PT Cruiser Forum  
Advertisements
       

Go Back   PT Cruiser Forum > General Forums > General PT Cruiser Discussions

PT Cruiser Forum

Advertisements
Starting Trouble

 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 28 Dec 2007, 05:13 pm
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7
Question Starting Trouble

Have a 2001 Touring Edition with a strange problem. It sometimes won't start. Cranks OK but will not fire. No codes on computer. Strangest part is, it happens mostly AT NIGHT! Driving me nuts. Sometimes weeks with no problems and then BAM! No start. Try again in morning and starts right up. Anyone ever hear of this problem?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 28 Dec 2007, 09:30 pm
Fanatic Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Secane, PA, USA.
Posts: 530
Exclamation Re: Starting Trouble

Welcome to the forums!
Your problem could be a flakey ignition switch. There are many circuits that connect at different positions of the key. If one of these doesn't make a good connection, the engine may turn over but not get spark and or fuel. The fact that it happens at night could be that the temps are cooler and things contract making the connection worse.
__________________
John & Terry
"His" - 2002 Inferno Red Touring Edition
"Hers" - 2003 Electric Blue Limited Edition
Del Val PT Cruisers
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 28 Dec 2007, 10:25 pm
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7
Default Re: Starting Trouble

Thanks for the reply. I never thought of the ignition switch but I think that might be the problem. The switch is only about $20 and some time so I'll probably try that. I'll let you know if it works. Nice pix.

Last edited by Capecrusher; 28 Dec 2007 at 10:26 pm. Reason: Added info.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 29 Dec 2007, 01:21 pm
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 6,787
Default Re: Starting Trouble

welcome !!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 30 Dec 2007, 11:49 am
quicksilverdon's Avatar
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Felton, Delaware
Posts: 20,501
Default Re: Starting Trouble

Not quite the same symptoms, but I've read a lot of "hard to start" issues. Most of those seem to be helped by:
Put key in, turn to "on".
Listen to "whirring" of electric fuel pump.
When sound stops (a couple of seconds) turn to "start".

TPS could well be correct - you have a lot of "junk" on your keyring? Take it off.
The weight pulls on the lock tumblers.

You don't have original battery do you? On an '01 you ought to be on your second or even third battery. Does it crank over fast or slow?
__________________
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life,
nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
Isaac Asimov"

'05 Limited Turbo Lite, (Silver, of course)4-wheel ABS, Sunroof, Spoiler. Mods: E&G Classic grill, K&N FIPK, BTG duals, rear lowered 1.5", LED washer lights, $20 catch can, Aoogah horn, Weatherflectors, Sunroof Deflector, Fuzzy Dice, rear logo flames, rear pinstripe graphic, Gen3 Taillights, rear sway bar, hood struts, Strut bar.
Traded in '02 Silver Touring Edition w/87,000 miles
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 31 Dec 2007, 02:23 pm
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7
Default Re: Starting Trouble

Not the original battery, but a Mopar. Cranks great starts 97% of the time. Mostly at night, but can happen any time. Don't have a lot of extra baggage on keyring. Going to try the switch change in a couple of days (payday!). Thanks for the reply. All help is appreciated. Have had car for 2 years now. Bought it used with 12000 miles on it. Now has about 27000 miles. Replaced a steering pump pressure switch but other than that no problems. Only normal maint. Cruisers Rock!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 31 Dec 2007, 08:52 pm
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 369
Default Re: Starting Trouble

Could be the fuel pump relay starting to go out, or even the immobilizer system failing to read the key correctly.
__________________
06 Touring Edition NA/Auto. Airaid intake, Magnaflow Stainless cat-back exhaust, Taylor Thundervolt plug wires, rear lowered 1.75" with H&R Springs.
Yep, buying parts I cant afford with money I dont have to impress people I dont like anyways.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 04 Feb 2008, 12:40 pm
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7
Default Re: Starting Trouble

Replaced ignition switch today. Will report on status.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 04 Feb 2008, 01:28 pm
prettybluewoody's Avatar
Senior Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Northern Virginia, USA
Posts: 1,093
Default Re: Starting Trouble

(maybe it's just scared of going out in the dark.....)
__________________
prettybluewoody
2003 Limited Edition PT Cruiser:
Electric blue with Moss Motors 2-tone ABS woody panels, assorted woody touches here and there and a custom electric blue keyfob
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 04 Feb 2008, 02:51 pm
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7
Default Re: Starting Trouble

Well, I got the switch in and I think that might have been the problem. Feels stiffer and car hits REALLY QUICK now. BUT..................... now I have no radio light and I'll see if the panel lights work tonight. ARGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2002 PT Intermittent Starting Problems, Very Long, Goes Back 3 Years BeBeCroozer Tech & Performance Forum 21 11 Jul 2011 09:30 am
Hard starting 180HP turbo sawdust123 General Turbo Discussions 12 12 Sep 2005 10:22 am
Trouble Starting My GT mich_132003 General Turbo Discussions 7 09 May 2004 09:05 pm
GT Chrome Starting to Bubble DTs_PTGT Wheels, Tires, Suspension 15 22 Sep 2003 10:33 pm
trouble !! bobs turbo pt Tech & Performance Forum 5 01 Jul 2003 01:32 pm


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:26 am.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.
vB.Sponsors