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Old 02 Nov 2014, 11:51 pm
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Hi I have a '06 GT with about 60K on it (we've had it for three days). Last night on the highway all the warning lights came on and the engine quit running. The engine restarted in about a second and all the warning lights went out. This repeated about a half dozen times. It was cold out (about 32*F), lights and heater motor were on and the car was running between 75-80 mph. The head lights and stereo stayed on during all of this. Any ideas on what this could be? Thanks
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Old 06 Nov 2014, 09:50 pm
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Bump-I need to take it on a trip this weekend and could use some advice. I'm thinking it may be battery cables-there's a lot of talk about that.
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Old 06 Nov 2014, 09:58 pm
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I would suggest is to take both cables off the battery and clean the contacts on both the battery cables and the battery posts. Also take the caps off the battery and see if the battery fluid level is low. You might find it low on the cells next to the positive post and next to the negative post. If you do just fill it back up with distilled water. After you have done this take the PT Cruiser to Sears or someplace where they can do a battery load test for free. Not just check the voltage but check to make sure the battery can handle a load from running A/C, headlights, etc. When disconnecting the battery make sure you disconnect the negative side first and then the positive side. Then when connecting put on the negative side first and then the positive side.

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Old 06 Nov 2014, 10:00 pm
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It might be the ignition switch.

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This electrical problem even happens while stopped. Watch the gas, temp, and RPM gages while stopped at a light. This video what captured in April 2011.
The solution was to replace the Ignition switch. I have had no problems after it was replaced.
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Old 06 Nov 2014, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by hrtbkr View Post
Bump-I need to take it on a trip this weekend and could use some advice. I'm thinking it may be battery cables-there's a lot of talk about that.
Take the cables off the battery, clean the battery posts and the cable clamps and be sure cables are on tight.

It could also be the ignition switch.
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Old 19 Nov 2014, 08:26 pm
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LionPT-Thanks for the vid-that's exactly what it's doing, except it's very intermittent. I have a new set for battery cables coming-I'm going to try that first. What's involved with replacing the switch-is it easy once you get the cover off the column? Thanks
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If you need to change the switch on a 06-up you will need a 5 point torx
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