issue(s) with a 2003 dodge neon sxt
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#1 Apr 27, 2009
I have a few issues with my car and i have no idea what could be causing it, i could use as much help as i can get:
I have an automatic 2003 Dodge Neon SXT with about 104,000 miles on it. Lately I don't drive it too much, just to my school and sometimes home on the weekends. When i'm stopped, the car idles at 1000 RPM's...and sometimes it's higher if the engine is cold (which i assume is normal). It does drop after that but 1000 is the lowest it goes. When i'm driving, the car does shift, but the engine revs and the RPM's seem to go high to about 3700-4000 RPM's before it shifts the first time. If I am going up a hill and press the gas to accelerate, it seems like it's hard for the car to accelerate to get up the hill unless I press down really hard on the gas, and when i do that the RPM's race anywhere from 4 grand to 4500 before it shifts and even then the car barely accelerates. After i get up the hill to go down it and let off the gas to coast, it seems like my engine is still racing as if I am pressing the gas still...kind of as if my car is going into overdrive of some sort. I'm not sure if it's because my car misses a gear when it shifts, or it just doesnt shift into the last gear. It just seems like the engine is working harder then it should for the car to accelerate.
I had a problem with the shifting about 6/7 months ago where the RPM's would race and wouldn't shift into ANY gears...when I would press the gas to accelerate, the RPM's would just about red-line and I would have to keep my speed steady at about 30 or below and tap the gas extremely lightly in order for it not to race that high. I got the issue fixed and it ended up being both the shift solenoid and transmission control module. Since the issue got fixed, I don't drive the car as much as I used to being I live on campus at my school. The car ran perfectly fine for about 3 months or so (idiling where it should be, shifting when it should, etc.) and then it started up with the issue i'm having now, which seems close to the issue i was having previous with the shifting issues. Would it be something having to do with either two again?
Also, I'm not sure if this is normal or not, but when i'm doing about 75/80 on my local highway, my RPM's are at about 2800 to 3 grand (and stay steady the entire time i'm doing that speed)...when my car first got fixed with the shifting issue the first time, I don't recall it being that high when i would do that speed, but I could be wrong. Should it be this way?
My check engine light comes on, and when i run codes on it, all that comes up is for the evaporative purge solenoid (which i've known about). I was told that the two issues aren't related but would the evap purge solenoid have someting to do with the way my car is shifting?
Please Help Me With Suggestions If You Can, Or If You've Had An Issue Like This Also!!*(even if it's with only one thing). It's been like this for a few months now and it just doesn't seem normal to me, I want to diagnose it if possible so I can get it fixed because no one else, including myself can think of what it might be.
#2 Apr 27, 2009
I don't have a 2nd gen like you but the cars SHOULD be pretty close to the same. The running at 3 grand at 70 mph is normal with the 3 speed auto that came in the car. The failure to shift might be something to do with the solenoids again yes. Have you checked the trans fluid lately? As far as the code, I'd suggest getting the evap solenoid fixed and see what that'll do. It may be unrelated, but then again sometimes it's the littlest thing that can take down a whole car.
#3 Jun 17, 2009
I have the same exact model with the same exact problem. Took the catalytic converter off and it had collapsed. Even blew out the O2 sensor. Just changed the converter and the sensor and am still having the same problem. Any info would be GREATLY appreciated.
#4 Sep 9, 2011
Just wondering if or how this got fixed, sounds just like my car issues.
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