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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 3/8/2014
    My engine oil light stays on after the car is started. I am sure I have oil pressure. Is the sender bad?
    If I turn off the car and restart, it goes off like it should. I don't want to wear my starter out early for this prroblem
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/8/2014 HouseCallAuto
      It probably is. There is no easy way to confirm it other than replace the sender which is inexpensive.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Chrysler New Yorker - Engine - 3/8/2014
    Why does my car run for several miles and die then not start
    my1993 new Yorker died then 15 minutes later started, drove it 3 miles and it died again. When you try to start it, just spins over but wont start
     
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  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 3/7/2014
    My intake plenum has a couple of bolts that or stripped and cannot be tightened can this cause a vacuum leak
    Engine idles high and check engine light is on codes or p0300 p1294 p0301 p0302 p0306
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/22/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes of course this can cause a vacuum leak. To confirm if this is the source of the leak i would suggest that you have a smoke test done.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/22/2014 Lester L
      Will that vacuum leak cause those codes
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/22/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes a vacuum leak can cause all of these codes but understand that when talking about fault codes cause and effect, this is not an exact science and there can be many variables as to which codes set and which do not. It is not a math equation with only one outcome. A vacuum leak that is severe enough will cause misfire codes, in particular the P0300 (random misfire) and can cause misfire codes of specific cylinders as well, though I can only assume that the bolts that have stripped out and are not holding the intake manifold with sufficient clamping force are located at or near the location of the cylinders that are misfiring. The P1294 is related to an improper idle speed so that could be caused by the vacuum leak. I repeat...do the smoke test.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/22/2014 Lester L
      Thanks House call auto for the info.i will verify the leak and repair the cause.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/24/2014 Lester L
      Just a up date I was unable to do the smoke test but I tapped the bolts that we're lose.Only one code came back on p1294 but has not came back on.One thing I notice car idles in park at 1500 rpm and when you press excellerator go over 2000 rpm and then settles down at 2000 rpm.Is there a sensor or switch or valve that controls this that might need to be replaced.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/7/2014 Lester L
      Thanks house for telling me about the smoke test.I was able to perform the test myself using my Halloween fog machine it really works and found out leak was coming from the upper intake plenum gasket.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/7/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Thats great Lester. Now tell me about this Halloween fog machine because I have to borrow a smoke machine from a friends shop because they cost about $1000 and...
      HouseCallAuto
      3/7/2014 Lester L
      Any party supply store sells them with the fog solution.I paid about 30 dollars for mine.Walmart has them out at Halloween time but if you call them they still may be able to sell you one.You just have to rig up a rubber hose to connect to intake.I just decided to try it and it works.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/7/2014 Lester L
      House call auto can I ask you one more question.What is the torque specs.for the 7 bolts on the intake plenum
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/7/2014 HouseCallAuto
      HouseCallAuto
      3/8/2014 Lester L
      Thanks for the info.car is now up and running.Just have a little issue still not quite running smooth which I think may be fuel related.Changed fuel filter and poured some fuel injector cleaner but did not work.No check engine light coming on.What can I do next.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/8/2014 HouseCallAuto
      please detail in not vague sentences what you mean by not running smooth. Keep checking for fault codes that may still set.
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 3/7/2014
    What is the torque specs.for the 7 bolts on the intake plenum on a 97 chrysler sebring 2.5 coupe.Is it foot or inch lbs
    Need to torque the bolts down
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Chrysler LeBaron - Engine - 3/5/2014
    Car wont stay running,it only stays runny when sterting fluid is used,.note;car was in cased in ice for about a week.
    i have a 1994 chrysler labaron gtc,sister gave me the car.it had been sitting for about a year exposed to the outside weather elements.before it was left sitting it was running fine.when i went to pick up the car to bring it home it ran fine.i parked it untill i got ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      Sounds like you have several problems. First, from what you wrote I gather the battery is
      going dead when it sits over night? Then you would need to check for a draw on the
      battery when the engine is off. If you an ammeter with a 20Amp scale you can check for it.
      First disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Next connect the ammeter leads as
      follows. Connect black lead to negative post of battery. Connect red lead to negative
      battery cable. The amperage draw should be less than 500mA or 0.5 Amps.
      The other problem of running it off of starting fluid sounds like the fuel pump is not
      coming on. Let me know.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Chrysler Cirrus - Engine - 3/5/2014
    Starts then dies sometimes restart right away, other times......
    The car will start then within 15-20 of idle time die. Sometimes it will restart right away. Other times it takes from 15 minutes up to 12 hours. No codes. No check engine. It is like it runs out of gas, yet you can smell gas. Has no spark when it won't start, yet ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/5/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the distributor ass'y and you stand an almost 100% probability of a successful fix. It might be a bad ignition coil inside the distributor but why go through the trouble of the diagnostics you will have to do in order to distinguish which?
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 3/4/2014
    How can I adjust the throttle position sensor
    I think the throttle position sensor is just out of range
     
