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  • Neojones
    Neojones - 1997 Chrysler Cirrus - Engine - 8/18/2013
    Leaking water under belt pulleys after cooling system flush
    after replacing thermostat/flush, a shop found that coolant was now leaking from behind 'timing belt cover area'(shops words). I notice it is coming from below the belt pulley in front of engine. no leak was noticed before replacement of thermostat. thought it was ...
    • Jimm
      8/15/2013 Jimm
      If there is a coolant leak of an unknown location - as a first step, have an inexpensive cooling system pressure test performed - with the engine cold - to determine the leak source.
      Most local auto parts stores will lend the cooling system pressure tester for free or a small fee. Be sure not to exceed the pressure rating on the reservoir or radiator cap.
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/16/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Sounds like a bad water pump to me which of course means replacing the water pump and timing belt, sometimes seals also if they were overheated badly. The flush did not make the water pump fail.
    • Jimm
      8/17/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,, and - to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the replacement water pump (includes the gasket) from around $19.00 for your vehicle.
    • John's Auto Repair
      8/18/2013 John's Auto Repair
      Flushing the cooling system can bring out leaks that where about to happen. sounds like
      your water pump is leaking.
  • Debra
    Debra - 1998 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 8/17/2013
    Why is the temperature guage going all the way up to HOT and then going back down to ok temperature when im driving
    Does it several times on my trip back and forth to wrk.Thermostat?
    • CVO
      8/17/2013 CVO
      Look to see if the thermostat is working: a) if one radiator hose is hot and the other cold, then the thermostat is stuck closed. b) If both hoses are hot and under pressure, then the thermostat is stuck open.

      If the thermostat is working correctly and there are no leaks: Look to see if the electric cooling fan is operating. If not: a) Diagnose to see if the fan works by applying power to it. Replace if the fan does not come on. B) If it comes on when applying power, check the fuse and relay. Replace as needed.
  • bonnyg253
    bonnyg253 - 2002 Chrysler Concorde - Engine - 8/8/2013
    When my 2002 Chrysler Concorde LXi gets to about 2,000 rpm's it starts shaking really bad. What could be causing this?
    When I took my car to get an emissions test, it failed, with a P0016 (crankshaft position - camshaft position correlation, bank 1 sensor A) code. Does this mean it's just the sensors are bad, or that there is really something wrong with the camshaft or crankshaft, ...
    • Jimm
      8/8/2013 Jimm
      P0016 code means the cam and crank are not synchronized. Before trying to adjust the timing, check the cam position sensor. It's located on the front of the cylinder head. It's way easier to change that than timing the vehicle. Also, remember to reset the computer (disconnect the ground from the battery for 10 minutes or so) after doing this or the computer will still think there is a problem
  • nosfan62
    • wbrockstar
      8/8/2013 wbrockstar
      Im assuming you checked the fuel pump fuse,relay,and inertia reset switch(if your car has one)?? Any of these 3 things will cause fuel pump to stop working.Defective fpr(fuel pressure regulator)will also cause the same.However,you need to verify if youre getting/not getting fuel and spark.Could be a no spark problem rather than no fuel.Remove coil wire from dist cap using pliers,while someone cranks engine hold end of wire just barely off of dist cap coil post,see if you get spark.Pull spark plug wire off plug,grab it with insulated pliers,and hold it barely off the plug to see if youre getting spark.Check all wires unless coil wire test failed to spark.If coil fails,check for voltage at wiring harness on coil.Come back here when you get results from tests
  • lmom82
    lmom82 - 2002 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 8/8/2013
    The engine cranks normally but won't start. The fuel filter has been replaced since this problem started.
    The car was driven and shut off. It then would not start again. A gas soaked rag was placed over the intake and it started but could not go over 20 mph without dying again.
    • frankiedonnn
      8/8/2013 frankiedonnn
      Can you get a scan at a local auto-shop? It may put you close to the problem.A lack of power could be caused by so many things and all are not necessarily associated with the engine: Binding brakes could slow the engine down so it seems as if it's loosing power or it could be the transmission slipping.Check the trans.fluid.
  • lcarey2531
    lcarey2531 - 2007 Chrysler Pacifica - Engine - 8/7/2013
    Won't let me put gas in tank and says invalid fob key
    gas gauge will drop to empty while driving,and when I go to put gas in it acts like it is blocked.Then when I go to start it it will say invalid fob key
    • wbrockstar
      8/7/2013 wbrockstar
      After you remove gas cap,there should be a little trap door that opens and closes.Is the trap door on your vehicle opening properly?If not,that part should be replaced,it is held in place by 3 or 4 small bolts or screws.Normally if the fuel gauge isnt working correctly,its usually caused by the fuel sender,which also includes a float assembly--both are installed inside of the fuel tank.Check the wiring from tank all the way to fuel gauge for loose connections and corrossion which could cause gauge malfunction too.Il be back after researching fob problem
    • wbrockstar
      8/7/2013 wbrockstar
      A fob key is a small hand held transmitter used for arming a car alarm or for locking/unlocking doors and trunks.When you get gas,does the gas door open by hand,open by pulling a handle beside seat,or does your keypad transmitter actually trigger the gas door to open?If your keypad opens it,then thats why you cant get gas in it
  • topofthehill136
    topofthehill136 - 2003 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 8/4/2013
    Does the pcv valve affect idle speed?
    also gas mileage is poor
    • Jimm
      8/4/2013 Jimm
      Generally speaking, no - not when the PCV valve is operating as intended. In some extreme cases - such as if the PCV valve is plugged - it can affect the engine idle speed.

