Apr 112017

2001 Chrysler Town and CountryWhen I put key in ignition, key wont turn. Its like frozen, plenty of juice. Might be ignition switch? The key goes in and makes the sound activate but will not turn either way.


Key Wont Turn

  • Try wiggling the steering wheel while trying to turn the ignition key
  • If you have an additional key, try it
Worse Case

You may have to replace the ignition lock cylinder.

Key Lock Cylinder Replacement


  1. Disconnect negative cable from battery.
  2. Remove steering column cover retaining screws.
  3. Remove screws holding steering column shrouds and remove lower shroud.
  4. Place key cylinder in RUN position. Depress lock cylinder retaining tab on the bottom of the lock housing and remove key cylinder.

1.Install key in lock cylinder. Turn key to run position (retaining tab on lock cylinder can be depressed).
2.The shaft at the end of the lock cylinder aligns with the socket in the end of the housing. To align the socket with the lock cylinder, ensure the socket is in the Run position (Socket in Lock Cylinder Housing) .
key wont turn lock cylinder replacement1 – LOCK CYLINDER HOUSING

3.Align the lock cylinder with the grooves in the housing. Slide the lock cylinder into the housing until the tab sticks through the opening in the housing.
4.Turn the key to the Off position. Remove the key.
5.Install lower steering column shroud.
6.Install steering column cover.
7.Connect negative cable to battery.

Apr 042017

1993 Chrysler LebaronCar won’t start. Should there be power at the plug that supplies the coil when the key is on. Have no power at that plug. Shut car off one night (running great) and go to start it next day and it just turns over. Seems dist. cap is all good and rotor, but no fire.


Here is a wonderful diagnostic chart for no start situations.

ignition coil


The Dark Green/Orange wire gets its power from the ASD Relay. The ASD Relay gets its power from the Fuel pump relay and 2 fuses #42 and #46. The PCM sends a signal on the  Black/Grey wire to the distributor. It is common for the ASD Relay to fail and need to be replaced.

ASD Relay Location

It us located in the power distribution center under the hood in the engine compartment.

Mar 122017

2006 Chrysler PT CruiserSmoke comes out when start up then it quits



The color of smoke would be interesting to know. If it is white it might indicate some blown head gasket symptoms. Blue or black smoke would indicate burning oil and fuel. If it is oil smoke it my be from worn valve seals. This will not cause an issue as long as the oil level is kept full. In fact checking your fluid levels might point you in the right direction as to what is burning.

Feb 092017

2008 Chrysler Town and CountryI’m getting a burning plastic like smell after a 45 minute drive but all gauges read normal and fluids look good. Maybe a Brake smell, I’m not sure what it is.
I cannot see anything under the van, nothing is leaking, everything looks normal…. but this smell (which is outside the cab – can’t smell it inside) is bizarre. Not seeing any smoke from tailpipe either. Brakes feel kinda spongy but I don’t think it could be brake fluid. I’m not Mr. Goodwrench but I do know this is weird. My car has 107000 miles. My car has an automatic transmission.


Brake Smell

I would think a spongy brake would be an indicator. You may also look for excessive brake dust on the front wheels as compared to the rear wheels. Also look at the brake fluid level. Do not add any fluid, but if it looks like it is half full this is an indicator. The front brake pads may be worn down enough to need replaced. Another thing to check for would be if one of the wheels is too hot to touch it would indicate a sticking brake caliper.

Feb 092017

1999 Chrysler 300MWhile driving it will not shift up or down. When you turn the car off then start it up it will drive fine but it will happen again.


Will Not Shift

For sure it is a transmission related issue. There may be a code stored that will enlighten us as to the specific cause. Since we do not have the code I will give you an idea of what it could be. Most likely a sticking shift solenoid or faulty VSS – Vehicle Speed Sensor.

Chrysler Code P0752 – 1-2 or 4-5 Shift Solenoid Fault

Code P0752 Possible causes

  • Low transmission fluid level
  • Dirty transmission fluid
  • Faulty solenoid valve
  • Shift Solenoid valve harness or connectors
  • Shift Solenoid valve circuit is open or shorted

Code P0752 Possible symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
  • Transmission will not shift gears.



Jan 202017

2005 Chrysler Town and Countrytools needed to change front calipers


Estimated time for a shop to replace a single front brake caliper is 0.8 hours or 1.4 for both.

Caliper Replacement Tools

  1. Vehicle Jack and Stands – Used to raise and support vehicle.
  2. Wheel Lug Nut Removal Tool – used to remove wheel.
  3. Brake Pedal Depressing Tool (Holding Tool) – This is to hold the brake pedal down to isolate the master cylinder from the hydraulic system. It disallows the brake fluid to completely drain out of the brake reservoir.
  4. Metric Socket Set and Ratchet 8mm – 19mm – Used to remove retaining bolts.
  5. Drain Pan – Used to catch brake fluid.
  6. C-Clamp – Used to compress the replacement caliper if necessary.
  7. Torque Wrench – Used to install the Banjo bolt with new washers to 35 ft. lbs.

Brake Caliper Tools Removal Diagram 2005 Chrysler Town And Country

Brake Caliper Mounting Description

  1. Caliper Hose
  2. Caliper Mounting Bolts
  3. Banjo Fitting

Not a tool but you will need brake fluid and probably a few rags.


Jan 082017

2006 Chrysler PT CruiserChrysler Code P0700 after used motor put in.


Chrysler Code P0700 – Transaxle Control System Malfunction

Since the P0700 is just and informative code, check the TCM for more codes to resolve the problem.

Possible causes

  • Shorted or open circuit within Transmission Control Module (TCM)
  • Faulty Transmission Control Module (TCM)

P0700 Chrysler Description

The transaxle Control Module (TCM) monitors the malfunction of sensors and actuators relating to transaxle control. When the TCM detects a malfunction with the control, a signal is send to the Engine Control Module (ECM) to trigger the Engine Light or Service Engine Soon light. The ECM stores the P0700 code and it means the TCM detected a malfunction with the transaxle controls.