Actually Val, the PT Cruiser died at birth! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)
Val, it is probably either a shot fuel pump or faulty wiring at the ignition
switch. Probably the latter, since it starts and then dies immediately. It
sounds like the ignition is energizing while the starter is turning, but
then loses connectivity when you lay off the starter. Do you get any
"Service Engine Soon" warnings?
Way back when, before the era of computerized controls, Chrysler used
a slightly different method of wiring the ignition circuitry. They
put the ballast resistor out in the open, everyone else uses a resistor
in the coil. From what I have seen they still do this. When the key is
in the start postion, the resistor is bypassed. When the resistor goes
bad, the engine will start, but die as soon as you put the key in the
run position. It should be on the fire wall, or the fender, IIRC.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
Thank you for this valuable idea. Now, strangely, I found that the car
will start fine with the other keys, but the third one causes this
weird half start. I wonder if there's a code missing or something.
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