99 Sebring Convertible - check engine soon/odd elec. problems

#1

About 2 weeks ago, when the “check engine soon” light came on, I put my car in the dealership shop for service. The mechanics said they weren’t “getting a code” when they performed the diagnostic, so they simply re-charged the battery. They claimed everything was fine after that and I took it home.



Within a half a mile of my house, the “check engine soon” light reappeared and my car radio died. Also, when I turned the car off, the electrical (odometer, dash lights, etc.) remained on for about 45 seconds and I heard a “whirring” noise from the dash (as though the defroster was trying to start up).



I’ve checked the battery - the cables look ok and the posts look very clean (no corrosion at all).



What else could cause the strange electrical problems?



Thanks for your help!

Nancy in Arizona

#2

Was this ever resolved? I have a similar problem with my 2000 Sebring and can’t seem to find anything wrong.

#3

Now, that the check engine light has come on, you have a Diagnostic Trouble Code set in the engine computer. You can get this code with a scan performed by many of the auto parts stores, such as Auto Zone, Advance Auto Parts stores,free.
Get the scan and bring the code here. You only need the code: such as P0555.
Ask around for a good independent repair shop. You should be able to find one which has the expertise to work this problem, hopefully.

#4

Since things are staying on even after you have turned the ignition switch to OFF then either the ignition switch is bad or there may be a power relay involved to those areas you mentioned, that is holding the power connection on due to stuck contacts.