hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,244 miles

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser lights problems

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Apr 272009

PT Cruiser

  • 72,000 miles


The control switch for the headlights on my 2002 PT CRUISER has gone bad causing the fog lights to be permanently on and draining the battery.

- Canton, MA, USA

problem #9

Mar 102009

PT Cruiser

  • 72,000 miles
Fog lamps stayed on when 2002 PT CRUISER was turned off. After dissembling of the switch box the internal switch had arched enough that it welded itself together causing the plastic to melt and smoke. I used a real relay to rewire the circuit with a switch on the dash. This is in addition to rebuilding the front suspension and now I have a oil leak. Great car from Chrysler. I only have 74,000 on the car.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #8

Mar 292009

PT Cruiser

  • 58,000 miles
I own a 2002 PT CRUISER touring edition and recently I have been coming out to my car to find the battery dead, I have a newer battery so this baffled me until I realized today that there is a short of some kind in the multi switch for the headlights and fog lights that caused the fog lights to remain on eventhough everything else was turned off. The following link shows may others are having the same issue and like others until I find out why this is happening I have pulled the fuse for my foglights.townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.F0F6957. this is dangerous if there is a short in these switches it can cause a fire and given the massive amt of people all over car forums having this issue why has noone issued a recall on these switches?

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 012009

PT Cruiser

  • 68,000 miles


Multifunction switch felt like it had additional friction when turning lights on. In the first instance the head lights and fog lights were not coming on when they should. First unit was replaced at the dealership. Second instance the switch did not have any precursor indication of failure, all lights from switch just stopped working one day. Second unit is being replaced at dealership. Part only lasts ~18 months.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 022008

PT Cruiser

  • 35,000 miles
2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER multfunction switch smoking and short circuiting resulting in fog lamp failure.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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problem #5

Feb 202009

PT Cruiser

  • 45,000 miles
Multi function switch, lights just quit working, very dangerous. I have never had a car were something as basic as the headlights quit working. All lights failed, interior, headlights, dash lights, tail lights.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 052009

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles


2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER, the multi-function switch, which controls the fog-lights, headlights, and interior panel is faulty. It shorts out, causing smoke, or the fog lights come on when the car is parked, and drains the battery of all power. Driving down the road, the light comes on indicating the fog lights are on, when they have not been activated, then there is a burning smell coming from the steering column, you have to turn the lights on, turn on the blinkers or stop to get this problem to subside. Chrysler has had this problem with thousands of the multi-function switches that have the fog-light option. Please issue an immediate recall before a fire occurs which means the loss of someone's' life. This can be prevented by immediate action on the governments part. The multifunction switch is faulty, very weak.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 202008

PT Cruiser

  • 28,650 miles
Fog lights stay on when care is turned off.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #2

Aug 042008

PT Cruiser

  • 67,000 miles
Multi-control turn signal lever issue. Fog lights stay on, even with car off. Drains battery. 'very touchy', short? had to pull fuse to temporarily remedy situation.

- Pleasant Dale, NE, USA

problem #1

Jul 052007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,500 miles
Multi function switch shorted out causing lights to remain on. Leaving my wife unable to attend her chemo therapy session on time, due the need to get car jump started. After several days mis function was notice, brought to dealer and repaired by same at no charge.

- Wanaque, NJ, USA

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