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Old 19 Jul 2014, 11:52 am
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Default 2006 pt cruiser loses power then surges while driving

I have a 2006 PT Cruiser. It has started suddenly losing power like it is going to die then it suddenly surges and drives ok. It doesn't do it often, but it is scary when it does. Also, when it does this, my check engine light will come on? Someone told me this could be related to the clutch. How can that be a clutch issue? Can someone please tell me where to start looking for the problem?
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Old 19 Jul 2014, 12:04 pm
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Default Re: 2006 pt cruiser loses power then surges while driving

I'm gonna guess it's the Cam Sensor (P0340)...

Do the key dance & post the codes.

To do the key dance, turn everything in the car off, no stereo, wipers, lights, etc., just to keep the system load down. Turn your key to the accessory position, that is two clicks prior to the start. So, you have Off, Acc, On, and Start (which is the spring-loaded position). Turn to Acc, wait a few seconds, then On, Acc, On, Acc, and On... leave it in the On position (NOT THE MOTOR START POSITION!), you should see a series of dashes ------ at your Odometer, while the PT runs the internal diagnostics testing. Takes maybe 10 to 15 seconds or so and then it will return the DTC's (diagnostic trouble codes).

Than download the Diagnostic Trouble Codes.pdf from PT CRUISER TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS LIBRARY
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Old 19 Jul 2014, 09:43 pm
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It may not show any codes when doing the key dance. Mine didn't when my camshaft position sensor went out on my 09. I had to use my code scanner to find out what the issue was.
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Old 20 Jul 2014, 10:52 am
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The key dance didn't work on my 06 either. You need to know the codes to point you in the right direction.
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Thank you to all who answered. I will try this when I get home this afternoon and report back. I appreciate the assistance.
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