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Old 30 Jul 2015, 02:11 pm
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I've been having some trouble lately with my 2006 PT Cruiser. Whenever I want to start the car, I have to crank it so hard that the key is starting to bend, and also it tends to not want to start in hotter weather (like right now here in Florida).

A friend of ours says that it's either the Starter Relay or the Ignition switch. I'm hoping it's the relay since that seems like a much less complicated fix.

I have a relay that we bought at autozone and I was wondering where the relay is located as this seems to be a serious point of debate between my wife and I, and also how to go ahead and change it.

Thanks for all the help :-)
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Old 30 Jul 2015, 04:46 pm
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If your key is bending because you have turn the the ignition switch that far, I'd look at the ignition switch first...JMO
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Old 30 Jul 2015, 05:07 pm
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I would like to try and replace the Starter Relay first, just to rule that out before I get that far in (and probably over my head) I just need to know where exactly it's located, since when I google I get a few different spots for it.

Some places say that it's the Tyco Relays that are near the top of the hood by the fender on the driver side, yet every parts store says that that is not the starter relay.
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I would like to try and replace the Starter Relay first, just to rule that out before I get that far in (and probably over my head) I just need to know where exactly it's located, since when I google I get a few different spots for it.

Some places say that it's the Tyco Relays that are near the top of the hood by the fender on the driver side, yet every parts store says that that is not the starter relay.
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Turning the key normally should trigger the relay without stress to the key or switch. My guess would be switch, but iv'e seen some a lot of ignition calendars do the same thing when they get worn. If your first and cheapest option in the relay then try that first. I actually miss doing lock cyls because i was so good at it.
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Old 30 Jul 2015, 10:27 pm
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I would suggest doing a battery load test first. The PT Cruisers are sensitive to voltage drops. Make sure you are not getting a battery voltage drop through your battery cables. Make sure the battery cable contacts are clean and making good contact. This is the first thing you need to do when you have starting problems.
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Old 01 Aug 2015, 09:24 am
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The battery is good, we had a load test done a couple of weeks ago, and I just finished changing out the relay, but it still requires a lot of force to start, and I'm gonna try starting it again in the heat to see if there was any change at all.

when it comes to the ignition switch: is it something I can change myself (I'm not a professional mechanic, but I am good with directions and pictures, and I know when I'm in over my head and its time for a professional to do it), or is it something that has to be done by Chrysler?

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Old 02 Aug 2015, 09:37 pm
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That doesn't look too hard to do, I'll report back and let you all know how it turns out :-)
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I'd replace the switch. Sounds like you've got a thermal expansion problem in it and you'll never be able to find it. When it gets hot, it's losing the connection. When it cools off, it'll start. If you're bending the key, then you know it has to be in the switch. And it's not the tumblers in the key hole. It's the switch.
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