Question about 2005 Dodge Neon
I was driving down the road at 45 mph and noticed some surging in the power of the vehicle. I stopped at a light, and when it turned green, I pressed the gas pedal and the car didn't move for the first 7 seconds or so, then started to creep forward. I gently pushed the gas all the way down, and the car was not going anymore than 5mph. It wasn't revving up either. It took approx 1.5 min to get to 40 mph, with the car verrry slowly gaining power. I needed to turn, stopped in the turning lane and waited for traffic to clear very far, and it was 'chugging' during the stop, once again creeped out into the intersection, and then it died. I threw it into neutral and started it back up, and creeped out of the intersection (without getting hit luckily). After I got out of the turn, the car gained power as normal and I continued on my way. It's done it much more mildly the last couple of days or so as well. I've got people telling me it's my spark plugs, catalytic converter, fuel filter, fuel pump, oxygen sensor, crankshaft sensor, or injectors, or a combination of such. The odometer gives no error code. What do ya'll think?
Check the fuel pressure. If necessary, connect the pressure gauge to the fuel line near the injector rail and route the gauge so that it's viewable from the driver's seat. Drive the car until the problem re-occurs. Pay attention to the gauge while the problem is active to see if the pressure has dropped off. Service the pump and filter if the pressure is low. Be sure to thoroughly clean the tank before installing the new pump.
Posted on Apr 13, 2009
Try the a full tune up. Change your plugs, oil, and filters. Put in some fuel conditioner and try getting fuel from a different gas station. The fuel filter sounds like an inexpensive and important part of this equation. But try the tune up to whatever is cost effective for you. You should notice quite a difference.
Posted on Dec 06, 2008
I don't recall if the neon has a distributor, but if it does, you'll want to do:
Oil filter AND oil
If this continues, you may need to do the EGR valve, if that doesn't fix it, you may have a vacuum leak.
The other solution is to try fuel that doesn't have ethanol, because Dodges are known to have issues with even the slightest bit of ethanol.
Posted on Dec 06, 2008
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