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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

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

Posted on Sep 02, 2010

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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.

Posted on Aug 21, 2010

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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.

Oct 09, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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I am going to have to drill the lock on the ignition switch on my 2002 pt cruiser, in order replace the ignition,not one of my best ideas but I cant afford a locksmith or dealer. Any way around this?


before you drill it tap the end of the lock cylinder where the key goes in with the handle end of a large screwdriver. try different levels of force and then insert the key and try to turn. 90% of the time you can get the lock cylinder to turn with this method. the key needs to be in the accessory position to release the lock mechanism that holds the lock cylinder in place.

You should be able to see the lock button on the underside of the column with the trim panels removed. This piece can be drilled out a lot easier than the lock cylinder. A good center punch and a small bit to start and then increase the bit size until most of it is removed. You can then use a pick to remove the rest of the button and the lock cylinder will slide out.

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Where is the cam sensor location on a 2001 pt curiser


2.0 liter engine it is on the back side of cylinder head 4 bolts hold it on can be seen from drivers side of car.

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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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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.

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


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

Aug 21, 2010 | 2001 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.

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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.

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2001 P.T. Cruiser


It's possible the tumblers have fallen in your ignition. I had a similar incident with a Focus I owned. Everything locked and I couldn't get the key to turn at all. They had to tow the car to the dealership and replace the tumblers.

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