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Old 18 Jul 2008, 11:37 pm
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I just put a new battery in my daughters PT (02 base model/Cold air intake/83K) and the engine light came on. After I asked her if this has happened before she tells me that her friend accidentally pulled the key out of the ignition and the car kept running. Tried it in driveway and darned if it didn't keep running without the key in. The radio now can be tuned on anytime also. Any knowledge out there about this.

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Old 19 Jul 2008, 12:11 am
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Does it have a command start?
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Old 19 Jul 2008, 06:24 am
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This is form the Do-it-yourself site:

805. I have a 2001 LE PT. One morning I inserted the key and turned it to the start position. The engine ran a few seconds, then shut off. The MIL in the center of the speedometer flashes and the oil-pressure light is lit. This condition continues with the key off and removed. It was towed to the dealer, and they checked the keys, which were OK. They were able to get the car to run a bit, but it would continue to run without the key and or with the ignition switch removed. They disconnected the battery over the weekend and now it works fine, however I'm afraid that it might reoccur, if nothing was changed. Do you know what might have caused the problem? Thanks. - Vic, from Oregon.

There have been a few reports of defective ignition switches. They have all been replaced and the problem has been cured. They all have failed to turn off the ignition, even with the key removed. As a precaution have the dealer diagnose the problem, before replacing the switch.

Follow up from owner - The dealer was able to duplicate the problem and will be replacing the power distribution center (PDC).
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Old 19 Jul 2008, 10:37 pm
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defective ignition switch
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