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  • Lisa H.
    Lisa H. - 1995 Chrysler Cirrus - Engine - 4/14/2014
    Why can't my car pass smog test without getting a NEW engine???
    My car failed smog test @ Pep Boys. They offered to do a diagnostic test for $170. I agreed to this. They had my car for a day and a half...I was told that in order to smog my car I needed a new engine. Are you kidding me??? My car runs smoothly & doesn't give ...
     
    • slow rider
      4/14/2014 slow rider
      if I was you I would get a obd reader and check for issues my self or it could of been a bad day for your car when you got it tested
      slow rider
      4/15/2014 Lisa H.
      Mmmhmmm...I don't know what "obd reader" is. I'm guessing it's to check the car's computer codes? Thank you for your response. Much appreciated!
    • Pepe
      4/14/2014 Pepe
      You should definitely get a second opinion, it's a bunch of BS. There are a lot of different components that are responsible for reducing the amount of unburnt fuel(hydrocarbon). Certainly it is not your engine.
      Pepe
      4/15/2014 Lisa H.
      Thank you so much for your input. I feel like I'm at the mercy of these smog testers...ugh! If you think of anything else, please don't hesitate to comment. :)
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/14/2014 HouseCallAuto
      And after you get it solved WITHOUT a new engine, go get your diagnostic fee money returned from those idiots.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/15/2014 Lisa H.
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Plus, now I will feel a bit more confident knowing it might not be the engine. Just wish I HAD the nerve to ask for a refund;)
      HouseCallAuto
      4/15/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Pep Boys probably will refund you provided you can back up your story after the fiix. I buy parts from them every day.
  • Dan
    Dan - 2006 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 4/8/2014
    Oil leak between bottom of intake manifold and cyl head on front side. it just used 1/4 of a quart in only 300 miles
    I did stop the leak with some hi temp sealant, but now it seems to coming from a place below that and is ending up on the alternator. Help
     
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  • kwollaston
    kwollaston - 1995 Chrysler Concorde - Engine - 4/8/2014
    Idle problems and surge when stopping?
    Hi, I have a 1995 Chrysler Concorde 3.5L V6 and it idles at about 1300rpm in drive and reverse, 2000rpm in park and neutral. What could cause this? Also, when I am driving and I come to a stop sign and as I am braking and I get to about 10mph the rpm surges up to ...
     
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  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 4/7/2014
    I have four codes po300 301 305 306 and there pending.
    Cleared codes and started engine and let it idle for a few minutes.Check engine light never came back on.Is this something to worry about
     
    • Pepe
      4/1/2014 Pepe
      If something is wrong they will come back, trust me. They are all misfiring codes for cylinder #1, #5, and #6, most likely cause for this would be your ignition coils.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/1/2014 HouseCallAuto
      This engine has one ignition coil located within the ignition distributor. The misfires that you have along with the random misfire code p0300 are most likely top be caused by a faulty ignition distributor as this engine is well known for various symptoms caused by faulty distributors. I would replace the distributor if the codes return and even if other misfire codes show up.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/1/2014 Lester L
      Would the ignition coil be built into the distributor cap.Engine is a 2.5.Distributor cap has 6 plug wires connected to it.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      It is inside the distributor or "under" the distributor cap but I wouldn't go changin just the coil.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 Lester L
      Thanks for the info.And by the way did you find a Halloween party fog machine to perform smoke test.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I went on YouTube and found a guy that detailed making a regular smoke machine that produces smoke from baby oil, 32 gauge nichrome wire, oil lamp wick, an empty quart paint can and an air reduction regulator and a few brass fittings and two battery connection posts. I have now collected all but the in sulated battery posts and will make this thing in a week or so. Of course I also saw the Halloween party fog machines cheap but they have more issues than the baby oil type....
      HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 Lester L
      Great!!! Let me know how it works out.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 Lester L
      I looked on autozone.com and they show two distributors one with a .475 rotor cam and one with a .526 rotor cam.How can I find out which one I need.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/7/2014 Lester L
      House call auto I have another question concerning the distributor on my chrysler sebring 97 2.5 coupe .526 rotor came.Will it have to be timed when I install a remanufactored one and if so how do I do this.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      What is the eighth digit of your VIN, its either an "N" or it is an "H". There are two different 2.5 engines for Sebring. They put the "H" engine in the convertible which calls for a .475" Diameter Rotor Cam and they put the "N" in the sedan which is the 526" Diameter Rotor Cam.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/7/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The ignition timing is controlled by the computer, not the distributor position. Install the distributor in the same position that the old one was in. I do not believe there is any adjustment like a slotted hole at the mounting to worry about the position of. The rotor should be pointing the same way the old one was that I am sure you made reference of the position as you removed the old distributor...right?
      HouseCallAuto
      5/3/2014 Lester L
      I just installed a rebuilt distributor on my chrysler 97 sebring coupe 2.5.I order to remove the old distributor I had to turn the engine by hand.When I installed the reman.one I made sure the tip of the rotor was faceing cylinder 1 I connected wires.When I attempted to start car it would not start.Is it possible when I was turning engine by hand to remove old one it could have flooded the engine or could there be a problem with the new distributor.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 4/4/2014
    Once in awhile when stopped with brake on the engine roar an tries to take off. sometimes car will stall when stopped.
    When I start the car interior light that is behind rearview mirror comes on ad stays on.
     