      The poor fuel mileage can be as result of several possibilities - check this website for further information;
  • baby.gray58
    baby.gray58 - 2001 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 7/30/2013
    Information needed on water pump
    replaced water pump and need to know where to set cyclinder 1 at
    • CVO
      7/30/2013 CVO
      2.7L Engine
      Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
      Disconnect the negative battery cable.
      Drain the cooling system.
      Remove the upper intake manifold.
      Remove the cylinder head covers, Crankshaft damper, and timing chain cover.
      When aligning timing marks, always rotate engine by turning the crankshaft. Failure to do so will result in valve and/or piston damage.

      Align the crankshaft sprocket timing mark to the mark on the oil pump housing. The mark on the oil pump housing is 60° After Top Dead Center (ATDC) of number 1 cylinder.
      When the timing chain is removed and the cylinder heads are still installed, DO NOT rotate the camshafts or crankshaft without first locating the proper crankshaft position. Failure to do so will result in valve and/or piston damage.

      Remove the power steering pump and bracket as an assembly. Do not disconnect power steering lines from pump. Reposition pump and support with suitable retaining strap.
      Remove primary timing chain tensioner retainer cap and tensioner from right cylinder head.
      Disconnect and remove camshaft position sensor from left cylinder head.
      Remove timing chain guide access plugs from cylinder heads.
      When camshaft sprocket bolts are removed, the camshafts will rotate in a clockwise direction.

      Starting with the right camshaft sprocket, remove the sprocket attaching bolts. Remove camshaft damper (if equipped) and sprocket.
      Remove left side camshaft sprocket attaching bolts and remove sprocket.
      Remove lower chain guide and tensioner arm.
      Remove the primary timing chain.

      To install:

      Inspect all sprockets and chain guides. Replace if worn.
      If removed, install the right and left side short chain guides. Tighten the attaching bolts to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
      Align the crankshaft sprocket timing mark to the mark on the oil pump housing.
      Lubricate the timing chain and guides with engine oil before installation.

      Place the left side primary chain sprocket onto the chain so that the timing mark is located in between the 2 (plated) timing links.
      Lower the primary chain with left side sprocket through the left cylinder head opening.
      The camshaft sprockets can be allowed to float on the camshaft hub during installation.

