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Old 06 Dec 2012, 12:02 am
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I have a 2009 pt cruiser, with 58,000 miles on it, and the other day we were at the store and I cranked the car and it started then died, I tried it again, it started and then died, so I waited a few minutes, I started and stayed alive for the remainder of the time I was driving, with no issues, check engine lights or anything. Anybody have ideas what it could be?
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Old 06 Dec 2012, 07:32 am
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Might have a clogged/dirty/malfunctioning IAC (Idle Air Controller).

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Old 06 Dec 2012, 10:36 am
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or just some car deamons that happened your way
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Old 06 Dec 2012, 01:40 pm
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Problem may be with SKIM (sentry key immobilizer module).
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Old 09 Sep 2014, 06:44 pm
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I have been having the same problem all week.

My mechanic told me today that the problem is that the idle control motor is sticking and that the throttle body has a huge carbon buildup on it.

I had wondered if it had something to do with the gas I'm using, but he assured me that it doesn't.

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gas doesn't go anywhere near the throttle body. Injectors spray into the intake manifold very close to the head.
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On my 2007 PT Cruiser I have been having this problem also. After doing research and with the help of several experts on this forum I feel that it is caused by the SKIM (sentry key immobilizer module) failing due to low voltage caused by bad grounds. I have scheduled this weekend to remove all the ground wires on the drivers side fender, clean and solder every single ground wire together and then solder it to a new connector to the fender. Does your headlight flicker? Sometimes with bad grounds other issues come up.
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