    • bear.1216
      3/4/2014 bear.1216
      How did you come to this conclusion. If the TPS is out of range it will set a Diagnostic Trouble Code and give a check engine light. You should have the vehicle scanned for codes. The TPS is not adjustable. If you suspect an issue you should test the sensor circuit. You can probe the wires to test it. You should have a 5V reference wire which is shared with other sensors and a sensor ground which is also shared. The last wire is the signal wire that sends information to the ECM. The 5V REF wire should have 5 volts with ignition on and you should have a good ground on the ground wire. The signal voltage will very as the throttle is moved. Read the signal voltage as you sweep the throttle slowly from closed to fully open. The voltage should range from near 0 to full 5volts. If it stays at 0V or 5V or drops out during the sweep replace the sensor. Most often if you suspect the TPS or get a code for it, you likely need a new sensor. You should always inspect the connector and wiring before replacing the sensor.
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 3/3/2014
    My six way wire connector broke on my distributor can someone tell me which wires connect to which prongs
    Car has been misfiring and I found the wire harness that plugs on to distributor was loose.When I attempted to push it in the plastic must have been dry rotten and broke to pieces
     
    • Jimm
      3/3/2014 Jimm
      Cavity 1 (far left) position is; black / green = ignition coil driver, #2 = black; ground, #4 = tan / yellow; CMP sensor signal, #5 = dk blue / white; fused ignition switch output, # 6 = black / light blue; sensor ground.

      Note: the position # 3 does not have any wire connection.
      Jimm
      3/3/2014 Lester L
      Thanks Jim for the info.it is repaired now.I have another question how can I adjust the throttle position sensor.I think it's just out of range
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Chrysler Concorde - Engine - 3/1/2014
    04 Concorde 3.5L Surging, won't rev above 2400
    2004 Chrysler Concorde with 3.5L V-6. Will not rev past 2450, does not matter in drive or Neutral/Cold or hot. Throwing codes P0016 Cam/Crank position Correlation Sensor A-Bank 1 and code P0300 - Random/Multiple Cyl. Misfire detected. Recent work: Thermostat ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 2/28/2014
    Replacing tming belt the new tensioner does not line up right
    the new tensioner is lining up to be 1/2 inch farther out than the other cams and the idler pulley so the belt is 1/2 inch off the tensioner I'm worried about putting it all together am i supposed to take off the old maunel tensioner assembly please help
     
    • Jimm
      2/28/2014 Jimm
      Reference this website and instructions / diagrams: www.softwaredesignspr.com/pics/pep_info/Timing_belt_removal.pdf
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 2/28/2014
    Blown Head Gasket on an 06 PT Cruiser, or something else?
    The car has approx. 93K miles on it and has always performed well. Of late, it has been acting up - difficulty going up hills and slow to accelerate onto the expressway, on cold mornings it is very difficult to start. It has not overheated, stalled, stopped ...
     
    • Jimm
      2/28/2014 Jimm
      First step - have a different trusted and reputable repair shop perform two tests; cylinder leakdown and cylinder compression tests. The results of these two individual tests will determine the engine integrity; pumping and sealing ability - and will provide you with the proper information to determine the repair needs.

      To locate a repair shop in your area - use the 'Find-A-Shop' feature on the AutoMD website.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 2/28/2014
    Blown Head Gasket on an 06 PT Cruiser, or something else?
    The car has approx. 93K miles on it and has always performed well. Of late, it has been acting up - difficulty going up hills and slow to accelerate onto the expressway, on cold mornings it is very difficult to start. It has not overheated, stalled, stopped ...
     
    • Jimm
      2/28/2014 Jimm
      First step - have a different trusted and reputable repair shop perform two tests; cylinder leakdown and cylinder compression tests. The results of these two individual tests will determine the engine integrity; pumping and sealing ability - and will provide you with the proper information to determine the repair needs.

      To locate a repair shop in your area - use the 'Find-A-Shop' feature on the AutoMD website.
  • cellron
    cellron - 2006 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 2/27/2014
    Check engine light on.. no cooling fans working
    plugged in an OBDll code reader and P0480 comes up which is for a fan curcuiit relay bad... changed relay and got one fan to work but still can 't clear check engine light... tested both fans off of battery and both work
     
    • Jimm
      2/27/2014 Jimm
      Code P0480 = Cooling Fan 1 Control Circuit Malfunction,
      It can either be a shorted fan motor, a shorted relay or the wiring harness is shorted.

      Most often the fan motor is shorted - but since you have already replaced the relay and jumpered the fan motors - suspect the wiring harness.
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 2/25/2014
    What code can a bad throttle position sensor give.
    Car idles at 1500 rpm then when you press excellerator it goes pass 2000 rpm then stays at 2000 rpm
     
    • Jimm
      2/25/2014 Jimm
      P0120, P0121, P0122, P0123 fualt codes are all related to throttle position sensor.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the TPS from around $46.70 for your vehicle; Standard Motor Products part # TH144.
      You may chose to install the TPS (throttle position sensor) yourself; www.autozone.com - for the directions. Recognize the part cost at around $46.00 does not include any labor.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 2/22/2014
    How do you determine which O2 sensor is bad
    check engine light ON...diag tool determined O2 sensor bad
     
    • Jimm
      2/22/2014 Jimm
      Does not matter - replace the O2 sensors as sets, or in pairs - due to mileage / age / wear considerations. In the case of the 2.4L engine - there are two (2) O2 sensors - one upstream and one downstream of the catlytic converter.

      The replacement procedure is easy - remove one wire connection, then unscrew the sensor from the threaded fitting on the exhaust. Usually, you should apply some thread lubricant spray and let soak for some time prior to the removal.

      The installation is the reverse, with these exceptions - use an O2 sensor socket - similar to a deep well socket with a slot cut into to accomodate the wire. Also, be sure to apply a thin amount of anti-sieze to the threads before the installation. Reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the oxygen sensors from around $17.00 (each) for your vehicle.
 
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