Question Answered: Engine idle
January 16, 2009, 11:23 PM
A flashing MIL lamp indicates an engine misfire which can be attributed to excessivly low idle speed. A prolonged misfire will set a diagnostic code, causing the MIL lamp to be illuminated continously. Before panic sets in, try cleaning the throttle body before you start replacing parts. Over time the bore in the throttle body becomes dirty and plugged from residue created from the combustion process. When the air gap between the throttle plate and the throttle bore becomes plugged up, this will cause stalling, usually when lifting your foot off the accelarator pedal as when comming to a stop. It can also cause a hard start condition as the Idle Air Control Motor cannot respond fast enough to compensate for the lack of "Minimum Air Flow" past the throttle plate. A dealership or repair shop can clean the throttle body for about 1 hours labor. If you are mechanically inclined, you can perform this yourself. Purchase a aersol can of Throttle Body cleaner at your automotive supply store. remove the aircleaner and duct assy exposing the throttle plate. With the engine OFF. open the throttle plate, spray the cleaner sparingly on the throttle plate and bore and wipe with a rag wrapped around your finger. repeat this until clean on throttle plate and bore. Use caution not to spray cleaner on sensors (TPS) attached to throttle body and they can be damaged by the chemicals within the cleaner. Also, be careful not to let the throttle plate close on your fingers as the return spring is quite strong. If the condition continues, then further diagnosis will be needed.
Question Answered: Coil pack?
January 16, 2009, 10:59 PM
The coil packs seldom fail. Depending on the diagnostic code, a misfire code can indicate a spark plug, fuel injector, vacuum leak or internal valve problem. Your overheating issue can be related to air trapped in the cooling system. When you change coolant you must open the bleeder screw located at the upper front center of the engine. An improperly filled cooling system will lead to overheating issuesLow coolant level in a cross flow radiator will equalize in both tanks with engine off. With engine at running and at operating temperature, the high pressure inlet tank runs full and the low pressure outlet tank drops. If this level drops below the top of the transmission oil cooler, aeration will occur drawing air into the water pump resulting in the following:
High reading shown on the temperature gauge.
Loss of coolant flow through the heater core.
Corrosion in the cooling system.
Transmission oil will become hotter.
Water pump seal may run dry, increasing the risk of premature seal failure.
Combustion gas leaks into the coolant can also cause the above problems. .
Question Answered: shifting from overdrive to drive
January 15, 2009, 10:27 PM
Please provide a more detailed description on the symptoms and conditiond relating to the shifting issues, ie: engine temp, vehicle speed, gear shift position etc. Also, check and verify that the fluid level is correct and the fluid condition is good. The TSB listed below will not correct the condition as the overdrive unit is in the tail housing. the Torque Converter clutch only provides "lockup" reducing converter slippage for more of a direct drive. No relation to Overdrive operation.
Question Answered: Belt connected to alternator, how do you loosen it
January 15, 2009, 07:15 PM
the 1990 Dodge Ram 5.2/5.9L engines have multiple V-belts. One for the Power steering, Generator and ir Pump if equipped. Loosen the generator pivot bolt and adjuster bolt. Some engines may have an adjuster bolt mounted on the bracket just below the alternator.You should be able to rotate the alternator to remove the belt. You will have to remove the other belts to replace this belt.
Question Answered: fault code
January 15, 2009, 07:07 PM
DTC P1693 is DTC Detected in PCM. The Cummins Diesel equipped trucks have 2 Engine Computers. The ECM is a Cummins module which controls all Fuel/Emission related functions. The PCM is a Chrysler (JTEC) Controller which controls all A/C, Charging, Cruise Control, Fuel pump and Transmiaaion system functions. A Chrysler DRB3 Scan tool will have a screen to show which module to access for diagnostics. Generic scan tools may not. You will have to access the PCM to retrieve the diagnostic code stored.
Question Answered: ambient sensor
January 15, 2009, 06:52 PM
The Ambient temperature sensor and mounting bracket are secured with a screw to the upper radiator support, just to the driver side of the hood latch and behind the radiator grille Temperature Sensor Remove/Install
Unplug the temperature sensor wire harness connector.
