PT Cruiser

Erratic Operation of Turn Signals and/or Hazard Lights on Chrysler PT Cruiser

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 86,618 (140–245,000)
9 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
149 people reported this problem
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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 This should be a recall issue and the problem should be covered by the manufacturer.
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.
Headlights stay on when vehicle is running, no highbeams, no turn signals, no dashboard dimming function. Hazards still work.
Right front blinker does not work when lights are running. The actual blinker light works when the hazards are on or the parking lights are on, but does not signal direction when the headlights are on.
turn signal switch went bad made fog lights stay on drained battery . removed fog light fuse was able to keep battery charged an drive till part came in easy fix!
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 $$$$$$$$
no head lights, blinkers or inside cab light, fixed by replacing multifunction switch but now its doing it again and lo and behold I take the ebrake off they all work!
This morning my headlights won't turn off unless the key is off, my turn signals don't work, and my windshield wipers don't work. I haven't check the rest of the lights (ie break lights)
Faulty turn signal switch that left running lights on and drained battery. Found out that the turn switch was failing and caused the problems.
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.
no wipers, no exterior lights including brake lights, no turn signals.
first time resulted in dead battery and alternator was replaced and battery replaced. I did not insist on the multifunction switch being replaced. I asked if they checked it and it was brushed off as not important.

600 miles later -
Problem has occurred again with no wipers, lights, I will insist on getting multifunction switch replaced this time. The shop wouldn't listen to me the first time, i.e. dumb female! I am going to a more reliable repair shop now.
The fog lights stopped working i checked the connection everything was ok so i tackle the switch and thats the problem replaced it and both work again.
left rear turn works thats it front left ,right rear right dead new bulbs new fuse dash light indecator works r,l 4 ways. tested plug turn wires ground good but hot turn wirer ground to