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90 dodge shadow starts but wont run

It starts most of the time but immediately dies after
sometimes acts like its dead but is not
i have a volt meter and checked battery usually at 12.74
drops to 10 when starting (normal)
when it acts like it is dead unhooking positive and reconecting usually solves it
or tightening the cables (that i didnt get tight enough before)
but still has inter mittent problem with acting like its dead
i believe this is a bad connection somewhere havent nailed that down yet
when it does act live the engine will start
but dies right after every time
every now and then it will run after vigorous jiggling of wires and will start and run for that day but next day(when you think it might be fixed)
it is broke again
thought it might be wiring harness found some of the sensor wire melted together (pulled them apart)
it started then
but then next day is broke
tested each wire from sensors to wiring harness all seem to have connectivity
every time i jiggled wiring harness (to sensors)
it seemed to work (every now and then)
but with connectivity how can that be right?
you can keep it started if you are goosing the peddle from nothing to 3/4 but at full it boggs down
while goosing it runs but you let off it dies
have tried unplugging sensors no result
have tracked wiring harness no result
have replaced fuel pressure regulator no result
have replaced fuel filter no result
have checked all easily reachable voltage connections pos and neg
all have connectivity(cant reach starter easily only major connect not checked but it does start so do i need to?)
i have thought it might be a relay or switch.....
i think mabea not starting problem and not running problem might be connected?
mabea not
i am grasping at straws at this point
have gotten codes from unplugging things buti cleared them by unhooking battery for 15 min
and then rechecking older codes are cleared some come back
right now codes are
12 battery been disconnected
23 forget but have checked before
25 not sure about
41 dont know if ive researched
and 55 end of code
when it does work its out of the blue when trying to start it repeatedly
and it runs for the day
have thought it was from touching something but i dont know what to think now

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  • ledf00t May 12, 2009

    well i dont think its the starter because it does start.....

    guess i could be wrong

    i dont think its the altenator because it does charge!

    could be wrong

    timing....ehhhh i am hesitant

    the car does start and RUN

    but only occasionally

    and ity will drive down the road

    for a time

    then all of a sudden you go to start it and it wont STAY running

    you hear the initial usual starter noise over motor turning over

    hear it kick and rev like it would and under normal conditions keep running

    but after the kick it dies

    one person said injector might be bad or at least the seal?

    just pulled it out seal "looks good" but you never know?

    its either fuel, voltage, or sensor related i think

    the problem is intermittant

    and at this moment not cooperating

  • ledf00t May 12, 2009

    most of the time it does try to start it just wont run

    the not starting problem is very seldom

    i only posted that part because i thought the 2 problems might be connected



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Based on what you have supplied, It's probably not enough to go on, but if it is turning over and then dying straight away. It could be a compression issue. Perhaps you have a broken timing belt or timing chain.

If it isn't that and you think it's a power problem, then it could be something like a failing starter motor or Alternator.

A failing starter motor would cause the car to start sometimes but not always.(because the brushes inside will be wearing down).

And a failing alternator would be preventing your battery from recharging properly while the car is running.

I'm sorry, without more details on the problem I can't offer more advice that this.
All the best to you.

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