Dodge Aries Repair Question
Asked on April 11, 2006
I have a 1986 Dodge Aries with a 2.2L engine. When I was first given this car in January of 2006 it had been sitting for 13 months. I changed/replaced the following: oil, battery, timing belt, fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter, distributor cap, distributor rotator, thermostat, spark plugs, air filter, power steering belt, and catalytic converter. I drove the car from Florida to RI (roughly 1400 miles) with very little problems. As my trip progressed i noticed that it took a little while longer to get the car to turn over when starting it. Once in RI, I started to have problems getting the car to start but once it was started it ran fine. I did some troubleshooting and replaced the coolant temperature sensor and fuel pump. It is now April and I have gotten to the point where I can barely get the car to start and it is stalling on me. I have already checked the timing belt. When I do get the car started, it idles radically and usually will get so iritic that is stalls. I have talked to a few people and researched the problem online and with a hayes service manual and have the problem down to probably a blown head gasket, an improper vacuum at the throttle body/intake manifold, a bad sensor, or a vacuum leak elsewhere in the emissions system. Most mechanics I have talked to have not been able to give me an idea of what the problem is and I have been told that it will be very expensive to find and fix the problem if I take it to a garage, which I cannot afford. The car has about 64500 miles on it and i was told by several mechanics that the engine is in really good shape when I first got it. Any idea of what the problem might be or how to narrow down the list of possible culprits?
Replied on May 9, 2011
I'd check all vacuum lines. I got a recently purchased (back in September....) Dodge Aries and had a similar instance; when I first got the car, it worked GREAT, then 1 day it just would not start, I had to pump the gas to finally get it to start.....took it to the dealer and they found a great many of the vacuum lines were dry-rotten and cracked, resulting in many large vacuum leaks...I went through many months driving it like that though, thinking it was a gunked up fuel/pcv system, from sitting so long (2+ years.....), so I threw anything I could buy into the tank and changed the oil many times, alternated Seafoam and MMO in the crankcase as well as the fuel tank, with no dice....then that's when I decided to take it to the dealer and they revealed the underlying problem...lol.
Once I got it running, and in gear, it drove GREEAT on the highway, no problems at all, other than the fact I was only getting like 150 gallons to a ~14 gallon tank..definitely was running rich, but it was not spoking black smoke or anything, but I had the heavy black soot on the tail pipe.
Answered by ahoier
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