Hard Starting 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser has 137,000miles on it.  3 weeks ago lost power, towed it in. My mechanic said replaced fuel pump. Since then car has lost power driving twice, Hard Starting and won’ start on first try like it used to. It starts second try no codes. Mechanic said car wouldn’t act up for him and couldn’t find cause at this time. runs fine for him.


A quick test the next time you try to start the car after it has set over night. Cycle the ignition key from “OFF” to “ON” hold for 3 seconds and turn back to “OFF” repeat this four times and then try to start the car. What this does is prime the fuel lines if the the pressure is bleeding off. This is a good test for hard starting engines with fuel related problems.

Fuel Delivery Description

The front wheel drive car uses a plastic fuel tank located rear center of the vehicle.

The Fuel Delivery System consists of: the following items:

  • Electric fuel pump module
  • Fuel filter
  • Tubes/lines/hoses
  • Fuel injectors

The in-tank fuel pump module contains the fuel pump. The pump is serviced as part of the fuel pump module.

The fuel filter is not serviceable, it is mounted on the inside of the fuel tank in the fuel pump module.

Fuel Delivery Operation

The fuel system provides fuel pressure by an in-tank pump module. The PCM controls the operation of the fuel system by providing battery voltage to the fuel pump through the fuel pump relay. The PCM requires only three inputs and a good ground to operate the fuel pump relay. The three inputs are: