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I have a 2003 Dodge Neon. I hit a pot hole in the road and burst my tire on the passenger side. It was a pretty hard jolt. The car went about a 1/4 of a mile down the road and when I pulled in the yard it cut off and haven't started  since. When I turn the key I get nothing. The wire to the solenoid nor to the coil pack is getting fire. I can remove the starter relay and see that I am getting fire to the relay when I turn the key. I do not hear the relay click when I turn the key. I can short across the starter relay and turn the key and the starter will turn over but of course it wont start because of no fire to the coil. Any help will be greatly appreciated Thanks

Hi Elton,
Sorry for the delay in responding to your question but I just found it in "pool" to which it had been referred by Kevin.
I assume you have the 2.0L engine.
I would begin by trying to get a fault code readout using the ignition key: "on-off-on-off-on and leave on" doing that in 5 seconds or less elapsed time. Then watch the odometer window to see if the mileage reading is replaced by a 4-digit number preceded by a P. If so, let me know what it says and we'll go from there.
I am a bit confused by some of what you told about the starter and the spark coil. By "fire" I assume you mean 12 volts shows up on a wire.
As for the coil pack do you mean the dark green/orange wire is not showing 12 volts when you try to start position? That would be the case if the engine is not being turned over by the starter. It will show 12 volts for about 1 second when you turn the key to run, but then cut off until the engine is turning over. See if that is the situation or not and let me know.
On the starter relay, if you mean that the yellow wire (or pin 24) of the socket shows 12 volts when you try the key, then that would show that the fuse and the ignition switch are OK.
If the relay doesn't click, then that would suggest that there is an issue with the P/N safety circuit not being closed as it has to be to activate the relay. Do you have the manual or the automatic transmission as that switch is wired to the clutch or to the transmission gear shift position indicator inside the transmission.
When you say you can short across the starter relay I assume you mean from pin 25 to pin 26 of the relay socket, correct?  Ideally, if you have key in the run position and you jump the starter relay socket that should then cause the 12 volts to appear on the dark green/orange wire of the coil pack. So see if that is the case or not.
So please look into this and answer me at your convenience.

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