PT Forum 26 Apr 2009, 05:02 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 7,943
Posted By MX-5
Re: VIN burning on stock used pcm

OK, 1 of the views was mine.
I own a Chrysler DRB-III scanner/programmer.
I program VIN numbers into replacement modules and security keys all the time.
I HAVE NOT and DO NOT install used...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 25 Apr 2009, 08:09 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 10,784
Posted By MX-5
Re: Car over Heated white smoke knocking noise dying

This post is from June 2006!!!!!!!!!!!
I certainly hope his PT is repaired by now.
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 04 Apr 2009, 02:42 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 8,431
Posted By MX-5
Re: speaker issues, wattage of stereo, door speaker replacement issues

The OEM radios have 12 watts rms to each speaker. There is no additional external amplifier. The stock speakers are 4ohms. The OEM radios use a DC bias voltage to raise the negative side of the...
Forum: Classifieds: Want To Buy 30 Mar 2009, 06:16 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,168
Posted By MX-5
Re: wtb ptcruiser header

The original request was posted in July 2008, nearly 2 years ago.
His last post on this forum was August 2008.
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 20 Mar 2009, 06:04 am
Replies: 8
Views: 3,536
Posted By MX-5

Maybe...... maybe not.
I might suggest the 'search' function here and at PTE. I've detailed the installation and tuning in a 4 page article in Cruiser Quarterly magazine as well.
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 20 Mar 2009, 06:02 am
Replies: 1
Views: 2,006
Posted By MX-5
Re: Thermostat is too big???

The NAPA catalog is incorect for the 2004 PT Cruiser. Been there, done that.
Have them loook up a 2002 PT for you. It's the correct T-stat.
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 10 Mar 2009, 08:23 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 10,858
Posted By MX-5
Re: EGR Valve replacement request, Detroit area

Any competant repair shop can test, replace, and program a solenoid pack.
I've changed dozens of the on PTs and Chrysler vans.
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 10 Mar 2009, 08:20 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 2,484
Posted By MX-5
Re: Cruise Control No Longer Works! Help!

A quick recording of the datastream will show what input is lost when it fails.
That should be a simple diagnosis to find the faulty part.
Forum: Turbo Performance 09 Mar 2009, 06:15 am
Replies: 7
Views: 3,438
Posted By MX-5
Re: Map Sensor Question

Us professional mechanics would rather gather information from the PCM datastream to determine if a part is not working properly.
We don't throw parts at a car in hopes of a change in...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 08 Mar 2009, 03:40 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,745
Posted By MX-5
Re: Timming marks 01 Cruiser 2.4

You don't have to use the factory manual. I have them and still use my Alldata or Mitchell shop information systems. The Mitchell is online and the Alldata is on DVDs. The factory PT service manuals...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 08 Mar 2009, 03:35 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 6,787
Posted By MX-5
Re: Help Troubleshooting the EVAP system

My EVAP machine costs about $2500, plus fluids.
$89 covers the EVAP testing with the machine, $5000 factory scan tool, and a tech with 2 degrees & 25 years experience.
That's a good deal for all...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Suspension 08 Mar 2009, 07:44 am
Replies: 3
Views: 4,613
Posted By MX-5
Re: Bell crank

There is no bushing in the bellcrank. Just replace it. The part number recently changed yet again. They keep re-designing the part to try to make them last longer. I change them by the dozens.
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