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

Visual Inspection

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This is a general procedure and the specific steps may differ from vehicle-to-vehicle; adjust the procedure as necessary.

When a fault code is exhibited by the engine computer, it is a good idea to perform this general inspection to make sure that the cause is not a loose wire or a dirty connection.

Perform a visual inspection for loose, disconnected or misrouted wires and hoses before diagnosing or servicing the fuel injection system. A visual check saves unnecessary test and diagnostic time. A thorough visual inspection includes the following:

  1. Check for correct spark plug cable routing. Ensure that the cables are completely connected to the spark plugs and distributor.
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  3. Check the ignition coil electrical connections.
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  5. Verify that the electrical connector is attached to the purge solenoid.
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  7. Verify that the vacuum connection at the purge solenoid is secure and not leaking.
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  9. Verify that the electrical connector is attached to the MAP sensor.
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  11. Check the MAP sensor hose (if so equipped) at the MAP sensor assembly and at the vacuum connection at the intake plenum fitting.
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  13. Check the alternator wiring connections. Ensure the accessory drive belt has proper tension.
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  15. Verify that the hoses are securely attached to the vapor canister.
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  17. Verify that the engine ground strap is attached at the engine and dash panel.
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  19. Ensure that the heated oxygen sensor connector is attached to the wiring harness.
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  21. Verify that the distributor connector (if so equipped) is attached to the harness connector.
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  23. Verify that the coolant temperature sensor connector is attached to the wiring harness.
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  25. Check that the vacuum hose connection at the fuel pressure regulator and intake plenum.
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  27. Ensure that the harness connector is securely attached to each fuel injector.
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  29. Check the oil pressure sending unit electrical connection.
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  31. Check the hose connections at the throttle body.
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  33. Check the throttle body electrical connections.
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  35. Check the PCV system hose connections.
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  37. Check the EGR system vacuum hose connections.
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  39. Check the EGR tube to intake plenum connections.
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  41. Inspect the electrical EGR transducer solenoid electrical connector.
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  43. Ensure that the vacuum connections at the electrical EGR transducer is secure and not leaking.
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  45. Check the power brake booster and speed connections.
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  47. Inspect the engine harness to main harness connections.
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  49. Check all automatic transaxle electrical connections, if so equipped.
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  51. Check the vehicle speed sensor electrical connector.
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  53. Inspect the PCM electrical connector(s) for damage or spread terminals. Verify that the 60-way connector is fully inserted into the socket of the PCM. Ensure wires are not stretched or pulled out of the connector.
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  55. Check the air conditioning, starter, automatic shutdown relay, fuel pump, and radiator fan relay connections.
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  57. Check the battery cable connections.
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  59. Check the hose and electrical connections at the fuel pump. Ensure that the connector is making contact with the terminals on the pump.
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