bad injectors? plug wires? fuel pump?
>> Stay informed about: 97 Dodge Neon Starting Problems
"ericktknuj" wrote in message
> Looking for thoughts on what this might be as I've taken it to a
> couple different shops and really not gotten any improvement.
> The Car:
> 1997 Neon w/ DOHC and ~90k miles
> The Problem:
> Car starts really hard on 5-6th time turning over before it goes,
> usually with a rough sound and a large smell of exhaust in the car. On
> a warm start the car starts fine.
> My wife's uncle works for Chrysler told me that priming the engine
> helps. So, for the past year I stick the key in and turn it to check
> the gauges and then wait 5-6 sec before trying to start. This seems to
> help things, but still not a great start and has seemed to lost its
> effect a little.
> Attempts to fix:
> One place told me it really needed a tune up and decarbonized
> (?)--seemed to help at first, but a couple days later was back to
> At a oil change one guy got curious (I didn't even tell them about it)
> and noticed the fuel filter was in bad shape, so we got that replaced.
> It also did seem to help a little, but a few days later as my wife was
> driving the car it stalled at a stoplight. Oil and gas leaking all
> over the place. After hauling it to a dealer we found out that the cap
> to the fuel filter had come off. I got the oil change place to
> reimburse me thinking it was there fault, but who knows if it actually
> It didn't start one day in a cold Wisconsin morning after sitting out
> for a day or two, so we got AAA to come. He tried an old trick where
> you press down the accelerator to the floor before trying to start.
> So, all of this has made me think that the problem might be some junk
> in the fuel line. I tried two treatments back to back with fuel line
> cleaner that you dillute into your gas tank. I didn't really notice
> any effect (good or bad).
> The only other engine problems I've noticed is some occasional
> hesitation on accelerating from a stop (like at a stop light).
> I've had suggested that it might be a cracked head gasket--but with
> only problems with starting that doesn't seem right. Any thoughts?
> Anyway, I've thought of (haven't had checked out yet) bad O2 sensor
> and maybe getting the fuel line actually checked over.
> ANY THOUGHTS OR IDEA WOULD BE APPRECIATED
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