      Loosely position the left side camshaft sprocket over the camshaft hub.
      Align the timing (plated) link to the crankshaft sprocket timing mark.
      Position the primary chain onto water pump drive sprocket.
      Align the right camshaft sprocket timing mark to the timing (plated) link on the timing chain and loosely position over the camshaft hub.
      Verify that all chain timing (plated) links are properly aligned to the timing marks on all the sprockets.
      Install the left side lower chain guide and tensioner arm. Tighten the attaching bolts to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
      Inspect the O-ring on the chain guide access plugs before installing. Replace O-rings as necessary.

      Install the chain guide access plugs to cylinder heads. Tighten the plugs to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
      To reset the primary timing chain tensioner, engine oil will first need to be purged from the tensioner.

      Purge the oil from the timing chain tensioner using the following procedure:
      Place the check ball end of the tensioner into the shallow end of Special Tool 8186.
      Using hand pressure, slowly depress the tensioner until the oil is purged from the tensioner.

      Reset the timing chain tensioner using the following procedure:
      Position the cylinder plunger into the deeper end of Special Tool 8186.
      Apply a downward force until the tensioner is reset.
      If oil was not first purged from the tensioner, use slight finger pressure to assist the center arm pin of Special Tool 8186 to unseat the tensioners check ball.

      Ensure the tensioner is properly reset. The tensioner body must bottom against the top edge of Special Tool 8186. Failure to properly perform the resetting procedure may cause tensioner jamming.

      Install the reset chain tensioner into the right cylinder head.
      Position the tensioner retaining plate and tighten the bolts to 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
      Starting at the right cylinder bank, first position the camshaft damper (if equipped) on camshaft hub, then insert a 3 / 8 inch square drive extension with a breaker bar into the intake camshaft drive hub. Rotate the camshaft until the camshaft hub aligns to the camshaft sprocket and the damper attaching holes. Install the sprocket attaching bolts and tighten to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
      Turn the left side camshaft by inserting a 3 / 8 inch square drive extension with a breaker bar into the intake camshaft drive hub and rotate the camshaft until the sprocket attaching bolts can be installed. Tighten sprocket bolts to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
      Rotate the engine slightly clockwise to remove the timing chain slack, if necessary.
      Activate the timing chain tensioner by using a flat bladed pry tool to gently the pry tensioner arm towards
      7/30/2013 CVO
      The file is too large, see this
  • Humberto Herrera
    Humberto Herrera - 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 7/25/2013
    What sensor controls the cooling fan to start when temperature rises?.
    engine overheats and the fan does not start. the fan works when is connected directly.
    • CVO
      7/25/2013 CVO
      Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) Sensor.

      Extended crank time when the engine is cold
      Poor fuel economy
      Spark knock
      Lack of engine power
      Erratic and/or high idle
      Engine cooling fan stays running all the time
      Engine cooling fan fails to turn on
      Engine overheating
  • bonnyg253
    bonnyg253 - 2002 Chrysler Concorde - Engine - 7/23/2013
    When my 2002 Chrysler Concorde LXi gets to about 2,000 rpm's it starts shaking really bad. What could be causing this?
    When I took my car to get an emissions test, it failed, with a P0016 (crankshaft position - camshaft position correlation, bank 1 sensor A) code. Does this mean it's just the sensors are bad, or that there is really something wrong with the camshaft or crankshaft, ...
    • wbrockstar
      7/23/2013 wbrockstar
      It means crank and cam signals are out of timing by an unknown # of degrees.
      CAUSES:: stretched timing chain/belt or belt has skipped a tooth
      2 ) misalignment of timing chain/belt
      3 ) tone ring on crank and/or cam sensor has slipped or has broken
      4 ) bad crank and/or cam sensor
      5 ) damaged wiring to crank/cam sensor
      6 ) timing belt tensioner damaged
      The actual crank and cam shouldnt be damaged unless its out of time enough to cause piston/valve collision.Anytime the timing isnt spot on,the engine management/emission system will only compensate for a very small air fuel ratio correction amount.The cars afr is out of whack now because of incorrect timing.The vibration could be caused by sensors over or under compensating in fuel delivery or mechanical issues related to timing could also be the problem
      7/23/2013 wbrockstar
      Fix this issue asap.1998 and up 3.5 liter chrysler engines are INTERFERENCE MOTORS.This means if your timing gets out of sync by just a little,it can cause your pistons/valves to collide especially if the timing belt decides to break.Get this issue fixed before driving it anymore cause driving it ,,even if you baby it,may cause internal engine damage if the belt has skipped teeth,etc
      7/26/2013 bonnyg253
      Thank you so much. People kept telling me to go ahead and drive it anyway, just don't go to 2,000 rpm's. I'm glad I stuck to my intuition. THANK YOU!
    • usmale2014
      7/23/2013 usmale2014
      i have a 94 blazer s-10 and it is missing bad, seems to be worse after a rain, what could it be?
      7/23/2013 wbrockstar
      Usually ignition related if it happens after rain.Distributer,coil packs,coil,spark plug wires,etc
  • derekfoster532
    derekfoster532 - 2001 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 7/20/2013
    What will make the car just cut off
    battery drains
  • iceman1751
    iceman1751 - 2007 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 7/20/2013
    No power throttle control light on
    the eng. starts but no power throttle control light on and eng. light on
    • CVO
      7/20/2013 CVO
      Duplicate question.
  • iceman1751
    iceman1751 - 2007 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 7/18/2013
    No power throttle control light on
    the eng. starts but no power throttle control light on and eng. light on
    • CVO
      7/18/2013 CVO
      The engine light is on and it's stored a fault codes in the powertrain control module.
      Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine.It's a standard procedure and can't be skipped.

