A defective turn signal lever (multifunction switch) can cause erratic operation of the turn signals and other exterior lights. Depending on the fault, a dead battery could result. Our technicians recommend replacing the failed switch.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Chrysler PT Cruiser Multifunction Turn Signal Switch May Fail
Chrysler PT Cruiser Problem
Average Mileage: 82,584 mi (20,000 mi - 245,000 mi)
Visitor, 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Blinkers won't turn on sporadically, wipers either won't turn on or stay on. Headlights turn on themselves and won't turn off with switch until I turn the key off. Windshield washers front and rear do not work when everything else is not working.
No turn signals, no lights, no horn, no windshield wipers. The multi-function switch has been replaced twice in the last 10 miles. The problem keeps occurring. I just filed a vehicle safety complaint at Safercar.gov. This should be a recall issue and the problem should be covered by the manufacturer.
Visitor, 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 61,000 mi
Turn signals, windsheild wipers, headlights, nothing would work on switch.
Visitor, 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 75,000 mi
Dealer wanted $400 (!) to replace the switch. I ordered the part and did it myself. Still had to pay the $100 diagnostic fee to the dealer (ridiculous, given how common the problem is), but I still saved $200.
Visitor, 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 90,000 mi
Parking lights came on while setting in the sun running batter down. Dealer could not find. I told them to Chang the one piece light switch out. It turned out the by metal inside was heating up an turning the parking lights on. Problem solved. Part cost $98.00 easy to replace. Dealer will charge $$$$$$$$
Visitor, 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 87,000 mi
Turn signals wiper high beams won't work. Hazards lights will work.
Visitor, 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 50,000 mi
Faulty turn signal switch that left running lights on and drained battery. Found out that the turn switch was failing and caused the problems.
I would put the turn signal on & it would work for about 2 seconds before automatically disengaging itself. To turn left I had to hold the turn signal in place & it would sporadically work. The right turn didn't work at all.
I could turn on the hazards lights & saw that my signals were working (indicators inside, light bulbs outside) so it came down to the turn signal switch. Ordered the part online (Under $60 w/fog lights, without costs more), & watched the following video:
Which helped me replace the part myself & save $$$!
Visitor, 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 245,000 mi
Fog-lights would turn on even when switch was in the 'off' position. after the battery went dead a few times, we just disconnected the switch. the fog-light dash indicator still comes on to say they are 'on' but since they are disconnected there's not a draw on the battery to make it die.
Visitor, 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 106,000 mi
My PT has had this problem for a long time. The worst part of it is the radio indication lights go out and the horn will not work unless the steering wheel is hit a certain way. I have also had this switch replaced at least one before while it was covered. No horn is a safety issue!