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Old 25 Mar 2015, 04:49 pm
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Hello all.I'm new to this forum and this is my first post, be gentle.
I have a 2006 PT cruiser convert non turbo w 110K . Lately it will lose all electrical power when starting. The remote won't work . The warning bell won't sound with key in and door open. None of the interior lights will come on. The headlights don't come on because the remote doesn't work. I've redone the 2 power leads at the battery. I cut both red wires and stripped off some insulation to attach them to compressions fittings. I think that helped but it still loses power occasionally. I can get it to start and power up by wiggling the smaller gauge wire supplying power to the fuse panel. Is it easy to replace that wire from the battery to the fuse panel? I suspect corrosion at both ends of the wire. THe end at the battery had a lot of corrosion on it.

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Old 26 Mar 2015, 08:09 am
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Go to auto zone or such and have the battery and charge systems checked. It's fee! A lot of corrosion may mean a bad battery
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Old 26 Mar 2015, 08:21 am
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I would suggest checking your TIPM. It seems you might have wires going to it with bad connections. All your problems seems to point towards the TIPM.
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Old 26 Mar 2015, 11:55 am
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Hello all.I'm new to this forum and this is my first post, be gentle.
I have a 2006 PT cruiser convert non turbo w 110K . Lately it will lose all electrical power when starting. The remote won't work . The warning bell won't sound with key in and door open. None of the interior lights will come on. The headlights don't come on because the remote doesn't work. I've redone the 2 power leads at the battery. I cut both red wires and stripped off some insulation to attach them to compressions fittings. I think that helped but it still loses power occasionally. I can get it to start and power up by wiggling the smaller gauge wire supplying power to the fuse panel. Is it easy to replace that wire from the battery to the fuse panel? I suspect corrosion at both ends of the wire. THe end at the battery had a lot of corrosion on it.

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I have to agree. If that wire makes the difference. Then you just need to secure that connection.
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Old 26 Mar 2015, 02:13 pm
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Thank you all for the prompt replies. I'm leaning towards replacing the power cable from the battery to the fuse box. I'll source one out and replace it.
I pulled the fuse panel out as far as I could and saw the power cable connected to the fuse box by a post and nut fitting.It doesn't seem too hard to get to.

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Old 26 Mar 2015, 02:16 pm
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Thank you all for the prompt replies. I'm leaning towards replacing the power cable from the battery to the fuse box. I'll source one out and replace it.
It's most likely the connections, not the cable itself.
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Old 27 Mar 2015, 03:53 pm
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Well, after having a sphincter tightening moment today losing all power on the middle of a bridge I've decided to replace the TIPM and the TIPM power cable. In reviewing the 2006 PT Cruise it seems they have a high TIPM failure rate so I might as well replace it.
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Old 27 Mar 2015, 04:06 pm
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I would suggest checking the TIPM to see if you can resolder the bad connections on the board. Seems like its might just a bad connection on the board.
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Old 27 Mar 2015, 07:59 pm
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I would suggest checking the TIPM to see if you can resolder the bad connections on the board. Seems like its might just a bad connection on the board.
Thanks for the suggestion. I went to order the TIPM and it was almost $500 Plus core charge...ouch.
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