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98 chrysler sebring convertable stalls out when i run over a mud puddle
03-25-2014, 06:29 PM
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98 chrysler sebring convertable stalls out when i run over a mud puddle
ok, i have a 98 chrysler sebring convertable, 2.5l.i live in michigan. i started stalling out on me about a month ago it pored down rain and my car wouldnt start came back 2 it 2 days later and it started right up. then if i run over a mudd puddle too fastit would stall out and then it wont start again for about 1-2hrs.....i'm assuming something is getting wet. i just changed my starter about a week before this started happened but i talked to a mechanic that told me that he doesnt think it is a starter wire problem becuz i can crank the car for ever until the battery finally dies on it......i also have a hole in my filler tube so i thought maybe water was getting into the tank and that was the problem but again someone told me it cant be that becuz it stalls out right away when i hit the puddle. about 2 weeks ago we got about 3 feet of snow here and the very next day the sun was out melting all of it and my car wouldnt start but it started right up the next day. then last week i went to my friends house and it wouldnt start the next morning,...it was frosty out, left it there and just went back today and it started right up. i'm not sure if its not started becuz something is getting wet or jus not starting becuz its cold out. any help on what to try.
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03-25-2014, 09:11 PM
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RE: 98 chrysler sebring convertable stalls out when i run over a mud puddle
Most likely the issue is a problem with wet ignition parts and the morning dew, melting snow, or mud puddles is indirectly getting to a weak point in the system. The typical fix is doing a full tune up with plugs, cap, rotor, and wires.... possibly a coil too. (or coil packs as the case may be)

What happens over time is the insulation breaks down and can't contain the high voltage so when things get wet the spark follows the water to the nearest ground rather than going to the spark plugs. If you are really curious, before you do the work you can run the engine in a darkened area and lightly spray water (just a fog) over the engine. You have to look close but you may see some fireworks to confirm it in your mind. In a pinch you can spray some WD-40 over things to buy a little time. (it repels moisture) Sometimes it works and sometimes things are too bad, but worth a shot if you can't get to it right away.

Let us know how you make out as others reading here can learn from your experience.
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03-25-2014, 10:34 PM
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RE: 98 chrysler sebring convertable stalls out when i run over a mud puddle
An x landlord of mine had a car that would do the same thing as this member discribes and it was a sensor in the front of car that was bad... they fixed the car by replacing the sensor
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03-25-2014, 10:48 PM
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RE: 98 chrysler sebring convertable stalls out when i run over a mud puddle
Good point on the sensor. If the check engine light is on then a scan of the ECM may turn up something. If the light isn't on then I would go toward the full tune up. I bet it has all the original secondary ignition parts and at that age (16 years?) they are way over due.
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03-26-2014, 04:01 AM
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RE: 98 chrysler sebring convertable stalls out when i run over a mud puddle
I have had the car for two years now and it has never had a tune up,....as far as the sensor goes the only thing that rings up when I scan it is the o2 sensor but that showed up before it started doin this
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03-26-2014, 10:30 AM
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RE: 98 chrysler sebring convertable stalls out when i run over a mud puddle
Do the tune up, install new filters, and maybe go over the 16 year old vac hoses. (vac hoses are cheap) Clear the codes and see what comes back. You may still need the O2 sensor or you may get lucky and solve all of your issues the first time.
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