Engine May Not Start at Times on Dodge Avenger

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.

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Average mileage: 80,515 (12,400–211,689)
10 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 2008, more2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
79 people reported this problem
42 people shared problem details
just went to start my car and lightening bolt came on and it wouldnt start gets power to everything and wont turn over
2008 Dodge Avenger32,000
Lights / power to everything. Engine won't turn over.
2008 Dodge Avenger77,000
there had been no indication of trouble with my car starting. Just one day i tried turning the ignition and it wouldn't start. I had a jump, it started. The next time was about two days later, it happen again. I had a jump, it started. The next time was about one and a half week later. I decided to take it to PeP Boys. In the end of the visit one gent decided to giggle around the gears and they thought it maybe needed to be re set. Then, about one wekk and a half later it started the first of the day; I went back out two hours later it would not turn over, nor would a jump help. I had to have it towed, and and some electrical part had to be replaced. The name of the part can be named at a later, due to my not having my reciept handy. Ms. Purnell
2008 Dodge Avenger109,000
Car will crank but will not start if it does start its goes to 1000rpm and dies out....I will turn the key and it tries to continue to crank without holding the key
2008 Dodge Avenger73,750
When I try to start my car sometimes, it won't turn over. It only clicks. I have to lock and unlock and move the gear shift until it does start.
Car will not crank over..won't start I replaced battery, starter and ignition switch
2008 Dodge Avenger100,980
Woke up to warm up my car and it started. Got ready to drive off to work and the car died and stalled about a half a mile away. I tried to start it and the car would completely die and then power back up. The only thing that would happen would be a clicking noise and the car will not turn on. I have had the battery check and recently had the alternator replaced. Guess that I am going to have to take it to the Dodge dealership and pay the crazy price to have it fixed....
2008 Dodge Avenger36,000
car would start then shut right back off, still dealing with it for over a year
I went into Walmart, Came out unlocked the door with the keyless entry, went to start the car nothing, Lights,radio, horn,new battery,had the starter checked,alternator check..all good... I keep the car maintenced...never had a problem starting no warning,.my Mechanic said it may be a problem in the key or the anti theft alarm..
2008 Dodge Avenger96,152
All the lights and alarm come on but car won't crank. Battery was replaced and still it won't crank. Sometimes you can hear a click noise like it wants to crank but it doesn't. Please help!!
2008 Dodge Avenger136,000
the car ignition turns and the ignition lights and all that comes on but it won't start spend change the starter battery wont start just turns onI am checking the mission switch and the gear shift
2008 Dodge Avenger62,000
Car would start then stall, then theft light would blink. Try again 2 times and then 4th time try to start, nothing. Wireless control module needed replacing as well as resetting the keys.
2008 Dodge Avenger12,400
Turn switch want do nothing
1996 Dodge Avenger102,000
Replace the plugs replaced fuel pump and filter n the ignition control module n it starts n then dies out while driving n then won't start back up
2011 Dodge Avenger27,000
Turn key have power but nothing happens
2012 Dodge Avenger130,000
Won't turn over will not do nothing cause of the anti theft
2014 Dodge Avenger29,716
Wont start or jump start
2011 Dodge Avenger45,000
Car clicks but won't start have lights and power though?!
2012 Dodge Avenger81,479
I am extremely pissed at this issue because i took my car to firestone and they ran an electrical diagnostics test and told me it was the starter. So i paid $382 to have a starter ordered and replaced due to the fact there were none in Georgia. It took a day to come and get fixed. I picked the car up and everything was fine. 2 days later the car wouldnt start or even try to turn over.....same problem again. I know its not the battery because ive tried to get several jumps and still nothing. I am highly frustrated due to the fact this has happened twice and carmax is refusing to do anything about it nor is the dodge dealership. Not to mention i took it to dodge and they claimed they fixed it the first time, they said it was the key so they replaced it and 3 days later the car cut off on the interstate. I seriously need help because my next step is getting a lawyer.
2014 Dodge Avenger46,500
Try to start car and when I do the lights come on but there's no clicking or no sound at all so I turned it off and try to turn it back on again turn it off try to turn it back on again and eventually it'll finally start
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