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I recently installed a new ignition coil to my 1996 dodge neon .. I was having issues starting the vehicle. Once it was started, it ran beautifully. But it seems when the car sits idle and not running for an hour or more, once i start it, and runs, it stalls within 2 minutes. I restart it, and it runs perfectly. However, this morning it would not start at all. I used a wire tester to see if a spark (charge) was going to the ignition coil, but there doesn't seem to be a charge hitting the wires. What can be doing this? This issue has been ongoing for about 2 weeks, and i was instructed by a friend to purchase a new ignition coil. I did, but the issue is still happening, and today, the car won't start at all.

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  • trrooyyster Jul 31, 2010

    Thank you for the help .. Replacing the Crank Sensor .. Is that the actual name of the part needed? Is this something i cna do on my own? I am not at all familiar with car repairs, and doing things on my won. I would like to attept this if it is something i can manage without taking it to a mechanic. Thanks again!



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Seems like a resistor or wire leading to the ignition coil may be at fault.

There's a primary and secondary coil in an ignition coil. And, if the coil isn't getting power, then there's no way for the secondary coil to deliver the spark to the spark plugs.

You may want to take it to an auto electric shop if you have trouble tracing why the wire doesn't have power at the primary coils of the ignition coil.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010

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    Duane Wong Jul 31, 2010


    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2. Detach the crankshaft position sensor electrical connector.
    3. Unfasten the sensor mounting screw, then remove the sensor from the vehicle.

      Fig. 1: The crankshaft position sensor is mounted to the engine block, behind the alternator just above the oil filter

      To install:

    4. Install the sensor in the vehicle and secure with the retaining screw.
    5. Attach the crankshaft position sensor electrical connector.
    6. Connect the negative battery cable.



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