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Old 02-16-2004, 10:43 PM
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Hey guys I need some help here.Its been a very miserible cold winter here in NY.My car has been starting hard latly,but evan when its not so cold(above 0) it don't wanna start up good anymore.
I did a pre winter tune up consisting of Plugs,Wires,Air filter,Fuel filter and the dist. cap was new at the end of last winter.
Seems it turns over then fires quick but won't start.Then ou have to get in and pump the gas while you turn it over to get it running.Then keep it running for a second by foot.Once it fires it has a funky not quiet raw gas not quiet rich smell to the exhuast for the first few seconds.
Its a injected dodge 2.2 in my 94 Shadow.
Any idea's O2 sensor maybe??Plugged Cat??How can you tell? I don't know **** on fuel injected computer cars so I'm stumped.

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Old 02-16-2004, 11:19 PM
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Have you run the codes?
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Old 02-17-2004, 01:45 AM
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Originally posted by 4 Jaw Chuck Have you run the codes?
I don't really know how.Do I need the plug in computer diagnostic thing.Or can I get it by turning the key on and off and reading the idiot lights??If so whats the sequence for this?
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Old 02-17-2004, 07:25 PM
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Anyone have a clue how to pull up the codes here?Do I turn the key on an off or backwards or something and read how many times the idiot lights flash or do I need the diagnostic computer??Someone tell me how to do it if I can with the key.
Starting next monday I have to drive this car about 150mi a day to get to rehearsal so I need to depend on this thing starting.
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Old 02-17-2004, 11:08 PM
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Dodge code reading procedure using the key.

Which light flashes is unique to each body type, using a scanner will get you more pertinent info and let you view data streaming from the computer. I find trouble shooting using the codes a hit or miss affair unless a component has outright failed.

Hope this helps, reading codes to diagnose a problem is like trying to determine your tire pressure by looking at the tire, it looks low but until you actually check with a gauge you don't know how much. You can easily spend more money throwing parts at a problem than having the computer scanned when it's running to pinpoint the problem exactly. Don't forget the codes are all the malfunctions that occured, a lean injector will cause a O2 sensor fault code etc. etc. etc. Make sure your replacing bad components and not symptoms of the problem.

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Old 02-23-2004, 02:37 AM
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Thanks 4 Jaw,I guess I'll take it in for the computer diagnosis.But for now it seems to be a little better in the warmer weather we've had.But it still ain't startin like it should.
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