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: 79,452 (25,000–200,000)
7 model years affected: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, more2012, 2013, 2014
47 people reported this problem
25 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
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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
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2008 Dodge Avenger32,000
Lights / power to everything. Engine won't turn over.
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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.
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2008 Dodge Avenger36,000
car would start then shut right back off, still dealing with it for over a year
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Car will not crank over..won't start I replaced battery, starter and ignition switch
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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
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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.
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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....
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2009 Dodge Avenger110,000
no power to anything will not start no lights no radio no wipers charged battery no help at all
2010 Dodge Avenger144,594
It want crank up from time to time
2008 Dodge Avenger90,000
I accidentally turned off car without placing in park and now it won't start and now it's in park. The radio and everything turns on .
Car won't start without a jump runs fine with jumper cables connected to it when u take the jumper cables off and drive like a mile it just dies looses power won't take gas or nothing then have to hook the jumper cables bac up to it to get the car started wat is the problem please help it's my sisters car
car cranks, wont start at times..like its choking to cough a big fur ball out or something.. changed coolant sensor, tune up , intake manifold gasket, ... car also has an air compressor that runs as long as car is on ... car also looses power while driving... 2010 dodge avenger
2010 Dodge Avenger81,000
WENT OUT TO START MY CAR ONE DAY AND ALL IT WOULD DO IS CLICK. I TRIED MOVING THE BATTERY CABLES AROUND AND IT STARTED UP. NOW I HAVE TO DO THAT EVERY TIME I GO TO START MY CAR. NOW IT IS NOT WANTING TO SHIFT OUT OF SECOND GEAR. I HAVE BEEN HAVING ISSUES WITH THE SHIFTING FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW. STARTED OUT WITH HARD SHIFTS THEN STARTED TO REV UP TO 4000RPM AND IT WOULD JUST HOLD AND NO SHIFT. I WOULD HAVE TO TAKE FOOT OFF PEDAL TO SLOW DOWN AND THEN LIGHTY PRESS THE GASS AND THEN IT WOULD SHIFT.
2008 Dodge Avenger74,000
Car does nothing when the key is turned but all lights and accessories work. Keep trying and eventually it starts as normal.
2013 Dodge Avenger25,000
engine will not start at times
2008 Dodge Avenger146,000
Lights come on but car will not crank. If I disconnect the battery for an hour the car starts up one time only. I have replaced the battery and the starter.
installed Kenwood CD player. Used all the correct wire harnesses. I accidentally knocked off wcm. Now car won't start as well as no radio power. All fuses have been replaced. Brand new battery.
2008 Dodge Avenger132,000
Sit in car stick key in ignition and everything lights up like normal and no noise, nothing! Car has new battery, new alternator. Thought it might be the key battery, so I pushed door lock, that worked so I tried to start and it started. 2nd, 3rd and more times, it can take several times and many hours at times but eventually they sinc and the car works. Latest time I opened the hood and wiggled boxes. Not sure if unit or a short but have to start trouble shooting somewhere. Autozone doesn't carry the part.
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