2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner’s Manual

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SECTION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2
3
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 3
4
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 4
5
STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 5
6
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 6
7
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 7
8
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293 8
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315 9
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325 10


INTRODUCTION
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CONTENTS
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Vehicle Modifications / Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
WARNING!
This manual has been prepared with the assistance of
service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
various customer oriented documents. You are urged to
birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition,
read these publications carefully. Following the instruc-
certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain prod-
tions and recommendations in this manual will help
ucts of component wear contain or emit chemicals
assure safe and enjoyable operation of your vehicle.
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.

NOTE: After you read the manual, it should be stored
in the vehicle for convenient reference and remain with
the vehicle when sold, so that the new owner will be

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
aware of all safety warnings.
Consult the table of contents to determine which section
contains the information you desire.
When it comes to service, remember that your dealer
knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained techni-
The detailed index, at the rear of this manual, contains a
complete listing of all subjects.
cians and genuine Mopar parts, and is interested in
your satisfaction.
Consult the following table for a description of the
symbols that may be used on your vehicle or throughout
this owner’s manual:

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INTRODUCTION
WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
This manual contains WARNINGS against operating
procedures which could result in an accident or bodily
injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against procedures
which could result in damage to your vehicle. If you do
not read this entire manual you may miss important
information. Observe all Warnings and Cautions.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is found on the
driver’s front corner of the instrument panel, visible
through the windshield. This number also appears on the
vehicle registration or title.

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VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS / ALTERATIONS
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WARNING!
Any modifications or alterations to this vehicle
could seriously affect its roadworthiness and safety
and may lead to an accident resulting in serious
injury or death.



THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE
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CONTENTS
A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ If You Wish To Manually Lock The Steering

Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

▫ To Release The Steering Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . .17
Locking Doors With The Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

▫ Automatic Transaxle Ignition Interlock System . .18
Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Sentry Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

▫ Manual Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

▫ Power Door Locks — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . .19
Sentry Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

▫ Central Locking/Unlocking — If Equipped . . . .20
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Automatic Door Locks — If Equipped . . . . . . .20
Steering Wheel Lock — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . .17

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE
▫ “Child-Protection” Door Lock System
▫ Security System Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . .27
(Rear Doors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Remote Keyless Entry — If Equipped . . . . . . . . .22
Emergency Seat Back Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
▫ To Unlock The Doors And Liftgate . . . . . . . . . .22
Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ Auto Down Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
▫ Horn Chirp Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ Rear Window Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
▫ Using The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
▫ To Program Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
▫ Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . .38
Security Alarm System — If Equipped . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belt Untwisting Procedure . . . . .39
▫ To Set The Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
▫ To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .41