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First trouble in 13 years

Discussion in 'Neon' started by 71Charger_fan, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. 71Charger_fan

    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    For the first time in over 13 years and 110,000 miles my '04 R/T gave me trouble. Suddenly, it refused to rev over 2300 rpm. After having it flatbedded home, I opened the hood and found the fault to be entirely my own for neglecting the battery connections. The positive connection sits under that plastic cover and I just hadn't looked under it for far too long. A quick cleaning of the terminals and clamps and she was fine again.
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    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    Apparently, the crusty battery was just one problem. The car did the same thing today. This time, I had it flat bedded to a garage. After driving it for a short time, the check engine light came on and it refused to rev over 2200/2300 rpm. Once it cooled down, it seemed fine again. Now I'll wait and see what the mechanics down the road find.
     
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    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    The engine somehow jumped timing. Who knows. The garage says everything looks fine, it's just a few teeth off. No idea why it started and ran fine cold, but would quit after about 10 minutes.
     
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    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    It cost me $477 to get it fixed, but worth it to not have to mess with getting under the timing cover myself. I kind of miss my old 2.2 liters. Those timing belts were easy to change.
     
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    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    The only other weird problem I ever had with this was being unable to get the parking brake to hold no matter how much I adjusted it. I finally pulled the rear brakes apart and found the parking brake linings on the driver's side had disintegrated. Only the steel shoes remained. Kind of a PITA to replace, but nice to have a functioning parking brake again.
     
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    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    Keep on trucking....Yea those older 2.2 were a breeze to work on especcialy in the bigger K cars.
     
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    Good to hear your back on the road with minimal expense.
     

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