Starter Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 11 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category).

car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 02/01/2014

I drove 15 miles an pulled at 55 mph into oskaloosa IA reduced speed to 35 down to 25 an thought I smelled something burning like wires an antifreeze ,black smoke rolled out from under neath my hood on passenger side put in park popped hood opened hood flames coming from underneath engine in front of alternator grabbed snow throwing it on flames called 911 got fire extinguisher sprayed got fire out fire dept. Showd looked they said smelt like wiring& antifreeze burnt smell . Then looked in side of car keys in my hand dash lights all lite up an flashing . Fireman said electrical melted the windshield washer fluid container . Cause car was off we discounted battery took neg off laid it where nothing touch an went take pos. Off sparks shot out of neg. Cable end. The day before at nite I put brake on in car an head lights flickered never done that before . They'd dim bright while driving. Fog lights kept burning out they came on when car was off. Several times. I replaced alternator/ starter/battery/ valvecover/ all 3 sensors/ new headlamps they were so dim with new even. Ud even get scked just checkin engine oil dip stick. Replaced struts &schocks an both tie rod ends bearings. All since Nov 2013.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 01/21/2014

The issues started at the end of November early December 2013. My car battery was unable to hold a charger and my car continuously would not start. I spent about 200 to have the alternator and starter tested as well as get a new battery put into my car. I then had the same situation happen the mechanic tried a new battery and my car worked for a week. Then it died again the mechanic sent me to an electrician the electrician still claimed it was the battery. Then today I had the car jump started again only to find I got not even half a mile from where I was and my car lights all over started flickering then my car completely shut off to the point my emergency four ways would not even work this happened right at a green light my car wasn't even stopped. This happened late at night so it was dark out and I had to call 911 because I was unsafe and so was anyone else trying to get down the road because I had no ability to signal to people in a safe way to move into the other lane. I have also found numerous reports by people driving my year and other years of the same make and model who have had very similar issues to mine. With a constant response of being told that there either is no problem with the car or they can say there is because they cannot duplicate the problem at the time. These cars are walking death traps to there owners when this happens cause it comes out of nowhere with no explanation and the company/dealer refuses to acknowledge the problem. I really don't think it is right for this to go unspoken any longer because if no one has been killed by it yet its a huge chance someone will/could! a vehicle cannot be perfectly fine if it just quits while driving for no reason at all.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 12/30/2013

I got the car 6 months ago and have had nothing but problems. All the dash lights come on and the gauges go to zero. It has almost caused me to be in an accident, it died in the middle of a busy intersection, it has died while I'm stopped at a red light and happens at various speeds, I've replaced the, alternator, starter, gauge cluster and some other small things and nothing is working. I've seen a lot of people with the same problem, Chrysler should be doing something about this, I don't know what to do anymore with it, I'm not rich I can't afford a new car or to keep putting money into the car.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 05/20/2013

Dashboard lit up, engine stopped, vehicle slowed allowing me to make a right turn out of traffic. Was able to restart engine. Car history prior to incident on the road. No mechanical incidents, however engine cranking problems. Battery previously replaced and starter replaced on 05/28/2013 by mcx auto service center, mcas miramar, san diego, CA. , 92145, phone number (858) 536-1684. Since, first stalled incident, engine failure of the same has happened 3 more times, all in light street traffic with no injuries. Vehicle restarted after each incident. Latest incident August 01, 2013 at 4:30 pm. Internet research has provided me with information and a video of symptoms pertaining to the ignition actuator switch and pin. This video shows exact symptoms of my car and also how to replace switch. Please advise on recall information replacement or a potential safety problem being evaluated for recall. Very respectfully, john shadwell.

car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 02/23/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that when braking to a stop with the air conditioning unit activated, the vehicle would start to idle roughly. When shifting into reverse, the air conditioning unit would shut off. The contact also stated that the vehicle would sporadically refuse to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed but the starter was replaced. The vehicle was in need of additional repairs unknown to the contact. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 06/15/2011

