Chrysler 200 Parts And Chrysler 200 Accessories
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Now on its second generation, the Chrysler 200 midsize is a reliable commuter vehicle that\'s built for improved fuel efficiency in urban environments and less servicing compared to its predecessors. So engine problems are not that common, especially with the recent models. However, age, harsh operating conditions, and a lot of other factors can put too much strain on the engine to the point that your Chrysler goes out of commission, regardless of where you are. Sudden engine failure can be quite a headache, especially when it happens while you\'re in the middle of the road. And when this does happen with your Chrysler 200, here are some pointers you should remember:
If the engine suddenly dies while you\'re driving on the road, the first thing you should do is keep your eyes on the road and pull over to the side as quickly and as safely as you can. The power steering and brakes will quickly fail once the engine shuts down, but you can still guide and stop your car albeit with some difficulty. Step on the brakes and steer to the side; take note that while the car slows down, the steering will feel much heavier. You should also expect the power boost for the brakes to disappear after one or two uses, so try to stop as soon as possible, with the emergency brake if need be.
Once your car is on the safe side of the road, try to restart the engine. In a lot of cases, the engine has died because the ignition key has moved to the accessory position by accident. Set the gear lever into neutral and restart the engine. If the engine goes back to life, shift back into drive, and you are good to go. However, if the engine remains cold even after several attempts to restart, the engine or your vehicle in general may be experiencing a more serious problem and must be towed. Either way, take your Chrysler to an auto repair shop for a thorough inspection.
Another common reason why the engine dies or stalls is because there\'s no more fuel left to burn. You\'ll be surprised at how many cases of engine stalling are due mainly to an empty fuel tank. If the gauge points to “empty,” simply go to the nearest gas station for a refill.
Also, if you haven\'t driven your Chrysler for several months, the gas stored inside may have congealed and clogged up the fuel filter. In such cases, you will have to drain out the existing fuel, flush the fuel tank and fuel lines, and change the fuel filter to ensure the engine runs smoothly again.
Engine failure in the Chrysler 200 can be due to a variety of other causes. In some cases, the engine stalls because of an electrical issue, ranging from a malfunctioning sensor that provides inaccurate information to the ECM to a busted alternator. A leak in the engine vacuum is also a likely culprit, as inadequate pressure will cause the engine to lose power and eventually shut off. In a worst-case scenario, the engine itself may suffer from structural damage and must be rebuilt or replaced entirely. These cases can only be best identified by a professional mechanic, so when the engine dies, have it checked by a qualified technician.