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Dodge/Plymouth Neon Maintenance and Repair



  • kgomez88kgomez88 Posts: 2
    i recently started having a problem with my 1998 plymouth neon highline i started by thinking it was the battery dying so i jumped it a few times and then replaced the battery a week later im having the same problem i did the whole take off the battery cable to see if the alternator is working and it seemed to b fine and now its doing the same thing the other thing it does is when your driving the gauges will randomly stop working and come back on and also when i stick the key in the ignition the gas gauge and temp gauge will start moving up n down wo me even turning the key does n e one have n e ideas n e feed back would b greatly appreciated
  • I was just wondering if you figured out what was wrong after you posted this. I have the same problems with my 98 neon. Took the car in about my battery draininfg and they said it was my dhl's so the disconnected them and I havent had that problem since. Yet I still have the problem with my gauges including my speedometer. Please let me know what you found out. Can't be wasting all my money, as I am a single mom, letting some mechanic try different things till he figures it out.
  • how much pressure did you put in.
  • My 98 Plymouth neon starts and idles fine. After driving it do about 15-20 mins it loses all power n just shuts off. I'll let it sit for a couple hours n it'll start right back up and do the same thing. I've checked/replaced the coil pack, map sensor, crank sensor, o2 sensors, spark plugs n wires. I have no clue where to turn to next. If anyone has had this problem or maybe an idea I could run with it would be great!
  • huh? you shouldn't have to loosen the pump at all... not sure but i know on mine all i have to do is put a 11/16 (or whatever) wrench on the tip of the auto tensioner and relieve pressure from the accessory belt and slip it right off...i dont think i had to loosen my pump at all when i replaced my main belt
  • I have a 2000 Plym Neon and when I drive the car for a while and it gets warmed up, if I turn it off I have to wait anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes before the car will start. I replaced the battery and cables and starter selenoid. I have been told because of where the starter is located, under the manifold for the fan, the heat from the engine heats up the starter and I have to wait until it cools down before it will connect and start. Do I need a heat shield for my starter rather than replacing it? It doesn't sound like the starter is going out.
  • dodgeluvdodgeluv Posts: 1
    My check engine light is coming on in my 2005 Dodge Neon and it loses power when this happens. I shut it off, start it again and power is regained. Had plugs, plug wires and ignition coil replaced about 2 months ago. I notice this happens most frequently after I've driven at highway speeds for 30 or more miles.
  • Hi, Sorry i am sort of confused. I have the same problem you do with the battery. My gauges are fine. But you said it was your DHL's? what is that? how much did it run you to fix it? Seems as though i've had nothing but problems with my neon.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    I'm guessing those are the daytime headlights.

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  • I don't have my headlights on in the daytime.... any other suggestions?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
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  • did you ever figure it out because mine has the same problem
  • I bought a neon from the auction and the car has not ran since I got it home. When I first got it, it would die when come to a stop. I have since replaced the catalytic converter the exhaust pipes the transmission and the battery. I still can't get the car to run the cat lights up red when the car is first started on a cold start. Does anyone have any suggestions for this problem.
  • 2000 Dodge Neon makes screaming noise when accelerated. Sounds like the belt but have heard it could be water pump.
  • dsj1979dsj1979 Posts: 2
    well its about time to answer questions I geuss.

    ok for those looking for loud noises find a brick on accelerator and apply the gas pedal while car is in park or neutral while hood on car is up till squealing noise is going on. Dont!!!! do this for long go to the front locate where noise is coming from if and I believe it is sound should come from left front near head light area thats water pump buy refurbished one and be prepared to pay about 300 in repairs tire has to be removed then wall then peices of motor and the antifreeze has to be drained. Not fun had it done.
  • Hey there! I also have a 2005 Neon SXT. I had the exact same problem! For about 2 weeks when it started to occur, I found that putting the car in NEUTRAL then turning the car off for about 10 seconds and turning it back on would quickly fix the problem (for a few hours). I know that is not ideal but it worked for me.

    I then took my car to the shop and got the CO2 sensor replaced and the KNOCK sensor replaced and it fixed the problem. Exactly 1 year later the same thing started happening again. I got the same 2 sensors replaced and it has not happened since (about 5 years now). For the 2 sensors and labor it cost me about $300 total each time. Hope this helps!

    FYI - I love this little car! However, mine has A TON of electrical problems!!

    @neonproblem said: Have a 2005 Neon SXT in the shop for 3 weeks now, dealer can not find problem, has even contacted Chrysler for advice but they can not fix it. Runs fine until I get to 63 mph then cruise control shuts off and it will not go any faster. Code P0340 (cam position sensor) came up when we took it in so the cam sensor was replaced, didn't fix the issue

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