Trouble with Multifunction control sw...
Markus_Switzerla nd

Switzerland

#122 Mar 16, 2007
I had the same problem with the foglights on my 2000 PT (european model).The problem is a tiny bit of plastic, 2mm diam. 5mm long!) wich holds back a contact with a spring. Because the plastic is always under pressure it starts to collapse after a certain time and therefore turns the foglights on.
The dealer wanted CHF 220 / 180 $ for the switch and another CHF 130 / 110$ for the work.
I dismantled the switch and replaced the plastic with a small nut and bolt (2mm diam.)
The repair takes a bit of time and is a little fiddely, but its very rewarding and saves a lot of money.
ana

Elmhurst, IL

#123 Mar 20, 2007
people,can you tell me about chrysler pt,I would love to bay,but don t know jet
please,what you think
Martin

Eugene, OR

#124 Mar 20, 2007
Bruce wrote:
<quoted text>My problem with the multi-function control lever is the fog lights come on without asking and will stay on even when the car is parked and not running unless I have the lever set at left turn signal. I am waiting on a quote for replacement of this part.
Yep, our '02 Woody @ 50,000 has the same problem... fog lights come on without warning... only way to shut 'em off is having the left turn signal on. It's driving my poor wife nuts too. If this is just a "plug n play" job, can this be done without going to the dealership?

This is the first problem we've had with the car... it has been absolutely trouble free to this point. 1000 mile road trips, our 900 mile honeymoon run, the back n forth to work and grocery runs... not an ounce of trouble. And yes, it accelerates like a rocket getting onto the highway. It's inadvertantly gotten 2nd gear scratch a few times. Why need a turbo? We don't.
Martin

Eugene, OR

#125 Mar 20, 2007
Thanks, that's an interesting fix... now if I can just get someone with good eyeballs to do it... I'm legally blind. 2mm? Leave it to something that's simple, but smaller than a nail head to get at.
Martin

Eugene, OR

#126 Mar 20, 2007
As far as the PT Cruiser goes... Chrysler hit the nail on the head with this car. As a rule I hate FWD cars because I'm old school, rear drives rule. This car is the only exception I've found. Even a good friend of mine who was a seasoned mechanic who hates Chrysler products loves the 'Cruisers. I'm impressed with the solidness of the body work, the reliability and acceleration of the that screamer of a 2.4 liter engine. Even the bain of Mopar fans is their FWD automatics... this one's been a great little tranny. The one thing though is don't run cheap grocery store gas in them... that cheap gas does a nice job of carbon fauling everying from injectors to spark plugs to throttle valves. At 50K the CV axles are still in great shape, the fit and finish are awesome, everything works great (except fot that multi switch for the fog and turn signals), the car is roomy and I'm 6'1" and fit well in the rear seat. I don't bonk my head on the rear hatch as I would with the Chevy HHR. Servicing the engine and trans is OK if your a good driveway mechanic. The timing belt on the other hand looks a bit hard to get at and is probably best left to a professional. As for dealerships, our local one that also sells uh, Fords; I would not take a tricycle into for service. But the one we got the car from is awesome, though 35 miles away.
Carl W

Grand Rapids, MI

#127 Mar 21, 2007
2003 Cruiser: Recently I noticed that the fog light indicator in the instrument cluster would blink on and off as I drove, and that I could affect it by tapping the multiswitch. Didn't know whether the fog lights themselves were blinking, or just the dash indicator. Well, today I observed the fogs lights on while the car was parked. I jiggled the switch until they went off, but now I'm going to go pull the fuse.
THERESA

United States

#128 Mar 22, 2007
WE ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THE FOG LIGHTS
THANKS FOR THE INFO. SORRY YOU HAVE THE PROBLEM BUT IT'S NICE TO KNOW WE'RE NOT ALONE.
Ken in PA

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#129 Mar 24, 2007
Inspection time in PA! Fog lights must work to pass inspection. Therefore, I replaced the fuse which I had previously removed, then wired in a toggle switch to be able to turn them off when not needed. The toggle switch installation was quite simple - tapped into the fuse input, pink with green marker wire. A permanent cure for about $5. If you intend to do this procedure, be sure to disconnect the negative battery cable in order to prevent accidental air bag deployment.
big bozza

