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Car getting power, but won't turn over usually when it's cold out

This is the second time this has happened. Suddenly, when it's very cold out, and I haven't started the car for a couple of days, it doesn't ever turn over.

The last time this happened, I tried adding some dry gas. It did not work immed, but the next day my car started and was fine for a long time. Well...it happened again a few days ago...I have 1/2 tank of gas in the car (It's a 1998 4 cyl 2.0 btw), and I put half the bottle of the dry gas in. 2 days have gone by now, and it still won't turn over. Any suggestions???

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  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    wow that was quick, it's not clicking, the starter is fine (This is my sisters car, I'm trying to help her)...there's plenty of battery power...it sounds like it's normal, and will turn over any second, but it just doesn't. I wonder if there is a clog somewhere.

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    I guess I can try changing the fuel filter? Just don't know where it is. Also, is there a way to unclog the fuel injectors easily? Don't know where that is either. Maybe I can just throw some fuel injector cleaning stuff in the gas tank?

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    Oh sorry...I'll have to go pick up her keys which she has a few blocks away at the laundrymat. I didn't notice anything with the dash lights...maybe cause it's daytime.

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    Well...I have had started issues in the past with my other cars, and I'm not getting starter symptoms. Maybe I's using the wrong lingo when I sai "I'ts not turning over". It is making the noise a car normally makes just before the engine starts, but the engine is simply not starting. That's why I think there may be something blicking the fuel from getting to the cylinders...

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    sounds like the motot wants to start...in otherwords...yeah...it does sound like it's rotating.

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    No I don't know anywhere I can bring it to thaw it out anywhere's nearby. She has AAA but does not have the money to get it looked at and xixed by a professional atr this time. Maybe I can try using my extension cord and putting my queen size heating blanket over the hood for a few hours?

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    I'm gonna go get the keys from her now. No, I don't know where the fuel rail is...but I bet with a few hints, I can find it! So far, I know it kinda looks like a valve stem on a tire. About where under the hood should I look for this?



    THANK YOU for being so efficient!

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    Thank you...do the fuel injectors look like spark plugs? I got the keys...I'll have a look, and let you know what happens

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    I found it. I unscrewed it, and pdid the pen thing...some fuel oozed out of it, and then stopped. I tried it again a few times, and nothing comes out now

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    does this mean there is a clog in the fuel line?

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    That stinks!!! hehehe so evertime it gets too cold...basically....the car is of no use. Is this common with the Dodge Neon? I guess we will have to wait till it gets warmer outside then. Unless you have ANY other suggestions on how I can thaw this out while outside.

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    I asked her if there was EVER any hesitation when driving. (She has had this car since May)...she said never. That's why I was thinking that maybe the fuel pump was ok. Any suggestion on how to thaw it out like the heating blanket or maybe a hot light I can put under the car? We just don't have access to a garage unfortunately.

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    My light does get pretty damn hot! I wouldn't blow up the car by having it just sit on the ground facing up would I? It still is very very cold outside lol...THANKS. I can go get a hair dryer...what should I focus the dryer on exactly? hehehe

  • veryodd Jan 14, 2009

    Thanks for all your help...I have the light hanging over the fuel line right now, and will check it in a 1/2 hour

  • veryodd Jan 18, 2009

    Well...car is thawing, and has been thawing in a garage since friday late morning. Anyways...about to go see if we can go try it now. If it doesn't work, I was wondering how I could get a diagram for the fuse box, so I can check to see if the fuel pump fuse is ok or not while I'm there. can u help with this?

  • John Larsen May 11, 2010

    its not fuel....If it doesnt turn over its a starter problem or ignition issues....does it click when you try to start it?? what do the dash lights do???

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Do you have a test light??? you need to find out if power is getting to the starter. do the dash lights dim or go off when you try to start it??

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  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    when you say not turning over do you mean it just wont start or that the motor doesnt turn over at all??(rotate)

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    do you have a warm place to put it inside for a few hours?? You need to thaw it out before any drygas or something will work...

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    do you know where the fuel rail is on the car?? if so there should be a valve on one end that look kinda like a valve stem on a tire....turn te key on and then push in on it with a pen or something like that fuel should spray out...

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    the fuel rail is where your fuel injectors connect to. It should be on the front of the motor right by the intake. 4 injectors should be coming off it...

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    yes kinda....they should each have a little square connector on them....

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    its froze....or the fuel pump is bad....you gotta thaw it out...especially the fuel lines under the car....

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    its gonna be time consuming but a hair drier should do it...the easyiest way though would be to get it to a shop that does free estimates or inspections....they will have it inside for a while and it should thaw out...then it will run...dont tell them why you are bringing it there though...then just tell them you dont have the money to fix it but thanx for looking at it.go to the store and get some gas dry...lol

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    the heat light might work....but its gonna take forever....

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    the fuels lines starting at the back and work your way to the front

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    I'm gonna run to the store...let me know how it goes!!!!

  • John Larsen Jan 14, 2009

    hows it goin??

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