Indicators of a Busted Chrysler Pt Cruiser Axle Assembly
The axle assembly of your Chrysler Pt Cruiser is one of the vital parts of your car's transmission system that you should always be mindful of. Your ability to detect any sign of struggling ones, no matter how evident or not, is very important if you want to keep your car running. Failure to do so and you'll have a stalled car, a cranky mood, and a big hole in your wallet after repairs. The following are some indicators that can help you identify a Pt Cruiser with a bad axle assembly. Most of these should be noticeable while you drive and are verifiable with a few simple steps.
A rubber boot at each end of the axle assembly encases a joint that acts as the main connector between the drive wheels and transmission. Inside it is also lots of grease which provides ample lubrication to all the moving parts. It's possible that the rubber boot gets ripped and torn thus exposing its delicate contents to harmful elements. Look for grease puddles in your garage under the engine compartment or on the inner face of the front wheels. If you see any of these, quickly check the boot and replace it if it's torn.
While you drive, you may notice feint clicking sounds every time you turn the wheel. If unattended, this gets louder and louder. This is also another sign of a bad axle assembly. To test the problem, bring the car to a wide and open space. Fully turn the wheel and drive in reverse. This stresses the joints for the test. Listen for constant clicks for verification.
Clunking noise coupled with some hesitation in movement is another sign of a busted assembly. You can test this by driving in reverse to stress the car and observing its behavior. What you should notice is something like the following sequence: transmission changes gears, car struggles to speed up, finished by the odd noise.
Riding the Pt Cruiser should feel smooth and comfortable. If your experience is filled with knocks and vibrations, this is caused by an axle assembly with loose joints. The shake is the engine power transferred to the car's body instead of to the wheels. Try to constantly accelerate and slow down as you drive forward to test the problem.