I'm having some engine problems with my Chrysler Aspen. It won't start easily. I'd try to fire up the engine but would usually fail at the first attempt. There would be a click when I switch on the ignition, but this wouldn't push through. I have no trouble turning on the stereo and lights, but starting the engine is troublesome. What seems to be the problem here?
This looks like a problem with the battery or the starter. Although the lights, radio, and probably other electrical accessories could be switched on with no trouble, the car's battery may not have enough amount of power to fire up the engine. To find out whether it's a bad starter or a dying battery that's causing this kind of trouble, you can try jumping it with cables or a jumper pack. If the engine starts right away, then this is not a starter problem. However, if it takes several tries to crank up the engine even if you can hear the clicking sound, it would be best to have the starter checked and tested.
I've noticed that my Aspen fails to run smoothly as the temperature drops. Idle is even affected. It's no longer smooth but a bit unstable. The plugs and wiring have already been checked, along with the oil. What could I blame for the rough idle on cold days or low temperatures?
Rough idles on cold days or cold temperatures (and not on warmer days or high temperatures) may be blamed on a dirty throttle body. If the throttle body is clogged or filled with dirt, you just have to clean it to fix the idle problem. This does the trick in most cases. If this doesn't work, try testing the sensors. If you can't seem to find the source of this problem, a certified technician should do the inspection. Through proper diagnosis, you can have the erratic idle of your vehicle fixed in no time.
The air-conditioning system of my Chrysler is acting up. It would be okay one second—there's cold air blown out of the vents—but the next minute, it would stop working. What seems to be causing the cooling problem?
There are several components that should be checked and could be blamed for the malfunctioning A/C of the vehicle. You have to check the compressor to find out if it already needs to be replaced. Also see if there's enough Freon or if this is leaking from the system. Leakage in the compressor and other components is also possible. Whining and clunking when the A/C is switched on is not a good sign. This could mean that there's a loose clutch on the compressor or the whole unit itself is on its way out. You have it worse if you're not only dealing with a bad compressor but also with a busted condenser and broken lines, which would be more expensive to repair and replace. If these are already broken or damaged, the A/C may vent out cold air and then circulate warmer air before going back to blowing cool air. Be sure to clean the A/C and have this serviced regularly to prevent system failure.