1994 Shadow

Tiny
HANESFAMILY1
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  • 1994 DODGE SHADOW
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 91,000 MILES
1994 shadow es, son hit tree 30 mph, left front damage to bumper, fender and hood but tire ok & no fluid leaking, air bag deployed, is there any kind of reset switch for the fuel pump or air bag, it will not start now even when jumped, just makes clicking sound.
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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 4:36 PM

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Tiny
FIXITMR
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Is it the starter clicking? Or just a relay?
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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 4:42 PM
Tiny
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Have not went any further after trying to jump it. Not sure, son is saying battery had to be jumped before so possibly this is not from the crash, just wanted to be sure about a reset switch before digging into it any deeper. Trying to decide if car is worth fixing, scrapping, or parting it out at this point. If it is just a bad battery shouldn't it still start when jumped?
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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 4:55 PM
Tiny
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Hi guys. I have to weigh in here because of the comment about "scrapping" the car. These are tough little ostrich eggs when it comes to a crash. When you see where people are killed in relatively low speed crashes, it is very likely GM front-wheel-drive cars were involved. There have been many of these near my city including four people killed in two GM cars near my house. The crash was witnessed by a county deputy on routine patrol. Both cars were going 45 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. A young girl lost control on ice, and slid sideways into the front of the other car. Two people in each car were killed. About the same time my friend's girlfriend was driving his Shadow and pulled into traffic and got broad-sided in the driver's door by a heavy rear-wheel-drive Buick going 35 mph. The car was punted a half block down the road! She got a bad bump on the head but the interior door panel never got touched. If that had been a Grand Am they would still be sweeping plastic and brains off the highway. My friend owned a body shop at the time and it only took a few days to repair the damage. Now they have the Neon with styrofoam bumpers, (that is not sarcasm) to replace those tough little cars. Newer cars use extremely unreliable computers to run the heater / air conditioning system, dome lights, even the wipers, and of course they have all kinds of electrical problems. Just read through the forums here to see all the electrical problems people are having. GM is also real good about separating owners from their money after the sale. It's how they remain profitable when they can no longer find repeat customers to buy their cars. Besides Hyundai and Toyota, Chrysler has some of the best business practices as far as putting the customer's best interests first. If you don't want to repair the car, at least sell it to someone who will rather than sending it to a junkyard. The six cylinder version is especially desirable and rare, and in my opinion you will have a much more reliable car than anything new. (That's why I refuse to give up my '88 Grand Caravan)!

Excuse me for but ting in here, fixitmr. Happy Monday to you both.
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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 5:44 PM
Tiny
FIXITMR
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Only reset switches I know about are designed to turn off fuel pump not prevent car from cranking. Relay click is much quieter than starter click. If battery is low enough or bad, jump may not be enough to make it crank. I bought 1 of those cheap battery load testers from harbor freight and that tells me the condition of battery. You can take battery out and get it tested/charged at local auto chain store.
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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 10:07 PM
Tiny
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Thanks caradiodoc and fixitmr, i'm going to have the battery checked and then dig deeper on repair cost.
Thanks again!
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 AT 12:56 AM

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