The fact that the Check Engine light turned on indicates there's a diagnostic fault code stored in the Engine Computer. Most auto parts stores will read the codes for you for free, but Chrysler makes doing that yourself much easier than any other manufacturer. Cycle the ignition switch three times from "off" to "run" within five seconds without cranking the engine, leave it in "run", then watch the codes show up in the odometer display. Holler back with those numbers or you can go here:
The crankshaft position sensor was a good guess but the camshaft position sensor is probably a more likely suspect. It sits in the top of the distributor. Either one often fails by becoming heat-sensitive and they commonly fail during "hot soak". That's where there's no natural air flow while driving to keep them cool and the heat from the stopped engine migrates up to the sensors. it's typical for them to work again when they cool down.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013 AT 7:13 PM