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Asmodai 11 Mar 2014 07:58 am

01 PT Cruiser fires up but dies
 
My girlfriend's 01PT Cruiser wouldnt start yesterday. It jumped right off, so I changed the battery. The first attempt it fired up but died a second later. Second attemot and every attempt after it fired up and ran fine. I checked it before work this morning. It fired up, but died seconds later all 4 attempts, then nothing. The sterring column was replaced a year ago because it would start sometimes, but not others. What could this be?

Handy_Cruiser 11 Mar 2014 09:00 am

Re: 01 PT Cruiser fires up but dies
 
First thing to try - disconnect the negative cable and then press and hold the break peddle down with the key on for about a minute. Then reconnect the cable and see if the car starts normally.

If that doesn't work, I'd be thinking about a bad fuel pump. What you described as the symptoms sound a lot like a bad fuel pump. Luckily, the 2001 PT has a Schrader valve on the end of the fuel rail where you can check fuel pressure. But that doesn't usually have anything to do with changing out a weak battery. So I'd look for something else first. Do you have any trouble codes?

Busted_PT 11 Mar 2014 09:45 am

Re: 01 PT Cruiser fires up but dies
 
Before we jump to the conclusion of the fuel pump. Must first know if you have a gray key or black. You may have a security key issue. In which case it will do exactly as you described. There are grounding issues with the column.:cool:

CREWZIN 11 Mar 2014 03:21 pm

Re: 01 PT Cruiser fires up but dies
 
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According to the owners manual, the Sentry Key Immobilizer System (SKIS) prevents unauthorized operation of the vehicle by disabling the engine. The system will shut the engine off after 2 seconds of running if an invalid key is used to start the vehicle.


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