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Old 23 Jun 2015, 12:43 pm
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I am new to the whole forum thing so I am not sure if I am posting in the right place or how to start a thread for this.

Have no idea what is wrong with my 2005 PT Cruiser Base!
We did some shopping the other day, car was running just fine. We get back in it, turn the key and it would not crank/start. The dash lights came on but would not turn over. Tried to jump it, wouldn't crank. Got it towed home.

Replaced the starter and solenoid, nothing. Changed the battery, still nothing.
Sometimes if will rapidly click, other times just one click.
When you put the key into the ignition the needles just go up and down, even when you take the key out. Sometimes the dash and everything will come on. Other times it will not, its more like a security thing going on. The odometer and rpm needles sometimes do like a countdown starting from the 120mph mark down to the 0 like a timer. Sometimes a long beep noise will come on until you take the key out of the ignition.
I have the grey chipped key for the car and a spare key for just the doors but i never use it.
Could the insane heat just fried my pt cruiser? What is going on?! lol. XD
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Old 24 Jun 2015, 10:41 am
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Default Re: PT Cruiser Will Not Start!

That happened to me. I thought it was the battery in the key fob. I disconnected and reconnected the battery thinking it jumped into security lockout mode. I should comment it did start prior but just shut off, like three times. Then nothing. I frantically wiggled the key while in the ignition and it started. Folks on here tell me its an ignition switch or the SKIM thing that reads the key chip. Now every now and then all my dash idiot lights come on and off. So I am thinking the ignition switch is crapping out.
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Old 24 Jun 2015, 12:09 pm
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did some shopping the other day, car was running just fine. We get back in it, turn the key and it would not crank/start. The dash lights came on but would not turn over.
Tried to jump it, wouldn't crank. Got it towed home.
Replaced the starter and solenoid, nothing.
Changed the battery, still nothing.
Sometimes if will rapidly click, other times just one click.
you have a bad connection somewhere, either inside the ignition switch or you have a bad or poorly connected cable. i would CHECK the ignition switch and the battery cables.

the gauge test is normal the car will do it every time you turn the key 5x quickly. if, and only if, it does it without turning the key 5x, that would likely indicate an issue with the ignition switch, in which case i would recommend taking it apart and cleaning it, it seems like you''ve already wasted enough $$ throwing at parts at it..

another test would be to connect a jumper wire to the spade terminal on the starter and then momentairly touch it to b+. if that makes it crank its the ignition switch or a wire to or from it. if it does not crank it's one of the fat wires.

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Old 15 Jul 2015, 02:25 pm
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I'm having the same issue. Stuck in a parking lot 60m miles away from home. I'll try to wiggle the key to see if I can get it started just to get it home. I am thinking it's the switch also. I replaced the starter about a month ago with a new starter, not a remanned.
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Old 15 Jul 2015, 04:32 pm
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check for dead battery, low volts, dirty cable connections
up her in the north batterys las a little over three years

check belt from crank to alternator
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