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  • Judy
    Judy - 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 11/30/2013
    Car hasitates to turn over. I put a new cam shaft comp. chip on, & it still wont start!
    I have put a new cam senser on, got a starter senser. Was told where it goes, but having a hard time locating it!
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/30/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I need fault codes and more info than what you supplied to really help at all. Tell the full story from beginning with all details. Plenty of room here...GO

      Also, plug in a code reader and read fault codes. This step cannot be skipped. If you do not have a code reader, buy one for $20 from
  • knighttech
    knighttech - 1995 Chrysler Concorde - Engine - 11/28/2013
    Vehicle warms up then starts to jump or buck at cruising speed or under slight uphill grade.
    Sometimes vehicle will stall when coming to a stop but start right up then stall again when put into gear. Always idles and revs smoothly. Plugs, wires, MAF sensor, fuel filter all replaced. Engine or drivetrain?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/28/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Just go ahead and replace both the cam sensor and the crank sensor and you stand a high probability of resolving this.
      11/28/2013 knighttech
      Will do tomorrow or Saturday, must cook turkey today. Thanks a bunch. Will let you know what happens. Have a great Thanksgiving.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Chrysler Pacifica - Engine - 11/25/2013
    I get a 2 bell alarm the abs and brake light flash. Then dash and head light flicker .
    The problem does not show in the check eng code. the very most recent happening with car is 1 I was in a car acc w / damage to the rear of car . And recently replaced battery. That was when this problem started . it had stalled the car a few times but starts ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/18/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Unless you have access to a professional level scanner like an OTC Genisys or a Snap-on equivalent you are not reading all the modules in the car that are relevant to the problem at hand. First step, confirm a full code check of every module, not just the P-codes for the engine and tranny. There are B codes and C codes and U codes. If you cannot check these other modules and read the inputs and outputs you cannot fix the car. Just sayin.
      11/20/2013 AutoMD Member
      Can I get these from a parts store or will I have to go to the dealer ,
      11/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      These are $2000 and up scanners that professional mechanics buy and pay off for like 2 years. Unless you gonna go in the business it will not pay for itself. You might be able to buy a used Genisys with updates to cover your year vehicle for under $1000. Have to check.
      11/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      For example on a very quick (30 seconds search)
      11/25/2013 AutoMD Member
      When I asked if I could get these from the parts store I was meaning the codes,now I went to pep boys they said they believe the problem to be in the alt. I replaced alt .and the problem still presents itself..since replacing alt I now get a click in shifter console only in park when I press pedal. And a menu alert pops a service park assist system ??.never heard of it .could this be my root problem?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I understand all details. You still cannot begin to diagnose this unless you read codes, all of them in all modules. Which brings you back to my previous answer. Nobody in the auto repair industry is able to draw any conclusions at all until a code check is done in the appropriate module with the appropriate scan tool. If your abs light were on you check codes in the abs module. If the air bag light comes on you check codes in the SRS module with a SRS capable scan tool. Not only do you need to read any fault code data but also live sensor values as well. Take this vehicle to a Chrysler dealer or to a shop that is capable of getting into this.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 11/20/2013
    Why is the ABS & Air bag lights are on and my cruise control has stop working?
    I had an engine installed and now the ABS light, & air bag lights are on and the cruise control is now not functioning.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Have to read abs codes and air bag codes. The air bag problem is likely a bad clock spring under the steering wheel but that needs confirmation. The abs system and the air bag system (srs system) both have the ability to store error codes / fault codes / trouble codes / whatever you want to call them. A professional level scanner is needed to read the codes though. This is NOT a DIY diagnosis at all.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 11/20/2013
    Where is the fusible link going to the alternater
    replaced a good alternater and was advised to change the fusible link
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 11/16/2013
    Van cuts off while driving. Will restart a few times then starter will not engage.
    Van cuts off after about 20 minutes of driving. Dash stays on. No waring lights. Will restart. Cuts off a few more times. After a few more starts starter does not engage. Had towed to dealer. Started right up and could not replicate problem. They thought is was ...
    • bear.1216
      11/16/2013 bear.1216
      You should inspect your battery cables and connections. Loose or corroded cables or terminals could cause this problem. A bad starter could also be an issue. Does the vehicle stall at highway speeds or at stop signs. You likely have two problems. The stalling issue and starter problem may be unrelated. I have seen vehicles stall out because of a bad starter. The power wire for the main relay center may be attached at the starter terminal. When the starter gets hot it can cause shorted or open circuits that could cause both problems. When the starter fails to engage you must test the ignition switch. Run a test wire to the starter ignition terminal to test it next time it fails. A faulty ignition switch could cause these problems also. You must get the vehicle to repeat the failure and test while it is dead. Do this by running test wires in advance to key circuits There are also fusible links running to the main relay center and if they overheat or are partialy blown you would lose electrical power. Also check the main power or ASD relay. The Auto Shutdown Relay basically runs all the vital engine starting, ignition, and fuel pump circuits. A bad ASD relay would cause your problems also. You need to make the vehicle fail to test it so have your jumper wires installed and ready to test as soon as it fails. Make a list of checks to make when it dies and run test wires to those circuits for quick and easy testing.
