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Old 20 Jul 2013, 11:20 pm
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Default Traction control, ABS, and Brake lights stay on

Several months ago, my son left the lights on my 05 PT Cruiser on and drained the battery stone cold dead. I jump-started the car from my Dodge RAM truck by connecting the jumper cables to the bolts indicated under the hood for jumping.

The car started right up without any problems; however, immediately the Traction Control, ABS, and Brake lights came on in the instrument panel. They've been on for 4 months now and they come on EVERY time the car is started.

Here's the rub: My Cruiser doesn't have ABS or Traction Control! Did the jump fry my PCM? I loathe taking it to my local Dodge dealer as they are not honest or ethical.

Thanks very much for any input you can offer!!!
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Old 21 Jul 2013, 12:06 am
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Question Re: Traction control, ABS, and Brake lights stay on

Have you tried to pull codes from the OBD system?
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Old 21 Jul 2013, 07:08 am
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Default Re: Traction control, ABS, and Brake lights stay on

Also try resetting everything by taking the negative battery cable off for 5 minutes. Step on the brake pedal. Put it all back together.
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Old 11 Sep 2013, 12:58 pm
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Default Re: Traction control, ABS, and Brake lights stay on

OK! Problem solved! After weeks of research and multiple visits to the dealer (yes I broke down and went in), turns out the problem is with the instrument cluster itself. During the jump process, a voltage surge toasted the circuitry in the cluster.

I was sure it was a cooked ECU/PCM, but I was wrong. Guess that's what I get for doing my own thinking.
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Old 11 Sep 2013, 05:35 pm
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Default Re: Traction control, ABS, and Brake lights stay on

Thanks for coming back and telling us what it was - and glad you got it fixed.
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