Asked by Bonnie May 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM about the 2000 Dodge Neon Highline Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair




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I have a 2000 neon it died suddenly and the check engine light came on and now it cranks but it won"t start there is spark also


Turn the ignition to the on position then off position 3 times and if there"s a code it will pop up where the odometer mileage is located. There are 2 sensors that I had the same problem with on myour 2005 neon. Crankshaft and camshaft. I replaced one and within a week or so the other went out. Also it could be the piggyback connection to the sensor itself. Changed that and haven"t had a problem since. Now it"s an overheating issue I"m having to deal with and I"ve done everything you can possibly think of when it comes to the cooling system, except checking the trani-cooler line. I"ve been told so many different things and have tried them all and still overheating. I"m so frustrated and can"t afford a new car. HELP!!!


What is the piggyback connection? My neon is doing the same thing. As far as the overheating I just check the water in the reservoir every time I get in it and check the antifreeze mixture from the radiator every few days. It"s a pain but it keeps it from overheating and causing you to fail on th road.


My neon overheated, changed everything except the temp sensor, so changed the temp sensor, no more overheating. good luck.




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Mine was camshaft sensor, then intake air temp sensor (proly your prob now), and now wont start with code 340 so i guess crankshaft sensor now...


The plug seals on early to mid 00 neons are notorious for leaking oil back into the cylinders. I bought a used one four years ago, drove it to CO to visit family, and it wouldn"t start when it was time to go home. Luckily, a friendly neighbor came outside as we were messing with it, who had the issue a few years prior. 1.Remove the spark plugs completely 2. Pop out the rubber s.p. cylinder tubes3. Twist a solid cloth rag into a snakelike shape4. Inset and keep doing it until you get as much out as possible5. Put it back together and...vroomAs a quick/temp fix, this does the job for a month or two. When the engine feels like it is in too high of a gear while driving (loss of power) it is an indication that they are filling back up.Doesn"t take much time at all, and I did this 4 or 5 times over the next 7 mos before I traded it back in.Sorry if the description isn"t very technical, but it"s easy once you see it.Good luck!