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by sandstone
Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: ATX Shifting Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: ATX Shifting Issue

To prevent rust formation on the shift shaft and throttle shaft, I spray WD40 onto them every few months. You don't even need to remove the battery and its tray to do this. Using a flashlight placed at the top middle of the radiator area you can see and illuminate most of the shift shaft/throttle sh...
by sandstone
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: My First Car, a 97 Plymouth Neon
Replies: 4
Views: 2418

Re: My First Car, a 97 Plymouth Neon

Enjoy your neon. I've owned my '97 neon since 2006 and I love it. Very reliable and economical.
by sandstone
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Drivetrain, Driveline and Suspension Archived Posts
Topic: tranny help!
Replies: 41
Views: 37867

Re: tranny help!

Yes. After the throttle cable adjustment is completed as directed in one of the above posts, make sure that you are getting kickdown to a lower gear when you accelerate from a higher gear. In any case, while you have the battery and tray out of the way, spray some WD40 or your favorite light lubrica...
by sandstone
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Drivetrain, Driveline and Suspension Archived Posts
Topic: tranny help!
Replies: 41
Views: 37867

Re: tranny help!

Awesome! Welcome aboard !
by sandstone
Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: neon suddenly and inexplicably quit?
Replies: 17
Views: 708

Re: neon suddenly and inexplicably quit?

Thanks for the update. Always good to hear the solution.
by sandstone
Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: The Car Show
Topic: Over 180K and still going strong!
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: Over 180K and still going strong!

PA ACR wrote:
greenmachineiijh wrote:Oh, by the way, nice looking car you have there.
x 2
by sandstone
Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: Overheating and Charging issues. Related?
Replies: 11
Views: 601

Re: Overheating and Charging issues. Related?

The temp fluctuations suggest a leaking head gasket. Check for oil in the coolant and/or coolant in the oil. Take off the oil filler cap and look for a milky substance on the bottom of the cap, which would indicate coolant in the oil.
by sandstone
Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: 98 neon auto transmission issue
Replies: 11
Views: 601

Re: 98 neon auto transmission issue

Great news !
by sandstone
Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:45 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: 98 neon auto transmission issue
Replies: 11
Views: 601

Re: 98 neon auto transmission issue

Also, you wrote "if I floor it trying to get it to shift to third". By flooring it, you are forcing it to downshift, to either 2nd or 1st. Increased throttle pressure makes the auto trans want to downshift, while increase governor pressure (which is controlled by the speed of the car) make...
by sandstone
Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:39 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: 98 neon auto transmission issue
Replies: 11
Views: 601

Re: 98 neon auto transmission issue

Most of the information that you'll need to diagnose and cure your problem can be found here:

viewtopic.php?f=123&t=337949&p=2752677&hilit=transmission#p2752677
by sandstone
Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:30 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: 98 neon auto transmission issue
Replies: 11
Views: 601

Re: 98 neon auto transmission issue

On the 1st gen neon 31TH automatic transmission, automatic shifting is regulated by the governor pressure and throttle pressure. Governor pressure increases with road speed. Throttle pressure increases as you step on the gas. When governor pressure exceeds throttle pressure, upshifts occur. When thr...
by sandstone
Wed Sep 03, 2014 4:08 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: ATX band adjustment - 97 ATX SOHC-proper tools
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: ATX band adjustment - 97 ATX SOHC-proper tools

Some helpful info on band adjustment, with pics:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=337949&hilit=31TH
by sandstone
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:42 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: COOLANT FLUSH HOW TO
Replies: 31
Views: 10629

Re: COOLANT FLUSH HOW TO

What I have done to clean the coolant reservoir is remove it, fill it a few different solvents and a handful of ball bearings, and shake it vigorously. Then I used water and liquid soap with the ball bearings. Finally I took out the ball bearings and did a thorough rinse with plain water. If I reme...
by sandstone
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: COOLANT FLUSH HOW TO
Replies: 31
Views: 10629

Re: COOLANT FLUSH HOW TO

[quote="protivakid"]Will this also get all the hose water out of the engine / heater core? I have read that there will still be some in there and adding in 50/50 premix will actually make it less than 50/50. [quote] Some hose water will remain in the block after a flush. I always check the...
by sandstone
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: COOLANT FLUSH HOW TO
Replies: 31
Views: 10629

Re: COOLANT FLUSH HOW TO

protivakid wrote: Is there an engine block drain?

Yes. It's a hex-head plug near the oil pressure switch.
by sandstone
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: How To: Test Wiring with DMM
Replies: 2
Views: 6788

Re: How To: Test Wiring with DMM

Excellent write-up.

Thank you. :good:
by sandstone
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: How to: Door hinge rebuild.
Replies: 22
Views: 10045

Re: How to: Door hinge rebuild.

Thanks for the advice ^^^
by sandstone
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:05 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: P0743 torque converter clutch solenoid?!?!?
Replies: 25
Views: 16116

Re: P0743 torque converter clutch solenoid?!?!?

Thanks for the heads-up. I've not encountered that sort of deterioration on the several 31TH neons that I've worked on, but definitely something worth looking for, and perhaps pre-emptively correcting. :good:
by sandstone
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: How to: Door hinge rebuild.
Replies: 22
Views: 10045

Re: How to: Door hinge rebuild.

Good write-up. Many people neglect oiling the door hinges. I just apply motor oil to the hinges twice a year. I'm the original owner of an '84 Dodge Ramcharger and have maintained the hinges that way since the truck was new. The hinges have no sign of wear after 30 years of use. http://www.mopartruc...
by sandstone
Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: Neon window felt sliders?
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Neon window felt sliders?

:good:
by sandstone
Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: Neon window felt sliders?
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Neon window felt sliders?

