Thanks for the welcome, caradiodoc! I read a few of your other posts while browsing the site before I wrote any posts and noticed you know what you're talking about and share your knowledge generously. This site is lucky to have your input.
I had to read the posts again to refresh myself about the no start. The symptom I was referring to primarily was the stall at idle at drive in windows and red lights. How that ends up being related to the distance sensor is a secret only the computer and its programmer knows, and they're not talking. : )
While Chrysler was ahead of other car companies as far as their computers went at the time, perhaps the world's most talented programmers were off doing other world shaking things. : ) I'm not really dogging Chrysler's code, but this seems to be one of the weaker spots in it.
Pushing the car a few feet would rotate the distance sensor. And it is easy to see how the computer would have a hard time deciding the sensor is bad. I'm guessing the vehicles you just changed the sensors on didn't have a code set. Mine didn't.
It has been probably two years since I fixed my car (1989 Spirit, analog electronic speedometer, no cable), and I can't recall too well, but I think my solution to the restart was just waiting.
Here's another bit of related info. I once helped a buddy (who worked at a Dodge dealer's shop at the time) repair what would have had to be an Omni or Horizon
which was failing emissions. Once again, the culprit was the distance sensor. Maybe if I think about it long enough, it will make sense as to why.
Nice talking with you, have a great day. It's lovely weather out here in the West.
Friday, October 22nd, 2010 AT 3:07 AM