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      No start after washing

      Hi all, I'm curious as to if anybody here has ever had a no start problem after washing there 2.4L SXT? We bucket washed ours one evening and the next morning it wouldn't start. It cranked strong and acted like it wanted to start but never did. Went out the next morning and it fired right up but spit and sputtered for about 15-20 seconds and ran fine after that. We have it at the dealership now for diagnostics since I have the extended warranty but they said chances are their machine might not pick up a problem if there were no instrument lights coming on. Anybody have any ideas as to what happened? Thanks, Frank
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      Quote Originally Posted by Humble Cowboy View Post
      Hi all, I'm curious as to if anybody here has ever had a no start problem after washing there 2.4L SXT? We bucket washed ours one evening and the next morning it wouldn't start. It cranked strong and acted like it wanted to start but never did. Went out the next morning and it fired right up but spit and sputtered for about 15-20 seconds and ran fine after that. We have it at the dealership now for diagnostics since I have the extended warranty but they said chances are their machine might not pick up a problem if there were no instrument lights coming on. Anybody have any ideas as to what happened? Thanks, Frank
      What exactly did you wash? Did you do anything in the engine bay?
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      There should be stored or pending codes. Hopefully they won't make you pay a deductible and say they couldn't find anything.
      Consider getting your own bluetooth scanner and scanner app. I highly recommend the OBDLinkMX and alfaOBD android app. It does everything and more than what the dealer scanner does. Only thing it can't do is flash modules.
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      Thanks for your response Mass_Paul. We didn't wash under the hood, all we did was wash the exterior of the car.
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      Thanks Alpine greenneon, Believe it or not the dealership didn't charge me for anything since they couldn't get it to throw any codes. They spent several hours testing individual components and still found nothing. I think it was you who suggested that OBDLinkMX to me sometime back when I first registered, I'll have to go look at my previous posts. I never got the app because I didn't think my cheap dumb smart phone would handle it. I may go ahead and get it now though. I can also use it on my Ram Cummins. Thanks again, Frank
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      OK, I just found it in my intro thread and it was you for sure. You even included the link. Thank you again, I'm going to look into now.
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      Replace your battery, it makes a cranking noise when it's on its way out.

      I replaced mine about 3 months ago and haven't run into that cranking noise again.

      Auto Zone sells pretty good batteries for the Dart

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      Thanks Miguel10009 for the reply. My battery is fine and as a matter of fact I got it from Auto Zone. The engine spins strong, it just wasn't firing. The dealer checked it 9 way to Sunday and they couldn't get it to throw any codes. He seems to think it was a once in a lifetime glitch in the system. We have since put over 200 miles on it with no issues. He didn't even charge for the diagnostics since he could find a problem. It could have been we just got some bad gas.
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      Are you running a CAI?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Humble Cowboy View Post
      Hi all, I'm curious as to if anybody here has ever had a no start problem after washing there 2.4L SXT? We bucket washed ours one evening and the next morning it wouldn't start. It cranked strong and acted like it wanted to start but never did. Went out the next morning and it fired right up but spit and sputtered for about 15-20 seconds and ran fine after that. We have it at the dealership now for diagnostics since I have the extended warranty but they said chances are their machine might not pick up a problem if there were no instrument lights coming on. Anybody have any ideas as to what happened? Thanks, Frank
      Check ground cables first always, my car actually did the same thing your explains here and I was just driving it 10 minutes before and come to find out my ground connected to the transmission by bolt had backed out at bit. And wasn’t making contact. To completely send power. A quick fix but annoying at the least ! Wouldn’t hurt to check !

     

     

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