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Steering Column Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 11 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 06/08/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle, the key would not turn in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired on two occasions but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 01/20/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. While driving various speeds with the fog lamp light illuminated there was a burning rubber smell. The following day, while driving approximately 35 mph she also smelled burning rubber; however, after she parked the vehicle smoke was coming from the vehicle. The dealer was contacted and they stated that several Pt Cruisers exhibited the identical failure which was caused by a switch in the steering column. The manufacturer stated that their special investigation unit will contact her to see what caused the smoke. They also advised her not to have the vehicle repaired or towed. The failure and current mileages were 51,000.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 05/24/2009

May of 2009, car would not start. No clicks, nothing. Then after several tries, turned over. Progressively got worse until had to have the car towed to shop. Mechanic advised it was the entire steering column and Chrysler told them to look at a junk yard. Cost several hundred dollars to replace. Starting to have identical problem almost 1 year later. Low miles, one owner. Scared to go anywhere because car won't start.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 04/05/2008

Been experiencing a vibration in my car, and upon several attempts on finding that problem I was told that my steering wheel was loose. Upon taking it to the dealer, I was informed that the whole steering column would have to be replaced. Seems to me to be too soon to have this done on 2006 model with 33,000 miles. Still haven't found the vibration problem yet.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 10/10/2007

The clockspring in my steering column broke. I noticed a rubbing noise and the steering wheel would stick when I turn the wheel to the right. The right turn signal when activated would not turn off when the steering wheel is turned in the opposite direction. I took it to the dealer and had the clockspring replaced at my expense. The dealer told me that the airbag would not deploy until the clockspring is replaced. For a item to fail on a vehicle that involves safety equipment and not be replaced at the manufactures expense is quite irresponsible and careless for the publics safety.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 08/23/2007

When adjusting the steering column, or turning right or left, the radio and horn are disabled. Pulling or pushing the steering column will enable the radio and horn. The dealership worked on this problem, and at one point thought it was corrected, however, after securing a loose wire that corrected the horn problem the technician wanted the car to remain at the dealership overnight so as to confirm the correction in the morning with a cold start. The technician determined that the correction failed, and the dealership recommended replacing the steering column. This correction is at the cost of the owner. I was advised that on the day that my car was service another pt owner brought her car to the dealership with the indentical problem.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 04/15/2006

I began hearing a popping noise from the steering column at approximately 25000 miles. At 27000 miles, I took the vehicle to the dealer, who diagnosed the problem as a bad rack & pinion unit. The dealer replaced the unit under warranty. At 30000 miles, the noise returned. I returned to the dealer, who re-diagnosed the problem as a defective steering column. The dealer replaced the steering column under warranty.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 04/22/2005

I have had my Chrysler Pt Cruiser in the shop for the same steering column noise 4 times. In 2 times they have scratched my steering wheel twice . They replaced the steering wheel already once. I took the car back in on Friday April 22 and I received the car back tonight. I saw 2 scratches on the steering wheel again I immediately took the car back to the dealership to have the service rep look at the steering wheel. I'm not happy that I have to keep bringing the car back in for the same thing, I would like to register the pt under the lemon law.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 03/15/2004

When turning the steering wheel towards the left the steering wheel skipped. Consumer notified the dealer about this issue.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 07/04/2003

The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact's wife was involved in an accident where the break away design of the steering wheel caused a fatal injury. The police ruled that the fatality occurred as overcorrecting. The contact stated he knew of another case within a ten mile radius where the same type of fatality happened.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
Failure Date: 11/20/2001

Car pulls to the right and vibration. Dealer has switched tires from front to back, side to side, and have replaced 4 original tires and 7 additional tires. Dealer still claims it is a tire problem instead of something is wrong with vehicle. Vehicle still has a pull and vibration. Steering column squeaks. Steering column replace, lubed and still have a squeak. ***dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***763033.