If we could tell you what's causing the problems there would be no need for mechanics. Some of the symptoms could potentially be explained if the battery was recently disconnected or run dead.
Once the Check Engine light has turned on, there will be at least one diagnostic fault code stored in the Engine Computer. Having those codes read is the place to start. Many auto parts stores will do that for you for free. Chrysler also makes it real easy for you to read them yourself. Cycle the ignition switch from "off" to "run" three times within five seconds without cranking the engine, then leave it in the "run" position. After a few seconds the codes will show up in the digital odometer display.
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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 AT 5:40 AM