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Old 10 Jul 2016, 12:05 pm
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Started out the parking brake light would not go out. When I got home the lights and wipers would not shut off. This morning parking brake light is out but NO wipers, lights front & back, stop lights, directionals. Fuses and grounds seem OK. Pulled all connectors on TIPM no corrosion or broken wire. Did find no voltage on fuses 23 & 26 (ENG ASD feeds) eng runs OK don't have a clue what that is. My diagrams don't seem to make sense either. According to the manual looks like TIPM or CLUSTER???

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Old 10 Jul 2016, 01:40 pm
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Welcome to the forum.

You might want to introduce yourself. Tell us about your PT Cruiser and how you found this forum.

What year is your PT Cruiser?
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Old 10 Jul 2016, 04:49 pm
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Been on forum for a while now.

Name is Mike and it's an 06 non turbo basic model. Later today after giving up trouble shooting with my very poor manual the problem reverted back to the parking brake light and the lights and wiper would not shut off until I played with the parking brake and visa versa. My wiring diag shows the parking brake switch is one wire to the cluster and the switch is ground. Don't see how it can effect the lights and wipers

I think I decided to bring it to the dealer as my information and tools are restricted. Looks like will need a dealer scanner for this one.
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Old 10 Jul 2016, 05:22 pm
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A faulty TIPM is a very common problem for the 2006 PT Cruisers. I find it helps when battery cable contacts are cleaned and the battery is checked for fluid levels. The TIPM is sensitive to low voltages.

You might have a short somewhere pulling down the voltage in the TIPM.
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Old 10 Jul 2016, 07:57 pm
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I had a very similar problem back in Jan.
Pull & reset the fuses I have marked & see if that fixes the problem.

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Old 11 Jul 2016, 09:32 am
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Thanks guy's!

Did all I can do. My money's on the TIPM as well BUT can be the the cluster also as according the the wiring diagrams I have (think it's wrong) shows the handbrake light switch goes directly to the cluster. The lights and wipers are controlled through the cluster and TIPM.

One thing I'm sure of $$$$$$$$$$$$$. Does Medicare cover this??

Bringing it to the dealer today hope I get there in one piece. When fixed will update the post.

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Old 11 Jul 2016, 10:40 am
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Possible multifunction switch issue?

Won't hurt to test a junkyard one in place of your present one.
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Old 11 Jul 2016, 10:49 am
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Thanks guy's!

Did all I can do. My money's on the TIPM as well BUT can be the the cluster also as according the the wiring diagrams I have (think it's wrong) shows the handbrake light switch goes directly to the cluster. The lights and wipers are controlled through the cluster and TIPM.

One thing I'm sure of $$$$$$$$$$$$$. Does Medicare cover this??

Bringing it to the dealer today hope I get there in one piece. When fixed will update the post.

Mike
I haven't looked at the wiring diagram yet but since you have looked at it where does the cluster get the power for the handbrake light switch? Ignition switch?
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Old 12 Jul 2016, 05:24 am
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Brought it to the dealer. Will update the forum when I get it back. They said they a very backed up so may take a few days.

Thought of getting a used or refurbished unit but if it has problems wouldn't help diagnose and I understand it has to be programmed by the dealer.

The wiring diag just shows the handbrake switch one wire go to the cluster. The switch I think just grounds to the body.

I changed the ign sw last year was causing all kinds of problems.
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Old 12 Jul 2016, 05:48 am
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When I had my problem earlier this year....
The headlights, wipers blinkers & interior lights would not come on. Pulling the handbrake up they would work, putting it down they would go off again. After replacing the MFS & hand brake switch & checking out the wiring, pulling the 4 fuses I posted above would get things working again, but it seemed to only last 24-48 hours. I already had an appointment set for the dealer & took it in. They did a diagnostic scan & couldn't find anything wrong. As I was leaving it started acting up again & I showed them the problem. They pulled the center console as I did before I couldn't find any bad/crimped wires. In the end they decided to flash the computer & I haven't had any problems since.
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