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Fixes for Chrysler Sebring Coupe 1995 - 2000 (FJ)



Vehicle:  1995-2000 (FJ) Chrysler Sebring Hardtop Coupe with 2.5L V6

Concern:  Engine runs poorly. Have to press accelerator to start engine. Engine tries to stall.

Cause:  The EGR valve is stuck open.

Resolution:  Replace the EGR valve.

Details:  To test: with engine idling, locate the EGR metal tube on the upper rear of the intake manifold. Barely touch it with your finger. If it is very hot and slightly burns your finger, the EGR valve is stuck open.

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Concern:  The MIL (check engine light) is on. The scan tool reveals DTC P0601 PCM internal controller failure.

Cause:  The PCM (engine computer) has an internal fault.

Resolution:  Replace the PCM to correct.

Details:  This is an easy diagnosis. When P0601 is present, the solution is always to replace the PCM. There is no other possible cause. Normally the vehicle is still driveable.

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Vehicle:  All Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles. (JK)(ZJ)(CS)(JC)(TJ)(XJ)(PT)(KJ)(KK)(KA)(AN)(ND)(DR)(DS)(WJ)(WK)(XK)(LX)(LH)(FJ)(JR)(JS)(RT)(RS)(NS)

Concern:  Alternator failure. The alternator (generator) is not charging. Electrical problems.

Cause:  -

Resolution:  Hold on for a minute. Alternator failures are extremely rare on Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge. You need to rule out the battery, wiring, and PCM first before replacing the alternator.

Details:  The alternator is controlled by the PCM (engine computer). Again, true alternator failure is very rare. In ten years as a dealer service dept tech, I have replaced maybe five alternators.

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Vehicle:  1995-2000 (FJ) Chrysler Sebring Hardtop Coupe with 2.5L V6

Concern:  Engine runs poorly on acceleration. Misfire DTCs may be present. Engine probably idles normally. Loss of power on acceleration.

Cause:  The ignition coil is failing. It is providing weak spark.

Resolution:  Replace the complete distributor assembly.

Details:  The ignition coil is located inside the distributor and is not serviced separately. Use a spark tester to verify weak spark.

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Vehicle:  1995-2000 (FJ) Chrysler Sebring Hardtop Coupe with 2.5L V6

Concern:  Engine cranks but will not start. May have no power to fuel pump.

Cause:  Relay failure.

Resolution:  Replace 1, 2, or all 3 relays located on upper firewall on driver side.

Details:  One relay is for A/C compressor, one is for fuel pump, one is for ASD (automatic shut down). The fuel pump and ASD relays are crucial to engine operation.

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