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PT Cruiser 2008 after about 4 or 5 miles it goes to jumping

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PT Cruiser 2008 after about 4 or 5 miles it goes to jumping like the brakes applied when they are not.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 8 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

It sounds as if you may be experiencing brake drag? If the brakes are dragging then it will drag down more quickly when off the throttle, may not roll away from a stop if you just release the brake pedal. You may notice pulling in one direction, a burning smell or smoke from a wheel.

If you have a single wheel dragging then odds are you have a collapsed brake hose or sticking caliper piston, caliper slides can sometimes seize also.

If all wheels are dragging and the problem started with all of them at once then a bad master cylinder or booster is likely.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It don't pull either way it seams to go straight but you can tell the brakes are dragging in the front.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The car jumps in high gear when going up hill and will kick down to a lower gear.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 8 months ago.

If the front brakes are dragging it could be calipers, collapsed hoses, seized slides, possibly the master cylinder.