Engine Performance problem
1995 Dodge Neon 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 96500 miles
I have '95 Dodge Neon that was been in excellent condition when I purchased it some years ago when it only had 13K miles on it. I've been motiivated to service it regularly myself and keep it in top condition.
I was driving home from work one day and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The gas pedal still had resistance, but the vehicle just lulled to a stop while it was still turning. I manually turned off the ignition.
Im probably guessing it was the fuel pump going out since I got not reaction from the gas pedal. It would make sense since it IS about that time change most of the pumps in that vehicles year anyway. I just need assurance that this is the actual problem.
Fuel pumps hardly ever fail once they're running. Have you tried to start it lately? If it starts, runs fine, then after a few miles it dies when you let off the gas, suspect a plugged pickup screen in the tank. They cause more problems when the largest amount of fuel is being moved, which happens when COASTING, especially from higher speeds.
Don't go jumping at a fuel filter either. You'll never solve a running problem on a Chrysler product by changing the filter.
If / when it doesn't start, check for spark. If it's missing, suspect a defective, (heat-sensitive), camshaft position sensor.