Sure, it's got busted headlights, scratched fenders, and a crappy interior, but that shouldn't be enough reason to let the car crusher have your old Chrysler Neon. One of the most practical compact cars in the 90s, the Neon is a definite keeperit has a modest engine that can produce up to 132 hp and 129 lb.-ft. of torque and a decent transmission system that handles easily, which is not bad for a starter vehicle. What's more, this model is pretty well-equipped considering its low price. You can get a used Neon for as low as $7,000 or sell one in good condition at $14,000.
So if you've got this old model stuck in the garage, don't give up just yet. Identify the parts you need and invest on high-quality Chrysler Neon spare parts, so you can restore your vehicle's peak performance or simply sell it for a higher value. Some components you may want to consider include auto body parts to pimp the exterior, brake components that will speed up brake response, climate control parts such as A/C compressors, hoses, and seals, and other accessories and add-ons that can bring out the power lurking underneath its outdated appearance. Make sure that all the spare parts you purchase fits your Neon by cross-checking your ride's specs and the product's specs.
Once you've identified all the Chrysler Neon parts that need replacing, you can move on to fixing the auto. Make sure you've got its owner's manual to have an accurate guide in locating various car systems. Take out your tool kit: screwdrivers, wrenches, bolts, nuts, jack, stands, and everything else you'd need during the restoration process. Before you begin, disconnect battery cables. And if you'll be working on the engine, bleed the systems first to avoid oil and coolant leaks.
What do I have to know about circuits and fuses with regards to my Chrysler Neon?
Basic knowledge about wires and circuits is all you need to keep your electrical system working safely. This entails correct size of wires for different electrical devices. The principle to remember is: high electricity-consuming devices require bigger wires, while low electricity-consuming components need smaller wires. Using correct wires prevents accidental short circuit because the material used is able to effectively hold the amount of electricity that goes through them. With smaller-than-required wire, fire can possibly arise as it can melt when the current finally bypasses the material's resistance capacity. The same scenario could happen with broken or disconnected wire.
In most vehicles, ancillary circuits are incorporated, posing higher risk of short circuit. They are given fuses in order to prevent any sudden surges of current from blowing the circuits. All of these wire worries will bother you no more if maintenance schedule is done strictly. Consult your car electrician for thorough check-up and repair.
How do I get the best out of my Chrysler Neon's ABS? You see, I'm used to driving older cars, but I'm still confused with how it works.
Antilock brake system, commonly known as ABS, is a safety feature designed to allow drivers to have more control of the vehicle when braking. With the aid of a microprocessor and wheel-speed sensors for all wheels, performance of the brakes is monitored. When you have to brake in wet and slippery surfaces or during emergency braking, the ABS' hydraulic control valves do the hold-release-reapply cycle to prevent skidding and until the vehicle comes to a complete halt. When you notice pulsating hydraulic pressure, maintain firm pedal pressure to let the ABS work effectively. Be warned that one or more wheels lost traction already, and the ABS has engaged to help you have control. Do not pump the pedal like you would with older cars, so you won't disturb the action being applied by the ABS. Doing so will only increase stopping distance. Newer vehicles now have ABS capable of traction control, which allows better control when cornering or changing lanes.
I know how important coolant is for the engine, and I need to make sure it won't fail me. And so, I want to know what type of antifreeze I should mix it with.
Antifreeze basically works to ensure the liquid coolant doesn't reach its freezing point. Of course, frozen coolant will be useless to a vehicle that requires efficient dissipation of unnecessary engine temperature. On the other hand, the engine does not need the kind of antifreeze that can slowly damage the vital parts of the system.
Your Chrysler Neon will do best with chemically stable antifreeze. It should also be miscible in the coolant you're using and should have low viscosity. Examine whether its electrical conductivity is low, has high boiling point, and can transfer heat efficiently. If it contains phosphate, nitrate, or other anticorrosive agent, such antifreeze is good for both the engine and the cooling system.