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12/04/05 02:20
george newman

my sebring 1997 wont start

i was driving my 97 lxi sebring and it felt and sounded like it was running out of gas. i pullrd into a parking lot -took a look under hood- then tried to start it. it turns over but doesnt start. the has been to 2 mechanics and they could not figure out the problem. i had another mechanic check out the car to find out there is no spark to the plugs, or to the fuel injectors. there is no check engine light on when key is turned to the on position. is there some shut off switch to reset or something i should check?

i know the computer may have something to do with it but i want to make sure there isnt something im overlooking before i spend a large chunk of cash to replace the cars computer

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Tom

hello, did you hit something from the front. there is a shut off swicth that cuts off the fuel pump and other things if you have a front end collision. There should be a re-set button somewhere - check your manual or go ask a service person from chrysler. It could be located in the front where people put their legs. It is usually marked with some form of marker or plastic cover or label to reset when you have a front end collision.

Many fuel pumps got replace because of this rest button.

Hope this helps you. Maybe you hit something and after a few days after - the effect takes place.

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francisco

Chrysler's have a problem with distributors, get the # of your distributor and call a dealer. Also replace the crank sensor, that was my problem.
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RACHEL

i HAVE A 1997 CHRYSLER SEBRING COUPE V6, AND TODAY WHEN I TRIED TO START IT IT MADE A LOUD CLICKING SOUND IT'S A HARD SOUND TO EXPLAIN BUT IT CONTINUES UNTIL I STOP TURNING THE KEY. i AM GETTING BATTERIE CHARGE AND I HAVE TRIED TO JUMP IT, DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS?
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Mr. Jackson

I have a 1997 Sebring lxi and when i'm going up the road my

car will blank out like it is about to shut off. But when I

come to a red light or a stop sign it will cut off, but it

will start right back up. I have changed distributor, plugs

and wires, and no shop can find the problem not even the

chrysler place. Have anyone experienced this problem if so

please send me and email or send it to this page I will be

checking this site for while.

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Wieuca

My trunk floods (like 2 feet of water) My car was covered with a water proof top. It has leaked in the past I believe from the back drivers window but nothing like this. I also took out the 10 plugs from the sides of the doors, but it still leaks inside on the floor board back and front and it sometimes accumulates under the drivers seat. You can only imagine how it smells right now....like straight from Katrina.

I've had the car about one year. I couldn't get it registered at first because it failed emissions. It sat for about one week, then I had to charge it as the battery had died...the reason for the failure of emissions. I was told I would have to run it about 100 miles or so to get the computer to start up. When I started to take it out to drive, the seat belt was broken. So how do you drive a car without registration, a tag and without seat belts for over 100 miles. By the way, it is a red convertible with a white top.

I'm about to give it to a charity, but the title isn't available as I still owe money on it. and can't get it registered. I bought the car to drive on occasion, and I've found it needs to be driven often. I guess it could be donated for parts.

Does anyone have any ideas? I don't think I'm prepared to put more money into it with the problems especially the roof. I do not have a garage.

Thanks for any help.

wieuca1@bellsouth.net

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Mr D

if it completely doesnt turn on you should not rule out the possibility it can be an ignition problem. Have you checked that possibility out.
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thomas bowser

I have a 2000 Sebring JXI wont start. I first tried to start it ran it ran for a few seconds and stopped. Tried 2 more times same thing. The fourth time it would not even turn over. Plugs and valve cover gaskets changed a few days ago. My Key is a duplicate .Could it be the Key a anti theft device. ECG sensor.Hall effect device.fuel pump or plugged gas cap vent. I just bought it used with 140, 000 miles on it. I cant afford to take it to a mechanic especially after reading all the bad stories on these cars.
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cliford

MY STORIES IS THE WORSE SCENARIO EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE.THE STORIES IS MY CHRYSLER SEBRING LXI 2.5 LITER V6 IS RUNNING GOOD EVERYDAY BUT I OBSERVE THAT I HAVE A LEAKING IN MY VALVE COVER GASKET AND I DID REPLACE IT TODAY WITH SILICONE SO THAT THE OIL WILL NOT COME OUT ANYMORE AS SOON I PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AND START THE CAR THE CAR START BACK ON BUT IT SHAKES OR IDLE GO DOWN UNTIL IT TURNS OFF AND I SAID WHY , I CHECK THE SPARKPLUG DISTRIBUTOR 1 CABLE IS LOOSE AND I PUT IT BACK OR PUSH TO DISTRIBUTOR AND I START THE CAR BUT THE PROBLEM IS IT WONT START ANYMORE AND I DONT UNDERSTAND AND AFTER THAT I CHECK THE VOLTAGE COMING OUT FROM THE SPARK PLUG IS NOTHING OR LET SAY NO SPARKS. I DONT KNOW HOW TO FIGURE OR TO REPLACE TO START MY CAR AGAIN....CAN UGUYS HELP ME CALL ME 8328673764 PLS.MAY GOD BLESS U ...PLS...
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Bill

I have a similar stalling problem. My 99 JXI V6 will just shut off like it is running out of gas. It feels like it is running on 2-3 cylnders just prior to it shutting off. I will not start right away , but if I wait 2-3 minutes it starts like nothing happened. I may fail right away or it may not. Also, when this happens I have some bad fumes and gray to black smoke coming out of the exhaust. But that goes away after the car starts. Anyone have the same exact problem.
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Eduardo

If your car wont start, listen first if the gas pump is working, open the switch and you should her it for about two seconds, if its working check your starter relay, on the front fuse box, when you try to start the car you should be able to hear a click in the relay.

also check for spark in the spark plugs, if not maybe it will be your fuel filter on the xli is dirty, is on the back of the gas tank on top, unbolt the two stras, the tank will lower enough to take the filter out buy a new one, if you see it but you dont want to take it off, don`t` hit it, some of the dirt might go to the injectors and clog them. hope it works.

