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Chrysler PT Cruiser Warning Lights and Trouble Codes

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  • I posted a note in December 2010 about my uncle's PT Cuiser with this problem. He had the car in to his local Chrysler dealer many times and they could never find a problem. Sometimes the car would drive fine and sometimes he'd have several episodes in one day. His final solution was to trade the car in on a Toyota Corolla!
  • My 2005 pt cruiser just stopped dead on the moterway just,we coated to a hault,no warning lights came on but the abs light and traction off light had been on for at least 3 weeks,previous to this the fog light came on when indicating right.Only done 18,000 miles in it.It is at a garage in France,we live in England and they can not find the problem.Any ideas?
  • Hi,our 2005 2.4gt pt cruiser is at a garage in France,we live in England after full electrical cut out on the moterway,our abs and traction off light had been on for about 3 weeks,we were told this would not affect the running of the car.The garage say that they can not the fault and we just do not know what to do,any ideas ?
  • I took to the car to the dealer and they ran a diagnostic and I was told it was a bad cam senor. Replaced the cam sensor, and then Sept. 3 driving on the highway and all the dashlights came on and needles (gas and speed) took a nose dive once again. I didn't lose power but I sure am mad. I have put a lot work into this car. I get everything fixed, maintenance done on time and I am getting frustrated. I do not know what else to do. I am sure since it is electrical issue, they may never find the problem.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    What is the mileage on the car?
  • 49,000. low mileage
  • The mileage on my 2.4Gt is 18,000,very low as this is the first long journey car has ever been on.
  • The problem has only happened once since March, when I removed the aftermarket wireless backup camera. My guess is that the electrical shielding/grounding straps are insufficient so when there is even a very small amount of interference the problem will occur. I have seen references to similar problems in other forums for different cars. There are kits available to provide additional grounding, which I may resort to, but for now everything is ok. I installed the camera on my Chevy Silverado and have had no problem.
  • Solution to this problem you would not believe. Had this same problem from May until July 2011. Did the internet search, saw the youtube videos that displayed this problem (needles on dash tanking and lights on, no power to move but car still running). After many repairs and replacing items on car, I finally left the car with the dealer and told them to run it until they could duplicate the problem (you see, dealers will not fix the problem until they actually see it happen which makes the owner feel like they are making up the problem). The solution to this problem is the ignition switch. I know this sounds crazy but my car has been fixed since July 2011 and I have not had this problem occur even though the problem happened multiple times and in some instances my life was in danger. GET YOUR IGNITION SWITCH REPLACED. Sorry I took so long to post this but now I want everybody to know.
  • Solution to this problem you would not believe. Had this same problem from May until July 2011. Did the internet search, saw the youtube videos that displayed this problem (needles on dash tanking and lights on, no power to move but car still running). After many repairs and replacing items on car, I finally left the car with the dealer and told them to run it until they could duplicate the problem (you see, dealers will not fix the problem until they actually see it happen which makes the owner feel like they are making up the problem). The solution to this problem is the ignition switch. I know this sounds crazy but my car has been fixed since July 2011 and I have not had this problem occur even though the problem happened multiple times and in some instances my life was in danger. GET YOUR IGNITION SWITCH REPLACED. Sorry I took so long to post this but now I want everybody to know.
  • My 2006 PT started this a couple of months ago. I think the problem is in the igniton swirtch. When I get in to start the car, I jiggle the key up and down and since I have been doing this I have not had the phantom dash lights go haywire, and there were doing it sometimes up to 10 time a day. A couple of time it shut down the power to the car for a few seconds. Try to jiggle your key when starting and see it that corrects your problem.
