2008 Dodge Nitro Problems

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

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.

One or more of the power door locks may become inoperative. Our technicians tell us that modifications to the door hardware and door panel may be necessary to correct this issue.

The overhead video screen may not power on, updating the video entertainment system software may be necessary to correct this concern.

The courtesy lights and liftgate ajar light may illuminate intermittently. Our technicians tell us that switching the wires at the liftgate ajar switch connector will correct this condition.

The inside and outside rear door handles may stop functioning. Our technicians tell us the repair involves adjusting the door latch adjustment screw.

The remote start or keyless entry system may not function at times. A service repair kit is available which should correct this condition.

The engine may stall at times due to a software issue with the totally integrated power module (TIPM). Updating the TIPM software should correct this issue.

The anti-theft system may cause a no start condition due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) affecting the wireless control module (WCM). There is an updated WCM to correct this issue.

Owners may experience one or more of the following conditions: Transmission shifting issues, torque converter clutch apply issues, fault code P0741 (torque converter clutch performance), and a vehicle surge condition. Our technicians tell us that in most cases these issues may be corrected by updating the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software.

The manual transmission may jump out of first gear. Our technicians tell us that replacing the first gear and 1-2 synchronizer should correct this concern.

The Check Engine Light may illuminate with code P0123 and/or P0222 when the vehicle is operated in below freeing temperatures. Our technicians tell us replacing the electronic throttle body and clean air duct should correct this concern.

A rattle sound may be heard from the engine with the AC on. This can be caused by not enough clearance between the serpentine belt and the belt tensioner arm stop. Replacing the serpentine belt will commonly correct this problem.

The camshaft position sensor may fail causing intermittent stalling or a no start condition. Our technicians recommend replacing the cam sensor to correct this issue.

A weak or dead battery may be caused by the radio not powering down correctly. If the backlight is flickering every 20 seconds that would confirm the fault and the radio would need to be replaced.

The radio sound may mute intermittently and/or the temperature display may display a metric (Celsius) reading when the display indicates English (Fahrenheit). Both of these conditions can be corrected by updating the radio software.