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1997 Neon Starter Solenoid Engages,,BUT

I can hear the solenoid on my 1997 Neon engage but it will not rotate/start the engine. I believe that my battery is fine. In the past dozen no starts,,,I wiggle the wire that comes from the battery to the starter and that has made it start. Today that has not worked,,,,I can hear the solenoid click/engage but it won't start. I cleaned the connections and also checked to see if the connection is loose,,but Noooo, HELP!

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  • Brent Quicksword Jan 30, 2009

    I get erratic mileage on my 1997 Neon (DOHC). I can take it out oon a freeway run and it will get 35 to mpg. Then the next day just driving it around town I will get 16 mpg. I have tuned it up and put a code tester to it with no results. No gas leaking or gas smell. Could it be bad injectors, bad fuel filter or maybe a poor fuel pump? The car runs smooth otherwise with lots of power.

  • KYGIMPER28 Feb 09, 2009

    I turn the key on in my 1997 Plymouth Neon and the sloenoid turns, but the engine will not start. I have replaced the starter, start sensor, crank sensor, oil sensor and the computer. It tries to start, bit it will not. After it sits for a while, then it will start. I towed it home last week because it sounded like the battery was dead, then crank but not start, only to have it start 3 hours later. Any advice as to what the problem is?



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Ase mechanic here, sounds like the starter is on its way out, will have to replace since you cleaned all the connections, but in the mean time try hitting the solenoid portion with some object and see if the engine starts. if so the starter needs replacing.

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