Alternator/generator/regulator problems of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser

Three problems related to alternator/generator/regulator have been reported for the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser based on all problems reported for the 2003 Pt Cruiser.

car   Alternator/generator/regulator problem 1
Failure Date: 02/17/2014

Low voltage light came on, lost all power on the highway. I had to hit the shoulder quickly. I then tested code with key (3 clicks off/on) got code p0622 and p2403. . Towed to a shop, to find out the wires from alternator to the computer shorted out, it's a known problem, wiring harness runs along cv shaft and rubs against a bolt near the frame, thus shorting out the charging system and burning out the computer. So now the bill for repairs are almost $650. 00 and lucky we got off the highway in time, almost got hit by a semi cause we lost power so quick. I am glad we didn't get killed. If Chrysler and the government knows this is a problem why is there no recall. . . . . Or a safety warning.

car   Alternator/generator/regulator problem 2
Failure Date: 11/18/2004

Shortly after purchasing our brand new 2003 Pt Cruiser, we noticed the dash lights and headlights would occasionally flicker for no apparent reason. At first, it was very intermittent and we did not pay much attention to it. However, since about the middle of October of 2004, the problem has gotten much worse. Now whenever the brake is applied, the dash lights and the headlights flicker very noticeably, and the frequency of the flickering for no reason has increased dramatically. On November 18, 2004, we took the cruiser into spokane Chrysler to correct the problem (invoice 147545). Spokane Chrysler was very courteous and tried diligently to fix the problem. They replaced the generator, the powertrain control module, and even tried a new battery -- unfortunately, none of their efforts fixed the problem. Spokane Chrysler did discover that this flickering lights defect was not unique to our cruiser. The technician tested several 2002, 2004, and even brand new 2005 Pt Cruisers and found that in each of these models, while not all, but some of them had the same defective electrical system. This problem is particularly disturbing considering the nature of many of the Pt Cruiser’s control systems. The pt is in many respects a fly-by-wire type of vehicle. Everything from throttle control, air/fuel mix, speed control, automatic transmission shifting, traction control, to abs brake control is governed by electronics. The flickering lights are a defect that can clearly be seen, but what about defects that cannot be so easily seen. What about a brake control ‘flicker’ or an erratic throttle control ‘flicker’ that you do not notice until it is too late. Or, what happens if it is pitch dark, you are rounding a curve at 60 mph, and the headlights flicker out and stay out! at this time, the problem has still not been fixed. We feel Chrysler has two options--either fix the defect immediately (this is our preferred choice) or replace the vehicle immediately.

car   Alternator/generator/regulator problem 3
Failure Date: 11/21/2003

Purchased 2003 Pt Cruiser in oct 02. March 03- check engine light came on and engine idled very rough. Brought it in and they said it had a cracked spark plug. Fixed? no. . . June 03 check engine light came on and it idled very rough. Brought it in and they said it needed a new alternator. Fixed? no. Same thing is happening again. Check engine light is on and it is idling very rough.

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