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Remanufactured Chrysler PT Cruiser Transmissions 

  • Learn about common Chrysler PT Cruisertransmission problems 
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Chrysler PT Cruisertransmission for sale 
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Chrysler PT Cruisertransmission 

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Remanufactured Chrysler PT Cruiser Transmissions 


When it was introduced for the 2001 model year, the Chrysler PT Cruiser was one of the very first retro style cars on the market. This charming little family wagon featured a modern take on 1930s styling, and had a genuinely practical amount of room on the inside. Well over a million of them sold during its nine year production run. The most common of the Chrysler PT Cruiser transmissions was the 4-speed A604 / 41TE transmission, which can sometimes have issues that make installing a remanufactured Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission, the more practical decision. So let’s figure out if that’s what you should do. 



Common Chrysler PT Cruiser Transmission Problems  


Hard Shifting & Slipping: Two of the most common A604 transmission problems are slipping between the gears, or particularly hard shifts. There are a number of OE design flaws that cause these problems to occur. 

Delayed forward and/or reverse engagement with a double bump’ sensation – 41TE transmission 
Problem – Drivers may notice a significant delay when they shift into Drive or Reverse. They may also experience a series of bumps’ or bucks’ when the selected gear does engage. 
Solution  The retainer that separates the lockup control valve and the TCC accumulator valve may need to be replaced. 


PRNDL lights malfunction – 41TE/42LE transmission (1996>) 
Problem  The PRNDL lights in the driver information center (in the gauge cluster) may work properly when the vehicle is shifted into reverse, overdrive, drive and low. However, they may malfunction when the vehicle is shifted into Park or Neutral. There may be no diagnostic trouble codes or apparent transmission problems. 
Solution – There may be an issue with the ignition switch, or a short in the related wiring. 


Speedometer reading when the vehicle is not moving – 41TE transmission / 41TES transmission  
Problem – Drivers may notice that the speedometer can jump to over 20 mph while the vehicle is stopped in gear. There may also be a jerking sensation that feels like a 1-2 shift. Gear changes may also feel unusually rough. 
Solution – The most common cause of these 41TE transmission problems is a malfunctioning alternator. However there could also be a wiring problem related to the output shaft speed sensor OSS signal going back to the TCM. 


Failed Torque Converter: Another common Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission problem is the complete failure of the torque converter. This can be caused by a number of OE design flaws, overheating, or simply using Dexron ATF, instead of the correct Chrysler-specific Type 7176 ATF. 


How to Solve Chrysler PT Cruiser Transmission Problems 


Solution A: Buy a Used Chrysler PT Cruiser Transmission  

Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used A604 / 41TE transmission might seem like the cheapest and fastest option. But you need to consider the fact that you don’t know what the actual shape of the internal components are. It could very well be on the verge of transmission problems of its own, which would leave you in the exact same predicament that you’re in now. And that 30 – 90 day junkyard warranty probably won’t cover labor charges to install the replacement transmission if something goes wrong. 


Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chrysler PT Cruiser Transmission  

Getting a rebuilt A604 / 41TE transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission back to its original factory specifications. Which means that all of those factory design flaws are still going to be inplay. And that rebuilt transmission warranty might only be good at certain shops, which could do you no good if you have transmission problems while you’re traveling. 


Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chrysler PT Cruiser Transmission  

If you want to get the most service life out of your little luxury SUV as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one is completely disassembled and re-remanufactured, so nothing is left to chance. Theyre also modified to correct the factory design flaws, which will greatly extend the service life. Plus, you get a 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty. This will cover parts and labor charges at any licensed repair shop in the Continental United States, giving you a lot more flexibility and coverage.