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Won't start my 98 dodge neon won't start. all it does is make a clicking noise when i try to start it. i think the problem is in the fuse box under the hood but can't tell if it is a fuse or the circuit board.

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  • stayathomemo Dec 27, 2008

    all my lights and radio still work

  • stayathomemo Dec 28, 2008

    I checked all the cables, wires and cleaned them. Put the battery in my husband's ford f 150 and it started with no problem, so I dont' think it is in the battery. Also when the battery is in my car, all lights come on and radio works.

  • stayathomemo Dec 28, 2008

    Where is the start relay on 98 dodge neon?

  • stayathomemo Dec 29, 2008

    i think i found it. there is a black fuse about 1" square in the car. not under hood, in the fuse panel. It sits beside a green one. When you pull it out, it resembles a plug with 3 prongs. Is that it?

  • stayathomemo Dec 29, 2008

    That's not it. That is turn signal and dome light. The clicking is coming from on of the fuses in the box under the hood. It is coming directly from this box. You can put your finger on top of it and "feel" the clicking noise if that makes any sense. Tried shifting hard into park and no luck also.

  • stayathomemo Dec 29, 2008

    we put the battery out of my car in my husbands truck and his truck starts right up with my battery in his truck.

  • stayathomemo Dec 30, 2008

    We checked the fuse box under the hood with a voltage tester and on all the plugs where you put the fuses not all the tines light up. We called the dealership and that part is $551!!! Will that box work if I replace it with one from a 95, 96, or 97? At the salvage yard it is about $45- $50.

  • stayathomemo Jan 01, 2009

    We found the relay box on car, it was underneath battery on firewall on driver side. There are 4 wires coming from it only 1 wire showing power when car is in on position to start it. We also checked the starter and no power to it. We are working on getting it off. They don't make it easy. We have to remove the battery and a hose to get to the bolts. Will take it to auto parts store to have it tested.

  • stayathomemo Jan 01, 2009

    Could it possibly be the igniton coil gone out? If so, how would I test it?

  • stayathomemo Jan 01, 2009

    Took the starter to oreilys to have it tested and it failed, he checked it 3x. So we definitly have to change the starter.

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Start relay.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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    Mike Butler Dec 29, 2008

    Try listening in area of fuse panel & under dash at pedal area for a click when ignition turned to start, as well as outside on fenders, battery area or firewall. Fuse # 11 should be 30 amp in your panel, that is supposed to be the fuse for power to the relay. I'll keep searching for definitive location for you in meantime. Wish I still had my 95', I'd look on it. Probably about a 1" (roughly) square black relay.

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    Mike Butler Dec 29, 2008

    One other thing comes to mind, try starting again after pushing shifter hard into park, then neutral too, just in case of faulty safety neutral switch.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Dec 29, 2008

    That could be it, but try your signals & flashers to make sure its not one of them, plus possible fuel pump relay, so see if you hear fuel pump hum when in & out. Put it back in & see if you can feel it click at all on starting, not in on position at key, but when you cycle key to try & start.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Dec 29, 2008

    The clicking your hearing, is it under the hood, in the car, down low under hood where starter is? Can you tell?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Dec 29, 2008

    If you check the one clicking ,that you found & compare it with the others, and see that it's the same, try swapping one for the other & see what happens. Quite often on Chrysler/Dodge, they will use same relay for numerous applications. Otherwise if you can get a test light or voltmeter probe in there, and test for voltage coming in to relay, which you obviously do, (clicking) & also going out, which is what we are trying to confirm. You should have power at 1 terminal all the time, and at least one other after you turn the key to start. If you have, then you'll need to get tester down to starter solenoid & test for power there on start.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Dec 31, 2008

    I doubt very much that it is your problem anyway. Some of those circuits may only be energized with key on, car started etc., and some may only be used when other options are installed on the car. Did you check for voltage down at the starter. 12 V+ at bigger terminal all the time. 12v+ at smaller terminal when key turned to start. ?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 01, 2009

    Ignition coil would not affect the cranking over of the engine. The engine still does not turn over correct ? Let me just clarify what I call turning over,or cranking over. You turn the key & pulleys on front of engine rotate,and engine is trying to start. You said you only have a click noise, no turning over right? The coil doesn't come into play until the engine is cranking/turning over,thus trying to start.You say your trying to get the starter off because there is no power to it.It may be fine, it's the fact that you don't have power going to it, that's causing it not to work by the sound of it, but hey, if it's off now, have it checked. You need to find out why the power isn't getting to starter if starter is fine.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 01, 2009

    Hope that works, if it does, then you obviously did have power down to it, but hey, if your not experienced it's hard to tell from simple directions. Here's to hoping. Keep us posted on end result.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 02, 2009

    P.S. ATTENTION !! One other thing that just came to mind. If that fuel has been getting dumped ( fed) excessively for a while, even while trying to get it running, there's a real good chance some has drained down past piston rings & into oil pan. This will thin out your oil real bad and obviously cause big problems, like a blown engine. BE SURE to change oil & filter as soon as that problem is rectified if not before. Smell dipstick &/or check oil level, and you'll probably pick up on smell of gas in oil & oil level even slightly higher than it was prior to problem.

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Please check your battery for full charge, if it is have someone try to start it while tapping on the starter solenoid. Also check connections to battery terminals and Solenoid. If all seem right but it won't start replace your solenoid.
You can also short the small started switch wire on the solenoid to the large post on the starter from battery it should turn over if not bad solenoid.

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    David Johnson Dec 28, 2008

    It starts fine with another battery? The logical answer is the battery.

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It sounds to me that the battery is dead, try to have a friend jump it.. red to red black to black

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

  • Ryan Dec 27, 2008

    yes but in order to start your car you need more volts than what is needed to supply the radio and lights

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