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: 120,185 (72,500–195,000)
Engines affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
6 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995
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1994 Dodge Spirit - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 80,000 mi,
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
1991 Dodge Spirit - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 72,500 mi,
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 Cylinder 86,000 mi,
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 Cylinder 100,000 mi,
stalled while driving. Changed out distributor pickup, new spark plugs and wires.
1994 Dodge Spirit - 2.5L 4 Cylinder
just bought the car , it has 274120 miles , looks like it has a new distributor cap and fuel filter . I drive the car for about 10 to 15 miles at 65 to 70 mph and then it starts to buck and act like it's running out of gas and when I let up on accelerator it will shut off . after trying a couple times to start it it will start back up and then run fine and sometimes it will clear up on it's own
1992 Dodge Spirit - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 130,000 mi,
It just shuts off with no warning sometimes it will restart after a few hours of sitting
1994 Dodge Spirit - 3.0L V6 177,800 mi,
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 V6 195,000 mi,
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.