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2005 dodge neon--while car is going up grade all of a sudden she went dead--no sputter just dead---nothing happens when key is turned--no clicks...using a ohm meter i found the under the hood 30amp starter fuse blown---as soon as fuse is replaced and key is turned to start it will blow fuse--put test light in fuse slot--moved all wires looking for a possible short--nothing changed,no flicker in light...up to this point we have never had a problem with thecar,oil changed every 3000, new plugs,wires, trans-flush at 36,000. so this has me stumped.....being that the car was running would you rule out a bad starter??????? needing help....would a code reader show anything???

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  • oldman61355 Aug 02, 2008

    UPDATE: REMOVED WIRE TO SOLENOID--ANOTHER BLOWN FUSE....REMOVED STARTER RELAY..NEW FUSE...TURNED SWITCH TO START---ANOTHER BLOWN FUSE...I ASSUME STARTER IS OK BY THIS...CAN I HAVE A POSSIBLE SHORT IN FUSE/RELAY BOX OR KEY START SWITCH ?????? HELP
    NEVER HAD PROBLEM STARTING CAR BEFORE-- WHAT DO U SUGGEST NEXT I TRY--I HAVE A GOOD FLIKE METER TO TEST WITH AND TEST LIGHTS---


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It could be a bad starter.
And a dead short within the starter would cause the fuses to blow as you mentioned.

I would pull the starter off, and take it into a local parts store to be tested.
If it does pass, you have taken that part of the problem out of the equation, and can begin looking for other causes.

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  • Coss Aug 03, 2008

    Start tracing wires.

    A 30 amp fuse is a big fuse, and from what you are are describing, it sounds like a dead short.

    Follow the wiring to see if there is an area that has wore through, and is grounding against the body.



    I doubt if it's in the fuse box. If it was, you would have plastic melted, but then again, it could be. Take the fuse box loose to see if it has anything out of place or it shows any damage (unlikely, but worth checking). Key, here again, maybe it's where the wiring is passing through the firewall, so look to see if you can find an area where the wire casing might have worn through.

    I would also suggest calling a Dodge dealer, and describe the problem to them. It might be a problem that they have dealt with before. If the first place you call just says bring it in, Thank them, and call another. You'll find that some service managers can be "liberal" with information if you ask the right way.



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