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Old 09 Jul 2010, 05:25 am
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Hi All,

I just bought a 2001 with 72K on it. The car runs fine, but I have a code P0601 error code displayed. This indicates some type of checksum error in the PCM. I read the older threads, and learned that the dealers were replacing them under an 8/80 warranty program, but I think I'm out of luck. My question is : What is the inherent problem that I can expect with this code ? Like I said, the car starts and drives fine.

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Doug
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Old 09 Jul 2010, 05:42 am
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According to PT Do-It-Yourself.net:

P0601 - PCM internal controller failure.

When monitored = ignition key on.

Set condition = internal checksum for software failed, does not match calculated value.

Possible causes = PCM (no other causes)

Test = none. The PCM is reporting internal errors and must be replaced.


Not sure what exactly will happen if you keep driving without replacing the PCM. You might try disconnecting the negative battery terminal for about 10 minutes to clear the computer and the code, just in case it was a one-time error. Can't hurt.
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 01:37 am
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Default Re: Code P0601 Question

Thanks for your reply. I replaced the battery when I bought the car, so that didn't clear the code.I guess I'm just going to live with it until I find a problem.
P.S. Great Site ! I just downloaded the parts pdf on the car. I'm sure that is going to be a great help !
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 11:36 am
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Thanks for your reply. I replaced the battery when I bought the car, so that didn't clear the code.I guess I'm just going to live with it until I find a problem.
P.S. Great Site ! I just downloaded the parts pdf on the car. I'm sure that is going to be a great help !
I wouldn't just leave it. If the PCM were to fail completely it could leave you stranded somewhere.

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Old 02 Aug 2010, 09:28 am
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Hi...n00b question here.

I'm trying to help my elderly father with his PT Cruiser issue.

Code P0601. PCM needs to be replaced and dealer wants $800 +.

I found him one online programmed to his vehicle and will install it myself.

I know the location of the PCM.

How hard is it to remove ? Any "how to's" ? How many bolts and their location etc ?

I've done this in other vehicles but never on a PT.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 02 Aug 2010, 03:39 pm
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Look on your other post, I answered you there.
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Old 02 Aug 2010, 03:41 pm
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Look on your other post, I answered you there.
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