Remove the screw that secures the temperature sensor and mounting bracket to the radiator support and remove the sensor.
Reverse the removal procedures to install. The Ambient Temp Sensor is for the temperature reading on the overhead console
Question Answered: Heated Leather Seats
January 15, 2009, 06:45 PM
Remove the 4 bolts holding the seat frame/track to the floor. Tilt seat track and recliner assembly back to Disconnect seat cushion heater element harness connectors from seat pan. Remove seat cushion and /or seatback covers by disengaging the plastic J-strap (about 6 to 10" in length) attaching seat cover from the seat cushion frame . Peel cover from foam and foam from frame access the hog rings Cut hog rings attaching seat cover seat cushion. Route seat function switches through access hole on outboard side of seat cushion. Remove seat cushion cover from seat cushion. Factory seat heater elements are built into the cushion/seatback cover. Replacement elements are self adhesive and are applied directly over the foam cushion. reverse procedure for assembly using caution to route wiring correctly.
Question Answered: Engine light indicator
January 09, 2009, 07:56 PM
In extreme cold temperatures as stated, many emission components can trigger the Check Engine lamp. Examples are O2 Sensor Heaters, Coolant temp stays cold too long (possible defective thermostat), Evaporative Emission Components sticking due to freezing temps. Have a Dealership find the diagnostic code for what triggered the MIL Lamp. Don't overlook a loose Gas Cap!
Question Answered: Shudder and harshness in shift between 1st and 2nd
January 09, 2009, 07:43 PM
There are no software flashes availabe to correct a shudder condition on an 07, 300 with a NAG-1 (Hemi)transmission. I advise that you have a dealer check for proper fluid level. Fluid level must be checked with a CHRYSLER STAR SCAN tool monitoring fluid temp and a special dipstick. This is why the filler tube is sealed with a plastic cap. NAG-1 transmissions are known to have fluid leaks at the wiring connector adaptor. Fresh ATF-4+ Fluid may sometimes help the condition. Vehicles equipped with a V-6 engine have a different transmission.
Question Answered: 60k tune up
January 09, 2009, 12:00 PM
The spark plugs in your engine are standard resistor plugs. Your Spark Plugs should be replaced every 30K miles. Spark plug wires should be replaced every 60K.
Car Review: 1995 Chrysler Sebring
December 26, 2008, 02:25 PM
Convertible Lovers pay the price. Body and interior poor fit and finish. Squeaks and rattles above average, Engine and Transmission reliable, 2.5L V-6 relatively trouble free. Steering and Suspension below average, excessive front end shimmy on acceleration common, braking fair. As with all convertibles, Water Leaks will always be an issue.
Car Review: 2004 Chrysler Pacifica
December 26, 2008, 02:15 PM
Overall Vehicle is quality is good, Excellent choice for families with children and pets. Heating and Air Conditioning above average as is comfort level on extended trips. Very few problems with this vehicle.
Car Review: 1993 Chrysler Concorde
December 26, 2008, 02:11 PM
Body and Interior Quality poor. Poor fit on body panels and interior trim, Brake Performance average, front rotor warpage is a common problem causing brake vibrations, Both V-6 engines proved to be reliable with sufficcient power. Electrical Components had issues with poor connectors, Heating and Air Conditioning below average performance, Issues with Auto Temp. Suspension and Steering Average.
Car Review: 1999 Chrysler Cirrus
December 26, 2008, 02:02 PM
Body and Interior poor quality. Brake performance average, Drivetrain dependable, 4 cylinder engine prone to have excessive oil leaks, Heating and Air Conditioning average performance, Suspension and Steering below average, road noise transmitted into passenger compartment.
Car Review: 1999 Chrysler 300M
December 26, 2008, 01:56 PM
Chrysler 300M Body and Interior comfortable, wind and road noise below average, well insulated, Brakes very good, Electrical Components overall trouble free, Engine Performance good, Exhaust and Emissions good, Heating and Air Conditioning Above average performance. Suspension and steering has good road feel