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Old 11 Oct 2014, 10:32 am
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Default Re: Integrated Power Module (TIPM) 2006 PT Touring Edition 4dr, 2.4L

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I'm replying to this thread with a question of my own. When I got this PT it had a battery light on occasionally that usually goes out by itself soon after illuminating. When I had the rig checked out by the local Chrysler dealer they couldn't find anything wrong with the charging system or battery but said that a bulletin told them to change the TIPM. I elected not to have them do it, spooked by the nearly $1000 they quoted for the job.

I'm wondering if you guys with more knowledge would advise me to replace this module when I'm not actually having any trouble except for the occasional light?
Keep in mind that this happens very very rarely but the alternator has an internal regulator built in and it is what "tells" your light to come on. Although your alternator is charging and checks out okay you can still have a diode in it that going bad telling your alternator light to come on when your PT Cruiser starts to draw heavy electrical current. JoeX has an excellent idea on checking that the heavy alternator wire is not shorting to ground causing heavy electrical current. My idea is that the TIPM may have weak grounds in the loop circuit causing the battery light to come on. How many miles do you have on your PT Cruiser?
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Old 14 Oct 2014, 05:11 pm
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Default Re: Integrated Power Module (TIPM) 2006 PT Touring Edition 4dr, 2.4L

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Keep in mind that this happens very very rarely but the alternator has an internal regulator built in and it is what "tells" your light to come on. Although your alternator is charging and checks out okay you can still have a diode in it that going bad telling your alternator light to come on when your PT Cruiser starts to draw heavy electrical current. JoeX has an excellent idea on checking that the heavy alternator wire is not shorting to ground causing heavy electrical current. My idea is that the TIPM may have weak grounds in the loop circuit causing the battery light to come on. How many miles do you have on your PT Cruiser?
I'm sorry I missed your reply and it took me a while to get back on this. I want to thank you guys for the tips and I've been following up on them. I took the ground on the fender side loose, cleaned and re tightened. It looked real good but doesn't hurt to make sure. The heavy wire is secure and not abraded or chafed. I haven't had a repeat of the light coming on so maybe it was the ground. It was a very erratic thing so I won't really know if it's fixed unless it stays off.

It has 74,711 miles on it now Steve. Hoping that 711 is my lucky number today
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