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Chrysler p: My 2008 Chrysler pt cruiser won't start. I have

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My 2008 Chrysler pt cruiser won't start. I have battery power, but the battery light also stays on when I put the car in aux.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!
I'm assuming that the starter doesn't engage.
The starter not engaging could be a number of things ranging from the starter itself, battery cables, low battery voltage, a transmission range sensor related issue, the ignition switch or switch actuator pin, or the powertrain control module may not be awake.
Does everything power up when the key is turned to the run position? If so, do the radio and blower motor turn off when the key is turned to the crank position?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Everything runs. The alarm, the radio, it does everything just as if it was going to start up. Then nothing. No turn over, no clicking sound.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Someone told me to hit the starter, but that didn't work.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
Do the radio and blower motor turn off when the key is turned to the crank position?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
You most likely have a broken ignition switch actuator pin then, which is what engages the switch and turns it when the key is turned. You'll need to remove the ignition switch to physically inspect the pin.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay I'm sorry it does cut the air and the radio off when I crank it
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
Do you have a scan tool to check for PCM communication?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. I'm a girly girl. I don't even have tools. Just a jack and jumper cables
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
Do you hear the fuel pump run when the key is first turned on?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. And the gas light is on. Could it be I need gas
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
When you first turn the key on does the engine light do a bulb check and go out?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, they engine, gas light and battery light stay on.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
Was the airbag light staying on before this?