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#1374 of 1409 Re: 2001 LHS Help!!! [rustyrose]
Jul 21, 2010 (2:10 pm)
I have experienced all three problems at one time or another on my '96 LHS which has only done 60,000!
Bought it 2 years ago and for no apparent reason it would not start...not a turnover, nothing and then suddenly did start....Chrysler put in a new ignition (in the wheel column, where the key fits in))...quite cheap and fixed that problem. Until several months ago the car ran like a dream but then, very infrequently, has done that "jerky pulling back thing", when cruising along at about 50/60. Also, occasionally....sitting at a light it just stops running....no spluttering, just cuts out. Often I don't even realise it until I hit the pedal to move off!!! Restarts straight away and that's it for a while.
Took it into Chrysler who said they could find no problem other than...."Don't let the fuel get too low"????!!!!
It still does these things, not often, maybe once every several hundred miles. But I am nervous about it now....so unpredictable, but seems like one of those things that the mechanics cannot see unless it occurs while in their possession. Which of course it never does!!!!
#1375 of 1409 Re: Mystery of the rough idle on the Chrysler 3.5 V5 solved! [rustyrose]
Jul 21, 2010 (9:18 pm)
1). Check engine codes.
If no codes: -
1). Change fuel filter.
If no improvement: -
2). Check fuel pressure and make sure pressure is not leaking down after shut down. These vehicles are known for fuel rail leaks. There was a recall on it. Make sure it was done.
3). If idle is rough change intake manifold gasket. They fail on all these vehicles.
4). Change spark plugs and wires this is likely due anyway.
5). At the current mileage it is due to have the timing belt changed.
Always assume the last owner was a moron. Every time you buy a used car that age at that mileage, assume it needs to have at least $2000 spent on it to properly set it up. Usually for a time before sale vehicles are neglected, at least that is my experience.
The LHS is a really great car, and if you spend the money to set it up or take the time to do it yourself it will be a good performer.
All vehicles have known issues and these have less than most and not as serious as most.
People these days are so daft they expect vehicles to run for ever without maintenance!
#1376 of 1409 94 lhs sometimes sputters so bad it wont even accelerate
Sep 30, 2010 (1:04 pm)
#1377 of 1409 94 lhs sometimes sputters so bad it wont even accelerate
Sep 30, 2010 (1:04 pm)
i just bought this car and thought i was getting a good deal but if you press the accelerator too hard it chugs and will barely go.. if you lightly step on the pedal it does not do this. when it is chugging the check engine light is flashing and so is the cruise control light.. i have a baby on the way and cont have this continue??? and clues as where to start?
#1378 of 1409 Re: 94 lhs sometimes sputters so bad it wont even accelerate [crimfisch]
Nov 19, 2010 (6:15 am)
I would replace the Idle air control valve and the throttle position switch. Most people can do them with very few tools. they are about 50 dollars when you get them both together.
hope this helps
#1379 of 1409 Re: 94 lhs sometimes sputters so bad it wont even accelerate [crimfisch]
Nov 20, 2010 (8:02 am)
I would really doubt it is either of those issues. The idler motor failure would cause stalls coming to a stop. The check engine light should stay on with a bad throttle position sensor. Any how check the OBD codes.
To me this sounds like classic fuel starvation.
I would replace the fuel filter, so you know it is not plugged, then do a fuel pump pressure test. There is access for a gauge on the fuel rails.
My guess is you will most likely find it is a bad fuel pump.
Now lets see how I do on stump the chumps. Please post back when you know what it is.
By the way vehicles like the LHS are far too complicated for shot gun repairs, like was suggested to you. You have to be certain of the problem before changing parts.
#1380 of 1409 Re: 94 lhs sometimes sputters so bad it wont even accelerate [tuscanskipper]
Nov 20, 2010 (9:11 am)
One other thought, it might be a bad fuel pressure regulator, but that should drop out on pressure analysis.
Dec 04, 2010 (11:32 am)
my alarm is constantly going off. ive tried starting the car and locking unlocking. now just want to take the fuse out so it'll stop. which fuse will stop the alarm. also wat else might be affected.
Dec 04, 2010 (1:59 pm)
Check the engine codes.
I had that once and it totally puzzled me. For some reason I checked engine codes. The code was for a bad vacuum line. I found the line and replaced it and the horn stopped going off!
So there must be an interaction deep in the BIOS of the computer board between some codes and the alarm.
That is one of the weirdest problems I ever encountered on a vehicle.
#1383 of 1409 Re: Chrysler LHS wont start [tsurnick]
Dec 06, 2010 (4:25 pm)
I am posting this way too late. Sorry it took me so long to get back.
The solution to my car not starting was a bad starter, but it was also the one wire that clips to the starter solonoid with a little clip that kind of looks like a speaker connector, just bigger. I actually could not find a replacement connector that was good. I went to a couple junk yards but they didnt have the starter or wiring harness. I called the Chrysler dealership and they said that they didnt sell that little clip by itself, but you could buy the entire wiring harness for about 400.00. This is the clip that hooks to the solonoid next to the battery cable. I think it goes to the ignition. What happend is that it got hot and melted a little and with some oil from the engine, the connector went bad. I found a 90 degree speaker connector and it fit perfectly. I did use some zip ties and criscrossed them to help hold the connector on. its been on there for about 6 months and holding now.
I hope this post helps someone even though its way late.
I will try to keep up with the posts better.
anyone know how to get scratch's out of a windshield from the windshield wipers?
their not real bad, just drive me crazy after a while.