I got a 98 dodge avenger 2.5 v6 that i took down to the store and came home. the next day i got in it to leave, well when i tried to start it it would just keep grinding. i was told to check to see if it was getting spark and it isnt. what could be causing this?
Re: 98 Dodge Avenger 2.5L V6 isn't getting any spark.
Do you mean it's actually grinding while trying to start or it just cranks & won't fire?If it's the latter,i've had to replace 2 distributors on my 99 2.5 because the sensor which isn't serviceable has failed.
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I found your part on Kragen's website and it runs about 100 dollars. The staff in your local store should be able to help guide you in changing it out and may even help you accomplish the task. Pep Boys, Napa Auto Parts, etc. should most likely have the part and the same customer service to help you. Check around though as the prices will most often close to each other can be quite different from time to time.
In order to replace it you would have to take off your inkate manifold. Then the tire gaurd to get to the bolts for the alternator and when you lossen the alternator you have to play around with it to get it through the top. I would also reccomend grabbing a haynes manual for your avenger. You can find them on ebay pretty cheap, and you can usually pick them up at your local auto parts stores.
Check your EGR valve. It may be stuck open. I had a similar problem 2 years ago on my 97 avenger w/ 2.5L V6. Engine idled rough and would die when I stopped at a stop sign unless I feathered the gas pedal as I coasted to a stop. Replaced EGR valve, problem solved.
Try cam and/or crank sensor. If crank to cam timing isn't detected properly it'll crank all day but won't start. I had similar problem on my 2.5L V6 Avenger....drove home fine, no engine light, next morning it cranked, but wouldn't start. The crank sensor was faulty.