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Aaron Naatz

Aaron ... 2/18/2019

1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXi 6 Cyl 2.50L


Car having trouble starting

Just started happening yesterday but the car has a tough time starting. It sounds like it's clicking or choking and then starts up. After its started it seems to run just fine though. I'll add a link to the video I made, hope you can hear it alright.

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roland 2/19/2019

There is on-board self-diagnostic capability you would possibley find useful to determine what is wrong.
Under dash at the driver's side kick panel (near the steering column and the hood release lever) there is a rectangular 16-pin socket into which a diagnostic readout box will plug, and then you will get possibly a diagnostic trouble code number, P followed by 4-digits. Go to an auto parts stroe where they have such a box and they will ofern do a free readout. Ask for the number(s) and what they mean, then send us the results and we'll go from there as to what to do.


Jimm 2/19/2019

Cannot tell or determine anything from the video.

Start with the basics; air, fuel, spark (ignition). Raise the hood, and examine the engine intake air filter - clean or replace as necessary. Next, check the air intake hose and system for leaks of cracks. Examine the engine vacuum hoses for signs of damage or cracks - replace as necessary.

Fuel filter - when was the last time the filter was replaced? Should be replaced every 30-40k miles - or least as often as listed in the vehicle owners manual.

Spark plugs - same question - when was the last time the spark plugs were replaced? How many miles driven since?
Not saying these parts need to be replaced, but giving you ideas as to where to begin the diagnosis, and what may cause an engine hard starting condition.

Try these online resources; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.rockauto.com, www.partsgeek.com - to list only a few.

In fact, they (RockAuto) list the replacement air filter from around $1.65, the fuel filter from around $6.80, and the spark plugs from around $1.80 each for your vehicle.

Fuel filter = WIX part #33826 - or it's equivalent
Air intake filter = FRAM part #CA7432 - or it's equivalent
Spark plug = AUTOLITE part #AP3923 - or it's equivalent (gap = 0.44")


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