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How to Get the Error Codes for a PT Cruiser

by David Young

Troubleshooting a vehicle has become much easier since the advent of the On-Board Diagnostic system. The OBD system monitors numerous vehicle sensors and reports any faults to the vehicle's computer. When a fault is detected, the problem is recorded as a trouble code in the computer and the Malfunction Indicator Light is illuminated. The Malfunction Indicator Light, also known as the "check engine light," lets you know that a problem has occurred and a trouble code has been stored to help identify the problem.

Step 1

Sit in the driver's seat of your PT Cruiser and insert the key into the ignition switch.

Step 2

Turn the key forward to the run position, back to the accessory position, forward to run, back to accessory, then forward to run; all key turns should be completed in four to five seconds.

Step 3

Make note of any codes that are displayed in the odometer window.

Step 4

Remove the key once all codes have been recorded.

Cross-reference the displayed codes with the list provided on the PT Cruiser Forum website (see References).

Tips

  • It may take several tries to get the timing of the key turns right.
  • If the odometer displays "Done," no codes are stored in the computer.

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