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#1585 of 1773 Re: Problems We Might Encounter w/98 Neon Expresso [arcadefreak36]
Aug 27, 2006 (5:13 pm)
arcadefreak: We have a 1996 Dodge Neon Highline, with 189,700 with the orignal engine. It uses about a quart of oil every 900 miles, and runs very good, still gets 27 to 33 mpg. I hope it runs well a long time. I keep the service done by schedule B. The timing belt and water pump change at 90,000 is one very big key to keep this 2. L running a long time. Most mileage I have personally seen is 225,000 miles. If anyone knows of anyone with more let us know.
#1591 of 1773 1997 Dodge Neon - Crazy problems. One needs fixing. Please help!
Sep 03, 2006 (10:22 am)
Hi, I'd appreciate any help at all. I have a 1997 Dodge Neon and first off my battery would
drain when I go to sleep overnight, but sometimes itd last for days. We fixed that by pulling the
fuse to my A/C that was under the hood (big square fuse that was accompanied by about 5-7
others probably) (it was keeping in the on position, you could actually hear it click on and off if
you wiggled the fuse). That was over with though after we pulled the A/C fuse. Then,
sometimes when you turned the key it would just click, banging on the starter working, or
bypassing the selenoid (by touchin them 2 nuts together on the starter/selenoid) but now, the
starter has been replaced and it does the same thing sometimes (it wasnt replaced long ago
but I think its the same case, I just dont get why the last one was dead complately and this one
is working one and off if its not completely the starter thats the problem, do i buy a brand new
starter? is something slowly breaking the starter?), and bypassing the selenoid doesnt even
work sometimes, you dont even see a spark when you touch them to nuts together which I was
told you should, no doubt about it. Since I've installed the new starter It only DIDNT start at all
ONCE, thats when nothing would work, from banging to bypassing the starter/selenoid, but a
few times, when I turned the key itd click, then I turn the key again and it would start. Is this a
power issue or what? I have a subwoofer and amp connected to my battery (one wire) that
both shut off when the car is off. The battery is brand new its definitely not the battery ive also
checked the volts and all of that. The starter, its my second one...I just dont think its the
starter again and neither does my friend who has been dealing with cars for a long time. I think
it may be another problem in that fuse box thats under my hood, but then, again, why was that
starter dead completely? Damn what I should have did was checked if that last one would
power up when connected to a power source. Anyway, Thank you so much for reading all of
that, I'd appreciate any help or suggestions at all.
#1592 of 1773 Re: 1997 Dodge Neon - Crazy problems. One needs fixing. Please help! [mat420]
Sep 06, 2006 (7:05 pm)
Matt420: Hey, welcome to the forum! I have a1996 Dodge Neon Highline. We bought it new. These are fun cars and have a good amount of pep for a 2, L engine. I can only tell you what I do and have done with ours. I take ours to the Dodge dealer, which I thank the Lord is top notch. For me replacing parts one by one to find a problem is pretty expensive. For the most part I have regretted everytime I have taken it to a auto repair shop. They are not equipped with all the tools or computers required to do some of the more specialized work. Not only that but often the dealer would have been less in cost. So 10 years ago I just go to a 5 star dealer, it saves time and money and the work has a 12,000 mile 12 month warranty. Hope this helps, and good luck.
#1593 of 1773 1999 plymouth neon transmission shift points
Sep 08, 2006 (7:41 am)
I just bought a 1999 Plymouth Neon 4 door sohc w/92k miles.
It had camshaft position sensor leak that I fixed.
The right and back side of engine were covered with oil.
Tranny does not shift right from 1st to 2nd - 3000 rpms/25 mph. The other shifts seem fine. Tranny seems strong.
I'm hoping maybe bad sensor or adjustment is the cause... oh please please please.
I changed tranny fluid + filter putting in mopar atf+4.
My guess is this was first fluid change for tranny but I did not see any unusual problems in fluid. The fluid did not smell burnt and magnet had normal amount of filings,
I've seen alot worse anyway.
I tried to adjust throttle position cable but found Haynes
manual a bit confusing. I tried adjusting it a few different ways but tranny never changed shift point from 1st to 2nd. I have noticed that when taking off w/ 2nd on shift lever the shift is always better about 2500 rpms.
Still seems a bit on the high side.
Any suggestions on what I can check out?
I can explain how I set throttle pos. cable if that helps.
Thanks in advance.