I got in my car and turned the key and heard a "puff" sound then saw small curls of smoke coming from under the hood. When I opened the hood I couldn't find the source and when I turn the key it doesn't click or anything now.
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Re: Neon won't start
Hate to say it but you have to start tracking wires... Start from your battery and go from there. Sounds like a possible fusable link that blew but the only way to tell is checking for power from battery cables. keep me informed.
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Sounds like one of the accessory pulleys locked up and smoked the serpentine belt. The air conditioning pump would be my first suspect, but grab all the pulleys and turn them. The problem pulley will probably be discolored, and have belt residue on or near it.
usally smoke indicates a burned wire form too much resistance. you may need to replace both the positive and negitive battery cables with a new starter.
replace those and go from there try to turn the engine by hand. hopefully it is not locked up .if it would not turn the stater may have drawn too many amps and burned your wires.
Hi , Sounds like you burned a "fuse able link". If you open your hood and look going away from the battery at all the wires you probably will see which wire melted. These links are designed to prevent major wiring harness fires. So you have a major dead short in your wiring. It would be difficult to lead you through the tracing down of the short but with a careful eye you may be able to see the bad wire as it will show signs of arcing. Good Luck!!!!!
does the sound come from inside or under the hood?
the next time your ready to try it have the hood open and someone to help check under the hood and you inside,you may have to do this a couple of times until you zero in on the noise.
no ohter reason for smoke comes to mind under the hood
sounds like maybe the valve cover gaskets 20 to 30 dollars here in canada
not very hard to replace take off the valve cover take out old gasket clean the area good and put new gasket in tighten valva cover down usally untill you see the gasket compress a little being carefull not to tighten to much and either break a bolt ot strip it