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Can not get car into reverse

Hi,
I have a 98 Dodge Neon with a manual transmission. The car runs great with no problems. One day I could not shift into reverse, the car still runs perfect and I can use all 5 gears, i just cannot shift into reverse, it just feels like it is blocked, any suggestions?

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Try puttingi t in reverse with the engine off.
Usually the sign of a worn clutch

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

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car getting power, but won't turn over usually when it's cold out

This is the second time this has happened. Suddenly, when it's very cold out, and I haven't started the car for a couple of days, it doesn't ever turn over.

The last time this happened, I tried adding some dry gas. It did not work immed, but the next day my car started and was fine for a long time. Well...it happened again a few days ago...I have 1/2 tank of gas in the car (It's a 1998 4 cyl 2.0 btw), and I put half the bottle of the dry gas in. 2 days have gone by now, and it still won't turn over. Any suggestions???

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do you have a test light??? you need to find out if power is getting to the starter. do the dash lights dim or go off when you try to start it??

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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I need the torque spec for camshafts / 98 Dodge Neon 2.0 dohc

I need the torque spec for camshafts / 98 Dodge Neon 2.0 dohc

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Here is the factory torque chart for all fasteners on the 2.0L

TORQUE CHART 2.0L DOHC DESCRIPTION TORQUE Camshaft Sensor Pick-Up Bolts 9.6 N·m (85 in. lbs.) Camshaft Sprocket Bolt 115 N·m (85 ft. lbs.) Connecting Rod Cap Bolts 27 N·m (20 ft. lbs.) Plus 1/4 Turn Collar - Oil Pan to Transaxle Step 1: Collar to Oil Pan Bolts 3 N·m (30 in. lbs.) Step 2: Collar to Transaxle Bolts 108 N·m (80 ft. lbs.) Step 3: Collar to Oil Pan Bolts 54 N·m (40 ft. lbs.) Crankshaft Main Bearing Cap/Bedplate M8 Bedplate Bolts 30 N·m (22 ft. lbs.) M11 Main Cap Bolts 81 N·m (60 ft. lbs.) Crankshaft Damper Bolt 142 N·m (105 ft. lbs.) Cylinder Head Bolts Refer To Cylinder Head Installation Cylinder Head Cover Bolts 12 N·m (105 in. lbs.) Drive Plate to Crankshaft Bolts 95 N·m (70 ft. lbs.) Engine Mount Bracket Bolts 61 N·m (45 ft. lbs.) Exhaust Manifold to Cylinder Head Bolts 23 N·m (200 in. lbs.) Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield Bolts 15 N·m (130 in. lbs.) Intake Manifold Bolts 28 N·m (250 in. lbs.) Oil Filter Adapter Fastener 80 N·m (60 ft. lbs.) Oil Filter 20 N·m (15 ft. lbs.) Oil Pan Bolts 12 N·m (105 in. lbs.) Drain Plug 34 N·m (25 ft. lbs.) Oil Pump Attaching Bolts 28 N·m (250 in. lbs.) Oil Pump Cover Fastener 12 N·m (105 in. lbs.) Oil Pump Pick-up Tube Bolt 28 N·m (250 in. lbs.) Oil Pump Relief Valve Cap 55 N·m (40 ft. lbs.) Spark Plugs Plug 28 N·m (20 ft. lbs.) Thermostat Housing Bolts 23 N·m (200 in lbs.) Timing Belt Tensioner Assembly - Mechanical Bolts 28 N·m (250 in. lbs.) Timing Belt Tensioner Assembly - Hydraulic Bolts 31 N·m (275 in. lbs.) Timing Belt T

Posted on Jun 11, 2009

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P0300 P0301 P0302 P0303 P0304

Plugs are new , wires are new , Engine light still comes on with P0300 P0301 P0302 P0303 P0304

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Have you had somebody clear the codes after you installed the parts.If not the codes have to be erased by using a scan tool.

Posted on May 05, 2012

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head bolt torque specs for 2000 dodge neon 2.0 SOHC

also need torque specs for intake and exaust manifold bolts

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I have the specs and diagrams. If you want me to send them to you, give me your email address. Outdoorsman592003@yahoo.com

Posted on Sep 05, 2009

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cooling fan relay 1998 neon

cannot find the cooling fan relay on a 1998 plymouth neon. fan will not come on when engine gets hot. DTC is 1491 (rad fan relay control circuit).
rans are good and so are the fuses. want to test the relay next but dont know where it is. anybody help?

