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My son's PT Cruiser completely stopped working. There are no

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My son's PT Cruiser completely stopped working. There are no charges coming from the onboard computer at all according to the mechanicl.
JA: What year is your PT Cruiser?
Customer: 2001
JA: Are you fixing your PT Cruiser yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: We have a mechanic who tried replacing the coil pack, no result, then the crank shaft sensor with no result.
JA: Does the vehicle stall at low speeds? Does it sputter?
Customer: It flat out died on his way home from work.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: The car is on it's third on board computer. It has low miles for its age.
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

Hi Im David. thanks for visiting the site. is the vehicle cranking at all?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
it turns over but doesn't run.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Additionally, the onboard computer sends no information to the mechanic's computer. So, I just want to make sure we're on the right track here. He has ordered another one and it will be replaced again.
Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

ok. have you tested for spark?

Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

and injector pulse? also do you get rpms while cranking?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Crank shafts sensor and coil pack.
Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

so do you or do you not have spark and injector pulse?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
we are getting both.
Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

ok. when you turn the key to run(not start) does the check engine light come on and stay on?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
It doesn't come on at all.
Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

Has anyone checked the power output of the computer? and the grounds for the computer?

Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

and i assume that since the obd2 ports not working it doesnt have 16vdc on pin 16 of the obd connector?

Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

also pins 4 and 5 of the obd connector should be checked for grounds.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
we have a fairly good mechanic, however, I am just double checking his logic. His diagnostic wasn't getting any signal from the car...computer totally dead. I've noticed this is a bad problem with PT Cruisers. That is probably a safe assumption. I will ask him to check those. Like I said, he's a good guy and isn't out to screw us, I just want to make sure.
Computers and cars. I had a 65 mustang as my first car and knew how to change the oil and spark plugs all by myself.
Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

I hear ya. and yes the PT's are one giant computer mess. have you tried pulling code doing the onboard test that i attached?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
WE will try it. Thanks so much!
Expert:  david craig replied 12 days ago.

you bet. keep me posted

Expert:  david craig replied 11 days ago.

did that work for you?

Expert:  david craig replied 9 days ago.

checking in to see how its going

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
This far we've been tracking a part, the ecm, for its lowest cost
Found one for about 250. Straight up, does a dealer have to install and program or can it be a singulag mechanic?
Expert:  david craig replied 9 days ago.

dealer will need to program if it wasnt pre programmed by the seller.

Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

checking in to see how its going

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