iwhy wont my neon start and i dont have any power when the key is turned on

Asked by May 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM about the 1998 Dodge Neon 2 Dr R/T Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i had to use a pair of vise grips to hold the battery cables on the battery. i hit a bump and i think that the grips touched the hood and shorted it out. when it first happened the dash lights were still going but i couldnt get it to start.the next day i went out and the guages wouldnt even light up and now there is no power at alli hooked a new brain up to it to see if it was that and it did nothing. i dont know what to do nenxt

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Vise grips on your battery? Crazy. Anyhow, use the proper cables from now on, lesson learned. Check to see if your battery is OK first. 12.4volts. Then check your fuses, some might have blown, and check all wiring for burned insulation. It's going to be a tedious process if you don't know what your doing to troubleshoot your issue. Look at those things first I listed, and if you can't figure it out, a trip to the auto shop is in order.

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Also check Ignition coil, starter solenoid and all wiring near it.

how do i check to make sure the brain is doing its job

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i agree with tom, first start with the K.I.S.S. method, (keep it simple stupid). i would have started with the battery test first, should be around 540 cold cranking amps, then replace the battery cables, not very expensive either, check fuzes and so on. i doubt its anything serious but if it is then yes a trip to the shop or junkyard for parts is def in order

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