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1997 Plymouth Breeze won't start...has no spark

My car will crank, but gets no spark to any of the plugs. Do you have any offers of suggestion for my mechanically-minded husband? We are not familiar with Chrysler products. Thanks in advance.

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  • madamcol Nov 19, 2008

    The car belongs to my son (we actually just bought it about 3 weeks ago, so not too sure on the vehicle history, but it seemed in good working condition when we bought it). He called yesterday afternoon and said it had started, then died. After a few tries, he was able to get it started and it ran with no problems. Went back to the school, came BACK home, no more problems. This morning, he gets in it to leave for school and it won't start. My husband used an inline spark checker to check the spark plugs (grounded out, tried it to battery ground and frame ground). We bought a new battery today, still no spark, tried using jumper cables on a pickup truck, still no spark. Coil and coil wires look fine, we replaced the spark plugs 2 weeks ago. The terminals to the battery are in exc. shape. (my husband used to be an outboard mechanic, so he has lots of "toys" and tools...and some knowledge). We have not replaced the computer (although that is next on the list). As for gas...he says the manifold is pressured up and when he took off some little part, it did have gas coming out (I don't know the technical name for what he did to see if the engine was getting gas). Thanks!

  • madamcol Nov 19, 2008

    We just had a guy come over and hook it up to a computer (he's going to repair it) and told us it was the "cam shaft sensor"? So we have a "real" mechanic now doing the repairs. We were going to buy a new battery, anyway, as it was 2 years old and we wanted to start fresh. The car was cheap (1000.00), and live in a very small town and had hoped for it to be an island car...but the more we hear about these, the more we should definitely not keep it. We had hoped for a corolla or honda, but with the budget we had, nothing we could find for under 5000.00 locally. Thanks for your help....know anyone that wants a 1997 Plymouth Breeze?? :)

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Pretty har to say at this point, help me by telling what u checked and how u checked it. What engine is in the car?

The no spark issue could be any of the following: distributor, dist. cap, rotor, plug wires, spark plugs and engine coil.
Check the engine coil to make sure it isn't cracked, u can easily find it by following the center plug wire from the distributor cap.
I am not the most familiar with chrysler products myself, though i used to be a mechanic. I will look into this for you, but until i find a more precise answer, i am inclined to say it is the engine coil. I will get back to u very soon.
How did this problem occur? Did u come home one night and then car never restarted or did it stall somewhere as u were driving?
What i'm really interested in is knowing how you checked the engine spark.

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  • Jean Leblanc Nov 19, 2008

    ok, there is no cap and rotor on ur car. The engine coil is right on top of the engine itself and has 4 plug wires coming out of it into each spark plug. There are 2 wires on each side of the coil.
    The coil should sell for around $100, but there is a possibility that ur problem is elsewhere.
    Get back to me on the questions in my previous answer please because i need to rule out certain things first and are u sure ur engine is getting gas?


  • Jean Leblanc Nov 19, 2008

    battery has nothing to do with spark, it's sole purpose is to turn the engine over, nothing else.
    Is the check engine light on, or was it? And even the the coil "looks fine" doesn't mean it is. It gives spark to the plugs. Replace it if u insist on not going to a garage, but DO NOT REPLACE THE COMPUTER, it has nothing to do with spark, well almost nothing to do. And boost the car all u want with every possible vehicle, still won't give spark. Again, it's the coil's job.

    If this is a car for ur son to go to school, sell it soon as u can, as plymouth/dodge/chrysler do not have good long term products, believe me. Especially dodge neon, extrememly bad car.
    By him a civic or corolla if u can, but if u insist on keeping this car, plan repairs regularly into ur budget as this will be needed, and believe me, i wish u no harm or badluck whatsoever, only being realistic.

    Here are some issues with ur breeze to come in the future: automatic tranny, high pressure hose on the power steering, power steering pump, EGR valve, balljoints and tie rod ends, rack and pinion steering.
    Hope this helps.


  • Jean Leblanc Nov 19, 2008

    cam shaft sensor could be pretty possible as well, seems to be another issue with breezes.
    I understand the budget part, why u bought the car, but it will chew ur budget to shreds in the long run. If u can, go for a hyundai accent or elantra, those or actually pretty good cars as well ( or Kia, as they are made by hyundai anyways).
    And for future referrence, a battery is good for 6 to 7 years, a solid 5 minimum.
    Good luck.


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