  • A mechanic I know that used to work at Chrysler told me that the problem is the electrical wire harness that is beneath the dash and in the steering column is basically being pinched by the steering column. She said she seen the same problems in many PT Cruisers, and traced it to the wire harness. She said that when they made these cars there is a defect that when all the stuff under the steering column, the plastic molding, etc. does not come together right and the wire harness get pinched. Which can short out the computer and do all the crazy stuff with the lights and electrical. It could make the airbag release and is generally a safety hazard. The problem is supposed to be about $3000 to fix.... new wire harness and they have to remove the whole dash, steering, the whole front interior to get to it and fix it. My mom's car was doing all this stuff, lights and gages act crazy, and her radio display would go out and she could hit the steering wheel in just the right place and it would come back on. They fixed different computer stuff on the car that cost my mom $2000 but it still does the same thing. They can't find the problem.... since it does it sporatically... and when it's at the shop it's not doing it. I told this mechanic about all this and she knew exactly what it was. She also said Chrysler doesn't want to acknowledge this problem, even though it is obviously a manufacturing defect and should be a safety recall done for it.... especially because it is extremely common. Like a design flaw. But she said that they hush it up because a safety recall would lose them so much money.
  • I removed the steering column shrouds to assess the difficulty in replacing the ignition switch myself. While it was opened up I pushed on the connector and moved some of the wires around. I did not replace the switch, and the problem has gone away.
  • My car was returned on the back of a breakdown truck September 2011,France mechanics could not find fault. Took it to local dealer and the petrol pump had stopped working and was replaced for £500. The car runs ok but on the dash the ABS warning light stays on as does the track on button.if i waggle the left hand indicator stick it's just like switching on the christmas lights.Just waiting for the next thing to go wrong. Have now done 21,000 miles,so still very low and i do love it as it is purple and not white like most people seem to be driving now.
  • TAKE THE BATTERY OUT OF THE KEY!! IT WORKED FOR ME!!!
  • This is has happened to me to many times, the last two times on the interstate going 65 miles an hour, the first time I was able to let the car coast to a top & she started right up. The last time was Friday night, starting blinking then stopped, car was fine for about three miles then flashed on & off several times, & all the gauges went down, the car kind of lurched like it was going to just stop & not even coast. I stomped on the gas & the car just went & did not completely die (I thought I might though)
    The car does not quit every time sometimes the lights blink on & off & then it is fine. Used to happen when I first started the car or when I first started to move, now though it is happening when I have been driving. I have noticed that usually the seat belt light stays on a little to long when first starting the car & then all the icons start blinking.
    I have contacted Chrysler & Irene told me she had never heard of this. Ha! Of course they know, Chrysler needs to take responsibility & fix these! I am afraid I might die in this car.
  • 2008 PT cruiser - driving to work check engine comes on. within minutes it "powered down" stalled and died. Has not started since. Have changed spark plugs, camshank sensor, crankshaft sensor, still nothing. Well now getting P0113 code. any suggestions?
  • It has to be short, there are no other problems w the car. A man in Texas posted a pix of his PT doing this right before it lost power, he insists it is a bad ignition switch, has a short. Chrysler replaced it & he had not had any more occurrence in nine months I went back to view the clip on U tube& it is gone. I do not know what code P0113 is, I would like to know when you find out. My check engine light does not come on, just all the dashboard icons. Chrysler has ignored the problems w this car for too long.
  • I've been having the same problem with my 2006 PT turbo as well. Seat belt light goes on, then all other warning lights blink on and off, warning signal noise off and on, all of the needles go down to zero and bounce back up repeatedly. I've had the instrument cluster replaced with no change. I also saw that youtube video and now can't find it either, and I'm seriously considering just begging someone to replace the ignition switch and ignore the bs diagnostic issue that comes up every time, costs tons to fix, and then doesn't solve the problem. The only thing that seems to help at all is if I see all the lights coming on as I'm starting the car, I turn it off and back on until they don't come on. That way I can drive very short distances without it happening. I'm absolutely fed up with this car, it's unbelievable the dealers don't have any shame when the issue isn't fixed after another new part. They all just hang on to it for a week and claim it can't be replicated, when it's happening multiple times anytime I drive the car.
  • I do not believe for one moment Chrysler does not know what is wrong with these cars. There were several videos of this on U Tube & they all have disappeared. Why? do you know what code P0113 is?
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