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on the left(driver's) side of the lower rad support. It's a small flat relay with a plug on the bottom and usually has a blue colored front. held on by two screws. Also, there may be more rad fan relays in the underhood fuse/relay box.
Good luck.
R

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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1998 dodge neon airconditioning belt adjustment?

I need to adjust my aircondtioning belt, for a16 valve 4 cylinder 2 door....I cant seem to able to adjust it cause I don`t see any component that adjusts?

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This procedure involves correcting the tension on the power steering accessory and A/C compressor drive belt.

1. Loosen the power steering pump locking bolts A and B and pivot bolt C(Illustration 1 and 2 ) to allow adjustment of belt tension.
2. Using a 1/2" breaker bar, adjust belt tension by applying torque to the square hole "D" on the power steering pivot bracket. Adjust the tension as follows:

Belt tension with no belt replacement: A. Using the Belt Tension Gauge Special Tool Kit C-4162, adjust the belt tension to 100 lb.
B. Tighten in order, first tighten the locking bolt A to 27 Nm (20 ft. Ibs) then, bolt B to27Nm (20 ft. Ibs). Finally tighten the pivot bolt C to 54 Nm (40 ft. Ibs).
Belt tension with belt replacement:
A. Using the Belt Tension Gauge Special Tool Kit C-4162, adjust the belt tension to 135 lb.
B. Tighten in order, first tighten the locking bolt A to 27 Nm (20 ft. Ibs) then, bolt B to 27Nm (20 ft. Ibs). Finally tighten the pivot bolt C to 54 Nm (40 ft. Ibs).
C. Start the engine and allow the vehicle to idle for 15 minutes to allow the belt to seat.
D. Repeat the belt tensioning procedure, set belt tension to 135 lb.

click here for picture 1
click here for picture 2

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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how do i install brake light switch on 98 dodge

how do i install brake light switch on 98 dodge neon?

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  1. Remove lower steering column cover and knee blocker panel from instrument panel.
  2. With the brake pedal fully pressed, rotate the stop lamp switch counter clockwise 27 degrees and remove switch from the mounting bracket.< Just turn Count clockwise until you feel it unlock from its previous location, then pull it towards you>
  3. Disconnect wire connector from stop lamp switch by depressing the lock tabs holding stop lamp switch to mounting bracket and remove switch.

Its recommended to have someone push the brake pedal for you, can be tough to push it while trying to get his out.

  1. Connect the harness connector to the stop lamp switch.
  2. While pressing the brake pedal, insert switch into the keyed hole in the bracket and rotate the switch into the locked position.
  3. Gently pull back on the brake pedal until the pedal will go no further. This will cause the switch plunger to ratchet backward to the correct position. No further adjustment is necessary.

Posted on Jan 09, 2010

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loud knocking or tapping sound when engine is cold

when i start the car in the morning i could hear a loud knocking sound for about two minutes, then it would disappear and the car would run perfect. i could hear the sound coming from #1 and #2 spark plug under valve cover. i took it to a mechanic he said try to change oil, so i did synthetic oil. the noise is still there and it is very loud in the morning.
could this be valves,piston slap, or fuel pump etc. my mechanic would not even open the valve cover or check for other causes.he said just change the oil. my car is a 1999 neon dodge SOHC 2.0L 4-cylinder automatic. would this hurt my car if i dont get it fix?


davy b.

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THIS NOISE IS PISTON SLAP..MOST NEONS HAVE THIS NOISE..HAVE SEEN THEM LAST FOR A LONG TIME..AS LONG AS IT GOES AWAY,IT SHOULD BE FINE

Posted on May 23, 2009

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1998 dodge neon fuel pump installation

1998 dodge neon fuel pump installation

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you will have to take the vacuum canister mounted by the fuel tank loose lower the tank enough to let the pump clear the fender well, remove the big plastic nut from around the pump assembly, disconnect the fuel lines and unplug the assembly remove and replace. be sure to disconnect the battery because you could short the new one out when reconnecting the plug.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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