Battery Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 32 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category).

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 08/10/2012

The problem I am having started about 2 months ago, my battery was suddenly drained and I had no idea why. I had to buy a new battery for about $125. When my fog light indicator began to flicker on and off on its own. I'd just press the end of turn signal arm inward towards the steering column and the indicator light went off. Gradually, the pressing process did not work anymore and I discovered that shutting off the car with the left hand turn signal pressed down, at least temporarily solved the problem (so I could do some research on its solution). Not knowing what to do, I brought it into the dealer and for $65 they diagnosed it at a need to replace the multifunction switch which they said required the pulling of steering wheel and over $600 more to fix. I opted out on that, since car has 112,000 miles on it. Then, with a week of very hot 90 degree temperatures, , I found that brand new battery totally drained and began reading the internet posts of the possibility of pulling the fuse. Of course being a USA car, the manual didn't identify the fuse for the fog lamps in the "under the hood" fuse box. It seems that the heat allows the fog lamps to still turn on when the left hand signal arm is pressed downwards. Going further, I found that fuse #8 in the interior dashboard fuse box could be pulled and should solve the problem without further repair. I find it very interesting that Chrysler does not even show you a sketch of the interior fuse box in their owners manual. This approach does mean that the manufacturer of the vehicle is not allowing the buyer (me) to fully enjoy all the features of the vehicle! seems to me that Chrysler corporation has not recalled the defective cars on purpose and needs to have a debacle like Toyota had before they will do the right thing and fix a bad design. .

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 05/02/2012

Faulty multifunction switch module caused fog lights to illuminate while the car was off and in the driveway, resulting in a dead battery. Fog lights came on when I connected jumper cables to external battery. Fog lights go on and off as the light control stem on the multifunction module is wiggled. Removed fog light fuse to prevent recurrence until multifunction module can be repaired/replaced. Internet search and this site indicate this is a persistent and recurring problem across many Pt Cruiser models and years.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 09/24/2011

Driving on interstate my dash lights/gauges went crazy (on/off,on/off). Finally went back to normal. Then in Dec. I went out to start it & nothing, tried to jump it & nothing. . . End up buying new battery & it started right up. This month (may 10 2012) was driving to an appt. & dash lights all came on & then engine quit, pulled off road, turned key to off & back on (car started right up), no more trouble that day. May 13 2012 driving & dash lights would all come on & then go off several times, the engine didn't stop this time. What if I am on interstate again & it does this, injuring someone. I'm not happy with Chrysler, there is no recall. Mileage is 71, 200. Apparently problem seems to be in the steering column, you just shake it or turn key off/on it quits. Don't kav the money to fix & mechanic can't get it to this when he has car.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
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!!.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 06/15/2010

Fog lights on my 2004 Pt Cruiser stay on all the time, draining the battery. Multifunction switch does not turn off the fog lights. Pulled the fuse to disable the circuit and attempting to find a replacement part.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 02/14/2010

Smoke coming from steering column. Fog lights will not turn off. Battery will run down.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
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 image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 12/07/2009

Pcm chip in 2005 Pt Cruiser convertible identified by Chrysler dealership as being the problem. Pcm causes myriad of electrical & transmission problems which Chrysler won't admit to. When any engine light or other alarm indicator goes on in vehicle and I bring it to Chrysler-they simply say there's nothing wrong with vehicle. Then the troubles start. The pcm causes stalling at a red light or at low speeds--got rear ended twice, vehicle not turning over/won't start, drains batteries (replaced it 3 times),(car was towed to Chrysler because it wouldn't start) power steering mechanism leaks (replaced twice) causes electrical problems on dashboard, radio & cd player wont work (cd is stuck in player), causes car lock/alarm system to malfunction (replaced twice) car lock/system has locked me out of my car and fog lights/head lights won't turn off which then drains battery. Chrysler dealership "supposedly" replaced this pcm chip 1. 5 yrs ago and the repair took a month and a half while I waited without a loaner car even though my Chrysler extended warranty allowed me to have one! when I got the car back I noticed that the fog light/headlight indicator light was on and went back to dealer to tell him it's happening again and he indicated that I not ever return to his dealership. Now 1. 5 years later, I have the same problems with my vehicle and it's the pcm chip causing them. I have lost my job from not being able to drive to work while they 'fixed' my car for a month, lost thousand of $$$ repairing this vehicle, my warranty is now expired, am still financing vehicle, but car won't start and is dangerous to drive because it stalls while driving, etc. The car isn't worth 3k and the repairs are in the thousands to fix all the issues. Consumer wants an update on complaint. 1/27/10 updated 02/01/jb.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 10/15/2009

