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Chrysler Sebring Electrical Problems

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  • OK, so I went to my dealership and they told me that it's most likely a bad radio. They removed the radio fuse (found in front of the driver on the side of the dash) but the radio was still on. I ended up removing the radio myself as per the suggestion above. My car is out of warranty and the dealership said it would cost me about $950 (Canadian dollars) to replace; they suggested I buy an aftermarket radio.

    Any suggestions before I buy an aftermarket stereo system? Does anyone think I should buy a used one? Do they sell used ones / cheap ones online?
  • Been all over the Internet, checking TSB's and trying to find if anyone else has had this problem: When I press the "unlock" button on the remote, the horn begins to blow and keeps on blowing. Starting the car doesn't stop it, nor does repeatedly pressing any of the buttons on the remote. One time it stopped when I turned on the lights, one time it stopped when I opened and then slammed the trunk, tonight it stopped seemingly by itself after about two minutes of blaring. My neighbors love me!! Also, tonight it did something else...the horn began to blow for 30 seconds or so at various times while I was driving. This is the first real problem I've had with this, and I've had it since July '06. Come to think of it, none of this happened until the weather got cold. Hmmm...After reading the rest of these posts, I'm counting my blessings. Oh, and in answer to #23...when the dash reads "deck" the trunk isn't closed completely...or so it is with my car. If anyone has heard of this strange behavior kindly reply to this. Thanks, folks.
  • Oh my goodness. My 2005 sebring is doing the same thing! It just started 2 days ago. I thought it was the remote at first, but then it started going off as I was driving down the road the other day.
    I called to make an apt, but cancelled when it stopped doing it, but then it did it again today. HELP. I'm a little pissed cause I'm not sure if this falls under the 3 yr 30,000 miles. I don't want to pay a mint for it. Although I think it's terrible for new cars to do this. Let me know if you hear anything.
  • In response to #25 of 27 by sk8er--- After having problems with my am/fm cassette radio with CD changer controls,(blinking EQ and no sound), I ordered 2 radios from Cherry Auto parts but was disappointed with the used replacements they sent ( 1 worked for 2 mo. & 2nd not at all). I found a site which sells NEW Chrysler radios for the Sebring. "westcoastradios.com" I ordered the "RBNFlushChrysler am/fm Cassette Upgrade (Flush) (NEW)"
    which arrived within 7-10 days and with delivery the price was $152 bucks. I installed it and have been enjoying trouble free stereo since. It has only been 3 weeks but I have not experienced any of the past symptoms that previously drove me crazy. I purposely left the heater on high/top vents to heat up the unit while driving multiple hours to see if these units would suffer heat damage and go bad. So far so good. I'll post again after a couple of months of use to let you know the dependability . BVCSURF!
    2001 CHRYSLER SEBRING LXI CONV.
  • Thank goodness! (well, you know what I mean). I thought I was the only one. I've made an appointment with Chrysler to bring it in next week for service. The woman at the dealership would not tell me whether or not this is a common problem with these cars. She danced all around my question. I'm sure it is. I found a Technical Service Bulletin for an erratic horn on a Chrysler site for a different year Sebring, so it seems that they still haven't gotten all the bugs out. We'll see. I promise to post whatever happens. Good luck.
  • I feel better knowing I'm not the only one too! ha ha ha.
    So, my car is at the chrysler garage now. They haven't called me yet, so I have no clue what they've found. All I know is that progressively mine was getting worse. I feel like an idiot when it goes off like that. I was starting to feel like I couldn't park it anywhere. I knew my neighbors were starting to not like it, and how embarrasing to have it go off while entering or leaving the parkinglot at work! I'll let you know what my garage does to fix it. All I can say is that it better be included in our 3yr 36000 warranty. Cause a 06, and a 05 should not be doing this. BTW, what color is your sebring? Mine's white with a black top. I know that wouldn't probably have anything to do with it, just curious ha ha ha
  • It HAS to be covered under the warranty. This is an electrical problem with the car--obviously a flaw of some kind or a part that has gone bad that should have lasted a LOT longer than it did. They will have one irate Italian woman to deal with if they try to charge me for this.

    I don't even lock the car anymore...and the thing still goes off as soon as I open the door!

    It was 9 degrees here in Long Island, NY this morning, so I went out about 6:30 to warm up the car. Guess what? Yeah, the horn went nuts again, for about 30 seconds or so (feels like an hour when the neighbors start looking out the windows) and nothing would stop it. Then, as I drove it down the block 15 minutes later, it beeped for about 10 seconds at various times. Other drivers think I'm being a wise guy. Be interested to know what they find. Oh, as to the color: It's burgundy red with a black top. I absolutely love it...or did until now. Keep me informed. Thanks.
  • More of an update than a reply...car has been at the dealership since Monday. The horn definitely misbehaved just as I hoped it would, but they still have not determined the cause of the problem. Thank goodness I have a second vehicle, since this particular dealership does NOT have loaner vehicles (how bizarre it that?) even if you have to leave the car for an extended period. Anyway, I'll let you know what transpires. Thanks.
  • The morning I was dropping mine off I took the video camera out with me so I could tape exactly what happens to show the technician. Guess what? It didn't happen :mad: (of course) but I brought it in anyway and told them to leave it outside overnight and try it in the morning. I went down to the dealership when they opened and stood right there when the tech opened the door. It happened! Not only that, but when it stopped after 30 seconds or so he went to put the key in the ignition and it happened again!