You could just replace the felt. I think this is just a metal slider bracket with a molded piece of rubber covered and held in place on the bracket by a piece of felt. Get some good adhesive to glue the felt on. As above: "Get some good adhesive to glue the felt on". I did that a few year...
by sandstone
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Drivetrain, Driveline and Suspension Archived Posts
Topic: tranny help!
Replies: 41
Views: 37867

Re: tranny help!

pdqneon wrote:A+ for good info. My daughter's 96 neon now shifts like never before.
YAY! :good:
by sandstone
Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:23 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: Harmonic balancer welded on...
Replies: 41
Views: 2648

Re: Harmonic balancer welded on...

Thanks for the update.
by sandstone
Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: DOHC heat shield and manifold
Replies: 24
Views: 1430

Re: DOHC heat shield and manifold

Photos of the manifold with and without the heat shield can be found in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=352315&hilit=graywerks
by sandstone
Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:02 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: Frustration - Code 51, O2 Sensors, and my '98 Neon
Replies: 18
Views: 1540

Re: Frustration - Code 51, O2 Sensors, and my '98 Neon

w103rtm wrote: Nothing is more frustrating than finding a promising thread that's working towards a solution but dies off, then having to dig through other posts to see if the problem was every actually solved. .
That's for sure!
by sandstone
Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: Frustration - Code 51, O2 Sensors, and my '98 Neon
Replies: 18
Views: 1540

Re: Frustration - Code 51, O2 Sensors, and my '98 Neon

w103rtm wrote:
If you don't mind I can post an update of what I found out as well when I get a chance to dig into it.

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That would be great. Follow-up posts are ALWAYS appreciated.
by sandstone
Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: headlights
Replies: 8
Views: 384

Re: headlights

I installed these 6 years ago and have been very happy with their performance. No fading in 6 years. Excellent visibility, including in rain. No mods needed. Excellent fit.

http://www.modernperformance.com/produc ... ightsbulbs
by sandstone
Tue May 22, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: master cylinder bleeding
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: master cylinder bleeding

tybto5 wrote:so i need 4 bleeding tubes
Yes.
by sandstone
Tue May 22, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: master cylinder bleeding
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: master cylinder bleeding

From the '97 neon FSM: MASTER CYLINDER BLEEDING (1) Clamp the master cylinder in a vise. Attach Bleeding Tubes to the master cylinder. Position so outlets of Bleeding Tubes will be below surface of brake fluid when reservoir is filled to its proper level. (2) Fill brake fluid reservoir with brake fl...
by sandstone
Mon May 07, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: New England
Topic: NYG SRT swap stolen & used in bank robbery in bedford nh
Replies: 31
Views: 5900

Re: NYG SRT swap stolen please keep an eye out for the car/p

What a goof that thief must be. Reminds me of the prisoner who was taken to the ER here in Altoona, PA and then escaped from his guards, and ran into the parking lot. His chosen escape vehicle? An unlocked purple (with flames painted on the front!) Chrysler PT Cruiser with the keys still in the igni...
by sandstone
Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: transmission peanut me off!
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: transmission leaf spring juice me off!

Here are the basics: viewtopic.php?f=123&t=337949

See if an ATF fluid change and band adjustment help.
by sandstone
Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: Harmonic balancer welded on...
Replies: 41
Views: 2648

Re: Harmonic balancer welded on...

I used the torque specs on the haynes guide and i missread it. I thought I read 105 in pounds and I did it, but it says 105 ft pounds. Is it a good thing I ddnt go to 105 ft pounds? . Are you saying that you toqued your neon's harmonic balancer bolt to only 105 INCH pounds? That's less than 10 FOOT...
by sandstone
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: Runs Ruff and Pulses
Replies: 64
Views: 953

Re: Runs Ruff and Pulses

MichNeon wrote:My dad complains about his 2000 Cherokee 4.0 sounding like a diesel. Those engines have Hydraulic lifters, and it is a common problem with the Cherokees. :grin:
I can vouch for that.
by sandstone
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.
Replies: 72
Views: 1883

Re: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.

Sandstone, I didn't realize they were that affordable; only ones I saw were $70. If that's the case, I may just buy my own, but I'll have to see if I've got the money available. Click-type torque wrenches are more expensive, and necessary in some instances where seeing a scale might prove difficult...
by sandstone
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.
Replies: 72
Views: 1883

Re: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.

[quote="alecbh" Sandstone, I didn't realize they were that affordable; only ones I saw were $70. If that's the case, I may just buy my own, but I'll have to see if I've got the money available.[/quote] Click-type torque wrenches are more expensive, and necessary in some instances where see...
by sandstone
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.
Replies: 72
Views: 1883

Re: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.

Thanks for the link! I couldn't find a write up on replacing the timing belt on here, but the top directory (http://jball.neons.org/) had one for the SOHC. It said I'll need some torque wrenches, which I don't have, and can't really afford to buy right now. You can get a torque wrench for the price...
by sandstone
Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:36 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.
Replies: 72
Views: 1883

Re: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.

Is the timing belt something I can do easily myself, or with a little bit of help? : Yes, but since this is your first time replacing it on a neon, plan to spend a whole day on this job. Plenty of write-ups and advice on this site regarding timing belt replacement, tools needed, upgrades, etc. Read...
by sandstone
Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:33 am
Forum: 1st Gen
Topic: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.
Replies: 72
Views: 1883

Re: "New" '97 Coupe... 3,500 miles.

How much tear down is required to replace both seals? : I know that you do not want to swap axles, but this write-up has all the information that you need to get to the axle seals. Then just follow the advice that alpinegreen gave you above on removing and replacing the axle seals: http://jball.neo...

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