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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (2%)

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (53%)

< $100 (23%)

Chart based on 60 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

70000 mi

US $1
Ball joints had to be replaced. Also upgraded all of the front suspension bushings and replaced the struts. 
122000 mi

US $35
power steering sensor was faulty, threw check engine light. no noticeable difference in performance. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

72000 mi

US $270
Steady grinding noise coming from drivers side front wheel. Wheel bearings needed to be replaced. Front rotors showed wear and pads were thin. As preventive measure besides the bearings, I replaced the front rotors and brake pads. 
80300 mi

US $170
Replaced faulty power steering pressure switch.  Found loose tie rod end. Tie rod end not repaired in this trip 
83000 mi

US $335
Replaced lower control arms on both sides, new bushings for stabilizer bar. Can't complain, these were all original parts. Replaced rack and pinion. Right front wheel had a bad vibrations. Over 2" of play once it was on the rack. Can't complain, this was an original part. 
146300 mi

US $100
Power steering high pressure line o-ring failed. Owner also found a stabalizer bar bushing had failed and was also replaced. The work was done at a local shop. 
84000 mi We had to replace suspension bushings in the front to quiet rattles and will also need to do the same with the "A" arms and the rear, soon. 
88000 mi

US $270
Replaced tie-rod bearing; four-wheel alignment. 
61700 mi

US $1623
Replace lower control arms sway bar link kit 4-wheel align $770. Replace rear shcoks. $222. 
157000 mi

US $1800
Front bushings, lower ball joints, front struts. 
110000 mi

US $1760
Also sway bar links, front brake pads and rotors.  
52000 mi

US $996
Rack-n-Pinion Replaced 
57660 mi

C $700
Clunk from front suspension; 1 lower ball joint plus front shocks replaced. 
62000 mi

US $178
Lower right ball joint worn. 
63000 mi

US $200
Right front sway bar bushings replaced and right front wheel bearing(s) replaced. 
61427 mi

US $269
Front control arm bushings. 
69000 mi Front left wheel bearing replaced. After returning from the previous repair trip, the suspension was making a loud popping noise around turns, which continued to get worse. Shop found loose bolt in suspenion, supposedly unrelated to wheel bearing repair. 
71000 mi

US $270
Right front wheel bearing replaced. 
78565 mi

US $267
Replaced both outer tie-rod ends. 
88821 mi

US $125
One front stabilizer bar link broken, other one badly bent. Replaced links on both sides. 
97340 mi

C $5300
Front control arm bushings replaced. 
300 mi Unknown component of steering system replaced. Car was gradually pulling more and more to the right. Dealer claimed there was a defective part. Car was at dealership for approximately one week (mostly waiting for parts). 
36000 mi

US $100
Rear shocks rattling like cans in a bag. Replaced and noise is mostly corrected. 
43400 mi

C $250
Front wheel bearing 
79320 mi lower control arm bushing, reprogramed flash memory 
97340 mi

C $300
replaced both front sway bar links 
106200 mi growling noise from wheel bearing 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

74000 mi

Track rod end on the steering rack badly worn Bushes on the front suspension wishbones badly worn and were "knocking" Have replaced all the bushes on the car with polyurethane upgrades 
78000 mi

Both rear shock absorbers had failed, leaking fluid badly and offered no resistance to shocks at all. Replaced with new gas ones 
89000 mi

Ball joint on the front suspension wishbone had failed, replaced with a new one 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Suspension Problems

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