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talon

1999 sebring jxi. 20 amp ignition fuel starter fuse (located next to ecu in engine) keeps blowing out when key is turned. car starts on 30 amp but sometimes blows out also. I know there is a short somewhere but i have no idea where to start the pin pointing. Anyone know of this problem? Thank you.
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Mark

I am having the same problem with my 1997 Sebring convertible as talon is having with his 1999. I have had the car checked by a Dodge dealer service department, but they were not able to find the cause of the fuse blowing. Their solution was to put a 25A fuse in place of the specified 20A fuse. This worked great for about 4 startups.

My daughter drives this car and I need to find a true solution! I plan to spend the weekend troubleshooting. If I can find a free wiring diagram online, I will send you a copy..

Please share any responses you receive in answer to your posting. I will do the same from other forums.

Good luck to both of us!

Mark

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Gregory

I have a 97 Chrysler Conv. I have had some of the same problems that some of you have mentioned. If you cut a key you have to get it progammed by the dealership as it will only start the car for about 10sec and then shut off. My car had the same shutting off problem and hesitation. Found out that it is the ECG valve, the TPS (throttle posotion sensor) and the throttle body needs cleaning, and fixinf these things are not cheap. The only problem now I have with the car is the water leak that I can't seem to fix. The chrysler dealership told me that it was the rear window leaking and need to replace the top for 1100.00. I guess that I will have to live with the leak unless someone have a solution for the problem. Hope this helped someone.
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simon

hi!

i've 97 chrysler concorde when i stop at stop sign it shakes. what is the problem thank-you simon

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Tempestt Garland

I have a 1999 Chrysler Sebring JXI convertible. All the electric in my car is working except the radio. But the car won't start or take a jump. The lights, and power sears, windows and locks still work, but the car will not start or turn over. Can someone please help me. I just had a new battery put in.
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Bandit

I have a 98 Seabring Jxi Convert. and I have a similar problem as above. Car will not turn over however everything works and is fully charged, but turn the key and all idiot lights come on but will not turn over. Any ideas??
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eric

pull off the timeing cover and see if your chain/belt snap or skipped a tooth i was working on a car had similar problems chased the no spark/fuel problem until realize it becase if the timing belt is snap the computer get no signal to tell the computer when to fire spark or dump fuel
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ann

My 2000 Sebring Convertible wont start. I turn the key and nothing happens, not a click or anything. Also, I cannot open the car door lock using the remote. Nothing electrical is working. I first thought it was the battery, but I cannot even jump start the vehicle. Do you think it might be a fuse or something to do with the remote keyless entry?
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Marcus

I have a 98 Chrysler Sebring.

For those with a car that won't turn at all, it is most likely your starter. The location of the exhaust pipe (which gets really hot) is close to the starter on some models. There are several tests you can do to be sure before you replace it, ask a local mechanic or go to an Autozone or Advance Auto Parts store. There are several possibilities including distributer, alternator, spark plugs or cables, crank shaft, battery, starter, or several fuel, belt or sensor issues. The checks for each possible electrical issue are tedious, however replacing a part that will not fix the problem is much more expensive. Obtaining trouble codes helps in identifying which particular problem it is, so look into this first. Mechanics most likely run through the same troubleshooting process as you will, so it is essential that you attempt to find out the type of problem you are dealing with. If you can tell them only that it won't start, there is a range of issues that might be the cause. Try and eliminate what you can beforehand, and communicate to the mechanic what you think and why. Pin-point the area of the issue and proceed from there with as many checks you can.

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Albert

97 Chrysler Sebring convertible my car will run fine but will usually act up at night time when I have the lights on it will stall and not restart and display CCd on the trip gage if I disconnect the battery it may or may not start after a hour or so it will restart I have brought it to AAA Car Care Plus and they cant find any codes, any suggestions of Possible causes

Thank you

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John

I am getting the same CCD message on the trip display of my 1999 JXI Convertible. My car was overheating and I noticed that the fan was not running. I replaced everything; slow and fast relays, fuses, fan assembly. Thinking that I had my problem licked I try to start the car and nothing. Help!
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Marty

Check your EGR valves on the 2.5L

Make sure they are connected right so you don't get the shake.

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mike

I have a 97 sebring that won't start. Strong spark on #2, no spark on #4 and no spark or irratic spark on #6. All fuses seem ok. Good compression across the front 3 cylinders. Also, there are no codes when the key is on.Not sure what to check next.

Mike

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jesse

I have a sebring 1997 xli and it ran out of gas I think and now I put gas into and It sill will not start..CAN YOU HELP
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