Neon, 2000 - 2005

Symptom Diagnosis


To verify the customer complaint, the technician should understand the normal operation of the system. Conduct a thorough visual and operational inspection, review the service history, detect unusual sounds or odors, and gather diagnostic trouble code (DTC) information resources to achieve an effective repair.

This check should include videos, newsletters, and any other information in the form of TSBs or Dealer Service Bulletins. Analyze the complaint and then use the recommended Six Step Test Procedure. Utilize the wiring diagrams and theory of operation articles. Combine your own knowledge with efficient use of the available service information.

Verify the cause of any related symptoms that may or may not be supported by one or more trouble codes. There are various checks that can be performed to Engine Controls that will help verify the cause of a related symptom. This step helps to lead you in an organized diagnostic approach.

To determine whether vehicle problems are identified by a set Diagnostic Trouble Code, you will first have to connect a proper scan tool to the Data Link Connector and retrieve any set codes. See DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES section for information on retrieving and reading codes.

If no codes are set, the problem must be diagnosed using only vehicle operating symptoms. A complete set of No Code symptoms is found in the SYMPTOM DIAGNOSIS (NO CODES) section.

Do NOT attempt to diagnose driveability symptoms without having a logical plan to use to determine which engine control system is the cause of the symptom - this plan should include a way to determine which systems do NOT have a problem! Remember, there are 2 kinds of NO CODE conditions:

Symptom diagnosis, in which a continuous problem exists, but no DTC is set as a result. Therefore, only the operating symptoms of the vehicle can be used to pinpoint the root cause of the problem.
Intermittent problem diagnosis, in which the problem does not occur all the time and does not set any DTCs.

Both of these NO CODE conditions are covered in the SYMPTOM DIAGNOSIS (NO CODES) section.