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Old 07 Jan 2018, 03:23 pm
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Default 2004 PT Radio Locked - Help??


I tried a search but could not find an answer.

It seems my battery is on the way out and after a cold night it was so low this morning my radio requested the anti-theft code, which I entered, only to be locked out at the first attempt.

I have the serial number and code that came with it but the display now says "locked" and I can't find a way to enter the code again.

The radio is has a built in Satnav and CD player but no obvious markings as to model. he books says Chrysler RB3.

Any ideas or tips would be a real help.


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Old 07 Jan 2018, 03:35 pm
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Default Re: 2004 PT Radio Locked - Help??

For most radios regardless of brand, there is a 5 to 15 min waiting period between incorrect entry of a code and a retry. The radio must remain on for the timer to cycle. Generally, after 3 incorrect tries, the radio will lock out for 24 HR of radio on time.

Are you sure the code is the correct one? Did the code work before?
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Old 07 Jan 2018, 06:49 pm
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Default Re: 2004 PT Radio Locked - Help??

I bought the car 2nd hand from Germany and the card came with the car, which had full service history and the documentation was immaculate so I am assuming it is right.

It is the first time this has happened and what surprised me is I only got one attempt before being locked out.

I did not want to leave the ignition on, seeing the battery is playing up and it was snowing all day today so not ideal for working on the car so I thought I would ask online. Some things I am reading say it can take 2 hours radio time to reset but occasionally people know tricks to bypass this but I am drawing blanks on this one..

We are going to go for a longer drive tomorrow so hopefully it will be reset and I can have another go at the code.

I will then have to do a test on the battery and maybe a draw test to find out if it is the battery or a short.

Car issues is not what I needed after a huge tax bill for the retirement house we are renovating but suppose I just have to suck it up.

Thanks for replying and have a cool 2018

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Old 08 Jan 2018, 10:13 am
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I connected the battery charger, put the ignition on to acc and wnt for a walk with the dogs, by the time I got back it was asking for the code again, which I took great care in putting in.

All working, though I may have to stump for a new battery, as mine keeps letting me down, unless we do longer trips.

Thanks and hope you all have a gas in 2018.
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Old 08 Jan 2018, 10:41 am
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Welcome to the forum

Glad to hear that you got it fixed and thanks for coming back to report how you fixed it. Your info could certainly help someone else.

When you get a chance, please go to Welcome New PT Cruiser Members - PT Cruiser Forum to create an intro thread an post some pics of your PT as it's always cool to see pics of PT's in and/or from other countries

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