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  • chevy87
    chevy87 - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 3/30/2014
    My cooling fan will not come on. its a 2001 PT cruiser,
    I test the fan an it works good. when i turn on the defroster you can hear a click sound as if the fan is on , but its not on. what could the problem be can someone please help , thank you,
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/30/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Your reference to the "cooling fan" is confusing as the cooling fan is in the engine compartment in front of the radiator. The "blower motor is apparently what you are referring to as not coming on since you mention "defroster" in the same sentence. Check the power feed from the ignition switch to fuse number 12 in the junction box under the dash. There should be battery voltage at the fuse with the blower turned on. Otherwise bad ignition switch.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/30/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Maybe you meant cooling fan afterall, not sure. The defroster thing threw me..
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 3/28/2014
    Car sputters and uses too much gas
    When I stop and then try to start up again, the car sputters and acts like it is struggling to go. Also, the car drinks gas like there's no tomorrow. WHy is this and what can I do to help or fix it?
     
    • Jimm
      3/28/2014 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
  • Tony
    Tony - 2005 Chrysler 300 - Engine - 3/24/2014
    Why do my instrument panel and headlights "flutter"?
    This is a problem that seems to happen whenever the headlights are on and seems to worsen when I turn on additional accessories, like the foglamps, stereo, etc.
     
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  • Tony
    Tony - 2005 Chrysler 300 - Engine - 3/24/2014
    Why do my instrument panel and headlights "flutter"?
    This is a problem that seems to happen whenever the headlights are on and seems to worsen when I turn on additional accessories, like the foglamps, stereo, etc.
     
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  • Tony
    Tony - 2005 Chrysler 300 - Engine - 3/24/2014
    Why do my instrument panel and headlights "flutter"?
    This is a problem that seems to happen whenever the headlights are on and seems to worsen when I turn on additional accessories, like the foglamps, stereo, etc.
     
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  • Brian Cane
    Brian Cane - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 3/24/2014
    Engine problem stuttering and coughing from taking off from a stop
    engine is idling rough in drive and coughs and sputters when taking off from a stop but runs fine at full speed ? replaced egr valve and pcv valve looked for vacuum leak can't find any stumped ?? no pcm codes ?? what should i do next ??
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/24/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Have the system smoke tested or if you are handy, go on YouTube and make your own smoke machine for like $30 or you will have to pay a shop to do it. I believe you have a vacuum leak, maybe a intake manifold gasket. I also believe a fault code will show up soon. If you had a full function scanner you could read live data from all the sensors which is what a shop would do. Which is what I would do. Check the bottom of the air intake hose, the big one for a crack.
  • beaumont34
    beaumont34 - 2001 Chrysler 300M - Engine - 3/20/2014
    My ignition/coil fuse keeps blowing out .
    I was driving.car killed no warning, just shut down.when it did...my gages was going back and forth like crazy.but, after a few tries it stared back up. So I went on and ten min later it did the same SHIT just killed gages was going hay wire.(side to side back and ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      There are a ton of fuses that have the word "ignition" in the label. Can you please state the fuse # as well as the amperage?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 3/18/2014
    My headlights won't come on. I had to hold the brights on the whole way to work today.
    This is the first and only day there has been any issue with the headlights. There are no warning lights on and there doesn't seem to be a problem with the alternator. The power is fine to everything else in the vehicle.
     
    • Jimm
      3/18/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty headlight relay, faulty headlight switch (for the low beams), faulty / corroded wiring / connection common to the low beam headlamps. As a first step - swap / exchange the headlamp relay with another similar size relay - from the existing relay and fuse panel. See if the problem is corrected - if yes, replace the headlamp relay with a new one.

      If not, suspect the headlamp switch itself. 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 headlamp relay from around $5.00, and the headlamp switch from around $37.00 for your vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Chrysler 300M - Engine - 3/11/2014
    Why does engine rpm goes up n down when I hold it above 2500 rpm?
    engine wouldn't start, sat for a while then started. now in park when you hold rpm over 2500 rpm goes up n down by itself. why?
     
    • Jimm
      3/11/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; vacuum leak (cracked / damaged vacuum hose), faulty throttle position sensor, faulty idle air control (IAC) valve.

      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.

  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Chrysler New Yorker - Engine - 3/9/2014
    Car died driving down road and engine just cranked but didn't start.
    Later the car started and ran for about 3 miles and did the same thing. Started missing then died and when I tried to start it ,just cranked but didn't fire
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Can you check and see if there is spark present or not and let me know.