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Dodge-Plymouth Neon Routine Care & Maintenance

arcadefreak36arcadefreak36 Posts: 49
edited April 15 in Dodge
Was curious if anyone has a comparison on the
Champion RC9YC vs Autolite 3923 spark plug for a SOHC Neon?

Which plug makes the Neon more responsive?

Thanks :D
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  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    I have had three Neons. I stii have two, a 96 with 176,000 mile on the orignal engine. And a 04 sxt. In several attempts to get more HP or MPG the Champion plugs proved they were a better plug for the Neon. Good luck

    Farout
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    I have had three Neons. I still have two, a 96 with 176,000 mile on the orignal engine. And a 04 sxt. In several attempts to get more HP or MPG the Champion plugs proved they were a better plug for the Neon. Good luck

    Farout
  • I just put in a set of Autolite 3923's and my Neon is more responsive than when it had Champion RC9YC's in it. Perhaps my Champion's were a little worn after 13K? That's pretty low mileage for a set of plugs.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    As a rule i generally change plugs myself. I have changed then as early as 18,000 or the longest is our 2004 which has 34,000 on it now, and is still getting 29 to 31mpg. I most likely will change them by 36,000. The plugs are fairly easy to change, and it sure beats $55.00 at the dealer. Good luck.

    Farout
  • I did a little research on OEM spark plugs for Dodge/Chrysler products and it used to be Autolite. Why did they ever switch to Champion? I believe in the ABC's (Anything But Champion). They come gapped at .040 and the recommended gap is .035 so a little adjustment and they are fine. I agree with changing them yourself because one time I brought my car in for a tune up, the mechanic installed Bosch plugs (yuck). Car didn't like them.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    I have had Chrysler products from 1971 and have only seen Champion. I have had good service from them, I think I will stick with what the car was made for. Good Luck.

    Farout
  • Has anyone had to change there timing belt on the 2.0 liter sohc engine .if so did you have trouble getting the crank balancer off.if so how did you do it? I`ve tried heating it up with a propaine bottle torch but I don`t think it was hot enough to do the job. any idea`s???? :) :)
  • alix3alix3 Posts: 2
    i have a 2001 plymouth neon, and i recently had an oil change and my car seemed to be working fine, but now my engine light comes on and i dont know what to do or why it does this. It use to come on before i had my oil changed and went away, and in the past went on for like a day and never came back on.
    can anyone help me? :)
  • Take your car to Autozone and have them pull the code up for your "check engine" light. They don't charge you for it. :D
  • missrubimissrubi Posts: 2
    Hi Everyone!
    New here and my 2000 Neon ES just ht 72K and is starting to have some minor issues. I just had 4 new tires put on (3rd set) and this time I was told that the factory settings "aren't there anymore" and I need to have 3 camber kits installed and "soon." So said the tire man. He said if I don't have these installed, it will wear the tires prematurely. As an aside, and I will be going back, since the tires and allignment, now when the car hits 60-65, the wheel shakes something fierce. Do I really need these camber kits? He wants $80 each just for the parts. If I do need them, I'll get them elsewhere and take them to my regular mechanic. He is good, fair and reasonable but usually keeps the car for a couple of days so I try to find out as much as possible before hand. He also just recently recommended new water pump and timing belt as preventative maintenance. Also, at 42K th eengine light started going and staying on and dealer said it needed 02 sensor, which they replaced. It was still under the extended warranty so it wasn't expensive. At 70K it went on again and stayed on. A couple of weeks later, I had the air filter replaced and the light went off. A month later it went on again. Then I had the battery replaced and it went off for a couple of weeks. Back on again 2 weeks later. I saw some posts re: 02 sensors and faulty warnings. I know this is a lot, but I like my car and am in no hurry for another car payment. So any advice is helpful. I am on the road a lot and except for many dents (not due to my driving) it has run pretty well. I get regular oil changes and tune ups.
    Thanks for reading!
  • i dont understand why my car is over heating. i bought it form a used car dealer ship, they are a new company. it is a 1997 plymouth neon. the first week i had the car it began over heating. there was water shooting out of the over flow tank. the dealers mechanic is looking at it, they put a new thermistat on it, sitll over heating. they ruled out head gasket because the oil is perfect. what is going on? does anyone have any thoughts? thanks
  • illinidadillinidad Posts: 2
    I am trying to work on my son's 99 neon sport, on which he has added a ground effects package. Does anyone know a safe jacking point for a floor jack?
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    illinidad: I saw the body shop lift our 2004 Neon with one jack, just about one foot injust even with each front tire. The back was done from the back about the same way. I know this is not all it could be, but maybe it will help a little.

    Farout
  • illinidadillinidad Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info. I found the points you mentioned. Not the most ideal, but they will have to do
  • josortojosorto Posts: 4
    I am a owner of a Plymouth neon 2000, and i want to know if i can use regular gasoline in my car?
  • josortojosorto Posts: 4
    Can anybody tell me if i can use regular gasoline in my plymouth neon 2000??
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
    Do you have an owners manual? I would imagine it would have that info.

