Three problems related to battery dead have been reported for the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser.
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving at any speed, the exterior lights dimmed and occasionally the headlights would shut off. Currently, the fog lights remain illuminated and cause the battery to fail. He also stated that by retapping the directional lights would make the other lights brighter. He has replaced the battery. He was informed by the dealer that there were no recalls and the vehicle was out of warranty. The current mileage was 109,000 and failure mileage was 79,000.
Pt cruiser 2001 (car) will continue to run with key out of ignition. Safety issue: car cannot be stopped occurrences: has happened approximately 6+ times since problem initially brought to dealers attention in 2002 Chrysler support: essentially not responding with correct solutions over the last 24 months to local dealer who cannot resolve this defect dealer has attempted to repair this on 3 occasions with different solutions - however problem continues to occur dealer gave me specific instructions that if car did this again, I could stop it by removing fuse #11 - after a set of recent sequential failures on 12/4/04 where I used this technique until I could contact the dealer on Monday morning; vehicle battery died and needed to be re-started; responding mechanic advise me the procedure for removing fuse #11 was dangerous and could cause arcing in the car's electrical system and possibly a fire and complete destruction of the onboard computer. Most recent event occurred on 12/4/04 with key out of ignition, car still running. - utilized dealer technique of removing fuse #11, battery died.
Bought an early 2001 Pt Cruiser. About one year after purchase, battery fails, car would not start, jump starting did not work. Towed it it dealer and they replaced battery and said it was faulty. About a year after this occured, it happened again, dealer still says it is the battery's fault. It happened again on August 22, 2001 and I put a spare battery in car and drove to dealership. Again they said that the battery was faulty. I believe there is an electrical problem with the car.