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Old 02 Dec 2009, 12:04 pm
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Question shimmy in idle

I have a 2004 Pt cruiser, auto. I am starting to notice a shimmy in the engine when I am idling, it goes in intervolts of every 30 seconds. I am also starting to notice a bit of a pause ( like its out of breath) when i go around some corners.
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Old 02 Dec 2009, 12:35 pm
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Welcome, are you sure it is not caused by a miss in the engine? How many miles do you have on the PT? Have you changed plugs and wires at this time? Sticky at the top of the performance section on how to do them.
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Old 02 Dec 2009, 01:30 pm
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I have 104 000 km on it, and I have not changed my spark plugs, I don't even know how to get to them, or where they are.
Is this girl easy? I don't want to screw my car up, I would like to be able to do it myself, but honestly how easy will this be for me?

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Old 02 Dec 2009, 03:33 pm
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At 104K you might be experiencing a timing belt miss because at anything over 100K the belt could be stretching. Neither the plugs/wires nor the timing belt change is user friendly if you haven't performed maintenance before this. Hopefully you have a trusted mechanic.
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Old 02 Dec 2009, 04:15 pm
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At 104K you might be experiencing a timing belt miss because at anything over 100K the belt could be stretching. Neither the plugs/wires nor the timing belt change is user friendly if you haven't performed maintenance before this. Hopefully you have a trusted mechanic.

I have 104 000 km on it Kilometers, not miles, it may make a difference!!!!

To the OP, changing the plugs and wires isn't all that hard. A number of ladies have done them. Timing belt is a different story, dealer or trusted mechanic is best for that.
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Old 02 Dec 2009, 05:50 pm
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The symptoms do sound like plugs & wires.
Here's a giude on how to do them:
Spark Plug Guide

It was written for an '01 - since you have an '04, skip step 1 "modesty cover" - you don't have one, and no more EGR after the '02 model....
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