Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
1999 LHS - shuts off while driving - help!
I have a 1999 LHS (what a beauty!!), but I have the following ongoing problem:
Last summer, my car started shutting off. No rhyme no reason. A couple of times it shut off while I was driving on the highway! I had to quickly put it into neutral and restart while coasting.
At other times it will shut off while I'm sitting there at a light.
At other times, while I'm driving the tachometer will suddenly fall, or jump up. When this happens there is either no real difference in the performance of the car, or it will jerk suddenly (what I refer to as the funky chicken). One time it jerked so violently that it felt like I had whiplash.
I have had this car into the shop many times, even once leaving it there for three weeks, but they couldn't duplicate the problem. The warning lights never come on and there is NEVER any way of determining when it will happen. Usually it starts right back up, but last month my husband had a hard time getting it started.
What is also strange is that it can go for a couple of weeks with no problems, then it will jerk and stall for a couple of days, etc.
Any suggestions? This car is really taken car of and has 170K on it.
Finally, does anyone else have problems with the front passenger side dash splitting along where the airbag is? I have had this patched once, but it has shown it's ugly head again and now looks like someone took a knife to it. It is OBVIOUSLY a defect, but my experience with Chrysler is that they turn a blind eye to any problems with their cars.
Any advice appreciated...
LHS (it doesn't get any better).