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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1987 Chrysler LeBaron - Engine - 1/5/2014
    Car started, then stopped
    has spark fuel pump works, has gas at injector, cam turns. doesn't even try to start
     
  • symterhune
    symterhune - 2005 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 1/4/2014
    Type of timing system
    Which does the 2005 Chrysler T&C 3.8 cu. van have, a timing belt or timing chain?
     
    • Jimm
      1/4/2014 Jimm
      The 3.8L V-6 engine has a timing chain, not a timing belt. No periodic replacement is necessary or required.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1987 Chrysler LeBaron - Engine - 1/4/2014
    Car started last night, very cold, but it started. it stalled trying to go through snow bank haven't been able to start
    has spark, gets fuel at injector. turns over well.
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager - Engine - 1/4/2014
    Can i damage the cruise control when replacing heater core
    i replaced the heater core and the cruise control worked fine before after the light comes on but nothing happens when i push set
     
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 12/30/2013
    Where is the temperature switch located
    Still trying to figure out cold start problem.Ignition checks out okay
     
    • Jimm
      12/30/2013 Jimm
      The coolant temperature sensor is located on the radiator (usually on the side), or on the engine intake manifold near the upper radiator hose and thermostat housing.
  • mike
    mike - 1997 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 12/29/2013
    /good battery and connection/no power in dash or car/car wont start,
    power is completly cut off. no lihgts ,window or radio power. i removed + cable from batt post and dash reset but problem persists and when driving, has stalled and indicator lights flicker. Also have lost dash controls and read outs while car is running. ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Needs a new circuit board for the instrument panel cluster. The board is still available new from the dealer for about $400 and is not difficult to replace.
  • chevy87
    chevy87 - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 12/26/2013
    2001 chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L
    how can i tell if my 2.4L engine is a Interference engine or not ?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/26/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Officially Chrysler says it is an interference engine. In the real world, it is not possible for valve to piston contact no matter what the belt does, HOWEVER, it is still possible to have valve damage from valve to valve contact which apparently has a lowered risk of happening because for that to happen the sun and the moon and the stars all have to be in perfect alignment, but it is possible and it HAS happened.
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 12/26/2013
    Where is the engine coolant temperature sensor located on a 97 chrysler sebring 2.5 coupe
    Car does not start on cold mornings but starts up great and runs great when weather warms up
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/26/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The coolant temp sensor is an inch or two next to the coolant fill neck. If you have a scan tool that reads engine temperature you could simply hook it up and confirm that the reading matches the outside temperature of that day, and that confirms the sensor as good. No need to change it then.

      1. Check the strength of the spark, at the plug end of the plug wires, using an adjustable gap tester. The spark should jump at least a 1/2 inch.

      2. If the spark is weak, remove the distributor cap and check the spark at the coil tower in the distributor.

      3. If the spark is weak, replace the distributor.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/26/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Of course you have to check the spark on an overnight cold engine when you are expecting a no start.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/26/2013 Lester L
      Thanks for the info. Will check it with my scanner
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 12/26/2013
    Why wont my car stay running after a jump start? I put a new alternator in a couple months ago. New Battery? Fuel pump?
    I went out to start my car one morning to warm it up because it was around 10 degrees outside. It started like normal but about 15 mins later when I went back out to leave the car sounded like it was barely running and when I tried to back out of driveway it died ...
     
    • Jimm
      12/26/2013 Jimm
      Have the charging system; alternator, battery and wiring tested - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. They will run a series of tests for the battery condition and ability to hold a charge - in addition to the charging system condition and voltage / current output.
      Jimm
      12/26/2013 AutoMD Member
      So is it possible that a bad battery is my only problem? I didn't know if having a dead battery meant that my new alternator was also bad because its not charging the battery??? Your help and advice is very much appreciated by the way.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/26/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You need a battery. And especially if the battery is the original (5+ years old) because a battery only lasts 3 to 5 years on average before you have symptoms which can vary. Should have replaced the battery first.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/27/2013 AutoMD Member
      That did it! Had to remove the bumper to get to the battery. Dumbest thing ever. Why hide the battery like that? Either way thanks for the advice.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/27/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The battery comes out through the wheelwell after removing left front tire
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 12/26/2013
    Why does my vehicle have a rough idle and hesitates when I step on the gas.
    The vehicle has 135000 miles. The last tune up (spark plugs and wires) was around 90000 miles. I was stopped at the light when the vehicle began to idle rough and the engine began vibrating. When I pressed on the gas, the vehicle hesitated as if it might loose ...
     
    • Jimm
      12/26/2013 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
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 12/26/2013
    Why does my minivan have a rough idle and hesitates when I step on the gas?
    The vehicle has 135000 miles, its last tune up was around 90000 miles. The problem occurred while I was stopped at a light. The problem has not stopped. The same day this occurred I noticed a burning smell when I arrived home. I did have a current problem with my ...
     
    • Jimm
      12/26/2013 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
  • chevy87
    chevy87 - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Engine - 12/26/2013
    Timing belt broke engine stop running
    I was driving my 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L AND THE TIMING BELT BROKE. how can I tell if the engine is good or not? and if the is good how hard is it to replace the timing belt. thank you,
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      It can go either way on bending valves. The best thing is put a belt on and try to start it. There is another way using a cylinder leakage tester but it is faster cheaper and less of a hassle to just put a belt on and see if it starts and if after changing the belt it has no compression then the head has to come off. This timing belt is only for seasoned people. Do not attempt it unless you have several timing belts that you have done prior on other cars.
    • Jimm
      12/26/2013 Jimm
      Be careful - the 2.4L engine is an interference engine - meaning that if the timing belt breaks during engine operation, major damage may occur - as in the valves will impact the pistons.

      The parts are readily available; try these 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 replacement timing belt kit (Dayco part # WP265K3A
      w/o Bracket; Water Pump Driven by Timing Belt, Interference Engine; Water Pump, Timing Belt, Camshaft Belt Tensioner, Camshaft Belt Idler) from around $112.00 for your vehicle.
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 1997 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 12/25/2013
    What would cause my car not to start after sitting all night with cold weather in the morning.
    Car starts great in warmer temp.someone told me a sensor may have the car thinking its in warmer weather and not giving it enough fuel when it's cold weather.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Check and see if there is ignition spark or not. if no spark replace the complete distributor ass'y.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Chrysler Town & Country - Engine - 12/23/2013
    Engine stalls out at 25 mph-notice engine harness wires cut, showing next to transmission- 100,000
    auto in front end wreck-replaced struts, water hoses, no codes showing.....
     
    0 answer
  • sonny
    sonny - 2004 Chrysler Sebring - Engine - 12/21/2013
    Why dont my car stay running. It starts up for about 3 sec.then quits
    I only had 2 codes 1 was 02 sen. the orther was a 700 trans code.I replaced the IAC.and fuel pump and it still dont stay running. And yes the fuel pump does come on.I can use starting fluid to keep it running.Any help with this one? Thank You
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/15/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor. Probability here is greater than 90%
      HouseCallAuto
      12/18/2013 sonny
      Thank you I did put in a map sensor. But that didnt work so I put in new plugs and pcv. the pcv was pluged. But it still wont stay running. What next??
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/21/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Do you have another key to use. It seems that the transponder in the key is not communicating with the security module. the system referred to as Sentry Key Immobilizer Module (SKIM) will cause what you have happening but it always throws a related code, however, in this case the code may be one that you do not have the appropriate scanner to access. Try another key. I hope you have one.