My 06 PT Cruiser will not start and the Check Engine Light is on. It turns but will not start, what does this mean?

My 2006 pt cruiser will
Not start, it turns but will not start and the check engine light is on, I just got an oil change and I haven't been having problems with the car nor have the check engine light been on until now.

My car has 11938 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hello – first task is to determine what problem codes are set with the Check Engine Light. It is possible this is a problem with the wireless control module being "locked up". There is a Chrysler technical service bulletin (232597) that addresses the fix for this condition.

Removing the battery cable for a minute or two, then reconnecting the cable will provide temporary starting to get you to the dealer. It is also possible that this no-start condition is caused by a failed crankshaft position sensor.

Get the problem codes read for faster diagnosis. I would recommend having a Check Engine Light inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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Check the battery if there is a slow crank and a clicking sound, and the car engine won`t start. However, if the check engine light illuminates, the issue could be the engine or fuel pump. If your vehicle doesn`t start, call AAA, roadside service, or another towing company to take your car to get it repaired.
The most common reasons a Chrysler PT Cruiser won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
The most common reasons a Chrysler PT Cruiser has a check engine light are an emissions system component, a sensor, or a catalytic converter. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
Some other typical reasons engines fail to start include:

Low or discharged battery. Corroded or loose battery cables. Starter motor relay failure. Ignition switch failure.

If your vehicle won`t start, it`s usually caused by a dying or dead battery, loose or corroded connection cables, a bad alternator or an issue with the starter.
Put the key in the ignition and turn the key so that the [battery](/topics-battery-chrysler/) is on, but the [engine](/topics-engine-chrysler/) doesn`t start. Quickly push and hold in the override button until you hear the alarm sound once, indicating the alarm is disabled.
Sometimes, the check engine light comes on to let you know that there`s a problem with the car`s internal diagnostic mechanism. That means the system could be “finding” a problem that doesn`t exist, or it could be that loose wire systems are creating a false positive in the system.
The check engine light illuminates when your vehicle`s computer believes there is a problem that could affect — or is affecting — your car`s emissions control system. When the light comes on, one or more diagnostic trouble codes are stored in the car`s computer. These codes will stay there even if the light goes out.
On all Chrysler vehicles, the OBD2 port is located under the dashboard on the driver`s side. It is located above the brake pedal, to the left of the steering column.
The code that kind of indicates the root source of your problem is the P1603 – which is a Chrysler specific OBD-II trouble code that indicates PCM internal dual – port RM communication failure. This code typically occurs when the PCM has not be correctly reprogrammed by a dealer.
A bad battery can cause problems in electrical and electronic parts, including the computer. It can even cause a “Check Engine” light.
Typically, when starting up your vehicle, several lights on your dashboard, including the engine light, will turn on. However, most of them should go off after a few seconds. If the check engine light doesn`t turn off or starts to flash, it shows a problem with your vehicle`s powertrain.
Whether solid or blinking, when your “check engine” light has come on, it`s best to take it to the repair shop. The light could indicate any number of things, most of which will require a mechanic to diagnose and address. Your car`s performance is computer-monitored more than you might think.

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My 06 PT Cruiser will not start and the Check Engine Light is on. It turns but will not start, what does this mean?
ANSWER : Hello – first task is to determine what problem codes are set with the Check Engine Light. It is possible this is a problem with the wireless control module being "locked up". There is a Chrysler technical service bulletin (232597) that addresses the fix for this condition.

Removing the battery cable for a minute or two, then reconnecting the cable will provide temporary starting to get you to the dealer. It is also possible that this no-start condition is caused by a failed crankshaft position sensor.

Get the problem codes read for faster diagnosis. I would recommend having a Check Engine Light inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Car started to slow down and then the check engine light, battery, and engine oil light came on. What could cause this?
ANSWER : Hi there. It is possible that the battery cable came loose or the wires to the oil pressure sensor has came loose or failed. Check the battery cables and make sure that the terminals are tight and clean. Check the wires to the oil pressure sensor and make sure that they are connected and not broken. If everything looks good, then the oil pressure sensor may have failed. Plus, check the computer for codes and see what is stored. This will lead you to the part that could have failed. I recommend replacing the oil pressure sensor then checking to see if the lights will go out. If you need further assistance troubleshooting your vehicle, then seek out a technician, such as one from Your Mechanic, that can assist you with the warning lights that came on.

Was driving on the expressway and my car started shaking, check engine light turned on, oil light turned on and off
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. Shaking and vibrating typically comes from a misfire, or poor engine performance. A lack of oil will absolutely contribute to these symptoms and amplify them, if not cause them to begin with. You want to turn your attention to the cause of the oil leak. If external (you can see the leaking oil), then you will want to trace the leak to the component which has failed. If the leak is internal (or the engine is consuming oil), the leak will be harder to find. It will also explain the poor engine performance due to excess oil in the combustion chamber. A head gasket is one of the main components that will fail and cause these issues. It is however not common for a vehicle this age to have these kinds of problems. You will also want to scan the computer, and see what codes are triggering your check engine light. These diagnostic tools will help you determine what system(s) is to blame for the malfunction. For more diagnostic help, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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ANSWER : Batteries can die due to faults in the charging system so ideally a suspected "faulty" battery should be load tested before a decision is made to condemn it. The only exception to this rule is if the battery is already clearly "old" (greater than 5 years) but even then once you put a new battery in, as a replacement for a "dead" battery, you have to comprehensively check out the charging system. Diagnostic Trouble Code P0460 will result in disruption of the dashboard fuel gauge’s ability to accurately report your tank’s fuel levels. The fuel gauge readings may be erratic, or read somewhere off scale. Vehicles equipped with a low fuel warning light feature may also suffer from erratic low fuel warnings in the event of a code P0460. Unless the P0460 code has been reported alongside other trouble code, all of the vehicle’s essential systems should otherwise function normally. I would recommend that you request a check engine light diagnostic to first resolve the fault causing the P0460 code to set. The check gas cap light warning light could be due a faulty gas cap and/or small leaks in the EVAP system.

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Okay so when I turn my lights on at night my brake lights do not work, when I don’t have my lights on they work fine.
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