2005 Dodge Neon Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2005 Dodge Neon 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

The radiator cooling fan may fail to turn on resulting in an engine overheating condition, or The fan may not turn off once it is on. Chrysler has released a service bulletin to address this issue. The repair involves install a jumper wire harness and new cooling fan relay.

Spark plug tube seals fail, causing the tubes to fill with engine oil and the engine to misfire. As a result, the engine may run poorly and fuel economy can suffer.

Cars without ABS suffer master cylinder failure. The brake pedal will be spongy in feel, the pedal travel will seem excessive, and overall braking performance will be poor.

When a no start condition is caused by a faulty camshaft or crankshaft sensor, related fault codes stored in the powertrain control module (PCM) should not be trusted. Our technicians tell us that under certain conditions a fault code can be stored for the "good" sensor. Care should be taken to properly diagnose this condition.

The ignition key may become difficult to remove on models with a tilt steering wheel. Make sure the gear shift lever is in "Park" and sometimes placing the steering wheel in the lowest position helps with key removal. The shift interlock cable, that connects the shifter to the steering column, may need adjustment.

The fuel level sensors can wear out causing erratic or inaccurate fuel gauge readings.

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.

If there is a water leak into the passenger side of the interior, under the dash panel, it may be the HVAC housing drain is plugged or restricted.

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.

A clicking or popping sound from the front of the vehicle (left or right side) while accelerating from a stop may be fixed by installing a rubber gasket on the axle shaft.

Problems with the remote starter accessory may be fixed by replacing the hood switch for the remote starter. The vehicle will typically chirp the horn and not start, or it will chirp the horn, start the car, and then turn off.

The sunroof may open only to the vent position and close, or it may open to the vent position and get stuck. This may occur after the sunroof was operated at high freeway speeds, which applies excessive force to the sunroof mechanism. The sunroof mechanism will need to be disassembled and reassembled, replacing mechanism parts as needed.
When the trunk lid weatherstrip (seal) is worn, the lid may rattle, water may leak into the trunk, or dust may get into the trunk. After installing a new trunk lid (deck lid) weatherstrip, be sure to adjust the trunk slam bumpers so the power trunk latch opens the trunk on the first attempt.