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Old 10 May 2013, 07:09 am
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Default 2008 PT Cruiser says key is in ignition Help!

I just purchased an 08 PT Cruiser and when you shut the car off and take the key out of the ignition the dash pops up and says the key is still in the ignition causing the door to ding constantly. Also the key fob will not work I have put new batteries in it and I am guessing that what ever is causing the car to say the key is in the ignition is messing with the key fob too. Are these problems common? any ideas on how to fix it?
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Old 10 May 2013, 07:31 am
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NO, it's not common at all. First make sure your engine battery is fully charged and the connections aren't corroded. A weak battery causes havoc on the electrical system. Second, it sounds like the ignition lock might be causing the problems (if it's not the battery). Many owners have had to replace it.
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Old 10 May 2013, 07:50 am
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Thanks I will check the ignition lock because I put a brand new battery and clean the connections yesterday.
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Old 10 May 2013, 08:14 am
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Was this happening before the battery change?
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Old 10 May 2013, 09:34 am
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Yes it was.
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Old 24 Jul 2018, 04:49 pm
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Default Re: 2008 PT Cruiser says key is in ignition Help!

Hi, I am having the exact same issue. It is not the battery or lock cylinder, as I have replaced them both. What else could be the problem?
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Hi, I am having the exact same issue. It is not the battery or lock cylinder, as I have replaced them both. What else could be the problem?
Have you checked to see if the pin is broken between the actuator and the lock cylinder? If the pin is okay then I suggest you check the actuator.
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Old 21 Aug 2018, 08:49 pm
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The ignition lock will have a switch to sense when the key is in the ignition. This sense switch has likely became jammed in the "key in" position. Looking at a 2004 Neon service manual, I see a "KEY-IN IGNITION SWITCH SENSE" terminal on the ignition switch connector.

You could try cycling the key in & out.

You could try using a little lock lubricant (use a lubricant specifically for locks and use it sparingly).
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Graphite is the recommended lubricant for locks. If you choose to go that route.
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