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  • Robert
    Robert - 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 - Engine - 8/22/2014
    I had no problem with my truck until the tranmission went out, it is a 4 wheel drive automatic, so i changed transmision
    with a used tranny, but now starts fine but when u put it in gear it dies, it stays running just fine until u put it in gear and it just dies, any help would be appreciated, it never did this before i put the other tranny in.
     
    • alex
      8/22/2014 alex
      when you shift it to is jump pretty hard. if the trans cooler is plug from you old trans going out it will up trans pressures in torque converter causing it to try to stall. if it isn't jumping then check for pinched vacuum lines or fuel line with a kink in them.
  • helmtalk24
    helmtalk24 - 2002 Dodge Intrepid - Engine - 8/21/2014
    My car will be running just fine and then one time, it won't start.
    All of the lights on the dash work, but it does nothing when I turn the key. Every time, I am able to start the car by jumping it. I have had the battery, alternator and starter tested. All came back as good. One shop replaced the fuel pump when this happened the ...
  • helmtalk24
    helmtalk24 - 2002 Dodge Intrepid - Engine - 8/21/2014
    My car will be running fine and then one time it won't start
    All of the lights on the dash work, but it does nothing when I turn the key. Everytime this has happened I have been able to start the car by jumping it. The first time it happened, a repair shop replaced the fuel pump. I had the battery, alternator, and starter ...
     
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  • Travis
    Travis - 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 - Engine - 8/21/2014
    The vehicle looses power when going up hills or when you step on the gas I changed fuel pump in it
    I also changed the spark plugs and wires is there anything else I can check
     
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  • helena
    helena - 2009 Dodge Journey - Engine - 8/18/2014
    Why my car cut off while driving
    car started slowing down, like it was loosing power, pulled over turned car off, now car wont start
     
    • jdl
      8/18/2014 jdl
      If it cranks good but won't start, have a helper crank it, while you visually check for spark at the spark plugs. If you have spark everywhere check fuel pressure. Check for applicable trouble codes. To check codes yourself, at the least, you need an obd2 code reader.
  • Sparky
    Sparky - 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 - Engine - 8/16/2014
    Truck wont start in park but it will start in neutral. Whats causing this?
    125,000 miles No work on starting system done
     
    • Jimm
      8/16/2014 Jimm
      Replace the neutral range selector on the side of the transmission.

      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 safety switch / neutral range selector from around $12.60 for your vehicle.

  • Matt
    Matt - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Engine - 8/16/2014
    Our minivan died as we pulled on to a different street after driving 20 minutes on the interstate.
    It has not acted up at all before this. It has plenty of gas. We got it started again after several tries and headed home. It kept wanting to die. We kept the RPMs up and that seemed to help. We got home without it dying, but it did jerk several times and ...
     
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  • Matt
    Matt - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Engine - 8/16/2014
    We got off the interstate and our minivan died. We pulled into a gas station and got it restarted after a few tries.
    It has plenty of gas. It wanted to die when I took my foot off of the gas pedal. I kept the RPMs up and got home with it dying a few times and jerking without dying . I let the kids out at home and tried to take it to a shop about a mile down the road and it died ...
     
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  • Ben
    Ben - 2002 Dodge Neon - Engine - 8/16/2014
    2002 Dodge Neon Overheating
    I have been trying to assist my aunt in fixing her 2002 Dodge Neon that has been overheating. Work that I have done so far in the order in which I have done it. Flushed Coolant System Changed Thermostat and replaced thermostat gasket Burped the system ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/16/2014 Jimm
      The most common cause of overheating is because of an external leak from a water pump or a radiator or heater hose. The way to find the leak is to wait till it is overnight cold and maybe just pour water in and see if the leak is large enough to see it simply leak out from where it has a leak. if you pour in a half gallon or more and you still see no leak its time to pressure check the system.

      Here is a short list of possible causes for overheating;

      Low coolant level
      Leaking coolant
      Improper coolant concentration (not at recommended 50 / 50 mix of anti-freeze and water)
      Clogged radiator hoses
      Clogged heater hoses
      Clogged radiator passages
      Clogged heater core
      Faulty thermostat
      Faulty water pump
      Faulty radiator cooling fans
      Faulty radiator cooling fan switch (coolant temperature sensor)
      Faulty / worn serpentine drive belt
      Faulty / worn drive belt tensioner
  • Sharon
    Sharon - 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 - Engine - 8/15/2014
    Headlights will not work unless u pull blink switch.
    I have replaced the blinker assembly on the column and still no fix. I got another one in case it was faulty and still no headlights unless I pull for the high beams. Other wise I have no head lights. What else could be the problem?
     
