starts and then dies within a minute or two

Asked by Aug 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM about the 2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my p/s pump froze up and I replaced it and the serpentine belt. after starting it the lights are real dim and I ran for about 45 minutes then died. now when I start it it only runs for a minute or less and the head lights are real dim but it dies and wont stay started

3 Answers

237,035

Check your belt routing, you might have gotten it wrong. Check the alternator as this will give you the dim lights. Also check the wiring to the battery.

1,675

Sounds like the car may be running on the battery... When you get it running check the charge voltage on the battery , it should charge at 13.5 volts or better. If it's charging at 12 volts or less, you'll have to replace the alternator.

1,675

As a quick FYI, the Neons run 2 belts, one for the power steering and A/C compressor, one for the alternator. The alternator belt does not need to be removed to replace the power steering belt. The Power steering belt uses a spring-loaded auto tensioner and the alternator is a manual tensioner. Before I get hung out to dry by those insistant that the charge voltage should be over 14 volts, the charge rate of the alternator in these cars is controlled by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM), and will only allow the alternator to charge as much as is required to keep the vehicle and its accessories running.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • neon charging issues HELP! 10 answers

    Car: 2003 Dodge Neon SXT, automatic transmission. As of today, I have been without my car for about three weeks. I hired someone to install a timing belt and water pump I had bought at a lesser char...

    2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Periodically won't start and now... 8 answers

    Last year my neon, out of the blue, decided it periodically didn't want to start. I've since learned that it happens most often after a day or two of sitting when the temperature gets above 80 and the...

    2004 Dodge Neon

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I've a 2001 Dodge Neon SOHC with 200k+ miles. 25 answers

    It'll crank but not start. I checked injectors with a noid light, fuel pump with gauge and spark with an electronic ignition tester. All tested within specs. The engine won't hit a lick. I'm at a l...

    2001 Dodge Neon 4 dr Highline ACR

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2001 Dodge Neon wont start. 5 answers

    A week ago, my battery had died. I couldnt jump it or anything. So i took it into autozone, had it tested. They confirmed i was dead. Bought a new one, replaced it. And now it wont turn over. When...

    2001 Dodge Neon 4 dr Highline SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • can i run two batteries with my stock alternator? 28 answers

    i have subs in my car lights are diming

    2004 Dodge Neon 4 Dr R/T Sedan

    -

    Car Customization

Neon

Looking for a Used Neon in your area?

CarGurus has 678 nationwide Neon listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Dodge Neon Questions

Dodge Neon Experts

#1 Justin Gilmore
Justin Gilmore
Reputation 1,310
#2 Matt Thibault
Matt Thibault
Reputation 950
#3 Scott Goodyear
Scott Goodyear
Reputation 820
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Neon SRT-4
31 listings starting at $4,999
Used Honda Civic
633 Great Deals out of 88,620 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Mustang
458 Great Deals out of 45,641 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda Accord
803 Great Deals out of 84,448 listings starting at $988
Used Ford Focus
552 Great Deals out of 57,040 listings starting at $1,095
Used Chevrolet Camaro
218 Great Deals out of 30,799 listings starting at $1,217
Used Toyota Corolla
773 Great Deals out of 73,085 listings starting at $1,260
Used Dodge Stratus
883 listings starting at $1,600
Used Chevrolet Malibu
910 Great Deals out of 79,544 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Altima
1,011 Great Deals out of 81,095 listings starting at $1,200

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.