This is a continuation of the same problem...but, I couldn't figure out how to continue the same thread.
To summarize...car wouldn't start after sitting in very cold outside temp's for two days.
Last time this happened, some dry gas did the trick. (a day later)
This time, it was suggested that we thaw out the car in a garage. I did this for 2 days, and the car MUST be thawed out by now. Still doesn't start.
I did the push pen test on the little fuel (air gauge look alike) thing.
Gas oozed out for a moment. Then nothing came out, no matter how many times I pushed the thing in with the pen. Still seems to be some kind of clog...NO?
What to do next?
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Hot starting problems are usually fuel related. When a hot engine is shut off, the temperature of the engine and everything on it continues to rise for awhile as the engine undergoes a period of "heat soak." This can cause fuel to boil inside the carburetor bowl, fuel lines and fuel filter. When you attempt to restart the engine, "vapor lock" obstructs the flow of fuel and the engine doesn't want to start.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Digiprog3
Not trying to highjack your post. I just bought a 98 neon sport, manual sohc 2.0. Im having the exact same issue i think, car will run for a while then tac drops to zero and it dies, 5-40 minutes later i can restart but i usuall only make it a few blocks and it dies again, wait again and it will restart. Did you solve this problem with your neon and if not can anyone give me more places continue to diagnose. It has new cam and crank sensors, fresh plugs, wires and coil, new battery. I got the car cheap, thinking of fuel savings but i dont want it to became a parts money pit.
A frozen fuel line wouldn't cause the starter to be sluggish. I would say your battery is low, low on water, check it before you charge it up. Just filling the water will bring it back to life if it is low. Then if you get it started, the alternator will take over the job.
The price will depend on what part or parts are frozen and if they can be freed or have to be replaced. There is no way to give an estimate on this type of problem without seeing and working on the car. Certain things you can free up and others you have to replace.
Have you tried adding gasline antifreeze ? Take air intake hose off where it's attached to front of throttlebody, and open throttle plate, and give a second or 2 spray of WD-40 into throttlbody. Now try starting. If it starts and runs for a second or 2, you may have a frozen fuel line.
you will have to take the vacuum canister mounted by the fuel tank loose lower the tank enough to let the pump clear the fender well, remove the big plastic nut from around the pump assembly, disconnect the fuel lines and unplug the assembly remove and replace. be sure to disconnect the battery because you could short the new one out when reconnecting the plug.
Have you turned the engine over to see if all the timing marks line up. Did you check for spark on all cylinders? You said it's getting fuel, is that fuel pressure or injection pulse? What is the fuel pressure?