For the sedan trim only, Coolant can leak at the coolant bleeder valve and is usually evident because of an orange crust formation on the housing. A revised bleeder and housing is available to correct this problem.
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"False" trouble codes may cause erroneous illumination of the Check Engine Light. Updating the PCM software can often correct this concern.
A click heard when turning the steering wheel may be solved by aligning the steering column or installing revised parts in the column (requires removal of the steering column).
The automatic transmission used in these vehicles have had a high failure rate. Failures can be due to internal component or electrical component failure.
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.
A gear whine or whistling type noise heard when accelerating or coasting between approximately 65mph and 85mph may actually be caused by an improperly seated steering column boot. The steering column boot seals the steering shaft as it passes through the firewall.
A plugged AC evaporator drain tube can cause a water leak inside the car; usually near the front passenger's feet.
It is important to use the correct oil filter in the 4 cylinder engine. There are two different 2.4L engines, which use different filters. The 2.4L in the coupe is made by Mitsubishi motors while the 2.4L in the sedan is made by Chrysler. Using the incorrect filter can result in engine damage as a result of oil loss.