99 Stratus #8 Fuse blowing
Posted 05 November 2003 - 11:47 AM
Posted 05 November 2003 - 11:53 AM
It pops everytime you try starting the car right?
Edited by Madstyle, 05 November 2003 - 11:54 AM.
Posted 05 November 2003 - 05:15 PM
So far, I've replaced the starter switch (in the ignition), the starter relay, and checked all of the wiring. It was a pain in the butt. Running a separate switch straight to the starter works, so I don't think it's the starter itself. When we jacked the car up and put a circuit breaker in the #8 spot, it would eventually turn over if I ran the car back and forth through the gears. That makes me think it's somehow connected to the neutral safety switch that only lets you start the car in Park or Neutral. However, if that switch was faulty, the fuse wouldn't blow unless something was shorting in the center console. I haven't investigated that yet. Otherwise, the TCM itself may be causing the problem.
The dealer's workaround? Put a 25 amp fuse in. I kid you not. It works now. Occasionally the car won't start, but if I turn the key completely off and then back on again, the car will start the 2nd or 3rd time around. That fuse hasn't blown yet.
There's no reason in hell the starter should blow the fuse for the starter RELAY. I still don't know what's going on.
Posted 05 November 2003 - 06:03 PM
Posted 05 November 2003 - 06:23 PM
After you replace the fuse, you should be able to turn the key forward to 'run' and the gauges will light up and such.
As soon as you turn the key to 'start', though, you should hear a 'pop', then have half of your interior that's on that same fuse go dark.
Turn the key slowly and verify that.
Posted 05 November 2003 - 07:34 PM
Posted 05 November 2003 - 11:36 PM
Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:42 AM
What I did, upon suggestions from here, I swapped out the relay with A/C relay, and cleaned the contacts, before I reinserted the fuse and relays. When I pulled the relay it was rather warm. I aslo checked the continuity between the poles on the fuel relay and they matched the ohms that the book suggested as well as with the A/C relay. My only other conclusion is the fuel filter may be getting plugged and need replaced as since it's hot all the time, trying to keep the pressure built up, or there's a fuel leak....but I don't see nor smell fuel. It seems to do it setting overnight..like 10 -16 hrs.
I did although, come across a couple of weird things. or at least in my minds eye wierd, why in the heck would dodge make that leg HOT all of the time. It's a fuel system for gods sake.....If I was the engineer, I wouldn't of made it hot till start and run. Also I was looking @ the wiring diagram for a 1996 stratus by mistake, quite strange though, it appeared that part of the #8 fuse is tapped off of the power steering pump pressure sensor. My guess if there would be little or no fluid in it it wouldn't let it start. That made totally no sense to me what so ever. What the heck that has to do with the fuel system, I have no clue.
Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:59 AM
Posted 06 November 2003 - 03:11 PM
Posted 08 November 2003 - 11:04 AM
Posted 09 November 2003 - 04:16 PM
Posted 10 November 2003 - 11:49 PM
I doubt it's the relay, though.
My car didn't want to start again tonight. I tried 4 times and got nothing. On a hunch, I tried to to shift the car out of park. It wouldn't go with the key turned to 'Run'; it just clicked a relay or something. It sounded like it was coming from the dash. These cars don't normally do that. Now I have to find out where that pop was.
It just makes me think more and more that my range selector switch is somehow involved.
Posted 11 November 2003 - 11:42 AM
Also I did find the Ignition relay....once I took 3 quarters of the enigine compartment out in air cleaner plastic. My god......I dont think that really needed that much air cleaner compartments.........
Edited by Fastrthanaspdingtkt, 11 November 2003 - 11:46 AM.
Posted 19 November 2003 - 12:11 AM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 10:14 AM
Cool, glad ya found the Culprit which is most often the Starter and or Ignition relays together that would short and cuase the Ign/Fuel fuse to pop..
I thought I would drop by and post the results of the starter for My 1999 Dodge Stratus 2.4 DOHC blowing the #8 Fuse => Ing / Fuel Starter fuse under the hood. We're @ 2 weeks + and still starting fine, apparently the starter seems to have been the issue......Thanks for the Help guys...
Edited by Madstyle, 19 November 2003 - 10:19 AM.
Posted 19 November 2003 - 10:50 AM