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Chrysler Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems for 17 Chrysler models 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
Dodge issued a recall for fuel leaks. Dealers will reinforce the fuel rail to prevent cracking and replace the O-ring seals on the fuel rail and fuel injectors.

Rear differential and axle seals are prone to repeated leaks.

If the engine does not crank (or cranks but won't start), the wireless control module (WCM) may have locked up. This is due to static discharge through the ignition key. A revised model should be installed, but simply disconnecting the negative terminal of the battery for thirty seconds will temporarily reset the module so you can start the car.

The automatic transmission can develop problems like erratic shifting, rough shifting, or delayed gear engagement. Repairs for many of these problems are outlined in service bulletins.

It is not uncommon or the power window motor and/or regulator to fail. In most cases the door panel will require removal to determine the exact failure.

Shifting harshness and shuddering issues related to the operation of the automatic transmission have been addressed by factory service bulletins. The shuddering can feel like the vehicle is being driven over rumble strips.

If the car will not start, stalls, or hesitates while accelerating, it may be caused by wires in the wiring harness that are broken internally. This is typically found where the wires pass under the distributor.

Sedan and Convertible
If you hear a honk or "fog horn" sound within a few seconds of turning on the air conditioning, that can be fixed by replacing the AC expansion valve. Occasionally vibration from the honking can be felt in the steering wheel and car seats.

The rear evaporator tubes in the rear HVAC unit may develop small leaks, causing weak or no air conditioning. A new rear evaporator unit has been designed to address this and should be installed to address this condition.

Triggered by a short in the rear wiper motor/circuit (which causes a fuse to blow), the airbag warning light can illuminate erroneously.

The blend door actuator for the HVAC system may fail causing a continuous loud clicking noise when cycling the recirculation button, or switching from heat to air conditioning. Replacement of the actuator is required to remedy the issue.

Excessive oil consumption—defined as more than one quart per 1,000 miles (on vehicles with less than 50,000 miles) or more than one quart per 750 miles (on vehicles with more than 50,000 miles)—is common. Common causes include exhaust valve guides, valve cover gaskets, camshaft plugs, camshaft seals, and crankshaft seal.