PT Cruiser 2006-2007

Intake Air Temperature Sensor



The Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor is a negative coefficient sensor that provides information to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) regarding the temperature of the air entering the intake manifold.


  1. Turn the ignition off. If possible, allow the vehicle to sit with the ignition off for more than 8 hours in an environment where the temperature is consistent and above 20°F (-7°C).
  3. Test drive the vehicle. The vehicle must exceed 30 mph (48 km/h) during the test drive. Do not cycle the ignition off when the test drive is completed.
  5. With a scan tool, select View DTC-s.
  7. If a DTC is not active, perform the following:
  9. Refer to any Technical Service Bulletins (TSB-s) that may apply.
  11. Review the scan tool Freeze Frame information. If possible, try to duplicate the conditions under which the DTC set.
  13. With the engine running at normal operating temperature, monitor the scan tool parameters related to the DTC while wiggling the wire harness. Look for parameter values to change and/or a DTC to set. Turn the ignition off.
  15. Visually inspect the related wire harness. Disconnect all the related harness connectors. Look for any chafed, pierced, pinched, partially broken wires and broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded terminals. Perform a voltage drop test on the related circuits between the suspected inoperative component and the PCM.
    Do not probe the PCM harness connectors. Probing the PCM harness connectors will damage the PCM terminals resulting in poor terminal to pin connection. Install Miller Special Tool #8815 to perform diagnosis.

  17. Inspect and clean all PCM, engine, and chassis grounds that are related to the most current DTC.
  19. If numerous trouble codes were set, use a wire schematic and look for any common ground or supply circuits.
  21. For any Relay DTC-s, actuate the Relay with the scan tool and wiggle the related wire harness to try to interrupt the actuation.
  23. For intermittent Evaporative Emission trouble codes perform a visual and physical inspection of the related parts including hoses and the Fuel Filler cap.
  25. Use the scan tool to perform a System Test if one applies to failing component. A co-pilot, data recorder, and/or lab scope should be used to help diagnose intermittent conditions.