Mechanics

DODGE NEON SENSOR PROBLEM

2000 Dodge Neon

I have a 2000 Dodge Neon with 105,000 miles on it that I recently bought and it has run fine for me up until now. It had been getting around 28 miles to the gallon but now seems to be getting around 20. Also, the idle speed is really high when the car is in park or neutral. And finally, I have found that when I first start the car it will stall if the outdoor temperature is below freezing and I put the car in reverse. Mostly this happens when I back up and then take my foot off of the gas. Are all of these things part of the same problem or did the dealer pull a fast one on me? So far I have had the car into a shop and have spent a considerable amount of money on trying to troubleshoot the problem. They have also replaced the intake manifold and the idle regulator.
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Nauticus28
January 4, 2007.



A breakdown of what has been done would be cool. There are sooo many things that it could be. I might try a Coolant Temp Sensor just because the outside temp makes a difference in the way it runs. Get back to me

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Jack42
Jan 4, 2007.
So far I have had done on the car is this: the idle speed valve has been replaced, I have had cruise control installed on the vehicle, the Intake manifold has been replaced, and I have installed new spark plugs. When I replaced the spark plugs I found oil in the well around plug number 2 but figured that just means I need to replace the gasket there. That pretty much sums up the maintenance that I have done or had done. I did also notice that the dip stick has a burned on oil residue on it which comes off by scraping it with a thumbnail; I guess that means that the engine has overheated at some point before I owned it. Also, before I owned the car it had a minor front end collision which broke one of the brackets that holds the air filter housing. There is also a crack on what appears to be the distributor that has been sealed with some sort of epoxy. I hope this new information gives some sort of a clue as to what the problem might be with the car.

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Nauticus28
Jan 5, 2007.
Since outside temp makes a difference, I would probably try a Coolant Temp Sensor. They are fairly inexpensive and a good place to start

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Jack42
Jan 5, 2007.
Thanks. I'll try replacing the sensor.

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Nauticus28
Jan 6, 2007.
W had a 2000 and put in bosch platinums and noticed our mileage go down and the idle was off
check the plugs and put in plain old champions if thats not whats in there. For some reason the dodges don't like the fancy stuff!

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Marineman9123
Jan 11, 2007.
Thanks, I'll check into that.

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Nauticus28
Jan 12, 2007.
Good call, seen more driveability problems with Bosch Platinums than any other plug

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Jack42
Jan 12, 2007.
It's amazing what target marketing can produce. Too bad Bosch does not have the Spark plug to meet the satisfaction.

No doubt bro

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Jack42
Jan 15, 2007.
I replaced the coolant temp. Sensor and while it did make the gage in the car read a little bit hotter than it did before, it has not fixed either the fuel mileage problem, or the hard starting/stalling in cold weather. I did however find that the bottom half of the air filter housing has been shattered and that the throttle body assembly is only about half attached to the air filter housing due to a gaping crack that travels around three sides of the throttle body. I don't know how much this will affect the operation of the car but I'm guessing that it doesn't help. Any input on this would be most welcome. Also, I had recently installed " Autolite double platinum" plugs in the car. Are these as bad as the Bosch plugs I've been hearing about? I have heard that for some reason neons are particular about the kind of plug you use and ordinary non-platinum plugs are the best. I don't really understand why this would be, except for maybe a small change in the resistive properties of the plug. Anyway, if this is so and someone could explain it to me I would be grateful.

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Nauticus28
Jan 28, 2007.
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