Chrysler 200 & Sebring Whether it be the sedan, coupe, or convertible, this mid-sized model offers a touch of class to every style in it's lineup

99 sebring jxi electrical problem

Old 12-18-2008, 01:47 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1
Default 99 sebring jxi electrical problem

My car is having serious problems. The battery has a good charge but wont start. It doesnt even turn over, However all other electrical equipment on car works great. Wont take a jump either. One day started it up and nothing worked(radio,heaters,lights,windshield wipers,) So I pulled over and bumped the gear selector a bit and then everything started working again. Then i get home and shut it off, took key out and it still was running. So i had to put key back in and jiggled it around to get it to shut off. any ideas? It wont do anything as far as starting now.
Old 12-18-2008, 09:33 PM
dcotter0579's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Detroit suburb
Posts: 4,993
Default RE: 99 sebring jxi electrical problem

There's a mechanical cable that runs between the shift lever and the key switch. It's an interlock that prevents removing the key until the car is in park. It also is part of what prevents starting in gear. Sounds like either that cable is out of adjustment or your ignition key switch is totally out of whack, or maybe both. There is a procedure for adjusting the cable but I'm not aware of whether the switch can be adjusted or whether replacement is the only option. Maybe another poster will have had some experience with that.
Old 12-18-2008, 10:38 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 120
Default RE: 99 sebring jxi electrical problem

You might want to have your VIN checked by Chrysler to see if both fixes for the neutral interlock have been performed. You might be able to have the dealer fix it as part of that recall.
Old 12-18-2008, 11:30 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Norcross GA
Posts: 8,115
Default RE: 99 sebring jxi electrical problem

SHifter cable issue or key cly issue.
Old 12-20-2008, 08:08 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 123
Default RE: 99 sebring jxi electrical problem

Probably not an issue with the key cylinder or the shifter cable ignition switch seems more likely. It's possible that bumping the shifter jarred the ignition switch via the cable which is why that seems related. The ignition switch is of course activated by the key cylinder. Another possibility would be that the switch is OK and there is a problem with the connector to the switch or the wire harness in the column. First thing I would do is take off the steering column trim and give the ignition switch, connector wiring a wiggle to see if it changed anything. From there you'd need a multimeter and a diagram to test the switch to see if the outputs are right for each position.

Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Chrysler 200 & Sebring
03-19-2012 06:10 PM
Chrysler 200 & Sebring
01-06-2012 05:13 PM
Chrysler 200 & Sebring
10-03-2011 10:39 PM
Chrysler 200 & Sebring
05-26-2010 06:18 AM
General Tech
08-25-2007 09:30 PM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: 99 sebring jxi electrical problem

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.