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Ignition key will not turn in switch We cannot turn the key when we try to start our pt curiser

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Steering wheel might be in lock position. Make sure the car is in park and then try to turn the wheel one way while trying to turn the key at the same time. Then try to turn the wheel the other way while turning the key at the same time. I hope this works for you. If not that your ignition might be bad.

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On some cars you need to push the brake pedel down to turn the key and get your gears,,,otheres you just need to wigel the wheel to free off the stearing lock

Posted on Aug 21, 2010

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first try pulling on the steering wheel hard left or hard right while trying to turn the key.

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I called myself programming the new keys for my pt cruiser, but,it didnt take. At first it would start and run for a few seconds, now it wont turn over.what did I do wrong and how can I fix this?


Takes the master key to get it started again. The security gives you 3 tries to get the vehicle started, after the third time, it kills the starter.
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Note: You must have two valid keys to add a new key to the system.
1. Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position for at least three seconds, but no longer than 15 seconds.
Then, Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the first key.
2. Insert the second valid key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to
the ON/RUN position within 15 seconds. After 10 seconds, a chime will sound.
In addition, the Vehicle Security Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch
to the LOCK position and remove the second key.
3. Insert the new key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position.within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds, a single chime will
sound. In addition, the Vehicle Security Light will stop flashing. To indicate that
programming is complete, the Vehicle Security Light will turn on again for
seconds and then turn off.
The new key is now programmed. The Remote Keyless Entry transmitter will
also be programmed during this procedure.
Repeat this procedure to program up to eight keys.

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Rpm droped to 0 and car wont start 2005 pt curiser


theres a long list of things that can make the engine stop running and not start back up... timing chain the coil or the electronic ignition computer fried fuel pump failed shoot some one could have put water in your tank, just to name a few.

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I have a 2001 PT Curiser and the fuel gauge moves to full to empty in a matter of seconds. It happens intermittent. in addition the ingination starts when the key turns then sometimes it needs turned...


This sounds like you have a ground problem with the fuel pump and sensor. This would
explain pretty much everything you are describing. Best to have a shop check it out
before you wind up stranded.

Apr 15, 2011 | 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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My 2001 PT Cruiser ignition switch will not turn. I have tried moving the steering wheel up and down, moving the steering wheel left to right while trying to turn the ignition on all to no avail. Help.


was the ignition switch getting hard to turn with the key for a while or did this just all of a sudden happen usually the problem has been going of for a while but people just ignore it until it gets to this point,it sounds like the tumblers in the ignition key switch have gone bad and the tumbler assembly needs to be replaced,the new tumbler assembly can keyed to the original key if the key is not worn out.this should be replaced with a new key if it is.

Mar 08, 2011 | 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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MY PT Cruiser Functional transmitter and the one to be programmed both have no "PANIC" Button . How I programme the spare Fob


If you don't have the Panic button then sorry, you can't program yourself, the dealer will have to program it to the RKE (Remote Keyless Entry) module in the vehicle, using their DRB scan tool.

Sep 05, 2010 | 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Ignition key will not turn in switch We cannot turn the key when we try to start our pt curiser how does the cylinder come out


first try pulling on the steering wheel hard left or hard right while trying to turn the key.

Sep 01, 2010 | 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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My PT Cruiser remote have no Panic Button How I programme another one


According to the 2003 Owners Manual:

You can program new keys to the system if you have two valid sentry keys by doing the following:
1. Cut the additional Sentry Key Transponder blank to match the ignition switch lock cylinder key code.
2. Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch and turn the ignition switch ON for at least 3 seconds but no longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition switch OFF and remove the first key.
3. Insert the second valid key and turn the ignition switch ON within 15 seconds. After ten seconds a chime will sound and the Theft Alarm Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch OFF and remove the second key.
4. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition switch and turn the ignition switch ON within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds a single chime with sound. The Theft Alarm Light will stop flashing, turn on for 3 seconds; then turn off.

The new Sentry Key has been programmed. Repeat this process to program up to a total of 8 keys."

Without 2 valid keys, it is back to the dealer for them to reprogram.

Also, could check the Chrysler PT Cruiser Sedan - Convertible Owners Manual (page 17)

Hope helps.

Sep 02, 2010 | 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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I have a 2003 PT CRUISER MAN TRANS THE KEY WONT


Yes, the tumbler is worn, possibly from a heavy key chain or abnormally frequent stop/starts. Ther amy also be a bad connection in the switch connections itself, that may not require a whole new ignition switch.

Feb 14, 2010 | 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Pt wont start or turn over


try to get a jump from a friend and see what happens, does the same, faulty starter, may need replacing, try to use small hammer and tap lightly on the starter couple time and have a friend start the car while you tap lightly on it. check ignition switch where you stick the key in. stick the key in the ignition and turn the key back and forth jiggle and wiggle it and see if your igniting will make contact. do it several time to test and see if its the ignition problems, this part is not cheap to replace.

Sep 25, 2009 | 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Pt cruiser turn key wont start nothing horn lights work battery ok


I had the same problem.does your key spring back? If it doesn't take out your tumbler remove your starter ignition switch,held on by one srew,remove top and bottom plasticcouple screws,two screws on top to remove blinker switchs and lights.under tumbler casing two small screws hold shift cble remove that and in between starter switch and tumbler the rest off your ignition. remove this at the more than likely at the end the soft metal has broken so instead off it having a square end it's rounded so it can't turn your ignition you will have to replsce that unit .goodluck It has been a real pain in the *** trying ti figure it out.

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