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • josortojosorto Posts: 4
    The problem is that i dont have the owners manual, i was looking in the internet and i cant find the answer, thats why i make the question. I'm from Honduras, the cars only use Premium Gasoline here (dont know why), and this gasoline type is expensive here ($4.20 per galon), i want to save some money. Thats why i need to know if i can use regular in my Neon. :cry:
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
    You might try the Chrysler site for owners. Perhaps you can order or download a manual.

    http://www.chrysler.com/owners/index.html

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • I drive a 2002 Dodge Neon (2.0L) and the owner's manual says to use 87 octane.
  • iyz408iyz408 Posts: 5
    Im not sure if you still have this problem but mine does the exact same thing. I put a new water pump in it and did all the usual to correct this problem but it still overheats!!!I have a 1995 NEON with 100,000 miles on it.I(f you find a solution to the problem please let me know.Thanxs :lemon:
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Your thermostst is sitcking or is stuck! Easy to replace should cost about $30. to $40 at the dealer done for you.

    farout
  • goodcrdgoodcrd Posts: 253
    Borrow a heat temp gun off someone and check the inlet hose and outlet hose to your radiator. The temperature difference should be 10 to 15 deg F. when the engine is at operating temperature. If the temp difference is greater then 20 Deg F the radiator "may" be defective. It also could be a flow problem, but you stated you changed the water pump. Did you also replace the thermostat at the same time. You can check the thermostat two ways. Either remove it and place it in a pan of water. Heat the water up with a thermometer testing the water temperature while waiting for the thermostat to open. The temperature should be around 185 degs F. It should also be stamped on the thermostat. Or take the heat gun and let the engine warm up and check the temp just before and after the thermostat. Two inches either side is ok. With the thermostat closed the temp difference should be great. With it open it should be about the same, maybe two deg different. But you should definitly notice the temp at which the before and after temps become the same. That is the temp at which the thermostat opened. And make sure the cooling fan is coming on when it is supposed to. It should be about when the radiator temp hits 210 deg when the is A/C off. If the A/C is on the fan should always be on. Good luck. I have 2002 neon SXT. It is the best little car I ever bought.
  • My brother in law is having a REALLY difficult time trying to get access to the water pump, does anyone know of how to do get to it. Its a 2000 dodge neon. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
  • I had to do the same thing to my 1995 neon and I had no choice but to take it to a shop. They had to lift the motor up in order to get to my water pump. :confuse:
  • As answered in the previous response. I had brought my 99 in for a timing belt change and the water pump is included in the change and when doing so I had a broken motor mount. So in plain english unless you have an engine hoist you'll need to bring it in to a shop. :)
  • I have a 2002 Neon and the Owners Manual says to ONLY use Regular (87 Octane) Gasoline. I asked my mechanic @ the Chrysler dealership about this and he said that it is because the computer is only caliberated for 87 octane as anything with a Higher Octane Burns Hotter.
  • I recently bought a 99 Neon with 75,000mi. It idles rough when started but smooths out after running few minutes. It has new plugs and wires. No codes. Oh its a 2L DOHC
  • I have a 1998 Plymouth Neon, automatic, DOHC engine with 86,000miles currently on it. I got it used about 3 years ago with about 60,000miles on it. I know the car was beat up a little by the previous owner, since the previous owner was my sister. The maintance on the other hand was kept up to date, my dad changing everything when it was needed, oil every 3,000miles, etc. Well have three years of owning the car and taking car of it like it was my baby, things started to go wrong. First started with slight problems with my transmission slipping and over reving. Then in June 2006, i was driving on the highway when my service engine soon light flashed and then the whole car just stut down. I got it to the side of the road where i shut the car off, waited ten minutes, then tried it again. The car wouldnt do anything. I got out of the car to call my dad when i noticed antifreeze all over the road. My dad then came and had my car towed. We later learned that my water pump had busted causing a chain reaction problem. Basically, my timing belt had been shredded to pieces causing me to have 3 out of 4 cylinders bend. After alot of searching and with not alot of money to work with, i decided to have them replace the heads. My car seemed fine after it was fixed. Then about 3 or 4 months later, my service engine soon light turned on again. I got worried, by my friend told me that its probably just my O2 sensor. Then about a month or 2 later, my transmission starts to slip real bad and i started to get unexplainable squeeks from my front end and noises like a belt was wet but only on cold mornings when i used the heater. Then about a couple days ago, my car's battery light turned on and it became hard to steer. I immediately went home, where my dad told me to check to see if all my belts were on. When i did i noticed that my powersteering belt was off. Im a little upset because this is my first car ever and all these problems seem to be happening at the worst times. I planned on taking my car with me when me and my husband move to CO but it seems like my car will never make it. Can anyone tell me what might have made all these problems happen and are they connected to one another? I know that neons are prone to problems, but is this an isolated problem or what? Can anyone tell me the real reason my service engine soon light is on? Can it be because of the heads being redone? Is it worth fixing it everytime it breaks or should i consider getting a new one? Please help!
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