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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#1708 of 1773 Re: Instrument Cluster [seabuckle]
Aug 06, 2008 (7:09 pm)
I think I might have the same problem as you. I have a 1998 Dodge Neon and the instrument panel has gone haywire. Door ajar light flickers, speedometer does not work, interior light is always on, etc... Problem is intermittent.
I have hear that this problem is due to cold solders on a circuit board behind the dash. Does this sound like what you had? If so can you provide me with the contact information Seller: in_the_country( 166). So I can try the same thing you tried?
Thanks in advance for your help.
#1709 of 1773 air conditioner malfunction
Aug 15, 2008 (7:58 am)
a fuse keeps blowing labeled back up lights and ebl switch which causes the air conditioner to only function when the brakes are pressed. i cant find anything that explains what the ebl system is. there is a 40 amp fuse under the hood for the ebl circuit. it must be part of the brakes but they work fine. any help?
#1710 of 1773 Re: 138,000 mile Early Production Model 4dr Highline [econobiker]
Sep 08, 2008 (9:17 am)
Figured I would add an update:
This '95 Neon now has 242,000 miles.
A/C compressor died late 2001 after we had purchased an '01 Durango AWD SLT and I was driving the Neon for work commute (86 miles round trip daily). Got the non-A/C sized belt to run just the power steering pump didn't care about spending money on the compressor as the rest of the system had leaks.
At about 165,000 I replaced clutch,clutch cable, manual transmission fluid, cv axles, timing belt, engine seal on timing belt side, exhaust system, catalytic convertor - sometime in 2004- 2005. Finally got instrument cluster with tach around then too!
Soon to be ex-wife signed title on the Neon over to me in 2005- she got the house and I got the Neon (plus my Dakota, tools, a couple of motorcycles, etc).
Until recently I was getting 35-39 mpg mixed highway/local with 89 octane until engine developed miss- was still was getting 27-29 mpg though. Took it to independent garage which flushed #1 cylinder and said maybe also air pump- engine maybe too worn they said also. It does run better now though. Have been checking Neons.org for solution also.
#1711 of 1773 Re: Instrument Cluster [yolbiof]
Sep 08, 2008 (11:24 am)
We had the instrument cluster replaced at 1005,000 miles in 2002. We not have 197,110 miles on our 96 Neon Highline. The problem we have now is the radio has quit and the lighter does not work. Fuses are all good. Any ideas?
I just got the speed control working and the over flow tank repkaced to correct over heating. Did the work myself and it was a real job.
#1712 of 1773 Headlights, interior light and dash light
Sep 12, 2008 (5:39 pm)
I have a 2000 Plymouth Neon that I just purchased. I was not aware that the lights were not working. The interior light comes on once in a while but the headlights and the dash light are not working. Has anyone else had this problem and what do you think it might be?
#1713 of 1773 Re: Headlights, interior light and dash light [pbj0715]
Sep 13, 2008 (3:03 am)
this is probably one of three things. a blown fuse, the headlight bulb is just loose.( this doese happen from time to time), or the bulbs are just out.
#1714 of 1773 1996 ply neon sohc stalling out
Sep 16, 2008 (3:21 pm)
i have a 96 ply neon that i just had the water pump head gasket heads and timing belt replaced on and now my car is stalling out when i come to a stop or reverse i went to auto zone to check the engine codes and it was a code for the vehicle speed sensor can that be causing my car to stall out if not any ideas on what the problem may be
#1715 of 1773 Re: 1996 ply neon sohc stalling out [j52684_03]
Sep 16, 2008 (6:43 pm)
j52684_03: One huge problem right off the bat! Don't go to AutoZone! These type of places do not have top notch well trained tech's. If these guy were really good they would work for a dealership. None of these type of placed have factory computers.
Our 1996 Dogdge Neon Highline has 197,400 miles on it and runs good even today. I have most every record of everything that has been done. We bought it new Oct. 11. 1995, so I have had most all the common and uncommon things happen you could want or not want to happen to it.
The problem might possibly be a cam sensor as well. But the dealer could tell you real quick and save you some mony to boot.
Under the extended warranty be bought when we bought the Neon that went to 5 years 100,00 miles. We paid about $1,200. for the warrnty and believe it or not the warranty from Chrysler spent as much fixing problems in the first 100,000 miles as we paid for the car! So I am a firm believer of extended warranties. The last 97,000+ miles have been reasonable in repairs and what you would expect for a older Neon. Hope this helps a little.
#1716 of 1773 Re: 1996 ply neon sohc stalling out [j52684_03]
Sep 17, 2008 (9:40 am)
Its very possible that this could be the problem.The suspect item is called the Distance/Speed Sensor. It's an electrical item, mechanically driven by the speedometer drive mechanism in the tailshaft of the transaxle.The DSS apparently contains 15 or 16 reed switches wired in parallel. These reed switches are arranged radially around a shaft with an eccentric magnet. As the shaft turns, the DSS produces 15 (or 16) open-close cycles per rotation.
At least one of the many reed switches sticks closed intermittently, shorting the entire sensor closed; hence, the engine control computer thinks the vehicle is at rest.
this is something that a dealer or professional mechanic will have to fix. the tools are very hard to come buy and only a dealer or professional mechanic will have them.
#1717 of 1773 #1715 of 1716 Re: 1996 ply neon sohc stalling out (farout)
Oct 21, 2008 (7:18 am)
You sound like a happy camper, who otherwise wouldn't be without the estended warranty.
What car/model would you replace your '96 Neon with when it finally dies, or do you think it may go to 300,000, in which case it's too early to even think about a replacement?