Car won't start no spark

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SHERRICK
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I have 94 chrysler concord it wont start it also is not getting a spark I had the camshaft sensor changed but it wasn't the problem what should I try next?

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Friday, December 21st, 2007 AT 1:34 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

This sounds like a classic crankshaft angle sensor that has gone out. Here is a guide to give you an idea of what you are in for when doing the job.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/crankshaft-angle-sensor-replacement

Here is how it is done on your car (Below)

The crankshaft position sensor at the transaxle bellhousing. That checks out time to go thru all ignition components such as the coil, distributor pick-up, ignition control module and cam and crankshaft sensor. Or the computer itself. Do you have power to the coils?

Here is a full guide

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Check out the diagrams (Below)

Let us know what happens and please upload pictures or videos of the problem.

Cheers, Ken

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Saturday, January 6th, 2018 AT 1:01 PM
Tiny
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Electrical problem
1994 Chrysler Concorde 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

We just bought a new battery and it wont start. The lights and the radio still turn on.

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Welcome to the forum, If the starter won't crank, make sure the battery connections are good. Then check the circuits at the starter relay in power distribution center under the hood. Voltage for the load side of relay is hot all the time. Voltage for the coil side of relay goes hot with the key in the crank position. You can unplug relay and use a testlite on the circuits.

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Why did you buy a new battery? There's a dozen different symptoms that owners describe as "won't start". If you describe what it's doing, we can give you a better idea of what to check.

Does the engine crank normally but it doesn't run? Do you just hear one kind of loud clunk from the starter but it doesn't spin the engine? Do the headlights or dome lights go very dim or stay bright when trying to crank the engine? Did the engine stall previously while you were driving the car, and it wouldn't restart, or was it running fine the last time you drove it, and now it won't start after turning the engine off?

You can't just tell your doctor you're in pain and expect him to treat you without giving him more information. He won't know if you have a stomach ache, a hang nail, or you cut your foot off with a chain saw!

What have you done so far to try to diagnose the problem?

Caradiodoc

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Drove through waist deep water. Water filled engine through air intake. Engine died immediately replaced spark plugs wires and ignition coil after removing water from engine cylinders reset car by using ignition keys off and on engine ran fine for about 2 hours replaced battery. The battery never started after that.

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What is the symptom? It's hard to guess from your description if we're talking about a starter problem or a crank-but-no-start problem.

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Computer problem
1994 Chrysler Concorde 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 200000 miles

I have a 1994 Chrysler Concorde 3.3L. The car was running fine, then became difficult to start about the last three or four starts and then wouldn't start at all. I can't hear fuel pump kick in. I tried the ignition test on off on off on but the check engine light just flashes once very briefly while turning the key the first two times, and then no lights except the oil can and light under the P (PRNDL). Not sure where to start.

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Inspect and test the ASD relay then do below

Get a carb cleaner and spray into the carb or the throttle body on an EFI. Did it start and die? If not disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine -have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel problem, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light.

If both fuel and spark is present-check the valve and ignition timing, this will lead you to problems with compression and valves opening and closing at the wrong time

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Engine Mechanical problem
1994 Chrysler Concorde 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 150000 miles

I go to turn on the car and it only "clicks" once and doesn't turn over at all. Battery is good.

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If that click your hearing is solid and coming from the starter, then you likely have a bad starter. Make sure all the cable connections are good.

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After I bought this concorde 94 by 2 days I tried to start but didn t work the car starts for just seconds then shuts down on its own even if I push gas pedal, after several tries and about 45 minutes the car worked like nothing is wrong every thing was going fine. This error happened many times it starts for just 1 or 2 seconds it turns off from its own. I went to the mechanic but he said he can t figure out anything and he checked every thing was very good. Then I left it with him overnight so he can check what is wrong. He told me fuel pressure and pump were good, but ignition spark and injector signal gets weak in intensity causing the car not to work. He suspects either Hall effect sensor cam position sensor or crank position sensor and / or pcm. Now I can t afford changing these parts as he said it would cost at least 700$. Any idea is this error could be caused due to something else? Is it progressive, I mean is it possible that one day the car won t work forever?
Please note that when the car is working there is nothing wrong with it.
Thanks

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Saturday, January 6th, 2018 AT 1:02 PM (Merged)
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$700.00???? It's time to find a different mechanic.

Thanks to the politicians you and I voted for, there is so much government regulations, taxes, and unnecessary involvement that repair shops have to charge at least $100.00 per hour, and I don't understand how they can afford to stay in business at that rate, but there is something wrong here with that estimate. Each of those sensors should cost less than $70.00. The crankshaft position sensor is a little difficult to get to and could take an hour to replace. Keep in mind this doesn't include any diagnostic time, but just to replace the part, part and labor should be less than $200.00.

The camshaft position sensor is real easy to reach and can be replaced in a couple of minutes.

Your mechanic may have included some diagnostic time in the estimate, and he may have inflated the estimate to cover unexpected or unknown things that might not be needed. Your final bill could be a lot less than $700.00.

If the engine runs at all, as in one or two seconds, you know it has spark and fuel pressure. To stop after two seconds is what happens when the theft deterrent system kicks in. What needs to be done is to determine if the automatic shutdown (ASD) relay is turning on when the engine won't start. That can be done by measuring the voltage on the dark green / orange wire going to the ignition coil pack, any injector, or either small wire on the back of the alternator. A test light works better for this than a voltmeter because most digital voltmeters don't respond fast enough. You should see voltage on that wire for one second after turning on the ignition switch, then it will go away. You might hear the hum of the fuel pump too for that one second. Next, that voltage must come back during engine rotation, (cranking or running). When it doesn't come back and the engine never starts, that's the time to suspect the cam or crank sensor.

