Apr 072016

1997 Dodge Ram
The headlights on my 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 are causing problems. The headlights have been going out just about every morning for about 10 seconds. About fifteen miles into my commute. Then they come back on and seem fine. The other day when it was real cold, they wouldn’t come on at all. The next day they were fine.


This is a classic description of an intermittent open connection. This can be caused by a loose connection, rusty or corroded connection or a break in the wiring harness. Looking at the wiring diagram I can see there is no relay for the headlights and should make it easier to narrow down. Start by checking the connections. You may also want to perform the “wiggle test” on the wiring.

1997 Dodge Ram 1500 headlight wiring diagram

Apr 042016

1996 Dodge Stratus
My late husband drove my 1996 Dodge Stratus for a good two weeks while it was overheating, just adding water as needed. We have changed, spark plugs(due to oil being in the holes), valve cover gasket, coil pack, cam shaft sensor, oxygen sensor, mass air flow sensor, & the oil pressure sensor. Hooked it up to a code reader after all were replaced & it is not giving any codes now, but still will not start. It acts like it wants to but will not fire over. We were having issue not getting spark from 2&3 plugs as well, not sure if that is fixed.. Wondering what the next step would be? I have had a suggestion that it could be timing off or timing belt, possibly warped head or bent valves as well. Where to begin?


Assuming the car did not start to begin with, if it did you may need to re-check your work. As with any no start situation it is necessary to determine what is missing. Once you know what the engine is not getting you can dig deeper into that particular area and repair as needed. For my money I would double check the spark plug gap(they can get smashed together if dropped) on all spark plugs and confirm spark. Then I would see if some starting fluid sprayed into the air filter would allow the engine to start. If not, I would move to the compression test. Loss of compression can be from a blown head gasket caused by overheating or a broken timing belt.


What an Engine Needs to run

  1. Spark
  2. Fuel – Fuel Pressure and Fuel Injector Pulse
  3. Compression – What is a Compression test?
  4. Timing – All of the above at the right time


Mar 222016

dodge neonDriving my Dodge Neon and all of a sudden it dies… not getting any fire to the coil pack so I put a new one in that’s wasn’t the problem.. the gauges work but the speedometer does sometimes the rest works fine cause I was thinking it might be the icm… or the cps but idk how those go out need help asp got me stuck in a bad situation


Many times spark and fuel are missing at the same time. This can be caused from a faulty crank position sensor and failed PCM fuse. Make sure you are getting injector pulse before making that ruling. If all you suffer from is lack of spark, then stay the course.

Dodge Neon

Mar 112016

2012 Dodge Avenger
My 2012 Dodge Avenger problems with the HVAC system. The heater is warm on drivers side, but blowing cold air on passenger side??


2012 Dodge Avenger SXT

A couple of thoughts come to mind right off. First, if anyone has been messing about under the dash something may have been knocked loose. An aftermarket stereo installation would be a great place to start looking. An air duct may have been taken loose, etc.
Second thought would be a failed blend door actuator. Actuator failure is a common cause for this.

2012 Dodge Avenger blend door actuator

The blend door actuator is connected to the A/C-heater control through the vehicle electrical system by a dedicated two-wire lead and connector of the instrument panel wire harness. The blend door actuator can move the blend-air door in two directions.

The blend door actuator (1) for the heating-A/C system is a reversible, 12-volt Direct Current (DC) servo motor, which is mechanically connected to the blend-air door. The blend door actuator is located on the left side of the HVAC air distribution housing.

Dodge blend door acuator

The blend door actuator is interchangeable with the actuator for the mode-air doors and the recirculation-air door. Each actuator is contained within an identical black molded plastic housing with an integral wire connector receptacle (2). Each actuator also has an identical output shaft (3) with splines that connect it to its respective door linkage and integral mounting tabs (4) that allow the actuator to be secured to the HVAC housing. The blend door actuator does not require mechanical indexing to the blend-air door, as it is electronically calibrated by the A/C-heater control.

2012 Dodge Avenger Recalls

2012 Dodge Avenger Electrical System Recall 13V282000

Service Bulletin Number: 13V282000
Report Date: Jul 02, 2013

Component: Electrical System
Potential Units Affected: 442320
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group Llc

Summary: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 sebring and 200 vehicles manufactured june 28, 2011, through december 13, 2012; model year 2011-2013 dodge avenger vehicles manufactured june 25, 2011, through january 14, 2013; model year 2011-2012 dodge nitro vehicles manufactured june 17, 2011, through december 15, 2011; and model year 2011-2012 jeep liberty vehicles manufactured june 17, 2011, through august 15, 2012. Electrical over-stress of a resistor in the occupant restraint control module may lead to the non-deployment of the active head restraints during a rear impact collision.
Consequence: In the event of a Continue reading »

Jan 032016

When am driving my stiring wheel very hard to turn and if i accelerate a little when am turning the stiring wheel softens why

Dec 182015

I have a speedometer that went crazy. It reads like 50mph or so over what you are driving at. For example, at 65mph it will read like 120 mph. I replaced the speed sensor not sure what else to check other than my speedometer is failing.