There has been numerous problems with Chrysler Pt Cruiser electrical systems, namely the multifunction control switch seems to overheat and cause an electrical short. This depletes the battery, and has led a number of Pt Cruiser owners to replace the multifunction control switch numerous times or remove the fuses for lights, such as the fog lights. Chrysler knows that there is a systematic problem with their vehicle but are not willing to do anything to resolve the problem. . Read more...

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 07/14/2009

Found 2002 Pt Cruiser with dead battery on occasion, no consistency. Replaced battery (7. 75 years old, 90k miles) after 3rd instance over 2 months, issue resolved for about 2 weeks. Car parked in hot parking lot, fog lights were dim when approaching car. Car would not turn over to start, had it jumped. Upon returning home, went to turn off car, fog lights would not turn off. Fiddling with light switch would make them go off temporarily, then right back on. Found turning left blinker in on position kept fogs off. . Read more...


 
car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
Failure Date: 06/22/2009

Chrysler 2005 Pt Cruiser convertible. Defective multifunction control switch. (turn signal, headlight, fog light lever). Causes fog lights to stay on even when the ignition is off, draining battery on a consistent basis. For now only way to remedy problem is to pull the fuse for the fog lamps. Cannot find a replacement part. Dealer says they ordered 50 replacement parts over 4 months ago, nationwide over 3000 are back-ordered, so Chrysler obviously knows they have a problem.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 12
Failure Date: 05/15/2009

In my 2004 Pt Cruiser-first was unable to turn on light in rain, then all of the lights stopped working, while I was driving. Got it fixed for $600, then fog lamps will not turn off. All of a sudden there is smoke coming from the console, now the only way I can keep my fog lights from draining the battery is to remove the fuse each day. I have heard of both problems occurring in pts with other people.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 13
Failure Date: 04/10/2009

Fog lights came on and stayed on without being turned on, even when car is off. Smoke from steering column. Dead battery. 395 instances of this on one web site. 77,000 miles on a 2004 Pt Cruiser.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 14
Failure Date: 03/23/2009

2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser, the multi-function switch failed and the fog lights on the car remain on even with the switch off and the key out. This drains the battery. This is a known issue, there are over 4000 parts on back-order so many other Pt Cruisers are having the issue.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 15
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 image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 16
Failure Date: 03/10/2009

Fog lights continue to flash without my turning them on. This is my third dead battery? is there a recall?.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 17
Failure Date: 11/01/2008

Failure of multifunction switch: initially the fog lights would come on when the turn signal was engaged. This first began in approximately 11/2008. Initially this happened only occasionally, but became more frequent. Now the fog lights always remain illuminated, even when the car is turned off/parked. This required that I remove the fuse controlling the fog lights so that the battery would not be drained. After researching on many different message boards, it became apparent that this is a very frequent problem with Pt Cruisers. Not only is it annoying, but it is also a potential fire (electrical) hazard. I feel I recall is warranted.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 18
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 image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 19
Failure Date: 04/04/2008

