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Alternator/generator/regulator Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 13 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 03/19/2014

About 10-15 times over a period of about 6 months I have had repeated, irregular, intermittent malfunctions as follows. All have had the same characteristics. At different speeds, different times, different acceleration, different drivers, etc. The electrical system and engine go out momentarily then in about 1 second is restored. Rarely it is not restored for 4-5 seconds. Headlights stay on but all other electrical systems turn off fleetingly. The instrument lights go off and the dials drop to zero then almost immediately power is restored, instruments resume their previous levels and everything returns to normal. There is no sputtering, backfiring or warning of an impending event. There is no consistent circumstance which precipitates this malfunction. I have taken it twice to the dealer but the malfunction has never recurred while they were driving and alternator, battery, etc. All check out normally. This problem sounds very similar to the currently identified gm malfunction. . Are the electrical harnesses made by the same company?.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
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.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2007 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 09/03/2013

We were coming to a stop and there was a pop under the hood the entire vehicle shut off, and then started right back up since that incident our lights contiunously blink inside and outside the car and our radio has a mind of itsd own it works when it wants to. . . We have replaced the battery and the posts we have also replaced the alternator. . . We have had it tested several different times and nobody can seem to diagnose the problem. . .

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 03/05/2013

Driving in a snow storm when all dash lights came on - and gauges dropped. Repeatedly went off and on. Car eventually stalled. This happened repeatedly in spite of having many things replaced (battery alternator and ignition) when the weather warmed the problem seemed to be resolved but during the first snow this winter, it happened again. Now this occurs frequently. Seldom occurs before 20 minutes of driving. Randomly occurs making detection nearly impossible. No definitive answers from computer testing. Judging from other complaints, this appears to be a common problem.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 07/29/2011

Purchased a used 2009 Pt Cruiser in may 2011, with 37,000 miles. Approximately 2 months and 3,000 miles later the instrument cluster on the dash started to light up like a christmas tree. First the seatbelt light came on, then the whole cluster lit up and then the seatbelt light came on and went off. The speedometer and tachometer also dropped. I thought this might be an alternator problem, but it checked out ok and I did not have the problem again for a few more months. This time it flashed on and off approximately 3 times. Today, 10/29/11, at 49,000 it happened approximately 10 times. I did not lose power or acceleration, but at one point I did feel a hiccup in the acceleration. I have heard that several people have stalled out in traffic and that the dealerships cannot explain this. I looks like there is a problem and Chrysler needs to address it.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 08/25/2010

My 05 Chrysler Pt Cruiser (that I bought 3 months ago!) has started to not start on me. I will come out from work, and it is completely dead. Battery completely drained. I get a jump, and it will run, but is then sluggish at first. This has happened now at least 3 x a week for a month. I have replaced the battery, and was told by Chrysler that it is the alternator, but I went to two other mechanics for confirmation and both told me it is not the alternator. This means the dealership I was at pretty much had no clue, or didn't want to admit the issue. I have since looked around, and I see on blogs that this is a recurring issue for many other Pt Cruiser owners. I just want mine fixed.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 06/26/2010

I own a 2005 Pt Cruiser; I have 134,000 miles on the car, and keep it serviced regularly. I have had numerous issues with safety factors concerning this vehicle since October 2009. December 2009 my timing belt went out on interstate. I lost control of the vehicle as the vehicle was traveling 70 mph. I had it repaired by a certified mechanic, which included a new water pump. I continued to have overheating issues, and continued to have diagnostics and nothing could be identified as the problem. February 2010: I had to have valves seals repaired due to them leaking oil onto the engine which was a potential fire hazard. This was done by a certified mechanic. April 2010: I continued to have overheating issues. I was also now having electrical issues where my taillights were continuously blowing the bulbs completely out, to where the bulbs would be broken and I would have no lights at all on the back of my vehicle, there were times this would occur at night which was a serious safety issue. May 2010: I brought my vehicle back to Chrysler dealer; again nothing could be resolved. June 2010: brought the car back for diagnostics. The dealer kept the vehicle all day. The dealer concluded that the cooler sensor and sensor plug needed replaced, and tail light receptors were changed out. June 2010: alternator went out and it was replaced, and also installed a new battery. When traveling I set my cruise control on 55. The cruise control took over my acceleration and in no my vehicle accelerated to 115+ mph, I could not turn off the cruise control, the brakes failed to work, the key would not turn off. I finally pulled the e-brake to slow the car, and had to put the car into neutral, then into park. It was not until I managed to get the car into park that the vehicle stopped accelerating by itself. I turned off the vehicle. I feel these issues need to be addressed. These safety issues are of a serious nature. Your time in looking into this.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 06/21/2009

