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Old 10 Feb 2016, 04:01 pm
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Hello. I have a 2004 PT Cruiser.

4 weeks ago. Car didn't start. Replaced Starter. Worked great. For a week.

Then didn't start. Made one click and a little hum. All lights lit up. Battery was fine.

Then days later. Car started! Worked great. For a week.

Then car didn't start. Same. Made one click, little hum. Didn't work for two weeks.

Checked the starter relay. Ok. Checked the battery. Ok. Checked fuses. Ok.

Today, hooked up battery. Didn't pay attention an d I hooked it up backwards. The negative wire fell and hit what was the positive terminal, while the positive wire was hooked up to the negative.

Stupid of me, I know. Took it off. Freaked out, thought I had fried my car and made it worthless.

Hooked battery up the right way.


and guess what.

Car suddenly works again. But now my interior lights, and radio don't turn on.


How safe is this thing to drive? It should've ruined my car but it fixed it?
Should I check some things like the Neutral Safety Switch, or the Iginition Switch?
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Old 10 Feb 2016, 04:42 pm
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Old 11 Feb 2016, 11:27 am
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These cars can have really goofy ignition switches. Mine did alot of this sort of thing. And finally, it wouldn't start at all but the dash lights would stay on and all other sorts of nonsense. If you solve the issues with your lights, etc. and it happens again, I would replace the ig switch. They are cheap and its easy.
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Old 11 Feb 2016, 12:05 pm
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Okay I'll check these things later tonight when I get home. I"ll check out my ignition switch too. I've seen youtube videos on how to test the ignition switch but when I looked at my PT the wiring looks so different.

Do I check out the wire diagrams in my repair manual? or? How do I learn to specifically test/replace the ignition for my PT.

I'll check that out and the other things later.

Thank you! I'll post the results.
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