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Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 05 May 2021, 05:09 am
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Warm Air Blowing Air Conditioner

Most AC systems in cars are similar and the PT is one of them. I usually figure on spending around $900 for an AC overhaul in a car and that's usually what the costs were. The good news is that...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 25 Jan 2021, 08:56 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,214
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Goofy oil light

Are you going to replace the head gasket, how fun!

I hope you've replaced the timing belt in the past because that is just the very first step in a HG job. The whole thing isn't all that tough...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 06 Nov 2020, 10:46 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Temperature gauge fluctuation?

It sounds like when the thermostat opens, the cold coolant in the radiator drops the temperature too much which causes the thermostat to close again.

Do you have a 195F thermostat in there?
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 09 Oct 2020, 03:20 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Emotionally Attached

Welcome.
Learn how to do most of the maintenance yourself and you'll save a ton of money keeping the car going for a long time. Suspension parts WILL wear out and replacing shocks, control arms,...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 23 Sep 2020, 01:36 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 514
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Lug Nuts and Struts

Remove a lug nut and take it to an auto parts store. I did that to get replacements after "losing" a set when I misplaced them. I went to an O'Reilly auto parts store and got replacements pretty...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 14 Aug 2020, 12:48 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 458
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Coolant filling overflow tank

Be sure to put that coolant back into the radiator. Otherwise you'll run out of coolant and overheat the engine.

Check the free stuff first

Make sure the radiator fan turns on when you turn on...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 10 Aug 2020, 05:06 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: timing belt tips

Good call on the upper and lower torque strut replacements, especially the lower one. They are so cheap ($10 at RockAuto), it's worth replacing whenever you take them off.
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 09 Aug 2020, 01:42 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: timing belt tips

Good job!
Isn't it a great feeling to accomplish this and have everything work at the end?

I didn't need anything other than a sprocket holder and the actual harmonic balancer bolt to draw the...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 29 Jul 2020, 01:18 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: 03 Base PT- Problem with timing belt tensioner

First of all, the PT engine is a non-interference engine so it's unlikely that you bent the valves unless the belt broke at a very high RPM. Best to check it out anyway.

The tensioner will not...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 29 May 2020, 11:42 am
Replies: 2,203
Views: 179,752
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: What did you do to your PT today?

You should keep that sensor and try swapping it out again during some downtime. It's not a complicated thing, just a magnetic pickup that signals the ECU when a magnet passes it. No moving parts...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 26 May 2020, 01:54 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

Nah, the good thing about the PT is that the engine is a non-interference engine so if the belt broke, you'd only pay for a tow to get it home, the valves do not crash into the piston. There are PT...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 25 May 2020, 05:38 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

Good Job!!

Like I said, you have to hold the harmonic balancer in place with that cam sprocket holder and tighten the bolt many many revolutions at around 80 ft-lbs of torque the whole time until...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 21 May 2020, 10:43 am
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

$20 at Oreilly Auto Parts....
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 20 May 2020, 11:13 am
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

As shown in my first post, the cam pulleys come off pretty easily with the proper tool. Something that will hold the pulleys in place while using a breaker bar to loosen the camshaft pulley bolts
...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 18 May 2020, 11:50 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me Joe. The belt does have enough slack to get onto all the pulleys, but it rarely has enough slack to get onto all the pulleys and get over the edge of the tensioner...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 18 May 2020, 10:21 am
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

I don't think your HB is stuck. It's just pressed on with an extremely tight interference fit. It takes many turns with around 80 ft-lbs of torque on the bolt to draw the pulley back in so the...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 17 May 2020, 07:33 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

Did you try the original Chrysler puller and thread the bolt partially back into the crankshaft? That would give you a platform to push against. I know it's a PIA because the 3 jaws don't want to...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 17 May 2020, 12:02 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

I had to use both rods because even the longest one was not deep enough and I think the first time, I returned it with one rod stuck in the puller. They aren't very good. I think I put the bolt...
Forum: Tech & Performance Forum 15 May 2020, 08:10 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 3,327
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Timing Belt Job

Make sure you have the right tools at hand when you start the job.
Camshaft holder tool. You can also use it to hold the harmonic balancer while loosening the bolt and while tightening it.
...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 12 May 2020, 09:22 am
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Coolant Questions + 2nd Attempt!

If you can get to the bleeder valve (and that's a big IF), you can get most of the air out that way. I personally used the Lisle spill free funnel.

Here is a driver's view of the funnel attached....
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 06 May 2020, 01:56 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Coolant Questions + 2nd Attempt!

To the dealer who sold you the wrong thermostat: you should say "as a long time consumer, you should simply get a refund" :p

I don't recall the exact shape of the thermostat top for my 2009 Gen2...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 10 Apr 2020, 07:41 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Major work time - what else to get done while it's in the shop?

Accessory belts of course, camshaft seals, center engine mount, tensioner pulley or complete tensioner assembly (pulley is actually enough), accessory belt tensioner pulley (although changing that...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 10 Mar 2020, 12:27 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 627
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Trans Pan Torque

I think I used the same setting when I replaced my ATF pan with the one with the drain plug too. The trick was to tighten one bolt on each side and alternate sides so that the pan tightens evenly. ...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 06 Mar 2020, 11:46 am
Replies: 7
Views: 855
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: Resurrection

A great tip that NitroPT gave me was to use baking soda. Sprinkle it onto the carpet and work it into the carpet with an old comb. Let it sit there for several days, then vacuum thoroughly to get...
Forum: General PT Cruiser Discussions 05 Mar 2020, 05:00 pm
Replies: 2,203
Views: 179,752
Posted By rsrocket1
Re: What did you do to your PT today?

Disconnecting the AC lines is not mandatory, just easier to work with them out of the way. Just take care when pulling the bracket out/putting it in. You might also want to have a metal spatula...
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