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.

Dec 022016

2005 Chrysler SebringI recently put a thermostat in my car. When I went to change it there wasn’t even one in it. So after I got one in I started my car. It ran just fine. The heat was working perfect so I shut it off and picked up all my tools. I then went to starting it again and it wouldn’t start. It would just turn over slowly. So after about 15 minutes it finally started. I drove it for about 20 minutes and it died on me. It keeps doing this after about 15 or 20 minutes after I start it, it will die.  And when it dies it takes a few minutes for it to start back almost like there’s not enough juice to turn it over. But like I said if you give it a few minutes it will start right back up.


I am wondering if the temperature gauge is reading hot when it dies. So, I am guessing there was a reason you decided to replace the thermostat in the first place. I am guessing the engine was overheating and you have possibly blown a head gasket. This is common for this engine. I am guessing that the coolant is getting into the cylinders and causing the engine to die. It is also giving a slow crank as the cooling system pressure is built up in the cylinders when you try to restart after it dies. Yet after letting is sit the pressure bleeds off and the engine cranks over a bit faster. A way to be certain would be to perform a compression test on each cylinder.

Performance Pressure Checks

Nov 192016

2007 Chrysler PacificaThere is a rumbling noise when I drive that turns into a loud roar, similar to that of an airplane lifting off, when I apply the brakes. It happens even if I am applying them gently. What could be causing this? There is no squealing noise, and it is coming from the rear of the vehicle.


Most common reason for the rumbling noise described is a brake issue. Most likely the brake pads have completely worn away and you are metal on metal. Disassembly of the brakes will be required for an accurate inspection to be performed. You will probably need to have the rear brake pads and brake rotors replaced. Would also be a good idea to have the rear brake calipers inspected for any damage.

Brake Caliper Inspection

Inspect the disc brake caliper for the following:

  1. Brake fluid leaks in and around boot area and inboard lining
  2. Ruptures, brittleness or damage to the piston dust boot
  3. Damaged, dry or brittle guide pin dust boots

If caliper fails inspection, disassemble and recondition caliper, replacing the seals and dust boots.