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I picked up this PT for the wife

Discussion in 'PT Cruiser' started by junkman, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. junkman

    junkman Well-Known Member

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    For $600......

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    Got it a couple months back, the seller claimed it needed a radiator fan as it would not kick on. I got it home (tow dolly) and started checking for voltage at the fan.... and found it to be unplugged! The plastic clip that locks the plug together was broken so one zip tie later and it was ready to go. We've driven it to Traverse City from Detroit with no problems.

    I have one question- you can see the discoloration on the front bumper, I've seen other PT's with the same issue, what causes it and how do you get rid of it?
     
  2. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    The fading is caused by the ultraviolet rays of the Sun. Not much you can do about it. I've seen products advertised that claim to bring the blackness back, but I don't know how well they really work.
     
  3. CudaPete

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    Flex seal work well.
     
  4. ImperialCrown

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    They were from masking tape marks during assembly and subsequent sun (UV) exposure. There was a TSB on it a long time ago. It usually showed up a few months after purchase and never permanently rubbed out in repair attempts.
    I masked off my dad's bumpers, prepped and painted them with a generic gray plastic bumper paint. It has flex agents in it to stick to the plastic. Clean up any overspray afterwards.
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  5. chuzz

    chuzz Well-Known Member

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    Love the color on that PT. What year is it? I am a member of a PT Cruiser forum that you're going to need if you keep it. You'll have problems that will need addressing and you can't always rely on the few members here that own PT's. I'm not saying that IC and PT006 won't respond, but you may have to wait a while. Just keep that in mind. I'm on both forums every day.
     
  6. dana44

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    Agree with the bumper, we all live with it if we don't recoat the bumper. Good purchase. Love the little cars and you have a really nice looking one.
     
  7. junkman

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    Pretty sure it's shale green, haven't seen too many in that color. It's got 177,000 miles on it, and after a tune up runs like new. BTW, the plugs were blown out to a .100' gap, I was amazed it actually ran at all.

    The only issue it has is occasionally the ABS light comes on and kills traction control. It's most likely a bad connection somewhere, mainly happens if
    I hit a bump during a right turn.
     
  8. ImperialCrown

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    Get the paint code from either the drivers door sticker or the underhood body plate. It should begin with a 'P' (for primary color), followed by 2 more letters. PJR would be Rescue green. (Q would be the secondary color for 2-tone jobs).

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    If the ABS light comes on and goes out, a fault code should still be left behind in the ABS module memory. Some code readers at the local auto parts store may have one for free customer use that reads engine and ABS codes.
    What year is it?
     
  9. junkman

    junkman Well-Known Member

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    2001. I have a code scanner that reads ABS codes, but does not read codes for this car. Reads the codes on GM cars fine, maybe this one is too old.
     
  10. boblonben

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    Use the product 'Back to Black" it works but you will have reapply every few months, but it does a good job restoring the black color when used.
     
  11. 2brits

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    Try washing it, then spray it with WD40
     
  12. junkman

    junkman Well-Known Member

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    Did that, lasted about two days
     
  13. chuzz

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    I've used the Mothers Back to Black too. It works all right, but as stated, you have to reapply it every few months.
     
  14. CudaPete

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    Flex seal gives a nice textured, tough finish. Hold up well on a bumper.

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  15. MPE426HEMI

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    Using a heat gun, albeit carefully, will bring the sheen back. I've done it many times before. It's a slow process. Just be careful. After keep it protected from the UV with your favorite protectant thereafter.
     
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    Sounds like a terrific find ! Congratulations.

    Great color. Nice wheels.

    Hope all your effort pays-off as desired ( with all the parts and fixes ). That's a nice ride !

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