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How to Troubleshoot the Electrical System in a Chrysler Sebring

by Contributor

The Chrysler Sebring is a family sedan with a less than reliable electrical system, particularly on the 2004 model. Many Sebring owners who have experienced electrical problems report a cluster of issues that often center around the instrument panel.

Step 1

Avoid many electrical problems by keeping battery posts and other connections clean and free from corrosion.

Step 2

Check your key function if electrical components suddenly stop working. Sebring keys have an internal transponder. When it dies, so can parts of the electrical system. Try another key if you have one available. If the problem continues with any key, check the ignition switch.

Step 3

Test the starter when the battery checks out but driveability remains an issue. Starter problems come from poor connections, the starter relay or problems with a switch (most likely transmission range, clutch interlock or ignition).

Step 4

Take a closer look at your door latches if interior lights go on and off, even setting off car buzzers or alarms. A door that doesn't latch securely will set off all kinds of warnings. Get the latch repaired.

Step 5

Investigate the cause of a broken tachometer (RPM gauge) first at the tachometer drive module on the circuit board. If the module works, the problem probably lies in the wiring.

Step 6

Replace or repair the instrument cluster if all your electrical system problems lie in the instrument panel. With a properly working instrument cluster, the data bus can manage the data effectively, providing you with working instruments in your Sebring.

Perform or schedule an electrical system check whenever driveability is in question or around every 2 years in order to catch problems early. Measure circuit load with an ammeter and circuit voltage drops with a digital volt-ohmmeter (DVOM). Replace or repair the instrument cluster if all your electrical system problems lie in the instrument panel. A properly working instrument cluster allows the data bus to manage data effectively.

Items you will need

  • Ammeter
  • Digital volt-ohmmeter (DVOM)

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