UK

#130 Mar 26, 2007
HAS ANY ONE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THEIR IOD FUSE I.E. NO ALARM,NO CENTRAL LOCKING,NO RADIO,NO FOLDING MIRRORS,NO INTERIOR LIGHTS ETC. I HAVE CHECKED THE FUSE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND THATS FINE BUT I CHANGED IT ANY WAY STILL NO JOY. CAN ANY ONE HELP!!!!!!!!
tim

United States

#131 Mar 27, 2007
The party has just begun, replaced swith all ok. on second swith now harness connector over heated and is damaged. connector only comes with harness. sounds like a nother success from lucas electric. remember mg fiat and others all had wiring problems (LUCAS)
Karl

Toronto, Canada

#132 Mar 30, 2007
Just started having the fog lamp switch problem, same description as everyone else. Unlikely Chrysler will recall it until one catches fire and someone gets killed.

Will pull fuse #8 when I get back to my car after posting this message.

Will attempt refurb/repair as described by Markus_Switzerland above when weather is warm enough and repost.

Thanks everyone.
marcia

AOL

#133 Mar 31, 2007
Bruce wrote:
<quoted text>My problem with the multi-function control lever is the fog lights come on without asking and will stay on even when the car is parked and not running unless I have the lever set at left turn signal. I am waiting on a quote for replacement of this part.
PULL THE FUSE UNDER THE DASH- ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE COVER IT SHOWS WHERE THE FUSES ARE AS A MIRROR IMAGE- NOT IN REVERSE
kenneth

AOL

#134 Mar 31, 2007
I had the same problem a call Chrysler and they still dont have a recall for the fog lights . My battery was going death too . I did what you guys said about the fuse #8 and it did help Thank you
Stu

Newtown, CT

#135 Mar 31, 2007
I have the same Fog Light problem. A neighbor noticed it today and brought it to my attention. Could not get it to turn off until I read this site. I will contact dealer on Monday and will complain bitterly. If no satisfaction, I may petition my Congressman.
Kelvin

United States

#136 Apr 2, 2007
Do anyone know where the fuse for the foglights are on a 2003 model? Is it the same in all models?
Marc

Saint-jean-sur-richelieu, Canada

#137 Apr 4, 2007
I have the same problem as everyone with the Fog Lights always on. My temporary solution was to unplug the wires just behind the two fog lights. This prevents the fog lights to turn on, but it leaves two loose cables under the car.

I wanted to remove the fuse #8 as proposed by others, but I have a concern with this. As indicated on the back of the fuse panel, the fuse #8 is for "FOG LMP" and "NON BUX". I don't know what "NON BUX" stands for and I don't want to turn-off something in the car that could be essential.

Does anyone know what “NON BUX” stands for?
Simon

United States

#138 Apr 4, 2007
Here's another one. My Wife's PT cruiser had a unexpected flat battery about a month ago. Replaced the battery, all ok, until today. Battery completely, and I mean completely dead flat. Jumped it, and it started, and took it out for a spin, and noticed the fog light caption flickering on and off. A few checks when I got home, and sure enough, it's the same old problem... Pulling fuse 8...!
imickey503

Longview, WA

#139 Apr 10, 2007
Just wait till the rest of your pt goes Bezerk! first it was the gog lights. Thn the alarm would open up the car for no reason at night. then turn on the dome lights for hours at a time. then from there would unlock while driving. THEN, no lights what so ever. Feels like a jaguar to me!

and I can understand the stalk being bad, But all this? i am going to try to fix, but after that, i think it's time for an electronics make over.
Bill

Walnutport, PA

#140 Apr 23, 2007
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Well I finally disassembled the fog light switch to see what the problem is. Chrysler should be ashamed.....the actuater rod that runs through the turn signal arm has actually worn a small "pit" in the switch actuator for the fog lights.(This actuator always touches the rod, so it actually wears worse when you DON'T use your fog lights. Certainly a 20 cent part if ever I saw one.
Their problem is that they have so much in 1 componnent that you have to change wiper/washer,headlight, turn signal and fog light controls.
Mark

Fort Wayne, IN

#141 Apr 30, 2007
My 2002 PT this week the fog light switch broke, taking the battery with it.

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