I used blue devil repair to try to fix either a cracked head or block on my 2004 Chrysler Sebring Touring. But reservoir cap was bad. And when I ran it for the 50 min it sputtered and bubbled out of the reservoir cap. I’ve gotten a new cap but don’t know what to do now if I should test drive it or use another bottle of the blue devil.
Go ahead an toss in another bottle of this magic elixir if you are fearful that the contents of the Blue Devil has all but bubbled out. The manufacturer claims there is nothing solid that can harm a vehicles engine. A product that claims to repair a blown head gasket has got to be good. Let us know how things turned out after using this product.
When driving my 2015 Chrysler Town and Country, as I turn the wheel about every 1/4 turn, there is a “clunk” sound somewhere in the dash. Is there a u joint that may be damage or something else that needs repair?
Yes. The Intermediate Shaft (2) has a u-joint. It is located under the steering wheel at the end of the steering column.
I had an oil change the other day. Parked my car in the garage as usual, went to work the next day and there was a huge pool of oil on the garage floor. ( garage floor is stain free – did not have a leak prior to the oil change) I took my car back to the location and was told they think I have a problem with my valve cover gasket. Why wouldn’t my car have leaked any oil PRIOR to the oil change ???
One, they made it up to cover their a$$. Two, they loosened the valve cover bolts so that it would leak(not likely as most people are lazy by nature). Three, they made it up to cover their a$$. Four, happened to be a coincidence. Five, they made it up to cover their a$$.
Most likely the mechanic was in a hurry and didn’t clean up or properly install the filter or drain plug. It happens. Sometimes the oil filter gasket is left from the old filter and the new filter installed over it. This can create a leak. None of which would be done on purpose but easily overlooked. The most important thing would be that the engine oil still showed on the dipstick so as no internal engine damage would occur.
About the only way to prevent this from happening would be to learn to change your own oil. As this might not be for everyone, it is still an option for the future. I would also recommend going to a different shop the next time you chose to pay someone to change your oil.
How to change the oil
Engine Oil & Filter, Replace 2003 PT Cruiser
Warning: New or used engine oil can be irritating to the skin. Avoid prolonged or repeated skin contact with engine oil. Contaminants in used engine oil, caused by internal combustion, can be hazardous to your health. Thoroughly wash exposed skin with soap and water. Do not wash skin with gasoline, diesel fuel, thinner, or solvents, health problems can result. Do not pollute, dispose of used engine oil properly. Contact your dealer or government agency for location of collection center in your area.
Run engine until achieving normal operating temperature.
Position vehicle on a level surface and turn engine off.
Remove oil fill cap.
Raise and support vehicle on a suitable hoist.
Place a suitable oil collecting container under oil pan drain plug (2), Fig. 1.
Remove oil pan drain plug (2) and allow oil to drain into suitable collecting container. Inspect drain plug threads for stretching or other damage. Replace drain plug and gasket if damaged, Fig. 1.
Remove oil filter (1), Fig. 1.
Install oil pan drain plug (2), and torque drain plug to 20 ft. lbs., Fig. 1.
Install new oil filter.
Lower vehicle and fill crankcase with specified type and amount of engine oil.
Install oil fill cap.
Start engine and inspect for leaks.
Stop engine and verify oil level, adjust as required.
Lets dig into the codes. When I have multiple codes I like to look for something common that might cause all the codes. I have the codes listed below along with the possible causes. It appears as though the common factor would be the PCM.
P0123 – Throttle/Pedal Position Sensor / Switch A Circuit High
Code P0123 Possible Causes
Throttle Position Sensor Sweep
(K22) TP Signal Circuit Shorted to (K6) 5 Volt Supply Circuit
(K22) TP Signal Circuit Shorted to Battery Voltage
TP Sensor Failure
(K22) TP Signal Circuit Open
(K4) Sensor Ground Circuit Open
P1598 – A/C Pressure Sensor Volts Too High
Code P1598 Possible Causes
(C18) A/C Pressure Sensor Signal Circuit Shorted To (F855) 5-Volt Supply Circuit
(C18) A/C Pressure Sensor Signal Circuit Shorted To Battery Voltage
A/C Pressure Sensor Internal Failure
(C18) A/C Pressure Sensor Signal Circuit Open
(K900) Sensor Ground Circuit Open
P1496 – 5 Volt Supply Too Low
Code P1496 Possible Causes
Throttle Position Sensor
A/C Pressure Sensor
(F855) 5-Volt Supplied Shorted To Ground
P1193 – Inlet Air Temp Sensor Voltage High
Code P1193 Possible Causes
IAT sensor voltage above 4.6 volts
(K21) IAT Sensor signal circuit shorted to battery voltage
I recently purchased a 1997 Chrysler Sebring convertible with a 2.5l engine knowing it needed a fuel pump and filter. I replaced that and the engine turns over but will not start. The check engine light doesn’t work and I have found no power coming from the PCM to the speed, crank,or cam sensor. The PCM relay cuts on and the fuses are good. Do I need to replace the PCM?
First thing that comes to my mind is, did you prime the fuel system after replacing the fuel pump and fuel filter? This will cause a crank, no start condition. To do this all you need to do is cycle the ignition key 10 times. Each time waiting 5 seconds while in the ON position.
