Alternator/generator/regulator Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser
Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 8 problems linked to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
The car involved was a 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 3A8FY48939_. 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. It was July 29, 2011 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred.
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#2 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
The car involved is a 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser convertible. 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. This problem occurred on Sat., Feb. 16, 2008.
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#3 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 3C3EY55E05_. 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. This issue happened on Aug. 25, 2010.
#4 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. 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. The failure date was Saturday, Jun. 26, 2010.
#5 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
The vehicle is a 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. 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. It was 06/21/2009 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred.
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#6 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
The vehicle having this issue was a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. 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. This alternator/generator/regulator problem happened on Friday, Nov. 21, 2003.
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#7 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
The vehicle was a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 3C8FY78G23_. 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 Cruiserâ€™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 â€˜flickerâ€™ or an erratic throttle control â€˜flickerâ€™ 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. It was November 18, 2004 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred.
#8 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser
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. This problem occurred on Monday, June 30, 2003.
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Other Electrical System related problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Electrical System problems||99|
|Dash Wiring problems||23|
|Horn Assembly problems||20|
|Instrument Panel problems||17|
|Battery Dead problems||15|
|Underhood Wiring problems||8|
|Car Will Not Start problems||5|
|Starter Solenoid problems||5|
|Ignition Switch problems||5|
|Electrical Failure problems||4|