Engine Cooling problem
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 90000 miles
I have a 2003 PT Cruiser. It was rear ended and had minimal ($2000) in body damage. The accident happened to my wife in Santa Monica the day I was attending an Open House for incoming PhD students at UCLA. On the way home to Palm Springs from LA, when we turned down Highway 111 the car started making screeching noises and started overheating. In the morning I drove it about three miles to downtown Palm Springs and it started belching steam. When the mechanic at the Shell station opened the hood we noticed that the small hose for the coolant recovery system was detached from the radiator and was laying somewhere inside the engine compartment. I suspect that it came undone when the car was struck from the rear. The hose points backwards into the radiator cap area, which is attached to the engine. The overheating evidently caused serious damage to the engine. I have owned this vehicle since it had 12000 miles. It currently has about 90000, but was in excellent condition. It is the top of the line Limited Edition model with heated leather seats, etc. I have significant experience working on cars. I am seeking a professional opinion on this matter. The engine started consistently overheating when driven, and the car had to be taken out of commission.
have the same problem?
Saturday, October 24th, 2009 AT 12:07 AM