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Old 16 Jul 2016, 05:49 pm
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Default here i am again! need more help!

you guys have been great so i'm bugging you again.

This issue has been here awhile but i dont know what to do.

i have a 2007 pt cruiser. over the last year it's gotten increasingle harder to start. it's not engine related, i think it's the ignition switch.

the problem is this. when you put a key in, you turn it to the 'run or on' position, then give it that little extra which is what engages the starter. Well it still works but it's to the point now I have to turn it so hard to get that little boost to engage the starter I have to turn it overhand.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to take it to a Chrysler dealer and that's going to cost me a fortune.

does anyone have any advise before I go that route?

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Old 16 Jul 2016, 06:04 pm
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you guys have been great so i'm bugging you again.

This issue has been here awhile but i dont know what to do.

i have a 2007 pt cruiser. over the last year it's gotten increasingle harder to start. it's not engine related, i think it's the ignition switch.

the problem is this. when you put a key in, you turn it to the 'run or on' position, then give it that little extra which is what engages the starter. Well it still works but it's to the point now I have to turn it so hard to get that little boost to engage the starter I have to turn it overhand.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to take it to a Chrysler dealer and that's going to cost me a fortune.

does anyone have any advise before I go that route?
You could try changing the starter switch but you will need to by a security 5 point star bit and the starter switch. Not difficult, no you cannot wiggle the starter switch out without removing the key cylinder housing.
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Old 16 Jul 2016, 06:07 pm
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You could try changing the starter switch but you will need to by a security 5 point star bit and the starter switch. Not difficult, no you cannot wiggle the starter switch out without removing the key cylinder housing.
is that something that can be replaced at a mechanic shop or does this require me to go to Chrysler? i have GREAT mechanic but when i talked to him last time he said he'd look at it but if it required new keys etc, or something else it would have to come from chrysler.

I'm trying to save enough money to move my mother to phoenix. She's dying right now (75 yrs old) and I moved back here to help her. She's going blind and I cannot afford a huge repair bill so i'm desperately hoping it doesn't have to go to a delaership. i spent over $3000 getting the whole front end replaced, then the motor mounts, then the radiator and fan. i THOUGHT i'd gotten it fixed.

by the way, i thought it sounded to me like the ignition switch actuator. does that sound plausible?

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Old 16 Jul 2016, 10:06 pm
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is that something that can be replaced at a mechanic shop or does this require me to go to Chrysler? i have GREAT mechanic but when i talked to him last time he said he'd look at it but if it required new keys etc, or something else it would have to come from chrysler.

I'm trying to save enough money to move my mother to phoenix. She's dying right now (75 yrs old) and I moved back here to help her. She's going blind and I cannot afford a huge repair bill so i'm desperately hoping it doesn't have to go to a delaership. i spent over $3000 getting the whole front end replaced, then the motor mounts, then the radiator and fan. i THOUGHT i'd gotten it fixed.

by the way, i thought it sounded to me like the ignition switch actuator. does that sound plausible?
Ignition switch is under the steering wheel cover, cover comes off with two screws from the underside, couple more screws and the turn signal (MFS) comes off. Then your looking at the switch at the end of the key cylinder housing.
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Several Neons some flips
01 Sebring flip
Cruiser's 01, 220K Gone to a new home
Cruiser 03 133K Gone to a new home
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