Engine Mechanical problem
1999 Dodge Avenger 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 79,000 miles
My '99 Dodge Avenger has been intermittently experiencing difficult starting, which will usually self-correct after 10-15 minutes of starting attempts. Under normal circumstances, a mechanical sound can be heard from the passenger-side rear area of the car and the car will start without difficulty. I believe this noise is the fuel-pump priming the fuel line and it has occurred since the car was new. However, when this problem is experienced, the noise is not heard and the car won't start until the noise again returns.
Occasionally, the car will also cut off without warning while driving. It will usually start back up, though, without much difficulty, when this occurs.
I've been told this is probably caused by a faulty PCM, but it hasn't been checked yet by a technician. Since the PCM is painfully expensive, I'm wondering if there are any cheaper possible repairs I could try before taking this plunge.
Incidentally, please advise where the PCM is located on this vehicle.
Thanks. Alan W. - Richmond, Va.
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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 AT 10:12 PM