      1.Local auto parts stores such as Autozone ( not in California) or Advance Auto parts will scan and retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes ( dtc ) stored in the powertrain control module for free of charge..

      2. has the code reader for $17.27 dollars + shipping.
      Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles

      3.Re-post the dtc's in here " answer question " for further assistance.

      Note: we need the dtc's to identify the sensor, there are a dozen different sensors to operate the car.

      Visit this site and see all the different sensors.
  • christopherrkoenig
    christopherrkoenig - 1993 Chrysler LeBaron - Engine - 7/15/2013
    I have moderate blue smoke exhaust at low speeds and during idle? what's the deal? what do I need to fix
    There are no warning lights, just a moderate smoke with a strong exhaust smell
    • Jimm
      7/15/2013 Jimm
      The blueish exhaust smoke indicates engine wear - typical of high mileage. Most likely the cause is due to; worn valve guides or seals, or worn piston rings. Have two (2) inexpensive tests performed to determine the extent of the engine wear; cylinder leakdown test and cylinder compression test.
      The results of these two tests will give the sealing integrity of the engine and will help to decide the extent of the repairs required to fix. Worst case, the piston rings inside the engine cylinders need replacement - in which case you'll decide on an engine rebuild / overhaul or replacement.
      However, if the engine has sufficent power - no loss in driveability, then the cause is most likely the valve seal wear - in which case you can simply purchase a rebuilt cylinder head at much less cost.

      Check the following auto parts sources for the replacement parts;,, - to list only a few possible sources. For example, they (RockAuto) list the remanufactured cylinder head (left or right) from around $347.00 each for your vehicle (minus the core charge). A remanufactured engine would cost around $2200.00 alone - without the added $500.00 - 700.00 installation cost.
    • hickorynuts243
      7/15/2013 hickorynuts243
      Sounds like VALVE SEALS to me,about 6 hours work by a qualified mechanic,,TRY THIS,,drop your shifter in a lower gear while traveling down hill...about 40 mpg,,when you get to the bottom of the hill look for smoke,,,no smoke means the rings are in good shape...If this checks out ,have valve seals installed..
    • Jimm
      7/15/2013 Jimm
      May also be related the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system. Check also to see if the PCV valve is cleaned (should rattle) - if not simply replace the PCV valve at a low cost - less than $7.00 usually.
  • jcwoods
    jcwoods - 2005 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 7/15/2013
    I was driving down the Highway and once I reached 75 mph my car shut down and then would not restart?
    I had car towed to my house. I then jumped car, it started up and ran for a couple of blocks then I died again. I have had this happen before. Replaced fuel pump and problem was fixed for about 8 months. What could this be?
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