A 1996 Dodge Avenger problem

  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 140,000 MILES
I am justin janney and I have a big problem that I have been trying to fix since I have the car. I have a dodge avenger 96 and its a 2.0 liter and 4 cylonder duel over head cam and 16 valve two door coup. Now the problem is the car just roles over and no spark to the coil pack had it checked and the stor said it was good, and no power to the fuel pump I had the car charger and the fuel pump dose work. So far I have done is replaced the oil sencer and cam sencer and the crank sencer they were after market parts. When I bought the car I bought it as is so I dont know what happen before I had it and what was done to help fix the problem. The owner of the car said that the garage said it needs a computer brain so I replaced it with a used one but I dont know if that one works eather. I was told that theres a reset botton on the car its a little red botton and its in the trunk but I did not find it. The dash has no engin light and the abs is the only thing is on. The battery has been out of the car for now 1 year and I have wonce a wile put it on and see if it would start but no go. What is there that I can do with out taking it to the garage? Its a project for me to lurn with some help.
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Thursday, January 20th, 2011 AT 11:33 PM

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The old saying goes, "Three things make a car go, Fuel, Fire and Air".
So, start with making sure there is nothing like a really dirty air cleaner or family of mice in the air box, keeping air from getting to the motor.
Next, check the spark with a friends' assistance. Remove a plug, keep it plugged in the boot and sit it where the threads contact bare metal. Be sure to hold the plug wire well away from the plug and I really can't tell you this is safe as testing for spark the safe way is not so easy or cheap. Use common sense and it only takes one quick blip of the key. Use a new plug and spark will immediately be there or not.
Now check for fuel by removing another plug. You might want to turn the engine over a few times before you remove it. Check to see if it is wet with fuel. If not, then there is an issue with fuel delivery/management.
If fuel is the problem, try to add some fresh fuel, at least a few gallons. Check fuel lines all the way to the fuel rail where they meet the injectors.
You can listen if injectors are working as they make a clicking sound when turning the motor over. You can also use a, "Test Light" to make sure they are working. Although, after so much time sitting, they could be hopelessly clogged. You can send them away to be cleaned and checked or get remanufactured from a parts store.
Other than that and the components that need to be checked with each, I can't do much more without being there.
Let me know how it goes and I will help as much as I can.
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Saturday, February 19th, 2011 AT 11:45 AM

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