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2002 Dodge Neon Question: Chgd steerng column, rewired harness, replaced MAP sensor, still won't start Why

 

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Beginner Mechanic, Willcox, AZ, May 20, 2012, 11:20
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I have changed out the front driver’s side-lower & the front passenger’s side-upper & lower motor and tranny mounts, had to adjust the frame-since evidently the car had been in an accident (salvage title), changed the motor & tranny oil & filter’s, temporarily fixed the shifter cable (since it was too short, which made it difficult to put the car in “park”), the lower ball joint, spark plugs, air filter & box, radiator reservoir, oil pressure switch, new tires, alignment, the MAP sensor, and the steering column (which is when one thing after another went wrong).

After I switched out the steering column & adjusted the shifter cable again, the car started up briefly then died & I have not been able to get it started since. I have checked all the fuses & relays, the battery, tested the neutral safety switch, which were all good, & fixed the wire harness, since there was no connection from the ignition switch to the starter solenoid.

I do realize that there are many issues that could be the cause of this car not starting. It was runninng just fine before, and I do have a couple of ideas to still check, but if anyone has any ideas as to why this car will not start, I would love to hear it! I have been working on this vehicle long enough & would really like to get it back to its owner! Thank you.

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