Battery problems of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Nine problems related to battery have been reported for the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser.

car   Battery problem 1
Failure Date: 08/05/2010

I own a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. I purchased it used in 2006. It's been in the shop numerous times because the battery keeps going bad. In 4 years I've replaced the battery 3 times. Today I was almost in a serious accident. I was driving and it just stalled in traffic! it just died, like it ran out of gas. This vehicle is a safety hazard! I called a tow truck it's in the shop tonight. Mechanic thinks it's the pcm/ powertrain control module, cost around $1000. 00!!.

car   Battery problem 2
Failure Date: 01/10/2010

Web site topix will confirm the incredible # of folks that have had fog lamps turn on after car is shut down causing battery drain. 100's have paid for replacement part multi-function switch. This controls fog, head, accessory, & dash lighting. To prevent the fog lamps from coming on by themselves, most have removed fuse # 8 to remove the fog lamps from the circuit. People report smoke coming from turn signal lever, & the complete loss of all lighting is quite common. I personally have replaced the multi-function switch 3 times on my wife's 2001 p. T. Cruiser with only 50,000 total miles & she being original owner. By parking her car minus fuse # 8, not using dome lighting, & always parking with the signal lever in the down or left turn position has prevented the mystery fog lamp issue, & kept her battery functioning. This "temp" solution has allowed her about 6 or 8 months of driving w/o the problems other pt owners struggle with. Sooner or later someone will lose lighting or a fire will occur inside the steering wheel which will cause serious injury, loss of vehicle & possibly death. Chrysler denies any knowledge, but wants more than $1,000. 000 to analyze & repair. Through the topix p. T forum I was able to learn how to do the work myself for far less than $100. Many are getting ripped off for hundreds while Chrysler knows full well of the issue. No less than an investigation, perhaps started with the topix forum will demonstrate the incredible number of failures that still plague the p. T. On later models such as 2001 thru 06 or 08. Also need 3rd. Brake job, & the rims do not seal causing low tires that hurt mpg. Driving comfort, & safety. Dealer & I have tried michelin tires hoping the problem was with the factory installed goodyears. I still hear every 100 miles or so that my wife's p. T needs additional air pressure. ## VIN passed ## 2001 Chrysler p. T cruiser ##.

car   Battery problem 3
Failure Date: 03/20/2009

Unexplainable complete battery drain began in 08/2008. Discovered in 03/2009 that the fog lights were coming on and staying on when car was on as well as when off and parked thus, causing the battery drain. Only way to keep fog lights off was to engage the left turn signal or remove the fuse. Took to dealer 03/21/2009 and found the issue is with the multifunction switch, with a replacement cost of $269. Went ahead with the replacement as I do use the fog lights. Have searched internet and have found many, many cases of this exact part defect. Chrysler should recall.

car   Battery problem 4
Failure Date: 06/16/2008

Driving light switch failing causing driving lights to come on when switch is not activated resulting in battery drain. Has happened three times in the past 2 weeks. Pulled fuse rather than pay to have fixed.

car   Battery problem 5
Failure Date: 03/30/2006

Defective fog light switch suddenly fails & goes off and on at random running down the battery totally. This electrical problem results in owner being stranded and destroying the battery. Dealer also does not stock part & says it will be a week to get parts. Fog lamp is wired direct, therefore fuse slot shown in owners manual is not operational so fuse cannot be removed to temporarily correct problem. Now waiting for parts!!.

car   Battery problem 6
Failure Date: 03/24/2006

2 years into my ownership, my car began having failures, my egr valve had to be replaced 3 times, the "brain" in the car was replaced, the battery was replaced,the fog lights started going on and staying on, the car broke down on the highway and overheated, thermostat had to be replaced, pipe carrying circulating coolant rusted completely out, o ring was replaced,manual transmission began being difficult to shift, fluid leaks,low fluid, plug is recommended to be replaced.

car   Battery problem 7
Failure Date: 11/17/2004

For weeks (or months) prior to failure, I experienced occasional instances of fog lights activating upon engaging the right turn signal. Fog lights would go off after completing turn and signal automatically disengaged. It is noted that I virtually never make use of the fog lights. On day of failure, there was a pronounced odor about 1 hour into a long trip (like nylon rope burning). Fog lights activated and could not be turned off regardless of controller setting for other lights. Fog lights would not turn off even after car was shut down and key removed. After brief rest stop (during which manual was researched to learn what fuse must be pulled to avoid draining battery), returned to car to find that lights had gone off on their own. Neither fog lights nor high beams worked any longer, once car was started. The next day, upon disassembly of steering column housing and removal of multi-function switch, I discovered that an internal, spring-loaded contact on the back of the multi-function switch, located near the steering column, had melted/fused. Dealer advised that multi-function switch must be replaced (at cost of ~$103 for part). Self-repaired, with no further problems (yet). Old part has been saved. Thankful that plastic switch did not actually catch fire, and that main lights (low beams only) remained operational during remainder of long, night-time trip.

car   Battery problem 8
Failure Date: 03/01/2004

Purchased 7/00. Experienced 3 separate issues w/ electrical system. 1st year of ownership 1)parking lights remained on when lights were off, resulting in tow, and replaced battery. 3rd year of ownership: 2)door ajar light on, bell dinging, interior light remains on and all doors are securely shut. Resulted in tow and battery replacement. Dealership said battery defective. 6mos later, same dinging problem occuring. Warranty expired. Prev dealer bankrupt, new dealer stating same defective battery.

car   Battery problem 9
Failure Date: 05/30/2002

Hello, I would like to make a complaint aginist optima batteries. I worked for optima batteries as a maintenance tech from 11/00 to 1/04 optima has a contract with Chrysler to build batteries for the pt curisers. The problem is that some of the batteries that went in the cars leaked. The batteries fit some were in the passenger aera of the car it would let out acid fumes inside the car. I have seen the batteries sent down production line if they failed the leak test machine. During April of 2002 I called chrylser corp and spoke to stacy johnson 248-944-0608 and told her about the bad batteries and that they were not at qs5000. After that I still seen the leakers go to chrylser corp. If you need more info please call me at 303-650-9341 I can help out more because I no longer work for optima thank you george hecker.