Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 26 problems related to horn assembly (under the electrical system category).
There are a few issues with my car and the local dealer says they may be related. Stalling while driving: this has happened twice within 2-3 months. First time I was on a highway off ramp slowing to stop. Not sure of my speed, but I noticed it stalled as I was almost to the light. I stopped and the car started up fine. The second time was 1-2 months later in Jan. 2017. I was driving in town about 30 mph and shifted (automatic) from 3rd to drive. I pushed the gas to speed up and realized the car had stalled. Once again it started back up just fine. Malfunctioning instrument cluster: this has been an intermittent problem since probably 2011 or 2012. The dials on the guages will swing back and forth wildly. Dash light will flash on and off. Sometimes the cluster makes a popping sound like it is popping popcorn inside there. Trouble starting: for a few years now (possibly matching the timing of the cluster problem) it can take 2-3 tries to start the car. This is intermittent. I don't hear a sound that it is struggling to start, it just does nothing when I turn the key. Horn malfunctioning: this has only happened a few times, but when I go to give a quick honk, it sticks and sounds like I'm giving someone a loooong honk. The stalling while driving is obviously a safety risk. The local dealer said I should get the instrument cluster replaced with a refurbished one because it could be causing the stalling. "electrical problems can cause strange things to happen" I was told. I bought my car brand new and have taken very good care of it. Other than for tires, I only take it to the Chrysler dealer. It has only 54,000 miles. It is a great car, until now. I can no longer drive my toddler son in it for fear of an accident. I spent $700 on maintenance & repairs a month ago and now the dealer wants me to spend about $550 on something that may take care of the stalling.
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The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving at 35 mph, the left turn signal was activated and the contact noticed smoke coming from the left turn signal switch near the instrument panel. In addition, the contact stated that the fog lights remained illuminated and the contact had to lift the steering wheel upwards in order to engage the horn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failures recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 30,000. The VIN was unavailable.
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The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving various speeds during inclement rain weather, the front and rear wipers failed. In addition, the horn failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the tipm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.
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Purchased vehicle a couple of years ago with about 32,000 miles, everything has been great until a couple of weeks ago. At about 41,000 vehicle has started stalling when moving, horn will not quit, starting issues and dash lights flash on and off. This is a very dangerous issue and I have read most of the prior 60 complaints dating back to 2010 and nothing has been done by Chrysler . I have heard on the national news that there is finally a recall with this vehicle but my VIN # is not included for some reason.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speed, the horn failed to operate without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the alarm system goes off consistently and the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the lock spring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 151,000. Pam.
I had stopped at a ssignal light and was hit in an front /head on crash there was no air bag deployment - thecar was deemed as a total lost per my insurance the damage was front left finder - hood = bumper - grill left suspension parts radiator oil cooler and frame I feel that if the car is going to sustain that much damage the car would have deployed the air bags. I have seen cars that the airbags deployed when hit hard enough to scuff the front bumper also the horn would like to stick when depressed some time the horn would sound some time the horn would not make any sound till you beat the darn thing.
While driving on a major interstate, and crossing a bridge across the columbia river with no shoulder, the cars electrical system went haywire. All the gauges started to cut in and out (gas, speed and rpm all the dash lights came on), and then the car stalled and died. There was an 18 wheeler directly behind me and he saw my flashers and I was frantically honking my horn because I thought I was about to die. He was able to get out of the way, but there was another 18 wheeler directly behind him and that one nearly hit us. This would have easily killed me and my family ( a beautiful 16 month old daughter and a beautiful wife who is a newly graduated dvm. Miraculously the car restarted during my panic, and I was able to drive off. I immediately took the car to the dealership , and told them of the problem. . Read more...
The contact rented a 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving 45 mph the contact pushed the horn and received an electrical shock. The contact was injured due to the shock. She spoke with the branch manager and was advised that there was nothing that could be done. The failure and current mileages were not available.
Electrical short / failure in the car horn (simultaneously affecting the lcd of the clock/radio). Issue stems from some electrical wiring in the steering column; not sure how the two are relates but when I bang on my steering wheel the lcd comes back and the horn is functional again. Potential safety hazard as it affects the horn and ability to avoid accidents. No known fix from manufacturer alarms me.
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2001 Pt Cruiser. Horn and radio/clock display intermittent. When the radio/clock display is dark, the horn is inoperative. This happens often. Sometimes the horn does not work for several weeks, other times for only a short time. Two repair shops looked at it, but the problem cleared by it self, and they could not find anything.
