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Old 10 Jun 2012, 06:11 pm
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I have a 2009 PT Cruiser, with less than 100K miles, no turbo.
Engine running fine, no unusual engine noises, or vacuum leaks I can hear.
It does not leak fluids, tranny fluid is clear and full, same with radiator and I use HOAT.

Problem is no power, especially uphill.
When it slows down, using the accellerator speeds up the engine, but no increase in power to the wheels.

Would appreciate ideas, hopefully a fix that I can do without having to take it to the mechanic.
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Old 10 Jun 2012, 06:32 pm
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I have a 2009 PT Cruiser, with less than 100K miles, no turbo.
Engine running fine, no unusual engine noises, or vacuum leaks I can hear.
It does not leak fluids, tranny fluid is clear and full, same with radiator and I use HOAT.

Problem is no power, especially uphill.
When it slows down, using the accellerator speeds up the engine, but no increase in power to the wheels.

Would appreciate ideas, hopefully a fix that I can do without having to take it to the mechanic.
Your trans is slipping!
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Your trans is slipping!
That's what it sounds like to me also. Power isn't getting to the wheels. Do you have any kind of warranty, hopefully the powertrain warranty.
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Old 10 Jun 2012, 06:44 pm
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Default Re: very little power to wheels

I would agree with what the others have said. It's not that you don't have power, it sounds like a disconnect between the power and the wheels, AKA the trans. I am assuming it's an auto, if so, it's probably slipping. Sorry for the bad news.
What does the ATF smell like? If it smells burnt the fix is going to be expensive.
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