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PT Cruiser Electrical and Lighting Problems

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  • I assume that the coolant level is not low since you replaced the thermostat twice. Possibly you may need a new radiator cap due to extreme changes in coolant temps, also make sure the radiator is not restricted or plugged with debris. Also I know that you probly made sure the thermostat installed you made sure the jiggle valve is in the proper location in the thermostat housing. I hope I was of help, I recently replaced my cap and thermostat at 103,000 miles on my PT.
  • I really hope your a God Send. I tried to look up your credentials at the ASE site, but the link to master technicians seems to have vanished. Oh Well. Anyway, my Cruiser seems to be missfiring, and so they changed the Crank shaft position sensor, only that seems to have made it worse. Apparently the old one was stalling at about 4000 rpm, every so often making the car thump, and the idle was a bit off. They now tell me it might be the computer or the ignition something or other. What can I do to get this problem resolved without giving up my car for another week. Please help me!!!!
    Sabine
  • Here I sit trying to figure out why they would replace a crank sensor for a misfire condition...while it IS possible...it's remote at best. Was there a code from the computer? Did anyone check the simple stuff like plugs, wires or coil pack? Did anyone test the primary and secondary ignition circuits? It's also possible the computer just needs an update. Those are a few ideas for you to try. I really wish I had the car right here in front of me. As far as the ASE page...I did check it and u're right....seems they've done away with it...my apologies, but I am very much so Master Certified and they don't xpire until June of 2011. Anyway....good luck!! Get back to me with more information if u can.

    Chris
  • We replaced the plugs, that was the first thing, and the sensor was stalling at 4000 rpm. He checked the ignition circuit too, though I don't know about the second one, I'll ask. The computer has had the latest update of TCB stuff too. Apparently, he can make it fire in perfect sequence without the computer. He said something about the computer receiving the right signal, but not returning the right info to the ignition?! Does that make any sense?

    As for you ASE, I trust you, that's why I contacted you. Anyone whose willing to give out that info, must be for real. Mike is my mechanic and he too is certified by ASE, he's just not a Chrysler guy. As for having it in front of you... well unless you can teleport to Lancaster, CA (edge of the Mojave Desert, best place to the middle of nowhere), I doubt I can accomodate that. Though... if it's not too much trouble is there a way I can contact you either via phone or email if he can't get this resolved.

    You can contact me at: evesgird@verizon.net

    Sincerely
    Sabine
  • I have a 2002 pt cruiser and the Mopar battery shorted out.I replaced the battery but my electric door locks,dome light.auto door locks,radio don't work. I have checked all fuses and they are all good.With car running the odometer says no fuse! They want 119.00 dollars to put the car on the machine to find the problem and it is a .50 cent fuse somwhere
  • Thanks for the info.

    Bob
  • mdbcrtmdbcrt Posts: 1
    ">Now this is very interesting. After all the hype and mention of being ASE certified, on the top of the mechanic's hierarchy, and the challenge to "find out the facts", it turns out that either you are NOT who you say you are, or you dont know your own credentials that well........

    I took the challenge you posted on this page 10-Jan-2008 and found that you (#284385 aka RWCarroll) actually have been expired since Jul-2001. No one has to take my word for it, though. All anyone has to do is request a Cert form at the ASE website, fax it in to ASE @ 703-669-6122 and you will get a response within two days.

    You actually did not prove anything about yourself...
  • My 2002 PT is experiencing the fog lamp switch problem. I bought the car new in November 2001 and it has 45,000 careful miles on it. I had experienced the problem last year, but I was able to turn the light off. I went out to drive the car yesterday and it wouldn't unlock with the remote, so I opened with the key and discovered a very dead battery. I hooked up my car starter/battery charger (at about 9PM) and every light came on with the alarm blaring as loud as it could. I was unable to turn anything off, so I disconnected the battery charger. It was like the car was possessed by the Devil. I am at a loss at what to do. I will probably have to tow it to a mechanic, hopefully not the Mopar dealer. I am curious to find out what the rest of you have done to fix this perplexing problem.
  • hi i have a 2004 cruiser that has just started having the same problem
    i was just wondering if you have found out what is causing this problem?
    Thanks Ray
  • In a word.... no.

    It has been a year since our PT was possessed (see my previous posts in the #60-65 range on this board) and, as I said before, the problem...just...stopped... happening. Wish I could give a reason, but the only thing that was changed by the mechanic was a perfectly good fuse ~ and it is only because I insisted on it that he changed that.

    Hope I haven't jinxed myself now.