Parked 2002 Pt Cruiser in shopping center. Upon return vehicle was completely dead. Pushed to adjacent goodyear dealer (remained 3 days) said it needed a new battery, starter & #11 fuse. All replaced and when backing out of goodyear, vehicle died & #11 fuse again blew. Owner had old starter examined elsewhere and found it to be in perfect working order. Goodyear replaced old starter plus repaired battery ground cable. Drove 45 miles to doctor and vehicle died when stopping in lot. Tarzana goodyear came, replaced #11 fuse and drove to their garage. Unable to detect any problem. Owner drove vehicle home with no problem. Wife drove vehicle to dentist & when pulling out of lot and in with flow of traffic, vehicle died. #11 fuse replaced and drove home. Later took vehicle to crown Chrysler in ventura, CA & signed contract for $100. 00 bench fee for them to locate problem. Vehicle remained there "sisxteen days" until crown refused to check any further until owner would sign contract to pay $500. 00 for further diagnosis. Crown said that it might need $700. 00 power train control module. Crown advised that once installed, if that was not the problem, they would not remove it & owner would incur $700. 00 plus installation charge. Vehicle was then brought to owner's residence where it remains garaged. Please assist in this matter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thank you.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 09/09/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. Whenever the vehicle was started, the lights would illuminate, but the engine would not turn over. The dealer stated that the starter needed to be replaced. The starter has been replaced three times within the same month, but the failure persists. The current mileage was 106,000 and failure mileage was 102,000.

car image   Starter problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 07/07/2007

We own a 2003 Pt Cruiser. It has manifested three separate problems, all of which are similar to complaints I have found from others on the internet: first, the "check engine" light comes on. The dealer said we needed to click the gas cap. We did that, but the light came back on. Second, the fog light switch failed such so that the lights turned on without the switch being touched. We discovered the problem only after the battery had been drained, stranding my wife at work. I "fixed" this problem by pulling the fuse on the fog lights. I have read complaints in which this faulty switch has actually started fires. Third, we have the infamous intermittent starting"problem. I have replaced the starter and the battery. I checked alternator function and integrity of all cable connections to the starter. Then I read others' complaints and have found there is no available solution. The problem became more and more frequent, and now the vehicle is dead in the driveway. Our vehicle has only 54,000 miles on it, and we believe we should expect many more miles from it. We are afraid to take it to a dealer and have hundreds of dollars worth of fruitless diagnostics done on it. We still owe $1,800 to Chrysler financial for the car. It pains us to make payments on a vehicle that is a lump in our driveway. We would like to have the vehicle repaired at no charge, assuming the manufacturer has found a solution. Although the vehicle is currently out of warranty, the problem began to occur long before the warranty expiration, but we could not get it to repeat for the dealer. Is there a "secret warranty" for this issue? we cannot find a full-text TSB to find out.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 05/19/2007

I have been having trouble with my p. T. Cruiser with problem starting. It has gone on for many years. I was looking for information on any recalls. It was said it was the starter, but the problem continued speratically. I still do not know what the problem is. The car wont start but there is connection with the battery. I have been told its the manufactures alarm having a kill switch, that it may be electrical, the fog lights do ot turn off unless the fuse is pulled and it drains my battery. The dealer I bought it from went out of business. I want to know if Chrysler has had any issues with this type of car. Since they are not making them anymore.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 01/01/2007

My '02 Pt Cruiser has had many incidents over the past 4 years. The instrument panel occassionally flickers or does not light up at all. The radio display/clock feature will turn off while music is still playing. Headlights dim when radio/instrument panel is changed. The abs failed on the interstate whlie going 65mph. The car slid for a long time, causing a large bald spot on all 4 tires. Then subsequently the car shut off and took a few minutes before the car was able to turn back on. The starter has died 3 times, each time being replaced. The car gets roughly 13mpg at all times. There is no safety under the seat to prevent rolling objects from rolling into the front seat and potentially affecting the use of pedals. The car frequently does not allow me to turn the key. I have had all of these problems, even while taking excellent care of my vechicle.

car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
Failure Date: 11/21/2003

Trans shifter failed causing vehicle to lock up. The dealer stated the starter malfunction, but the consumer disagreed.

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