I have a 2004 Pt Cruiser which I bought in Nov 2005. First incident, rear left passenger window stopped working. Headlights and brake lights burn out very rapidly. Latest "big" problem started in June 2009, brother noticed my fog lamps on, not only had I not turned them on, I never used them before. Thought it was a random incident but battery kept dying. Finally determined in July 2008 by mechanic that the switch arm was malfunctioning and needed to be replaced. Told by dealership are back ordered and to "just unplug the lights" to fix. Mechanic replaced, thought problem solved. Then panel kept claiming door ajar. No door was open!!! mechanic replaced door latch. Thought problem solved. Went out to car on 1/19/09, it was gone. City towed it due to complaint of my alarm going off and not shutting off. Cost me $234 to reclaim and find alarm is malfunctioning and battery being drained again!! interior lights going off and on while driving. So far since June 2009, (battery, alternator, switch arm, door latch, towing) have spent about $1000 in repairs. I have yet to find out cost of alarm and obvious electrical repairs to come. Until reading other complaints, had no idea the smell of burning I have smelt on occasion may actually be coming from my own car. Do yourself a favor, don't ever buy a Chrysler.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 02/16/2008

I have had problems with this car more than any other new vehicle I've owned. I had ac compressor problems still under warranty. . . I replaced the alternator and battery at 36700 miles. Now, both front wheel hub and bearing assemblies are shot, and will be replaced at 43,000 miles. I bought this car new, and it is my 3rd and last Chrysler product. I had an 2002 pt, this 2005 cruiser, and I've got an 2006 cruiser that is starting to show signs of wheel bearing issues.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 09/03/2007

This is in concern to a 2006 Pt Cruiser touring purchased at bob schwartz Chrysler in March 2007; bunker hill, in. Short time after the vehicle was purchased, attempted to start vehicle and it would not start: (make note this vehicle has approxiamately 16,500 miles on it now). Took the vehicle back to dealer and new battery was installed, this happen multiple times without problem being resolved(bob schwartz x4, precision auto, crow's auto, and ****wabash valley Chrysler; 1st case****). 2 cases have been opened with Chrysler corporation (auburn hills, mi). 1st case resulted in another new battery and alternator being replaced (oct 2013). 2nd case is ongoing with no resolution in sight. Vehicle is now back at original dealership for diagnostics and have not found a solution. At all instances we have incurred multiple diagnostic, cost of towing vehicle, battery cost, CO-pays and never been offered a rental car to offset the undue burden this has caused. **** schwartz service department indicated to us before last service (bob schwartz) that prior to our purchase of the vehicle; it had previously been serviced for an electrical problem and this was not disclosed at the time of purchase. ******this vehicle was purchased at bob schwartz Chrysler; since then with regard to this intermittent electrical problem, this car over the course of 2007 to present has been at bob schwartz x2, precision auto, crow's auto, back to bob schwartz, wabash valley Chrysler (ie. 1st case with Chrysler corporation 2013) and now back to bob schwartz (ie. 2nd case with Chrysler corporation).

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
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 image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 12
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.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 13
Failure Date: 06/30/2003

2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser: the battery light keeps coming on. I've taken to dealer four time now for that problem. Had the battery replaced twice. Had the regulator in the computer replaced. I am still having problems. The transmission had to be replaced. It is a manual transmission. Had the clutch replaced. All of this due to faulty parts! the vehicle keeps pulling to the right. Had it fixed once and it still pulls. The date entered is when everything started.

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