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Just so I'm clear this is a 2004 PT cruiser? correct? also what is the approximate mileage at this time? thank you.
I can assure you it is not a scam. A you sure it's a GT cruiser? is this a Chrysler? and did you buy the vehicle in the USA? thank you.
Alright, please disregard the automated phone call pop ups that is more for pinpoint diagnostics and fault tracing.
Alright, have you checked the codes yet by chance? If so, can you tell me what codes are stored? thank you.
Alright, Is this the original catalytic converter on the vehicle to your knowledge? It sounds like the exhaust may be restricted to me by the symptoms your giving me.
Alright, I follow you, is the fuel pump original as well?
I doubt it's a PCM, or definitely would be throwing codes in my opinion. It sounds fuel pressure related to me, look on the end of the fuel rail, tell me if you see a schrader valve at the end of the rail where the injectors are. I would like to check fuel pressure cold , then when it acts up check the pressure again and see if it's the same, if it's the same pressure, we know fuel pressure isn't the problem.
The fuel pressure spec is around 58 plus or minus 5 psi.
In about mid 04 Chrsyler was nice enough to delete the schrader valve from the fuel rail, I'm sure that saved them .25 cents a car, but see if yours does have one, if not , it takes a special tool to check the fuel pressure with that's about 100$ . So if it doesn't have a schrader valve, checking the pressure would have to be done by someone with this tool the tool number is ***** fyi, but hopefully you have a schrader valve to check fuel pressure, So in summary, if the pressure is within spec and around 58 psi, it's not fuel pressure related, and I would say perform an exhaust system back pressure test next, or pull the front o2 sensor out and see if it ran any better temporarily as pulling the o2 sensor gives that exhaust somewhere to go instead of building up backpressure if the cat is clogged. If fuel pressure is lacking and falling below 53 psi, I would say replace the fuel pump.
That is one big storm, and I hope it doesn't hit ya'll too bad down there. yikes!
Absolutely Keith. Thank you and best wishes.