    I don't know if this is good news or not to you, but from our experience it is best to take it to a competent independent mechanic and not a dealership. The dealer's solution is to start replacing wiring harnesses at $500 a pop until the problem goes away. The indie gearhead is more practical and economic. Just be prepared to be without the car for a period of time as it will not be a quick 'fix'. Our guy had the car a week the last time. But since he couldn't find the problem and did no changeouts, he didn't charge us a dime for it. I love the guy! He's in Mount Vernon, WA.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    I hooked up my car starter/battery charger (at about 9PM) and every light came on with the alarm blaring as loud as it could. I was unable to turn anything off, so I disconnected the battery charger

    Well, I'd start by disconnecting the negative battery cable before you try to charge it. After it is fully charged reconnect the cable and see if the problem goes away.

    Weird things have been known to happen when the operating voltage is too low. On my old car I knew my battery was low when the wipers would come on automatically.
  • Pardon me for jumping in but I am new to this site and am trying to find out what is causing the ENGINE LIGHT to stay on also in my PT Crusier 2.4 L engine and the scanner code says PO128 -coolant temp below thermostat and then there is a "
    2" PENDING- I need a repair manual! G. Poling
  • ptuserptuser Posts: 2
    I had the original battery replaced on my 2002 PT Cruiser Ltd at Sam's Club on March 13. The terminals and cables were corroded so they cleaned the terminals (not the corrosion on the cables) but did not replace the cables. On March 14, after using a half tank of gas bought at the usual place, the engine malfunction light came on. I checked the gas cap and it's tight. The car runs fine however there is a bing when I first start up. I read that I can hurt the engine by continuing to run it with the light on and I should take it to the dealer.

    What can be the problem? :sick: Any opinions?
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    I believe places like AutoZone still offer a free diagnostic code scan. Call around some of the big chain auto parts stores and ask.

    The dealer is going to charge you a big fee just for scanning the fault code, before he even fixes anything.
  • joeboujoebou Posts: 1
    I need to add coolant to my 2004. lost the manual, under the hood it says special coolant. which brand do I need. please help!!!
  • I purchased a 2004 pt cruiser new. The vehicle had electrical concerns when I owned it two years. The door locks would go up and down by themselves. I nicknamed her Christine and took it to the dealership. It was a door lock actuator.
    Covered by the warranty. I have had to replace the battery twice. Last October I was driving up a grade on the freeway and the car made a horrible noise and started smoking and stalled on the 101. Very scary there was smoke in the car and fluid leaking all around.
    I had it towed to a Chrysler dealership and they told me that it was a clutch and they needed to replace the clutch assembly. The vehicle had 27k miles on it!
    This was not covered. So we paid for the checkout and towed it to a dealership where I worked and they took it apart and told us it was the clutch assembly flywheel, the trans case had a huge hole in it!
    This should have been seen if it was taken apart by the Chrysler dealership
    The vehicle has been hesitating for the past three weeks and the check engine light came on. We replaced the gas cap and the light went off. Well now the light is back on and now hesitates when I turn on the heater or a/c. Any suggestions
    besides trading it in on a honda?
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    which brand do I need.

    Click here: PT Cruiser Recommended Antifreeze
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    Well now the light is back on and now hesitates when I turn on the heater or a/c. Any suggestions

    A good start would be to learn what is producing the fault code. Ask some of the big chain auto parts stores if they still do a free code scan. I know AutoZone used to but it's been a few years since I last had one done.
  • My husband thinks we need to disconnect the battery cables. and see if the code goes away. I think this a bad idea knowing the history of this vehicle. thanks for your suggestion of taking it to autozone but there is not one around here and I am going to drive it the few miles to my work and have them check it out. Just another bill to pay.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    My husband thinks we need to disconnect the battery cables. and see if the code goes away.

    The fault light will probably go away but if it is still an active fault it will reappear within a few days. It might be something as simple as a bad spark plug wire.

    I had defective oxygen sensor in another car. I would reset the fault by disconnecting the negative battery cable but the light would come back on several days later. I eventually took it to Autozone and they scanned the code. I replaced the bad sensor, cleared the code one last time and everything was fine.

    Any suggestions besides trading it in on a honda?

