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Old 17 Apr 2008, 03:37 pm
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I have a 2002 PT Cruiser. My insurance card says Dream Cruiser but lately its been a little bit of a nightmare. The car drives great as it has for the past 6 years and I still love it. But lately when I apply the brakes the car will begin to stop as usual then all of a sudden it starts to jerk really weird. This only happens when I am braking or sitting there with my foot on the brake at an intersection. Kinda feels like the brakes are catching then letting go, then catching again. Sorry for the weird description, but...So, yesterday the engine light popped on and the fault codes were 1684 and 1924. My husband, after I told him about the engine light, finally took me seriously and looked under the hood this AM.
He found two hoses, one by the manifold and one related to the brakes that had holes in them. Our last trip to the dealership to have the power steering switch replaced ended up being a two week, $1500 ordeal, so he wants to replace these hoses and see if that works before we deal with the dealership again. Any thoughts on this kind of trouble, or anyone out there had it happen to them? THANKS THANKS THANKS!!!!
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Old 17 Apr 2008, 04:26 pm
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Just guessing here, but having your husband replace those holy hoses should clear up your problem with the brakes. Your are/probably loosing vacuum to the brake booster with the one hose. The other hose probably isn't as bad (ecm related) but does need to be replaced.

The real question is how the heck did the holes get in the hoses in the first place?

...and the power steering switch for $1500 Find yourself another dealer.
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Old 17 Apr 2008, 04:47 pm
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Thanks for concurring that the hose will probably take care of the brake problem. Regarding the dealer, you are 100% correct. After I picked my Cruiser up and stopped by Pep Boys for some cleaning supplies, the guy there told me that he had heard nothing but complaints about bad service and overcharging at that dealership. He was right. I had to take my car back twice and both times it was there a week! What a mess. But again, thanks so much for your reply. I love this website! I wish I had found it years ago!
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Old 18 Apr 2008, 09:50 pm
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It worked! Husband replaced the brake hose and the other one which went to the throttle box and my sweet PT Cruiser is cruisin' fine once again.
Thanks so much to this web site. I had no clue how to find out why the engine light was on til I found this site and learned about codes. The info I gave my husband (codes and meanings) led him to the problem. The dealer would have charged me a fortune, as is their habit, just to diagnose the problem. This is a super site! THANKS!!
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Old 18 Apr 2008, 10:07 pm
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...another satisfied customer. Enjoy ur PT.
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