1997 Chrysler Sebring Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Chrysler Sebring as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

If the engine does not crank (or cranks but won't start), the wireless control module (WCM) may have locked up. This is due to static discharge through the ignition key. A revised model should be installed, but simply disconnecting the negative terminal of the battery for thirty seconds will temporarily reset the module so you can start the car.

The automatic transmission can develop problems like erratic shifting, rough shifting, or delayed gear engagement. Repairs for many of these problems are outlined in service bulletins.

An engine Oil leak may develop at the cam sensor o-ring seal. Our technicians tell us this is often misdiagnosed as an external head gasket leak.

There have been reports of premature head gasket failure; an updated gasket design is available to correct this problem.

A defective vehicle speed sensor can cause problems with the cruise control and speedometer operation, as well as erratic shifting. The connectors on the sensors are also susceptible to corrosion, which will create similar symptoms. Any of these problems can cause Check Engine Light illumination.

Sensor failure inside the distributor can cause intermittent stalling or a failure to start. In addition, the wires to the distributor are susceptible to internal damage, which can cause the same symptoms.

Failure to use the correct automatic transmission fluid and follow the maintenance schedule can result in shifting problems.

A plugged AC evaporator drain tube can cause a water leak inside the car; usually near the front passenger's feet.

The front door may make a rattling or fluttering sound when closing the door with the window down. Our technicians tell us the outer belt molding may be causing the noise and if so in should be replaced with an update part.

A damaged oil pump (possibly caused by interference with the AC compressor bracket) can also cause a knocking noise from the engine compartment; a modified bracket is available from Dodge.

A defective EGR valve can cause a popping or knocking noise from the engine compartment. It is usually heard when the engine is warm (between 1600 and 1800 RPM).

Clogged drains can cause many problems with the sun roof. To prevent water damage related problems, the sun roof and its drains should be clear of leaves and dirt. The sun roof may also stick or bind for other reasons. There are service bulletins that address many of these concerns.

Corrosion on the door ajar switch can cause the door ajar warning light and dome light to work intermittently or not at all. A new switch (and possibly a new connector) will be needed to fix the issue.