Aug 272016

2003 Chrysler Pt Cruisercar bucks when backing up


If any recent work has been performed that would be a good place to start. If any recent brake work has been performed a bolt may have been left out on a rear brake caliper, etc. It may be prevalent to place the vehicle on four jack stands and see if the car bucks when no longer on the ground. Check for anything loose in the suspension. Try to determine if it is more from the front or rear. Can you feel anything in the steering wheel, etc. when the bucking occurs?

Aug 192016

1997 Chrysler ConcordeEngine oil overfilled and driven, having problems now. How bad is this? And can this be fixed.


Not that bad. Much better than if it was under filled. Yes, it can be fixed. Drain the oil and refill to the correct level. Engine oil is to checked on a flat surface with the engine off.


The best time to check engine oil level is after it has sat overnight, or if the engine has been running, allow the engine to be shut off for at least 5 minutes before checking oil level.

Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will improve the accuracy of the oil level reading. Add only when the level is at or below the ADD mark.


The lubrication system is a full flow filtration pressure feed type. Oil, stored in the oil pan, is taken in and discharged by a gerotor type oil pump directly coupled to the crankshaft and its pressure is regulated by a relief valve. The oil is fed through an oil filter and to the crankshaft journals from the oil gallery in the cylinder block. This gallery also feeds oil under pressure to the cylinder heads. It then flows to each cylinder head through passages to camshaft journals, the rocker shafts to the rocker arms, hydraulic lash adjusters

Aug 192016

2005 Chrysler PacificaMy battery light came on while driving when I tried to turn my power steering had gone out. Then I got out of my car and noticed what looked like water leaking from the bottom of my car. Is it the water pump or hose?


Sounds like your serpentine belt may have come off or broken. The serpentine belt drives the water pump, alternator(battery light) and power steering pump. All of which you experienced an issue with all at the same time. Inspect the belt and the belt driven components. The water pump may have failed causing the belt to come off and also leak coolant.


Turning of the steering wheel is converted into linear (side-to-side) travel through the meshing of the helical pinion teeth with the rack teeth within the steering gear. The lateral travel pushes and pulls the tie rods to change the direction of the vehicle’s front wheels.

Power assist steering is provided by a belt driven rotary type pump. It directs fluid through power steering fluid hoses to the power steering gear where it is used to assist the driver’s turning effort.

Manual steering control of the vehicle can be maintained if power steering assist is lost. However, under this condition, steering effort is significantly increased.

Aug 172016

1999 Chrysler 300MCan the joint for the tilt wheel be replaced or do you have to replace the steering column?


Anything is possible but at what cost. Most shops will only want to replace the entire column and rightfully so. The internal parts you are looking for are not readily available for purchase. It is possible to go to a junk yard and get another column and take it apart and put those parts into the one you already have. This would require a greater amount of time than just replacing the entire column.

steering column 1999 Chrysler 300M

The steering column used on this vehicle has been designed to be serviced as an assembly: less wiring, switches, shifter assembly, ignition park interlock, shrouds, and steering wheel, etc. Also, most steering column components can be serviced without removing the entire column from the vehicle.

Steering Column Replacement Labor Times

  • Column Shift  2.5 Hours
  • Console Shift 1.9 Hours

These are labor time estimates based on the 1999 Chrysler 300M


Aug 112016

2002 Chrysler PT CruiserIts code p0700 all the codes point to the transmission control module failing. We just replaced the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) 4 days ago. I know they are linked for sure could one cause the other to fail? Or a loose connection or something? We just think its odd we just replaced the computer module days ago now the transmission module is failing


Since the code P0700 is just and informative code, check the TCM for more codes to resolve the problem. May just be a speed sensor or something. It is possible to have a loose connection. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to check the connections at the PCM.

Code P0700 Chrysler Description

The transaxle Control Module (TCM) monitors the malfunction of sensors and actuators relating to transaxle control. When the TCM detects a malfunction with the control, a signal is send to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to trigger the Engine Light or Service Engine Soon light. The PCM stores the P0700 code and it means the TCM detected a malfunction with the transaxle controls.

Code P0700 Possible symptoms

– Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
– Driveability problems
– Transmission shifting problems

Jun 092016

2006 Chrysler PT CruiserHow can you tell if your power steering and oil pan has a oil leak in it? If they have a hole in them. It is a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser.


Checking your fluid levels and noting if the level is lower than normal would be an indication of fluid loss. You can top off the levels and check the level periodically to determine how great the fluid leak is. You can place a clean piece of cardboard under the vehicle where you normally park to access the general area an oil leak may be occurring. Once you have identified the general area you can look at that area closer. Something to remember would be that oil leaks do not travel uphill.