Question about 2003 Dodge Neon
My car is acting up!!! the battery light is on and my rad is leaking and my dad looked in my power steering fluid and it is green???? shouldnt it be red??? Now the car is not sarting but clicks when i turn it over :( any ideas?
Well I am a master Certified Chrysler tech and Chrysler has been using a Clear to yellowish Power steering fluid for many years now. In most vehilces power steering fluid is pretty much standard automatic transmission fluid (thus the red color) The only fluid that that car came with that was green was the antifreeze. There may case where someone has service the power steering system and replaced the factory fluid with an aftermarket fluid which is green tinted in color.. Cant say that working 17 years at a 9 franchise dealership that I have ever seen green power steering fluid, but anything is possibile I guess, Reguardless that is not whats causing the car to not start. I would venture to say that since the power steering resivor and the radiator cap are a few inces from each other that your dad has accidently took off the wrong cap. The clicking when starting is either a weak battery (most likely) or a corroded cable situation at the battery.(possibile) or a defective starter (rare) Try jumping it with jumper cables... Then get the battery and charging sytem checked..
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Posted on Feb 07, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
if you have a leak from the back of the rack your sector shaft seal is defective. to replace it you need to remove the rack and do it on the bench.remove the locking nut and pull the seal from inside.if you are a rooky replace the rack with a rebuild one. good luck.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
If it happened right after they changed the radiator, did they add transmission fluid? If they did, check your owners manual, or call a dealership, to find out EXACTLY what kind of fluid you need. It may be on a sticker under your hood also. It probably needs ATF+3 or ATF+4. I don't give a rats *** what anyone else says, use them, and them ONLY. If the shop put in something that is supposed to be compatible, then you need to drain the fluid, refill it, run it a little, in rev and first, like 10 feet each direction. Drain the fluid AGAIN, and refill. My Stratus and others (probably same tranny as yours) needs ATF+3 or +4, they are REALLY picky about this. Anything else will mess it up. I have not used MOPAR brand, I have used off brands, like from Wally World, and they are fine. They just need to be EXACTLY the right fluid. Change the filter if it hasn't been done lately too.
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
There is an opening on the top of your timing cover sealed off with a rubber plug. Remove the plug to gain sightful access to inside your timing. But first I suggest you clean your engine first ot all grease and build up caused by your leak. In diong so, you will have a clearer idea of where the leak is actually coming from. I just rebuilt a 2000 neon, so if you need some info on anything , I have your info.
Posted on Dec 21, 2009
As hard as it was for me to believe it, Dodge uses Mopart ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid in its Manual transmissions. I just read it in the owner’s manual and I’m still shaking my head.
Posted on Feb 16, 2010
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