2008 Dodge Magnum Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2008 Dodge Magnum 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

Software updates are available which may correct various electrical problems with the interior features and lighting.

Carbon buildup on the valves may illuminate the Check Engine Light, indicating "Multiple Cylinder Misfires." The combustion chamber must be cleaned of carbon. There are updated valve spring retainers that will help prevent a recurrence.

If you experience rough shift and/or shuddering during gear shifting, software updates to the powertrain control and transmission control modules (PCM and TCM) are available which may address these problems. On higher mileage vehicles, a mechanical failure may exhibit similar symptoms. Proper diagnoses should be performed before any repairs or software upgrades are attempted.

The thermostat may fail to close completely, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. This problem will prevent the engine from reaching normal operating temperature; a new thermostat should be installed.

A squeak may be heard from the base of the steering column while turning the steering wheel. The noise may be coming from the lower seal on the steering shaft. Lubrication of the seal will commonly correct this problem.

In cold weather, vehicles equipped with premium brakes may experience a rear brake squeal. Replacing the brake pads will not commonly fix the problem; instead, revised rear rotors are available.

An inoperative power window would commonly be caused by failure of the cable in the window regulator, or the window motor itself. The window regulator will need to be replaced as an assembly to correct this concern.

Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.

Often misdiagnosed as a transmission oil pan gasket leak, the electrical connector on the automatic transmission may leak.

Metallic window tint film can short circuit the radio antenna on the rear window glass, possibly causing poor (or no) radio reception.

Rear differential and axle seals are prone to repeated leaks.

Spilling beverages around the cup holder may cause the lid to stick or bind.