Purchased 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser, touring edition oct 2007 with 26100 miles on it. Only recall was for side glass that was changed, no accidents on carfax or reported otherwise. Car sat for first couple of months and then when we began driving it, had different electrical problems, thought to be low battery, got battery charged. Next and most crucial thing, we were out at dusk in a blinding rain storm and the headlights, windshield wipers, turn signals and a few other things went. I had 3 heads out windows to get to safety, traffic was heavy, couldn't even signal to get off the road safely - it was a hair raising event. I checked the internet and saw hundreds of similar complaints about this vehicle. Checked with Chrysler and told basically to kiss off as I had just imported the car to canada so no warranty although it still has under 28,000 miles on it and of course there is no recall regarding the control module which is what went out. I feel so strongly about this - I could have had a head on collision when I lost my lights and wipers and could have been struck in the rear by someone who didn't know I was turning off the road. It sounds as though many many people have experienced similar things with this vehicle so I feel that it should be investigated. There is obviously a weakness in their electrical systems that needs to be corrected. These vehicles are apparently made in mexico!!.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 20
Failure Date: 06/20/2007

There is a widespread problem with the Chrysler Pt Cruiser wherein the multi-function switch on the column malfunctioned, causing the fog lights to come unexpectedly, completely draining the battery . This problem has been going on for sometime and Chrysler refused to correct it, which would appear to have been caused by defective parts. The repair charge wa s upwards of $200.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 21
Failure Date: 06/01/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that the fog lights activate by themselves and cause her to jump start her battery often. She believes that the cause of failure is the switch control device. The manufacturer advised her to take her vehicle to an authorized dealer and have them diagnose the failure. The contact has not yet gone to the dealer, however, she called them and they told her to bring the vehicle in for inspection. The powertrain and dealer information were unknown. The failure mileage was 75,000 and current mileage was 78,000.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 22
Failure Date: 03/16/2007

I purchased a new 2003 pt gt turbo cruiser and have electrical problems since day one. The battery has been replaced twice and the lights have never stopped flickering since the day I purchased the vehicle. The Chrysler repair facilities were nice to deal with but the problem has never been resolved. I have always liked Chrysler products and throughout the years have purchased quite a few, after this experience this will be my last Chrysler product.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 23
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 image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 24
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 image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 25
Failure Date: 12/06/2005

Nov 19, 2005 I purchased a new lot model 2003 Pt Cruiser with 14 miles on it. At 500 miles I notified the dealership where I bought this vehicle that there was a problem of flickering headlights when any other electric was touched in vehicle, this also happens when nothing is touched. They replaced the battery twice to see if this was the problem, but that didn't help. I have taken the vehicle back to the dealer on at least four occasions but they still cannot find the problem. . I was issued a ticket by the police for this problem and have given a copy to the dealership, the ticket said that the problem is to be fixed or I am supposed to stop driving it. . I took it to another dealership and they reprogrammed it and that hasn't helped either. I need to have this problem fixed or replaced as I am not supposed to use it legally by order of police. The dealership where I purchased my vehicle said that this is just a problem that I will have to learn to live with as it is a problem with 2001,2002,2003,2004 Pt Cruisers. If this is so, then there should be a disclosure when you purchase the vehicles.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 26
Failure Date: 04/08/2005

The instrument cluster, radio, door locks and other items have failed multiple times while driving or idling. We have had the vehicle in 5+ times for repair and the dealer claims they are unable to find anything. We found a recall for this type of problem and the dealer claimed our car was not included. Now, the car does not start even though the dealer has replaced the battery etc.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 27
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 image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 28
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 image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 29
Failure Date: 12/07/2002

Car won't start at times. Had to jump it then it started. Something draining the battery if car sits for a day or two. Changed battery 3 times, still having problem. Bought car brand new, dealer still can't find the problem. Car not reliable. Started having problems not long after I bought it. I've had to charge the battery and then after a few days would have trouble starting.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 30
Failure Date: 10/10/2002

Vehicle has been to two separate dealers for poor fuel mileage. Vehicle is getting less than 15 miles per gallon, when the advertised mpg is between 19 and 27. Vehicle has a foul odor. Both dealers claimed that the computer did not store any codes and that it was running within specifications.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 31
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.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 32
Failure Date: 03/05/2002

Optima battery in newer vehicle year is leaking acid, and one can smell toxic fumes.


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