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Old 22 May 2013, 05:17 pm
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While near Meteor Crater and driving at 70 MPH the warning light came on and the temp gauge was red lined. I stopped on the highway to let things cool down and fortunately had water I took with me for the hike. The cooling system only took about a quart of water. The next day I hooked up the PT to my motor home and drove to St George, UT. While there I drove the PT around town and once again the temp gauge red lined. I took it to the Dodge dealer. They diagnosed the issue as the thermostat and replaced it. A few days later the temp gauge red lined again. I took it back to the dealer they are testing it again to identify the problem.

One other bit of info when I pulled over the first time on the Arizona highway smoke came out under the hood. Not steam but smoke.

Any thoughts are very much appreciated.

Does anyone feel the dealer should deduct the original cost of the flush and thermostat replacement from my next bill?
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Old 22 May 2013, 05:51 pm
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Yes they should deduct the cost of the first diagnosis but trying to get them to do it is another story.

The smoke is probably the relief valve on the compressor venting R134a into the atmosphere because the compressor is overheating. The system is designed that way so you don't loose the compressor from overheating. It overheats when the fan isn't running properly. You have two speeds on the fan and hundreds, if not thousands, have had to replace the fan because some of the brushes in the motor burn out. Hopefully you dealer will check everything out and you'll find out for yourself. If the dealer sells you the fan and then puts it in for you, be ready for a $400 to $500 bill. You can buy the fan for less than $100 and putting it in only takes under 2 hours. If you don't do any work yourself, yo just have to pay the bill.
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Old 22 May 2013, 06:42 pm
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Default Re: 2001 PT Cruiser Over Heating

agree with crewzin sounds like your cooling fan is out. I replaced mine a couple years ago. so add me to the list.
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