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  • Ben
    Ben - 2002 Dodge Neon - Engine - 8/15/2014
    2002 Dodge Neon Overheating
    I have been trying to assist my aunt in fixing her 2002 Dodge Neon that has been overheating. Work that I have done so far in the order in which I have done it. Flushed Coolant System Changed Thermostat and replaced thermostat gasket Burped the system ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/13/2014 Jimm
      The most common cause of overheating is because of an external leak from a water pump or a radiator or heater hose. The way to find the leak is to wait till it is overnight cold and maybe just pour water in and see if the leak is large enough to see it simply leak out from where it has a leak. if you pour in a half gallon or more and you still see no leak its time to pressure check the system.

      Here is a short list of possible causes for overheating;

      Low coolant level
      Leaking coolant
      Improper coolant concentration (not at recommended 50 / 50 mix of anti-freeze and water)
      Clogged radiator hoses
      Clogged heater hoses
      Clogged radiator passages
      Clogged heater core
      Faulty thermostat
      Faulty water pump
      Faulty radiator cooling fans
      Faulty radiator cooling fan switch (coolant temperature sensor)
      Faulty / worn serpentine drive belt
      Faulty / worn drive belt tensioner

      If the compression test results show cylinders #1 and #4 with less than 80% of the highest cylinder - there is likelihood of bad cylinder head gasket.

      Perform a cylinder leakdown test to determine if this is the case.


      Jimm
      8/14/2014 Ben
      Jimm thank you for your response I am curious as to if you would know if the oil in the spark plug holes could have anything to do with overheating or if this is most likely a completely different issue.
    • Jimm
      8/14/2014 Jimm
      The oil in the spark plug holes or on the spark plugs has nothing directly to do with overheating. This condition however does also indicate a leaking cylinder head gasket - causing the low compression and overheating
      Jimm
      8/15/2014 Ben
      Thank you for your time and information. I just have one more question while I'm inspecting the Valve Gasket seal is there a way for me to check the valve guide seals as in is there some test you can perform or would it just be a visual inspection method.
    • Jimm
      8/15/2014 Jimm
      The valve guide seals and integrity is tested in the cylinder compression test. If the valve seals are leaking, then perform two compression tests; the first dry, the second test wet (using a small amount of oil in the cylinder). The wet test will determine the sealing integrity of the piston rings - if the difference with the dry and wet tests are minimal - then the cylinders are leaking. If there is a large difference, then suspect the valves or valve seals.
  • ROBIN
    ROBIN - 2001 Dodge Stratus - Engine - 8/14/2014
    Thermostat location 2001 dodge stratus
    where is the thermostat located on a 2001 dodge stratus r/t 3.0 6 cyl
     
    • Jimm
      8/14/2014 Jimm
      Follow the bottom radiator hose to the engine. The thermostat is in the housing on the right side of the engine - by the battery.
  • ROBIN
    ROBIN - 2001 Dodge Stratus - Engine - 8/14/2014
    Thermostat location 2001 dodge stratus
    where is the thermostat located on a 2001 dodge stratus r/t 3.0 6 cyl
     
    • Jimm
      8/14/2014 Jimm
      Follow the bottom radiator hose to the engine. The thermostat is in the housing on the right side of the engine - by the battery.
  • Upset wife
    Upset wife - 2007 Dodge Charger - Engine - 8/14/2014
    Is my engine blown? Please help
    My husband said his car want shifting right and then he heard a knocking noise, oil light came on and he lost power and the car would not start again. I checked the oil and he is very low and there is a pinkish fluid that has come out on the upper portion of the ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/14/2014 Jimm
      Have two tests performed to determine the engine condition; compression test and cylinder leak down test. These are inexpensive and will give you details to make the best decision. Post the results for further assistance.
  • Rick
    Rick - 2002 Dodge Intrepid - Engine - 8/14/2014
    Where is the Fuel tank pressure sensor located on a 2002 6 Cyl 2.7L Intrepid located?
    My engine light came on and I am getting the error code: P0452. So I am wanting to check the fuel tank pressure sensor, but cannot locate it. Thanks!
     
    • Jimm
      8/14/2014 Jimm
      The fuel tank pressure sensor could be located in the fuel purge line coming off the fuel module on the top of the fuel tank or in the top of the tank itself.

      Potential causes for this DTC include:
      Failed fuel tank pressure sensor
      Harness to the sensor has an open or short circuit
      Faulty electrical connection to the FTP sensor
      Cracked or broken vapor line to the vacuum canister
      Cracked or broken positive vapor line to the tank
      Plugged line
      Leaky gasket at the fuel pump module
      Gas cap left loose resulting in a loss of vacuum
      Pinched vapor line