That voltage must go to 0 volts when the engine stops running for any reason. This can be hard to catch, but you have to see if the engine stops first, then the voltage goes to 0 volts one second later, or does that voltage go to 0 volts, then the engine stops right away.

Another approach is to read the diagnostic fault codes to see if one is set related to those sensors. Be aware that they often don't set just from cranking the engine. The sensor has to fail while you're driving, then the loss of signal will be detected as the engine coasts to a stop. These codes may not turn on the Check Engine light because they don't relate to things that could adversely affect emissions.

Chrysler makes it possible to read the fault codes yourself. Cycle the ignition switch from "off" to "run" three times within five seconds without cranking the engine, leave it in run, then count the flashes of the Check Engine light. You'll see a series of flashes for the first digit of the code, a pause, then another series of flashes for the second digit. After a longer pause, the next code, if there is one, will flash the same way. Code 55 just means it's done flashing codes.

You can go here to see what the codes mean:

http://www.2carpros.com/articles/retrieve-trouble-codes-for-chrysler-dodge-plymouth-odb1-1995-and-earlier-car-mini-van-and-light-trucks

You can also have the codes read at an auto parts store. Many of them do that for you for free. It's important to not disconnect the battery or let it run dead because that will erase any codes, then that valuable information will be lost. If there are no codes stored in the Engine Computer, the next step would be to connect a scanner to view live data. I use Chrysler's DRB3 scanner. A lot of independent shops have them too because with an additional plug-in card, they will work on any brand of vehicle sold in the U.S., but only for emissions-related things. That includes engine sensors. It will list the cam and crank sensors, and "no" or "present" for each one. If one of those signals is missing when the engine won't start, that is the circuit that needs further diagnosis. The sensor has about a 50 percent chance of being the cause of that code. The rest of the time it's a wiring problem related to that circuit.

What is much more common for the symptom you described is a failing fuel pump. Pumps on GM vehicles tend to fail while you're driving, so they suddenly leave you stranded on the highway. Chrysler fuel pumps almost always fail to start up, leaving you stranded in your driveway or a parking lot. The clue to a dead pump is you won't hear it hum for one second when you turn on the ignition switch. Banging on the bottom of the gas tank often gets them going, but that works best if a helper is cranking the engine at the same time. Once the pump does start running and the engine starts, it will stay running at least until you stop the engine again.

At the mileage you listed, you're probably due for the second replacement fuel pump. My '88 Grand Caravan is 25 years old and just turned 260,000 miles yesterday, and I put in the first replacement pump about two months ago. It's not common for any pump to last that long. The additional clue to a failing fuel pump is you'll still have spark when the engine doesn't start.

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Thank you so much for your reply.
The fuel pump should be good, the mechanic tested it and also I can hear it kicks in. Is it ok to keep driving it or should I leave it parked till we can figure out the problem? The mechanic told me each sensor would be 300-400 $ plus labor ajd tax !

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Some diagnosis needs to be done. It doesn't matter if you drive it or not. Nothing else will be damaged, but you need to start somewhere, and the least desirable place is by throwing random parts at the problem. That's the most expensive and least effective way to diagnose a problem. Start with the fault codes. If there's any related to the cam or crank sensor, that will cut the list of suspects in half.

The problem with replacing parts for an intermittent problem is you never know if it's fixed. If the problem acts up again, you know whatever you did didn't solve anything. If it doesn't act up again, how do you know if it's really fixed?

That said, if you want to do something yourself, get a copy of the manufacturer's service manual and read the section about replacing the camshaft position sensor. You might want to try that yourself. If you have a "pull-your-own-parts" salvage yard near you, you'll find dozens of cars there with the same engine size and sensor. You can practice taking that one off. It's right on top of the front of the engine. If you live anywhere between Indianapolis and southern Georgia, do a search for "Pull-A-Part" and see if they have a yard near you. I just got back from a 1500 mile round trip yesterday. I was at the Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY yards. They're all very clean and well-organized. A used sensor and the service manual from eBay will cost a whole lot less than what your mechanic wants for replacing one sensor.

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Saturday, January 6th, 2018 AT 1:02 PM (Merged)
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Thank you so much you really helped a lot. Now I confirmed that my problem is the anti-theft is not disarmed if I try to open the car using the key ! It is only disarmed when I open it using the keyless entry. But now my question is, my is this happening? Is there a major electric problem or it is just minor issue?
Thank you so much for your time

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Electrical problem
1994 Chrysler Concorde 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive 105 miles

the car cranks up but does not spark up

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Do you have spark at all cylinders?

Also you have fuel pressure at the fuel rail?

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Dandy. The hard part is done thanks to that observation. There's two likely causes. One is the disarm switch is disconnected from the lock cylinder in the door. That occurs more often after someone was in there to repair something else and they forgot about it. More commonly there are broken or frayed wires between the door hinges. Check for that first. If you find any, I'll describe how I repair them.

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I have a 1994 concorde, crank over but would not start the problem was the camshaft sensor the crankshaft sensor could do it to.

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Please start a new topic and pm me the link and I will help you there

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