1996 Dodge Avenger Car Wont Fire

Tiny
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  • 1996 DODGE AVENGER
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 194,000 MILES
Hi guys, I am posting this for a friend. His transmission went out, so he went out and bought another from a junkyard. After installing the transmission, the car started, ran for about 3 seconds, than died. Has not fired since. Doesnt even turn over, acts as if the starter is bad, but its not they tested it. Any ideas on where to go from here?

They said something about the transmission computer being bad, I wasnt aware of the tranny having its own computer. Jus thought id throw that in there to see if it does or not. And if that could be the problem, also whats the name of that part
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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 AT 5:13 PM

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Tiny
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Transmission was replaced-I will check the transmission range switch/neutral safety switch maybe its a loose connection on it or needs adjustment/not connected/bad itself
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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 AT 5:29 PM
Tiny
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So is it true tho that this car has a seperate computer controlling the transmission? I asked if he was referring to the solenoid and he said no the transmission computer?
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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 AT 5:50 PM
Tiny
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Yes it has a TCM-for 2.5L its located at no.20 see below.

I didn't read your post right-answer this : Does it crank over and refuses to start or won't crank engine over at all.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_tranny_ecu_1.jpg

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 AT 3:19 AM
Tiny
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The tranny will not kill the engine -might prevent it from cranking the engine because of the transmission range switch or neutral safety switch, starter relay, starter, and ignition switch could be bad.

I would say spray some carb cleaner into the throttle body and see what happens-if it starts and constantly runs while feeding it with the cleaner-you have a fuel system problem. Report back with your attempts and findings.
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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 AT 3:32 AM
Tiny
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It atempts to fire, the starter turns the motor, but there is not fire coming from the coil pack, it is gettin fuel as you can smell the gas
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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 AT 2:47 PM
Tiny
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Try checking the crankshaft position sensor and get back to me-the CPS inputs a signal to the computer the position of the pistons and the computer uses it to tell the ignition control module to fire the coils
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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 AT 5:05 PM
Tiny
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It is connected right snug, no frayed wires or anything of that matter
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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 AT 9:03 PM
Tiny
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I also have the same 2000 dodge avenger I took it in for the same problem and they told me it was the fuel pump and fuel injectors but once I fixed them the car still acted up the same way but the job cost $500 maybe it will work for you I doubt it though try taking it to a certified michanic for a complete diagnostic im doing that tomorrow ill let you know what they say
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Sunday, March 9th, 2008 AT 11:53 PM
Tiny
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As it turned out, the problem was a mix of the distribitor going out, and the CPS being bad, the shop fixed both for a little over 500 bucks, and now its dead again :((
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Sunday, March 9th, 2008 AT 11:58 PM
Tiny
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Is it the same problem or is it doing something new
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Monday, March 10th, 2008 AT 12:02 AM
Tiny
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Well its not my car, so I dont have all the details, all I know is it quit running and wont start, I told him to check relays/fuses for the fuel pump, and to turn the car onto forward auzillary to see if he can hear the pump kick on, or to check the pressure vavle on the fuel rail, but I am not sure if he has done any of this yet
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Monday, March 10th, 2008 AT 12:36 AM

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