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QUESTION: Hi roland,
I have a 95 lebaron with 45000 original miles. ( grandmas car ) now for the problem, the car has had a full tune up including 02 sensor . the fuel economy is so poor I cant imagine how she could afford to put gas in it. also, while sitting at an idle the fumes are very strong. if i did the code read correctly , it reads  12535     

Thanks for any help that you can offer.   Jim

Try the code readout once more, there is another pause in there as there has to be an even number of counts. The last two counts are always 5 in each, 55 means 'end of readout'. Tell me which engine you have (L).

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QUESTION: Hi Roland , its a 3.0  and the code is 125355
thanks again , jim

The 12 code means the battery was recently disconnected (within last 50 starts) while the 53 code means there is a failure inside the powertrain control module (which suggests a need to replace it!). See if you can locate the source of the fumes. Also look over the pcm to see if any damage/loose plug or wires is present. It is located on the upper edge of the left side inner fender and has a 60-pin plug.
Any other history that you know of?

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