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Old 21 Sep 2012, 11:33 am
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Rockauto September newsletter has this;
"The low beam headlights were not working on the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser. It just needed a couple of $7 headlamp bulbs? No, the PT Cruiser has a part called a Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) which is a combination fuse block and control module (computer) for the electrical system. It is sensitive to voltage spikes and susceptible to internal corrosion. The PT Cruiser with the headlight problem required a $1000 trip to a car dealer for installation of a new TIPM.
...People that bought new, 2006 to 2009 PT Cruisers had no way of knowing that their car included a troublesome piece called a TIPM. It has always been nearly impossible to predict problems like these. Even car models built seemingly unchanged for many years occasionally have parts modified or supplied by new manufacturers. The trustworthy, visibly unaltered Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is currently in the news for possibly having steering column problems on a few model years.

Aftermarket parts manufacturers have always listened closely for reports of chronic problems and offered solutions with new or remanufactured parts that are usually better and less expensive than the troublesome original part. What has changed is that car manufacturers now outsource most parts and switch part manufacturers more frequently. There are also just lots more car manufacturers and car models. Recent model year changes are often focused on new technology rather than just new styling.

The traditional process of buying a remanufactured part and then returning the old part (core) to the auto parts retailer so it can be remanufactured is not always possible if the part is relatively rare and in demand. There are just not enough 2006 to 2009 PT Cruisers available to donate their TIPMs to be remanufactured and placed in inventory. For those cases what is the solution? For numerous reasons we cannot afford to throw out a batch of $15,000 cars just because one of their many computers, circuit boards, or other parts is bad.

Thankfully, both big and small parts manufacturers now offer “Return and Rebuild Service” for some parts through RockAuto. Manufacturers including Autoline, Cardone, Dorman, GB Remanufacturing, Lares, and Standard (Blue Streak) take the customer’s part (Power Module, Throttle Body, Distributor, Power Steering Control Valve, Diesel Fuel Injector, etc.), fix it and return it to the customer. The part is as good or better than new and the customer’s cost is much lower because only the worn or broken pieces of the part need to be replaced. Dorman will currently Return and Rebuild that troublesome PT Cruiser Power Module through RockAuto for about $280."

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Old 21 Sep 2012, 12:31 pm
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That $1000 the dealer charges is also for the wiring harness as Chrysler says it has to be replaced with the TIPM. Don't know if it really does or if Chryler is making sure that the wiring is good when installing a new TIPM.

From what I can gather only the 2006's and some of the 2007's had issues with TIPM. They finally got it figured out in 2008. I have researched the TIPM heavily and almost always when you are reading an issue with it the PT is a 2006.

Glad to know that someone is offering a rebuild service for it. Since I own both a 2006 and a 2009 I love having options.
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Old 22 Sep 2012, 04:33 am
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Thanks for the info.

Saw this on the Dorman site a couple of weeks ago. Good to know this service exists.

Too bad Chrysler had to take something as simple as a fuse box and turn it into a computer. Seems like engineers feel compelled to do this kind of thing simply because they can. More technology in search of an application.

If you ever saw the inside of one of these modules you would realize that it is a disaster in the making ...too many connections just waiting for a little moisture, corrosion, vibration, etc.
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Old 22 Sep 2012, 06:26 am
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It's not just Chrysler. A lot of the car mfg.'s have went to systems like them.
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Old 22 Sep 2012, 07:42 am
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It's not just Chrysler. A lot of the car mfg.'s have went to systems like them.
That's unfortunate.

Cars are getting needlessly complicated.
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I have a battery light that comes on intermittently, a blinker that doesn't work but it isn't the bulb or socket, and a power window that won't go down. I assume it's this TIP gadget causing all of this? Oh, btw, it's a 2006. Already spent hundreds 4 years ago to have the module replaced by dealer when the car wouldn't start from time to time unpredictably. One other thing: the radiator fluid overflow "boils" when I turn the car off. Could that be related somehow or is that another ball of wax? So, how do I go about having this module re furbished? I'm not handy but I have a guy who might be able to remove it if he knew what to do. Thanks!
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Sounds like a key spare part to hunt down at the junky, cant wait until some 2006 corpses start showing up at the local yard.
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