Sputters and dies

Tiny
J_MARTIN72281
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  • DODGE NEON
I got a 1995 DODGE Neon with the SOHC. It will run fine and then all of a sudden it will sputter and some times die. It does it at any speed and when it idles. I've replaced the valve cover gasket, pluges, fule pump, PCV, oil change, fuel filter and air filter. Still does it. Sometimes the check ingien light comes on and other time not, but doesn't stay on when it does come on. I also tried fule injector and gas cleaners. The car will always start right back up. The car will act up like this a lot and then some times go a day or two with out it acting up. Some times a week or more, but more often now, useually every day. Any ideas?
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Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 AT 1:13 AM

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Tiny
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You can get top level error codes by turning the key 3 times without starting the car, on 3rd turn leave it to acc, count the service engine lite flashes, the quick ones are one number, slight pause, then quick again for second digit, long pause will be next number. 12 is battery has been disconnected, 55 is end of codes. My sons neon had a 43, most of the time, recently an 11, which could be up to 4 things, went with cam sensor cause it was cheap. No more codes, but car still dies, then restarts 10min later. Have good fuel delivery, maybe computer. Can't be timing belt, that was done last year, and the code 11 stopped. I hear Autozone will read codes free, may have to check that out.
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 9:02 AM
Tiny
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Camshaft position sensor is the most common cause but there will be a diagnostic fault code stored in the Engine Computer if the signal cut out. There have also been instances where the connector pins fail to make good contact.

Chrysler makes reading fault codes WAY easier than any other manufacturer. Here's a link to how to do it and what the codes mean. Keep in mind fault codes never say to replace parts. They only indicate the circuit or system that needs further diagnosis.

http://www.2carpros.com/articles/retrieve-trouble-codes-for-chrysler-dodge-plymouth-odb1-1995-and-earlier-car-mini-van-and-light-trucks
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Monday, May 28th, 2012 AT 7:24 PM
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I agree that sensor is a bad problem but its easy to replace and only cost about 22 bucks
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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 AT 11:14 PM
Tiny
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J_martin, how's it going with this? All fixed up and purring like a kitten? Or do we need to give it some more pettin before it decides to purr?
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Monday, July 30th, 2012 AT 3:56 AM

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