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I was driving my 2009 PT Cruiser 7/25/16 on a ghway going

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I was driving my 2009...
I was driving my 2009 PT Cruiser 7/25/16 on a highway going highway speed. My car started to lose power and over heat.
I pulled off the road. The car died at this point and would not restart. We have been having problems with the radiator there was a small leak but the hose on the drivers side of the engine. We used Barrs Leak and that helped. I believe the problem could be the radiator, the cap or the thermostat. I need help
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HI,

A coolant leak will not cause the engine to lose power and shut down and restart unless it was left unattended and lost all the coolant and seized the engine.

The most likely cause of the current issues is the water pump failing and causing the timing belt to fail, or the timing belt breaking which will cause it to overheat as the water pump no longer turns. The combination of loss of timing belt and water pump no matter which caused the other to fail will cause a loss of power, overheating as well as a no start condition

The first step is to remove the timing belt cover to verify the timing belt is either broken or loose and then go from there in repairing.

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Dodge Mechanic: Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager replied 1 year ago

HI,

Yes, I got that since it is a PT Cruiser. My answer is based upon the fact that it is a PT Cruiser

A coolant leak will not cause the engine to lose power and shut down and restart unless it was left unattended and lost all the coolant and seized the engine.

The most likely cause of the current issues is the water pump failing and causing the timing belt to fail, or the timing belt breaking which will cause it to overheat as the water pump no longer turns. The combination of loss of timing belt and water pump no matter which caused the other to fail will cause a loss of power, overheating as well as a no start condition

The first step is to remove the timing belt cover to verify the timing belt is either broken or loose and then go from there in repairing.

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