All Part Groups Smelling Not applicable Not applicable
Q: There is a mildew smell coming from the air conditioner.
A: The smell is water laying somewhere in the ducts from the Air Conditioning condensation.
There is a spray on the market that helps the odor, but the water needs to dry out.... This usually happens at the end of the hot season.
Q: We requested 62,000 - 65,000 miles schedule B service. We thought we were getting what was in the schedule of maintenance book that came with the car. Turns out that the dealer has their own schedule A, B, and C that do not correspond with what the manufacturer suggests. I called Dodge, they reported that there isn't a Schedule C. We thought that we were having a PCV replaced, transmission drained and refilled, a fuel filter replaced among other services detailed in the mfr book. Not too long later the transmission went up. We had it replaced ($1,880) at our expense. Recently, we learned that bolts were not tightened properly and the engine had been hopping around. The dealer said that the engine mounts were off? Now we have white smoke from the exhaust. Here's my question: can't abnormal vibration in a car cause problems in another part. I think that the dealer's failure to install the transmission/engine/ and whatever else they removed when installing the rebuilt transmission, has led to something that created the white smoke. I understand that white smoke means oil. Just what parts are removed when the transmission is rebuilt?
A: You will have to find out where the white smoke is coming from. We know that it is winding up out the exhaust but where does it start from? From the description so far, I would be considering phoning the manufacturer consumer hotline. Ed
Electrical / Lighting Systems Chugging When accelerating When warm
Q: 10 minutes after start-up, my truck starts chugging and hesitating at high rpm.
Driving 60 mph and kicking it down into passing gear, it chugs bad. Loses power till you let off the pedal about half way. Then it will take off. Sometimes I can't get it over 40 mph.
It's a 318 single port injection, automatic with overdrive tranny.
Also, you can kill the engine when it starts acting up for approx. 10 sec., restart and then it drives fine for about a couple of minutes.
The fault codes it gives:
rich fuel mix, and
standby memory lost
I replaced O2 sensor, and fuel filter and got nothing, also did a complete tune-up.
I'm leaning towards the brain because of stand-by memory lost code. I can reset the codes and stand-by memory lost keeps coming up before I drive.
After I drive, rich fuel mixture comes up and you can smell it.
Parked it has backfired through the intake when romp on. Always idles great and runs great for about 5-10 mins after a cold start.
A: Chrysler has most of us stumped........they should have stayed with the 440 six pack warrior.......if EVERYTHING checks out okay... condemn the computer........only way with these things.........Ed
Electrical / Lighting Systems Won't Start Happens always Always
Q: It started out running rough, and then total failure. It won't start, and backfires through throttle body.
It has fuel and spark. It seems to fire at wrong time.
I checked and replaced the timing chain. It rotates to TDC correctly.
I replaced the distributer, but no change... Think it might be the ecu???
(It's a D 100 with a 3.9 v6 manual tranny) Thanks
A: Yes it can be, but not usually... if you have access to a used one, it makes things easier and certainly less expensive.....
You replaced the timing chain just because??? ...was there actually a problem with it when you pulled it apart??? ...Ed
Q: When cranked up, it only has half throttle.
The gas pedal can be on the floor, but it only will excelerate about half way. And then it won't go any more...
A: First thing to check - Does the throttle on the side of the carb open all the way when the gas pedal is on the floor?
Second thing to check - If this truck has a catalytic convertor, is it plugged?
Also...is the fuel getting to the engine???.... Ed
Drive Train / Driveline Other Happens always Always
Q: I have a Dodge 318 and cylinder #4 won't fire. I have put in new plugs and a new distributor cap, and a new spark plug wire. I have also checked the compression; it is 135. Any ideas? The truck was sitting for two years until I bought it.
A: Check the EGR valve.... sitting in that intake runner?? Or possibly a large vacuum leak etc???? Ensure the engine plug wires firing order placement is correct...... Ed