How to Reset the ASD on My Sebring

by Cayden Conor

The automatic shut down (ASD) relay turns off voltage to the primary coil on the distributor, power to the fuel injectors and turns the fuel pump off when you turn off your Chrysler Sebring so that it doesn't sputter. The ASD relay is located in different places, depending on your model-year Chrysler, including in the power module. The ASD relay cannot be reset -- it, or the power module, must be replaced.

ASD Relay in the Power Module

Disconnect the negative battery cable with the appropriate wrench. Set it aside, ensuring that it does not touch metal.

Locate the ASD relay for your vehicle's model-year. Check your owner's manual for the location. If your owner's manual does not specify where it is, contact the dealership --- they will be able to tell you if it is located in the power module or if it's a single relay, which may be on the firewall or in the relay box.

Unplug the wiring harness connector on the power module, which is usually located near the front of the vehicle on the driver's side. Use your fingers to manipulate the tangs on the plugs. Some vehicles may have a screw holding the plugs, in addition to the tangs. Remove the screw with a screwdriver, then pull the tangs apart and pull the connector off of the power module.

Unbolt the power module from its bracket with the appropriate socket and remove it from the vehicle.

Install the new power module and tighten the retaining bolts firmly. Do not over-tighten them to avoid cracking the plastic housing. Plug in the wiring harness connector. If it has an additional screw, tighten the screw snugly. Do not over-tighten the screw to avoid damaging the pins in the connector. Start the vehicle to ensure the module and relay are working properly. Reattach the negative battery cable.

ASD Relay Separate From Power Module

Locate the ASD relay. Pull it out of its socket with your fingers. If you cannot pull it out with your fingers, use a pair of needle-nose pliers.

Plug the new ASD relay into its socket.

Start the vehicle to ensure the relay works properly.

Tip

  • check If you are replacing a relay that is not inside the power module, there is no need to remove the negative battery cable.

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About the Author

Cayden Conor has been writing since 1996. She has been published on several websites and in the winter 1996 issue of "QECE." Conor specializes in home and garden, dogs, legal, automotive and business subjects, with years of hands-on experience in these areas. She has an Associate of Science (paralegal) from Manchester Community College and studied computer science, criminology and education at University of Tampa.