2000 Chrysler Cirrus won't start

Tiny
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  • 2000 CHRYSLER CIRRUS
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
I have replaced the starter, fuel pump, fuel filter, plugs, wires, gasket, fuel injector sensor. What other things shold I look for?
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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 AT 11:05 AM

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Tiny
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Windshield, tires, dome light.

Have you actually tested anything or done any troubleshooting? Throwing parts at it is the least effective and most expensive way to fix a car.

All the parts you listed will cause different symptoms, which you didn't specify. Does the engine crank and not run? Is there just one loud clunk and the engine doesn't crank? A plugged fuel filter will cause a running engine to stall when the largest volume of fuel is flowing through it, which is during coasting. Spark plugs and wires will cause misfires, not a no-start condition. There's dozens of gaskets in the engine. None will cause a no-start on a Chrysler domestic product. A leak in the intake system can cause a no-start on vehicles that use a MAF sensor. Chryslers don't need that sensor to run well.

There's a bunch of sensors on the engine, but I have no idea what you mean by "injector sensor".

If the engine cranks, you need to check for spark AND fuel. Don't stop looking if you find the first one missing. If both are missing, suspect a defective crankshaft position sensor, or more commonly, the camshaft position sensor. You could have fuel pressure, but not spray from the injectors. The pump will run for two seconds when you turn on the ignition switch, but not again until the engine is rotating. That's where the pressure comes from, but the injector pulses are what's needed. This system is real easy to troubleshoot, but you have to understand how it works. Have you checked for diagnostic fault codes?

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Thursday, August 20th, 2009 AT 1:40 AM
Tiny
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Im not a mechanic by anymeans lol and this is probably going to be too late but incase someone else has this problem. Have you checked your distibutor cap and rotar.
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Saturday, December 26th, 2009 AT 9:14 PM
Tiny
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Those are both highly unlikely to cause a no-start condition but they could be responsible for a misfire. It's impossible to give a helpful answer to this type of post because of the incomplete and confusing information. A starter and a fuel pump will cause totally different symptoms, and they didn't even bother to list the symptoms. Most people here won't even waste their time trying to reply because the guesses are endless. There are too many other people deserving of a well-thought-out answer because they spent the time providing clues, observations, symptoms, and information on what they've already tried or tested. Some people just want their car fixed for free over the computer but aren't even willing to put a small amount of effort into providing basic information.

As for your suggestion about the rotor, there WAS an instance that perhaps you experienced in the past. Pulling off a spark plug wire used to be a common way to check for spark, but if done on a GM product after 1976 with the HEI ignition system, could lead to "punch through" of the rotor and a no-start condition. Thank you for adding to the story, but as you can see, there is way too little information to work with.

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Saturday, December 26th, 2009 AT 11:48 PM

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