TODAY I WENT OUT TP PICK UP SOME THINGS

1995 Dodge Neon

Tiny

StacyP

February, 8, 2007 AT 6:41 PM

Today I went out tp pick up some things. I turned off the car and went in the store. When I came out the car wouldnt turn over at all. I cleaned the battery terminals and still no luck. The battery was old so I bought a new one and it still will not turn over. Everything comes on in the car, but when the key is turned it doesnt even make a sound. Any ideas? The car has been running perfectly up until now.

18 Answers

Tiny

Service Writer

February, 8, 2007 AT 6:46 PM

Ignition switch, starter, poor connection at starter or ground, would be my suspicions.

Tiny

StacyP

February, 8, 2007 AT 7:20 PM

Is there an easy way to determine whether its the ignition switch or starter?

Tiny

Service Writer

February, 8, 2007 AT 7:26 PM

With test equiptment yes. Will need help from another MOd on that one though.

Tiny

StacyP

February, 10, 2007 AT 5:20 PM

Okay, I replaced both battery cables. Is there a test I can do on the ignition switch to see if its bad. I have a multimeter. Thanks for all your help.

Tiny

Service Writer

February, 10, 2007 AT 6:28 PM

Check your email.

Tiny

StacyP

February, 11, 2007 AT 4:38 PM

Okay, I removed the old starter and had it tested. It was indeed bad. I put in the new one and the car started fine, however it runs for about 5 seconds and shuts off. I was told there was some sort of built in security system and I needed to clamp both battery cables together to drain the capacitor. Have you guys ever heard of this?

Tiny

Service Writer

February, 11, 2007 AT 4:46 PM

YES, as a matter of fact. If you don't there is a memory that will not allow a re-start.

PS: did you get the e-mail?

Tiny

StacyP

February, 11, 2007 AT 6:11 PM

Yes, I did get the email. Thanks alot.
How long should I leave the cables clapped together?

Tiny

Service Writer

February, 11, 2007 AT 6:39 PM

5 minutes should be plenty......Disconnected from the battery of course!


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Tiny

StacyP

February, 11, 2007 AT 7:11 PM

I left it that way for over an hour and it still starts and run for a few seconds and then shuts off.

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