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Old 03 Nov 2014, 09:47 am
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Ello! I'll be enclosing a photo of a broken sensor I found while laying under my car yesterday, swapping out the oil pressure switch. For reference, it was near the front axle on the passenger side. I have no idea what it is but I think it'd be in my best interest to swap it out. If anyone happens to know what it is, some help would be awesome and greatly appreciated!


Also another issue is regarding how it acts after I start it up. First off, it shakes when I'm idle. Bad. I've seen the motor mounts and they're fubar so I'm assuming that's the cause and I'm gonna have those swapped out when I have the moolah.
Next off... the engine will cut off when I'm idle on occasion. Not every time, but sometimes. For instance, I couldn't keep it on after starting my car for the first time after putting the oil pressure switch on without giving it some gas. Also had switched off after backing out of a parking spot yesterday evening when i had stopped to put it back in park. Battery is A-ok and verified to be perfectly fine.

Any kinda feedback here would be awesome and thank you very much for reading!

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Old 03 Nov 2014, 10:54 am
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Sorry, would like to help but you'll have to wait till NitroPT comes along with his answer. As for the rest of us, we were told by him: "regular members do not really have mechanical experience with all the variable and sometimes complex PT Cruiser issues" so I guess that means everyone with a "technical question" will have to wait till he sees your post and gives you an answer.

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Old 03 Nov 2014, 11:46 am
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... If I didn't want the opinion of web users that frequent this forum, I wouldn't have posted here. I think I understand what's apparently going on, but for the sake of this thread... I'd appreciate something besides using it to backhand the fella you mentioned. Thanks
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Old 03 Nov 2014, 12:04 pm
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cam sensor??? Sounds like one of the sensors is nto right can or crank not sure about the oil sending sensor some say it will keep a car from running some say it wornt some body will be along to help
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Old 03 Nov 2014, 12:15 pm
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Old 03 Nov 2014, 12:51 pm
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What year is your Cruiser..??

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Old 03 Nov 2014, 12:59 pm
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My bad for not mentioning specifics... 2004 Limited edition. Non-turbo. Cam sensor is on the top of the engine near the manifold so it isn't that. I've had to swap that out once.

And the photo, I was laying flat on my back to take that photo.
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Old 03 Nov 2014, 02:12 pm
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Ello! I'll be enclosing a photo of a broken sensor I found while laying under my car yesterday, swapping out the oil pressure switch. For reference, it was near the front axle on the passenger side. I have no idea what it is but I think it'd be in my best interest to swap it out. If anyone happens to know what it is, some help would be awesome and greatly appreciated!


Also another issue is regarding how it acts after I start it up. First off, it shakes when I'm idle. Bad. I've seen the motor mounts and they're fubar so I'm assuming that's the cause and I'm gonna have those swapped out when I have the moolah.
Next off... the engine will cut off when I'm idle on occasion. Not every time, but sometimes. For instance, I couldn't keep it on after starting my car for the first time after putting the oil pressure switch on without giving it some gas. Also had switched off after backing out of a parking spot yesterday evening when i had stopped to put it back in park. Battery is A-ok and verified to be perfectly fine.

Any kinda feedback here would be awesome and thank you very much for reading!

First, what year is your PT and how many miles on it?

Next, the crank sensor is located sort of behind the drive axle on the back side of the engine on the passenger side near the oil filter. If broken the car should not run. However, a sensor with a semi-broken or unsecured connector might periodically come disconnected and cause issues like you describe. A photo of this sensor is what we need to really help you.

The shaking may be from the same cause if the engine is missing at idle. However, my 2001 had worn motor mounts and would shake some when idling and a lot when in reverse. Several others I've test driven did exactly the same thing. This seems to be a thing with PT Cruisers when the mounts need to be changed.

So send us a photo. If it is the crank sensor, get it fixed first. Then if the engine issues don't improve, we will look further. And there's no use addressing the shake until the engine issues are worked out.

PS: Just saw the photo. That's not the crank sensor. If that is on the front side of the engine, it's likely the AC compressor pressure switch. It's pretty cheap but you will have to have the AC system evacuated to change it and then then recharged with freon. That's not cheap. Also, that will not cause the engine issues you describe. Here's some links. You will have to looks it up for your specific PT, but this close:

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/se...&make=Chrysler

http://www.autozone.com/climate-cont...ch/946336_0_0/

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Old 04 Nov 2014, 12:04 am
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Did you buy a Mopar brand oil pressure switch/sensor? PT Cruisers don't like aftermarket sensors.
What made you replace the oil pressure switch/sensor?

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