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 11/15/2013
    How do you change a camshaft oil seal on a 97 chrysler sebring coup 2.5
    Is it pretty hard to do or is it easy
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/15/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Not a DIY job at all. You did not say your level of knowledge of auto repairs. Replacing this seal requires removing the timing belt which is high skill level for this engine.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/15/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Not a DIY job at all. You did not say your level of knowledge of auto repairs. Replacing this seal requires removing the timing belt which is high skill level for this engine.
      11/16/2013 Lester L
      Thanks for the reply but I noticed it was not coming from the cam seal coming from the valve cover tightened the valve cover and no more leak.But looks like the oil pan gasket and trans.gasket will have to be replaced
  • johhny
    johhny - 2001 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 11/13/2013
    Loud grinding coming from engine department
    Since the cold weather, my car started to make loud grinding noise from engine department, oil was low, added oil but still makes noise, have a small leak with anti-freezw but adds when low, car run find but the loud noise scares me. (HELP)
    • bear.1216
      11/13/2013 bear.1216
      Could need a water pump. The bearings can make a grinding noise when they wear out. Also the A/C compressor should be checked. Your best bet is to remove the drive belts and spin each pulley by hand to determine which one is noisy or binding.
  • Cammy36
    Cammy36 - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 11/11/2013
    I have a 2001 PT Cruiser. I was told to have my timing belt replaced at 64,000 miles, but didn't I'm now at 65,200 mile
    My car won't start. There is a clicking sound after I turn the key in the ignition. What can the problem be?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/11/2013 HouseCallAuto
      It's not a failed timing belt. Might be a bad starter. Did you try to jump start the battery?
  • JuJuBee
    JuJuBee - 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 11/9/2013
    I hear sqeeling from my engine...
    I hear sqeeling from my engine... when it starts then goes away when I accelerate. It squeels when I come to a stop while driving then goes away when I accelerate. It does not happen all the time but is occuring more frequently lately (75% of the time)
    • bear.1216
      11/9/2013 bear.1216
      You probably need new belts. As your old belts wear out they stretch and lose tension. The squeeling is what you hear when the belt is slipping. You should replace all your belts and it should be good.
  • JuJuBee
    JuJuBee - 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 11/8/2013
    I hear squeeling from my engine when it starts and...
    I hear squeeling from my engine when it starts and then it goes away when I accelerate, then squeels when I come to a stop light then goes away when I accelerate. It does not happen all the time but is getting from frequent lately,
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/8/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The alternator belt either needs to be tightened or replaced.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1980 Chrysler LeBaron - Engine - 11/5/2013
    I need diagram of fuel lines at pump and filter
    i replaced fuel filter and fuel pump, cant figure how to reassemble
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 11/4/2013
    Why is my car squealing after I've driven it a couple of miles
    It squeals very loud and almost exactly at the same time of travel. It only happens once, but it is very loud and last about a minute. It gradually stops. Its been suggested it is a belt, but has no relation to my steering wheel or my brakes.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/4/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes, it is a belt . Replace the belt or tighten it at least.
  • vjackson
    vjackson - 2002 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 10/30/2013
    The computer says there is nothing wrong with the car but it stalls and lunges. Two mechanics say they can't find prob
    179,000 miles had new computer installed and all wiring checked. It happens when cold and warm. It happens when I am driving, no engine light or warning lights.
    • Jimm
      7/26/2013 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
    • tec13
      10/30/2013 tec13
      check the idle control this causes the engine to stall / stumble with no code at time if coming to a stop at alight and engine stall this is the problem.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Chrysler Concorde - Engine - 10/27/2013
    Car won't start, yet has normal cranking.
    Was driving 55mph and the rpms went to 5ooo and the car quit. Its like it was in neutral. It tries to start normally but wont. I have had problems with it starting off and on but never driving downthe road at this speed and quitting. I just wait about 10 minutes and ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/27/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You absolutely must plug in a code reader and see if any fault codes are stored. You can obtain a code reader from amazon for $17 with the shipping. Takes a minute to check for codes. This is the first thing a professional would do, only thing is that a .pro would likely use a $2000 scanner to see more data, but a code check is the same whether the scanner is $17 or $2000 and without a code check anything I suggest is just conjecture at this point. I also want to know if the code reader you use cannot establish communication with the vehicle computer as often this can happen and this would also tell me something. The malfunction indicator lamp need not be illuminated for a fault code to be stored.
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