1. Release fuel system pressure as outlined under Fuel Pressure Relief.
2. Disconnect battery ground cable.
3. Raise and properly support vehicle.
4. Disconnect electrical connector and fuel supply lines from fuel pump module.
5. Properly drain and remove fuel tank.
6. Disconnect fuel filter lines from pump module.
7. Clean top of tank to remove loose dirt and debris.
8. Using fuel pump module ring spanner tool No. 6856, or equivalent, remove lock ring to release pump module.
9. Remove pump module and O-ring. Discard O-ring.
10. Reverse procedure to install, noting the following:
a. Install new O-ring.
b. Using ring spanner tool No. 6856, or equivalent, torque lock ring to 40 ft. lbs.
Fuel System Pressure Test
Fuel system pressure should be released any time a fuel line is to be disconnected.
1. Relieve fuel system pressure as described under Fuel Pressure Relief.
2. Remove fuel supply hose quick connector from chassis lines at engine.
3. Connect fuel pressure gauge tool No. C-4799, or equivalent, to fuel pressure adapter tool No. 6539, or equivalent, then install adapter between fuel supply hose and chassis fuel line assembly.
4. Place ignition switch in On position, engine Off. Using DRB scan tool, access Auto Shutdown (ASD) fuel system test. This test will activate fuel pump and pressurize system. When using ASD fuel system test, Auto Shutdown (ASD) relay remains energized either for seven minutes, until test is stopped, or until ignition switch is turned to Off position.
5. Observe gauge. If reading is 39 psi, further testing is not required. If pressure is at least 5 psi higher than specified, replace fuel filter.
6. If pressure is still above specifications, remove fuel return hose from chassis fuel lines at engine.
7. Attach fuel pressure test connector adapter tool No. 6541, or equivalent, to fuel return hose, then place other end into an approved two gallon gasoline container. If pressure is now correct, check for restricted fuel return line. If no change is observed, replace fuel pressure regulator.
8. If fuel pressure is lower than specified, gently squeeze fuel return hose. If pressure increases, replace pressure regulator.
9. If there is no change in pressure by squeezing fuel return hose, check for a plugged inlet strainer or defective fuel pump.
10. Remove test equipment, then connect fuel lines.
(K21) IAT sensor signal circuit shorted to battery voltage
IAT Sensor internal failure
(K21) IAT Sensor signal circuit open
(K900) Sensor ground circuit open
How to test the IAT for Code P1193
Turn the ignition ON. With the DRBIII, read the IAT voltage. Is the voltage above 4.6 volts?
Yes -> Go To 2
No -> Refer to the intermittent condition and perform Powertrain Verification Test Ver – 5
2. Turn the ignition OFF. Disconnect the IAT Sensor harness connector. Turn the ignition ON. Measure the voltage of the (K21) IAT Sensor Signal circuit in the IAT Sensor harness connector.
Is the voltage above 5.2 volts?
Yes -> Repair the short to voltage in the (K21) IAT Sensor Signal circuit. then Perform Powertrain Verification Test Ver – 5.
No -> Go To 3
3. Turn the ignition OFF. Disconnect the IAT harness connector. Connect a jumper wire between the (K21) IAT Sensor Signal circuit and the (K900) Sensor Ground circuit in the IAT harness connector. Turn the ignition ON. With the DRBIII, read IAT Voltage.
Is the voltage below 1.0 volts?
Yes -> Replace the IAT Sensor. Perform Powertrain Verification Ver – 5.
No -> Go To 4
4. Turn the ignition OFF. Disconnect the IAT harness connector. Disconnect the PCM harness connector. Measure the resistance of the (K21) IAT Sensor Signal circuit between the IAT Sensor harness connector and the PCM harness connector.
Is the re4sistance below 5.0 ohms?
Yes -> Go To 5
No -> Repair the open in the (K21) Sensor Signal circuit. Perform Powertrain Verification Ver – 5.
5. Turn the ignition OFF. Disconnect the IAT Sensor harness connector. Disconnect the PCM harness connector. Measure the resistance of the (K900) IAT Sensor Ground circuit between the IAT Sensor harness connector and the PCM harness connector.
Is the re4sistance below 5.0 ohms?
Yes -> Go To 6
No -> Repair the open in the (K900) Sensor Ground circuit. Perform Powertrain Verification Ver – 5.
6. NOTE: Before continuing, check the PCM harness connector terminals for corrosion, damage, or terminal push out. Repair as necessary.
Using the schematics as a guide, inspect the wire harness and connectors. Pay particular attention to all Power and Ground circuits. If there are no possible causes remaining, view repair.
I took the 3.8 good motor from my old 1999 town & country, and i bought a 2002 town & country with a 3.8 bad motor. Will the good engine from the 1999 fit in the 2002, and if so, what parts would not work, for the engine.
The engine will fit. However you will be giving up horsepower.
1998–2000: 3.8 L EGH V6, 180 hp (130 kW), 240 lb⋅ft (330 N⋅m)
I have a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country. The air compressor for the ac won’t come on.
The happens when the low pressure switch indicates low pressure. This usually means the Freon level is too low. Adding more Freon will generally cause the compressor to turn on. This video will show you how easy it is to add Freon yourself.
If your car shakes and shudders, it could mean the lockup clutch is malfunctioning. This might occur at speeds around 35-45 miles per hour. It’s a noticeable problem and feels like you’re driving on a road with lots of small bumps. A worn out lockup clutch can make the transition from acceleration to direct drive difficult, and it’s a sign that you need to have your transmission checked.
How does the wiring harness on the anti-lock brake control module unhook? Is there something I have to do to be able to pull it off? Did not want to pry on it too much. Was wondering if there is a release somewhere on it?
Depress tabs on each side of connector cover, then
Pull outward and upward on the lower half of cover until it locks into position pointing straight outward(2). Connector can then be pulled straight outward off ABM(1)