[rusEfi] 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:46 am

Test mule is having a tantrum - no cam sensor signal. I guess there should be no oil there, but cleaning did not help. Ordered new sensor, tomorrow I will try to run with only crank sensor.

At lest that happened while inside the garage.
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:47 pm

That thing behind the sensor must be my camshaft right? It is kind of supposed to spin right?

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:32 am

Timing belt is not moving while crank pulley is moving. That's an interference engine, so looks like RIP grey Neon.
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by stefanst » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:42 am

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:21 pm

Actually looks like that's fixable - the valves look good and there are no marks on the pistons. Kudos @ for convincing me to check before destroying the harness!

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:02 am

Funny thing - it was one of the #4 cylinder valves which was kind of leaking above average but we have found some marks after cleaning the pistons on cylinder #3. #3 valves were not leaking!

The car runs with new belt/HG & listed for sale on local CL.
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by stefanst » Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:13 am

Congrats on getting it back up and running again.
Just out of curiosity: how much did you list it for?

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:40 pm

I hate this negative electricity. Positive stuff is OK, but the negative... There is no place for it. http://forum.2gn.org/viewtopic.php?p=1016987#1016987
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by stefanst » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:08 pm

Damn. If you have negative electricity going on, there's probably some positrons flowing in all the wrong directions.

So we believe the GND from battery to headlight is solid and yet the wipers start going when you turn on the headlights?
Then it can't really be a ground fault. If the headlights turned on, when you turn on the wipers, then it could be faulty ground on the wipers. But the other way round does not indicate a ground problem to me.

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:16 pm

I am a blind idiot - there was a disconnected ground next to the passenger headlight. Once I've connected that group the wipers are no longer activated by the headlight. Now back on the road to get p0551 resolved hopefully second inspection attempt would be a winner. The nice NJ DMV people have failed my EMISSION INSPECTION for POWER-STEERING MALFUNCTION because... BECAUSE IT's a check ENGINE light :(
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by stefanst » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:41 pm

Power Steering fault could be caused by lack of signal from PS pressure witch. Short the switch and see what happens?

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by kb1gtt » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:54 pm

My brother who at the time was in NH, once had to junk a car because the tach failed. When the tach failed it causes a check engine code, which did not trigger the dash light, but did trigger the state inspection tool. The issue was that the tach was clobbering part of a data packet on the transmission bus. Replacing the transmission controller and / or dash display were the only options, and these options had high probability of needing a re-program from a dealer. The car had no rust, and functioned perfectly. However he couldn't get a sticker on it, so he ended up having to junk it. Basically any options to fix it cost more than the car was worth, and it was lower cost for him to get a different car.

Good luck. Did you top off your windshield fluid? If not I bet they fail you for that :)
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:19 pm

Inspected and sold. End of an era :)
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by stefanst » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:26 am

So you just got paid for getting more garage space. Win-win. Congrats!

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:30 am

Just put both Miatas into the garage. I believe I can park three Miatas and I even have 3-ish inches of extra room for else!
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by kb1gtt » Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:15 am

You could get a car lift and stack them, Then you could fit 4 miata's in the garage :)
http://www.bestbuyautoequipment.com/4-p ... park-7.htm

However for that amount of $, you could get a traditional 2 post lift.
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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by tomiata » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:35 pm

russian wrote:Just put both Miatas into the garage. I believe I can park three Miatas and I even have 3-ish inches of extra room for else!
You cannot have too many Miatas :-)

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by stefanst » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:17 am

You should easily be able to pile them 3 high. So it *could* be a 9-Miata garage...

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by Abricos » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:26 pm

9 miata ))))

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Re: 2003 Dodge Neon (#9)

Post by russian » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:35 am

Too bad I did not find this document back when I had my dodge, but an amazing 101 explanation on what is an ECU from A to Z!

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