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RepairPal has identified the most common car problems based on complaints from 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 brake pedal may not return to its fully released position causing the brake lights to stay on. If no brake pedal return spring is in stalled there is a spring kit available. If the brake pedal return spring does not correct the problem the actuator piston should be replaced.
The transmission has numerous problems; symptoms can range from shuddering to completely dying. The majority of the TSBs (service bulletins) require an overhaul of the transmission. Updated internal parts are available.
Poor electrical connections at the input or output speed sensors may cause the cruise control to become intermittently inoperative.
The shifter may become locked in neutral or reverse. A stronger reverse detent spring is available to correct this condition.
A squeak noise when shifting out of gear may develop where the shift cable attaches to the gear shift lever. Our technicians tell us the shifter assembly must be replaced to correct this condition.
A poor connection at the rear load leveling or air suspension relay can cause the rear of the vehicle to sag intermittently. Our technicians tell us that the connector can be secured at the relay using a tie strap.
Improper fuel pressure or fuel pressure fluctuation may be cause by a faulty fuel pump module.
A high pitched whistling noise from the engine may be caused by the idle air control motor. Our technicians tell us there is a revised IAC motor to correct this condition.
A loud snapping noise may be heard from the exhaust after the engine has been shut off. Replacing the exhaust pipe may be necessary to correct this issue.
An erratic or intermittent rough idle during the first 3 minutes of engine operation my be caused by a faulty idle air control motor.
One or more of the rear suspension links may become bent causing a severe rubbing noise.
The ABS accumulator may fail causing loss of power brake assist. (The brake pedal will become very hard).
The ABS master cylinder assembly may fail internally causing the ABS light to illuminate.
Timing gears may wear causing a mild to severe knocking noise from the front of the engine. Replacement of the timing gears is necessary.
If the fuel gauge is inaccurate or not working, it may because the fuel tank has bowed upward and interfered with, or damaged the sending unit (fuel level sensor). If the fuel tank has bowed, fuel tank replacement will be needed.
Due to the design of the reverse gear system in the AX-15 manual transmission, it may block shifting into reverse one out of every ten attempts. An updated reverse gear is available if the concern becomes more frequent.
Child seat tether anchors are available from Chrysler and can improve the performance of child restraints. Each tether kit has all the necessary parts and detailed instructions according to our technicians.
Jeep issued a recall on some ABS equipped vehicles because seals inside the master cylinder fail. When the seals fail, a loss of pressure is detected causing the ABS hydraulic pump to cycle on more frequently or run continuously. This will lead to premature failure in the hydraulic pump. There is a lifetime warranty on the seals and the hydraulic pump motor. Normal braking will still work but brake pedal effort may increase.
Excessive smoke from the exhaust, lack of power, and a grinding or scraping noise from the turbocharger can indicate turbo failures. The most frequent cause of turbocharger failure is a lack of frequent oil changes.
Often caused by rust, the temperature control lever may be difficult to move. Spray an anti-rust penetrate on the lower pivot for the lever and apply lubricant to prevent future corrosion.
Due to corrosion at the pivot, the driver side window wiper may fail. The pivot must be replaced.
An improperly-seated connection on the starter (coming from the battery) may cause the engine not to crank. Plastic must be ground off the cable terminal so it can sit flat and flush.
Worn seals inside the transmission may cause problems with upshifting and downshifting in automatic transmissions.
AWD-equipped vehicles can show a wide range of transmission problems; usually, the wrong-sized tires are being used. Be sure that all the tires are the same and that all four are replaced at the same time. Dodge recommends tire rotation every 7,500 miles.
During turning, squeaks can come from the strut area; the strut mount assembly should be replaced.
Windows may not roll up or down, resulting in a "ratcheting" noise. This is often caused by the plastic ribbon gear (flex tracks) on the regulator that breaks. Flex tracks are easily replaced by removing the door trim panel.
Delayed and/or erratic shifting can be caused by the transmission kick-down cable sticking. Since the oil pan has to be removed to replace the cable, have the shop replace the transmission filter at the same time
A rattling noise from under the vehicle can be caused by a loose exhaust header pipe heat shield.
Although a high rate of engine-related fires have been reported with this engine, most can be attributed to neglected maintenance. The fuel hoses in the engine compartment should be inspected periodically.
The release arm for the throw out bearing can bind and cause problems with the clutch. Flywheel wear can cause driving and shifting problems and may cause the hubs to fail.