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Plugged in a heater and blew out my fuse? 2002 pt cruiser.

Customer Question

Plugged in a heater and blew out my fuse?
JA: When it comes to this particular vehicle, have flat tires been a problem in the past?
Customer: No
JA: What is the model/year of your Chrysler?
Customer: 2002 pt cruiser
JA: Are you fixing your PT Cruiser yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes, nothing
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Rear windows don't roll down
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  George H. replied 11 months ago.

Hello I will help,

You plugged a heater into the lighter outlet?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
because my heater doesn't work
Expert:  George H. replied 11 months ago.

Ok, so you have two issues, the lighter outlet and the blower motor do not work?

Is the engine coolant full?

Does the blower motor run for the heater or is it dead?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Blower motor runs, heater core was bypassed.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Right now I want to fix the blown fuse or what ever
Expert:  George H. replied 11 months ago.

The lighter fuse is in the underhood fuse block, there are two columns of small fuses, the lighter is the third down in the right column. A 20 amp fuse.

Sounds like the heater draws more than 20 amps if it blew the fuse so you cannot use it. You need to get the heater core replaced so you can use that.

Let me know how I can help


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Do you know why the back windows don't roll down, that's how I acquired car
Expert:  George H. replied 11 months ago.

They are run out of the front window switch, if the passenger window works I would be looking at the wiring to the rear windows, if the passenger does not work from the switch then check the lockout switch on the driver's controls.

Ley me know how i can help

Thank you

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It's both rear windows, any ideas would be appreciated
Expert:  George H. replied 11 months ago.

The best idea is that you have a wiring fault. If you have a voltmeter and the ability to remove the interior trim panels we may get to the bottom of the problem.

Please let me know if you have a voltmeter.