The car was running fine

  • 1997 DODGE NEON
  • 123,000 MILES

The car was running fine. I parked it for a couple hours, drove it a couple blocks and it just shut down while idle at the stop light and won't restart. What's the problem.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 AT 9:20 AM

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There's dozens of parts that all have to work and you know we can't diagnose the bad one over a computer. Have you checked for spark? Fuel pressure? Does the engine sound normal when it is cranking? Crankshaft position sensors and camshaft position sensors often fail by becoming heat-sensitive, then they work again when they cool down for about a half hour. To have sat for a couple of hours, then not driven far enough to get warm yet is more typical of a broken timing belt, but there are a lot of other things to look at before assuming the worst. Have you checked for diagnostic fault codes?

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 AT 1:17 PM

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