    I think I'd rather pedal my bike to work in the rain and snow. :sick:
  • I'LL TELL YOU I JUST BOUGHT A PT 2007 WITH ONLY 27,800 MI ON IT THIS WEEK MARCH 20,08 AND THE SAME THING HERE BUT WORSE!! I HAD IT ONE WEEK AND I GO OUT IN THE MORNING SOMEWHERE COME BACK AND IT WONT TURN OVER ITS LIKE NOTHING!! LIKE ITS COMPLETELY DEAD!! IT HAPPENED AGAIN TODAY BUT THIS TIME WHEN I TRIED TO START IT THE 2ND TIME AROUND IT DID SOMETHING FUNNY,IT STARTED ALL MESSED UP LIKE THE WHOLE CAR WAS JWERKING THE MOTOR WAS WEAK AND MADE A NASTY BANGIN NOISES THE CAR WAS LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE!! JUMPIN UP AND DOWN THE ENGINE WAS NOT RUNNING WELL,SO I SHUT IT OFF TRIED TO START IT AGAIN,DID THE SAME THING,SO I SAT THERE 5 MIN RESTARTED IT ,IT THEN STARTED LIKE NEW LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED BACK TO NORMAL? ITS AT THE DEALERSHIP THEY DID ALL THE TESTS DIAGNOSTIC IT ALL CAME BACK NORMAL? THEY TEST DROVE IT ,WAS OK? IT DONT HAPPEN EVERYDAY BUT IN THE MORNING AFTER IM SOMEWHERE IT'LL DO IT ONCE IN A WHILE? I KNOW THIS IS NOT NORMAL I GOT SCREWED BY KIA CAUSE THEY SOLD ME THE PT CRUISER AND CHRYSLER HAS THE WARRENTY BUT CHRYSLER WONT EVEN GIVE ME A RENTAL CAR SO IM IN THE COLD!! YES THE LIGHTS AND GAGES DO RESPOND LIKE YOU SAID BUT MY CAR ACTS LIKE IT HAS SERIOUSE BAD GAS IN IT OR SOMETHING?LOL :mad:
  • rox2rox2 Posts: 2
    I am having the exact problem with my 2001 Limited. I just paid my Chrysler dealer to tell me what the problem IS NOT. Fuses, relay, light switch. We had already relplace all of these. So we knew that! Has anyone found a solution to this problem?
  • hzleyeshzleyes Posts: 2
    Our problem was when the car was in a wreck and they replaced the front headlight they pinched the wire harness for the lights and over time it corrouted and caused a short which effected the dash lights and no rear lights
  • rox2rox2 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info.

    Any other solutions would be greatly appreciated.
  • moeglymoegly Posts: 1
    I don't care about credentials, it just means you studied a little more, I just want someone to help with my freaking problem. This car is all I own and it has to run right. The brake lights and running lights just stopped working and it sucks. Can't afford to go to dealership. I am too danged poor. So if anyone with or without credentials can help, plz do so. And for the one who has the credentials, he is doing a good thing so back off for a bit.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    Without knowing more details, the first thing I'd recommend checking are the fuses. The ones pertaining to the lights that are not working should be listed on the inside of the fuse box cover, if you don't have your owner's manual available.
  • It sounds like it could be the timing belt. How many miles do you have on the car? Recommended miles to replace the Timing Belt and Water Pump is about 100,000 miles. I just had my belt and water pump (recommend changing both at the same time due to cost) and it ran me about $475.00.
  • drounds1drounds1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 PT Crusier Limited model that after 90k miles the check engine light keeps coming on. First it was for the oxygen sensors. These were replaced. The next day the check engine light comes on for the same issue. This time the computer was reset again. The next day the light is on again, this time for a power steering switch. The mechanic said this was a very rare issue. It was reset and a week later the light is on again. My question is, does the check engine light come on for the 90k mile service? Thanks.
  • ptinkptink Posts: 13
    just wanted to put a warning out there, i have read alot of this post and have seen some of you with the same problems i had with my 2003 pt it stated running hot and they changed the water pump 850.00 then 2 days later it ran hot again changed thermastat 85.00 2 days later 109.00 for a sensor and to flush the radiartor then SURPRIZES 1 day later they can't believe it but the head is cracked all this from a chysler dealership you would have thought they knew what they where doing...
    well i am a single mom and my mother before she passed bought me this car, paid cash and so i had no car notes. the dealer said all he could give me was a down payment on a used car .... and i only had the choice of 1 (that right ONE car) on the whole lot well long story short i need a car i took it now i know am i trouble it's a 2005 kia sadona van 13600.00 / 325.00 a month hope this does not happen to you .... :cry:
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    it's a 2005 kia sadona van 13600.00 / 325.00 a month

    Hmm...I just checked the retail value of a Sedona LX in excellent condition. With the basic trim and 45,000 miles on the odometer it has a Blue Book retail value of $12,180. If you have the higher end model (Sedona EX) it's worth $13,870.

    Anyway, that price for replacing the water pump sounds like typical dealer service department high prices. Call around next time to some of the independent repair shops and have them give you a quote.

    I know it's too late to do anything about your Cruiser repairs but you may have something go wrong with a vehicle later.
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