95 Dodge Neon whining noise, died, won't start.

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Old 04-07-07, 08:29 PM
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Cool 95 Dodge Neon whining noise, died, won't start.

Hi,
I have a 95 Dodge Neon SOHC, 5 speed stick. Just replaced the clutch about 3 weeks ago, the water pump about 2 weeks ago. After replacing the clutch, the engine was reading hot, water pump replaced, still read hot but was not over heating at all. Hoses were cool to touch. Then it quit reading over heating and went back to normal ( figure had air in it ). Engine light still coming on every so often, along with brake light ( had brakes replaced ), that still came on. Then all of it stopped. No issues for several days.

Today, was on highway and I heard this whining noise...it is hard to describe, sort of like if you fill a balloon with air and then stretch the neck on it to let the air escape. It was just a brief noise and very low, barely audible.

Then it just died. Got it off the road and into a lot. Tried to restart it. Key turns over, but nothing but that same whining noise, lights etc come on. No clicking or anything like that.

Oddly, this has happened twice now in last few months too. My fiance was driving and the car just died for no reason on the highway. The wipers went on and all sorts of crazy things, the radio was going crazy and then nothing, it just died. About 10 minutes later, it started with no problem but radio would not work, replaced fuse in radio itself. ( CD player ).

A few nights ago, he was almost struck by lightning in the car coming home and same thing, it just died, and then restarted about 10 minutes later with no more issues.

I am posting that because I am wondering if this is an electrical issue causing this to occur. The noise it is making is really strange. I've never heard anything like it in my life. I can't tell where the whining is coming from but sounds like maybe in the motor somewhere.

Fluids are all fine.

Any ideas anyone???

Thanks in advance :-)
Enigma.
 
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Old 04-07-07, 08:49 PM
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Inspect all your battery and alternator cables. You may have damaged a wire while replacing the water pump.

See if you can get any OBDII codes from the computer. Autozone type stores will scan your car for free.

You may also have a damaged vacuum hose causing this sound you hear.
 
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Old 04-08-07, 07:14 AM
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Thank you Mark

Thanks Mark for such a quick response. I'll check those out asap. :-) I hope it's one of those.

Keep on a pillaging..lol

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Old 04-08-07, 07:27 AM
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Just a wild thought, but the sound couldn't be coming through your speakers, could it?
 
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Old 04-08-07, 07:33 AM
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good one Tow. Didn't even think of that, if so, they god a bad ground somewhere...hmmm
 
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