    Anyway, they replaced the same thing on my car as yours (the horn pad/airbag assembly). Of course, they didn't have a black one in stock so I have a tan one on there temporarily. It didn't happen this morning when they opened the door, but they had kept the car indoors in the heated shop overnight! I left it there and told them to lock it up outside and I'd pick it up tonight after 7:00 (this way it will have been out in the cold for about 11 hours). I hope this is the answer. If it happens when I go to pick it up tonight I'll just leave it there again.

    You buy a newer car so you don't have any problems, right? Oh, well...as long as the warranty covers it and they try to make it right I can't really complain, I guess. I'll keep you posted. :) Thanks. Hope yours is fixed, too.
  • My Sebring Conv. 2002 seems to have appears to be a relay that chatters. That's what the sound is like coming from under the dash right or the center console. Everythings seems to be working right. We just have been able to isolate it to a system. This winter we have had the "Air Bag" light on the dash come on and then go off. This happened for about a month and no problem since. Adjusting the front seat seemed to reset it. Any ideas for the relay chatter?
  • Everything on Cluster works properly. However illumination for speedometer and other gauges and controls suddenly stopped working (no blinking on and off, just stopped).
    All lightbulbs in panel work fine.
    All fuses have been checked and none open.

    I believe I have narrowed down problem to a module that is attached to back of actual instrument panel (Not the Circuit board)

    Anyone know what this module is called (no printing visible on module although there might be on the underside as I have not taken it off panel) and where one might be able to purchase one besides auto salvage facilities???
  • I have the same problem with the flashing 3 LEDs on my 2001 Sebring.

    Pulling the fuse (under the hood) for the brake lights stops the flashing. This indicates a short in the wiring between the radio and brake lights. DO NOT drive with the fuse out, you will have no brake lights. I am trying to track it down more.

    This appears to be a common problem. If anyone has additional information please post it.
  • My car is a 2002 Sebring.

    It only happens after driving the car about 30 - 45 mins. Then when I go to change the volume, it happens! The stereo system looks like it's dying with the LEDs fading and shutting off, then they come back on.

    What I do is turn the stereo system off immediately and leave it turned off. It blinks for about a minute and then the clock comes on at 12:00. When I shut the car off and wait some time, I turn my car back on and it's fine. The only this is that the clock is now wrong and I keep having to set it to the correct time.

    Sometimes though, it's not such an easy solution. The radio will stay on and you will hear what sounds like the CD motor turning and it will stay on even after turning the car off. The only way around this is to take the stereo system out, unplug the connector from the stereo, wait some time, and then plug it back in.

    It seems like it's overheating because it only happens after driving about 30 - 45 mins.
  • jwsf8jwsf8 Posts: 1
    After installation of a replacement battery (by a non-Chrysler garage) I now have the exact same problem with 3 flashing equalizer LEDs on my 2001 Sebring Sedan. They start flashing as soon as I turn the key in the ignition. The CD/radio does not work. Instead I hear recurring/cyclic white sound in the speakers.

    The flashing stops when I remove the brake light fuse (from under the hood) - just like it did for rm2001.

    I would be extremely interested to hear if anyone found a solution to this.
  • Hello,

    My daughter has a 2002 Sebring coupe that on start-up the hazard light start flashing until the car in warm or the head lights are turned on. I can hear a relay clicking but i can not located it. This started 6-months ago them stopped. Now it has returned....does anyone have any ideas?

    Also the blower only works on high; I would have thought that it was the switch but with all of the electrical issues posted here I am now not so sure. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks
  • RE:
    "Also the blower only works on high; I would have thought that it was the switch but with all of the electrical issues posted here I am now not so sure. Any advice would be appreciated."

    You will need to replace the resistor pack. This is a common issue with the Sebring.
  • with increasing regularity both my turn signals and the radio just stop working. I go back to normal operation by stopping the car and turning off the ignition. I re start immediately and everything is normal again for several days or several weeks. It obviously is not a fuse. Any help on this? :confuse:
  • Hello. Just two days, was plugging in my phone recharge cord into the power/lighter module, when radio did just as you describe. No Display, amd cannot turn on or off radio. BUT, 3 amber lights in the EQU stalks of radio blink on and off, and you can hear the slight noise in the speakers.

    DId you ever get any other solutions, other than replacing the radio? ">
  • Any further luck with this. I am new to site today, and went there for a radio problem that started after inserting my phone charger into power/lighter socket. Now, radio is not wrking, no display, jus the three flashing led's than can be heard in the radio speakers. ">
  • DId anyone ever get to this for you? I have the same flashing 3 led's in radio, since pushing in my phone charger to the power/cig recptcl, and no radio on / off / displays or time
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