No Start and/or Stalling Due to Failed Distributor Pick Up Plate on Dodge Spirit

Vehicles equipped with a 4 cylinder engine may develop a no start or stalling condition, most commonly caused by a failed distributor pickup plate.

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Average mileage: 118,550 (72,500–195,000)
Engines affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
6 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995
13 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
1991 Dodge Spirit- 2.5L 4 Cylinder72,500
Car runs excellent. However, it started to die at red lights, particularly on warm days. Local shop diagnosed failing distributor pick up plate....being fixed as we speak.
1991 Dodge Spirit- 2.5L 4 Cylinder86,000
Car would stall seemingly at random, sometimes at stoplights or stopsigns and sometimes right in the middle of driving on the highway. Car would sometimes start right back up and other times not. Fault code 15 indicates this problem. After two months of trial and error with repairing/replacing parts my repair shop suggested the hall effect pickup may have failed. Sure enough i have had no problems with stalling since.
1991 Dodge Spirit- 2.5L 4 Cylinder100,000
stalled while driving. Changed out distributor pickup, new spark plugs and wires.
1994 Dodge Spirit- 2.5L 4 Cylinder80,000
Car repeatedly has distributor hall effect pickup unit that fails. Car will suddenly stop and sometimes an hour or two later will start only to stop again later. When car stops and one checks for spark there is no spark. Replace the pickup and it may go a week or 2 weeks or just a day and it fails again. This is expensive! Is the ignition module part of the ECM? Could bad grounds or a defect in the ECM cause Hall effect pickup failures? Where are the grounds located. The car is used in Maine and the DOT is brainless and spreads this horrid corrosive salt stuff on the road in the winter that causes so much corrosion and with it electrical problems. Cap and rotor are new and plug wires are OK, no excess resistance. Plugs have been regapped. I gave this car to a guy and he has no money and he is bugging me to fix it. I don't have money either. Anyone out there that can help me with it, please, so I can have some peace. Thank you, Soren Larsen
1994 Dodge Spirit- 3.0L V6177,800
car starts and then doesn't start. the next morning it starts with no problem. I'm gonna try & replace the p/u plate.
1991 Dodge Spirit- 3.0L V6195,000
car always need jump
1995 Dodge Spirit- 2.5L 4 Cylinder
No start issue due to failed distributor plate. Technicians said electricity was arcing from the cap to the gasket head.
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