PT Cruiser steering problems have been the subject of one safety recall and a few minor technical service bulletins (TSBs) since the model was first introduced in 2000. The safety recall is for a deadly but rare problem. As for the TSBs, one problem accounts for the majority of steering complaints.
Power Steering Pump Hose
According to Chrysler PT Cruiser safety recall #04V268000, the high pressure hose coming out of the power steering pump on 2.4L non-turbocharged Cruisers can rupture, causing power steering fluid to spray over the engine and possibly ignite. This serious safety recall was issued in September 2004 and affects models from 2000 to 2005.
Power Steering Reservoir Filter
A fine mesh filter is built into the PT Cruiser power steering reservoir, and it is prone to clogging. The filter is not removable, meaning the entire reservoir must be replaced at a cost of close to £130. While annoying and frustrating, the reservoir issue does not create the danger a ruptured power steering pump hose does.
Symptoms of PT power steering issues are stiff steering, inconsistent steering through the arc of a turn, whining noises that change pitch according to the angle of steering, and power steering drip spots under the car.
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