My 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruisers horn is not loud enough . The dealership said that is the way the horn is . Chrysler failed to add the second tone horn on this vehicle . They only put the low tone horn in these cars . Many times I have used my horn to warn other vehicles of a potential accident , only to have them ignore my weak horn . I have had to take evasive action to avoid these accidents .
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2001 Pt Cruiser. Horn and radio display light intermittent . When the radio display light goes out so does the horn.
Chrysler 2006 Pt Cruiser touring edition. Horn very hard to operate ,takes more effort to make this horn work from the steering wheel than most cars.
My led light on the radio and the horn both cease to work at the same time. We have replaced fuses, lights and radios. Still no working horn.
Horn will not blow unless excessive force in used and only in certain spots.
: the contact stated the horn in the vehicle functioned intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the horn mechanism in the steering column was replaced. The problem persisted following the replacement.
The horn is hard to locate and blow. Terrible fuel mileage - 4 cyl car only gets 16 mpg and eats gas badly. Anyway I am currently fighting Chrysler corporation because of their manufacturing error they put the wrong engine in my new 2006 Pt Cruiser convertible - touring edition. Chrysler's book, brochures etc. Clearly state that nothing but a standard 2. 4l 180hp turbo engine is to go in this car and Chrysler put a regular (non-turbo) engine in this car. Chrysler lies and says that the downgraded non-turbo engine is an option. But there is no optional engine available for this car and another engine is not supposed to go in the car. Chrysler refuses to give me the correct car that I am currently paying for etc. Chrysler corp. Continue to lie and give customers a very hard time.
Car horn hard to locate and blow. Very low fuel mileage - only get 16 mpg on a 2. 4l non-turbo engine-eats gas badly. Sometimes seems like the engine wants to stall. Have complained to dealership and Chrysler corporation - but mainly because Chrysler manufacturers put a non-turbo engine in my 2006 Pt Cruiser conv. Touring when only a turbo engine is to be in this car. Chrysler refuses to give me the correct car and take this manufacturing error car back. They are lying and saying that the 150 hp(non-turbo) engine is an option engine. There is no other engine as an option for this car - I have their book and other documents. I am currently seeking help to get the correct car with the turbo engine I am paying for. Chrysler does not care and gives their customer a hard time.
Currently fyi. Have to take the car in to dealership when a part comes in on an unrelated reason. Will alert dealer of my problem then, so it has not yet been seen by a mechanic. On father's day I had a woman make a left turn in front of me, and stopped. I tried to blow my horn to get her out of my way while trying to mover our of her path. Horn failed. Tried to blow the horn when I got home, and can hear the switch click, but no horn. Seems to be a common complaint just from people who knows about this site, do not know how common of a complaint it is from others. This is a safety device where one failure due to design is too many.
: the contact stated the spot on the steering wheel that activates the horn is hard to find. The vehicle has not been seen by a mechanic.
: the contact stated there is only a small area on the steering wheel to activate the horn. When the vehicle was taken to the dealership they replaced the steering wheel but this did not correct the problem. The manufacturer was alerted. Updated 3/22/2006 - the manufacturer was notified of the problem.
The horn on this 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser only works intermittently and only when you hit a place on the wheel extremely hard. Several times I have had to feel around on the wheel pushing and pushing to make it work. In a situation where the horn is necessary it is too late. I was told by my dealer when I had it in to be fixed two times that this is a common problem with the new Pt Cruiser and that it was the major complaint from consumers. I did not have the problem with my 2002 model. I do not use the horn often but as a warning to avoid incidents. It is a necessary part of the vehicle. I am concerned that a design flaw may cause an accident or injury. Please see if you can inform Chrysler. Thank you.
My 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser horn does not work all the time. When the radio display is on, the horn works , when the radio display goes out, the horn will not honk. There has been 3 times when we needed it to work and it would not. The local Chrysler dealer changed out the radio and said they fixed a horn wire, but 2 weeks later it was broken again.
Consumer states that when ever there is a critical or emergency situation while driving and brakes and horn are pressed at the same time horn does not honk but spatters.
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When driving and suddenly stopping is needed, and the horn is necessary to be used, horn only bleats out a sputtering noise.
2006 Pt Cruiser horn sometimes will not work. The dealer informed the consumer the horn must be applied a certain way.
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