Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Reading Codes

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On all 1995-97 vehicles, as well as the 1998 Sebring coupe and Avenger models with a 2.0L engine, you can access the DTC's in the following two ways:



The preferred and most accurate way of reading a DTC is by using Chrysler's DRB® or equivalent scan tool. The scan tool supplies detailed diagnostic information, which can be used for more accurate and specific diagnosis of the code.
 



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Fig. Fig. 1: Use of the Chrysler Diagnostic Readout Box (DRB) or equivalent scan tool will give more accurate and specific code diagnosis



The second way of reading DTC's is by observing the 2-digit number displayed by the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL). The MIL is shown on the instrument panel as the Check Engine lamp. This method should be used as a "quick test" only. You should always use a scan tool to get the most detailed information.
 

On all 1998 vehicles except the Sebring coupe and Avenger with the 2.0L DOHC engine, the only way to retrieve DTC's is by using a DRB® or equivalent scan tool.

Keep in mind that DTC's are the result of a system or circuit failure, but may not directly identify the failed component(s).

READING DTC'S USING A SCAN TOOL

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  1. Connect Chrysler's Diagnostic Readout Box (DRB) or equivalent scan tool to the data link (diagnostic) connector. On Sebring coupe and Avenger models, there is also an additional 12-pin connector. The connector is located at the lower edge of the instrument panel, near the steering column.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Connect the DRB, or equivalent scan tool, to the data link conector under the dashboard. Sebring coupe and Avenger models utilize an additional 12-pin connector

Always make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a scan tool.

  1. Turn the ignition switch ON , and access the "Read Fault" screen with the scan tool.
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  3. Record all of the DTC's and "freeze frame" information shown on the scan tool.
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  5. Once the repairs have been completed, erase the trouble codes. Once the codes have been erased, check that the scan tool displays "normal".
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READING CODES USING MIL (CHECK ENGINE) LAMP



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Be advised that the MIL or CHECK ENGINE light can only perform a limited number of functions, and it is a good idea to have the system checked with a scan tool to double check the circuit function.

  1. Within a period of 5 seconds, cycle the ignition key ON - OFF - ON - OFF - ON .
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Fig. Fig. 3: Typical location of a CHECK ENGINE or MIL light on the instrument cluster

  1. Count the number of times the MIL (check engine lamp) on the instrument panel flashes on and off.
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The number of flashes represents the trouble code. There is a short pause between the flashes representing the 1st and 2nd digits of the code. Longer pauses are used to separate individual 2-digit trouble codes.

An example of a flashed DTC is as follows:



Lamp flashes 4 times, pauses, then flashes 6 more times. This denotes a DTC number 46.
 
Lamp flashes 5 times, pauses, then flashes 5 more times. This indicates a DTC number 55. DTC 55 will always be the last code to be displayed.
 



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Fig. Fig. 4: Diagnostic trouble code chart (1 of 3)-all 1995-97 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 5: Diagnostic trouble code chart (2 of 3)-all 1995-97 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 6: Diagnostic trouble code chart (3 of 3)-all 1995-97 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 7: Diagnostic trouble code chart (1 of 3)-1998 Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze



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Fig. Fig. 8: Diagnostic trouble code chart (2 of 3)-1998 Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze



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Fig. Fig. 9: Diagnostic trouble code chart (3 of 3)-1998 Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze



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Fig. Fig. 10: Diagnostic trouble code chart (1 of 3)-1998 Sebring coupe and Avenger



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Fig. Fig. 11: Diagnostic trouble code chart (2 of 3)-1998 Sebring coupe and Avenger



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Fig. Fig. 12: Diagnostic trouble code chart (3 of 3)-1998 Sebring coupe and Avenger

 
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