On vehicles equipped with manual transmissions a squeak noise may occur when shifting into or out of gear. Our technicians tell us that in most cases replacing the shifter assembly will correct this problem.
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Most reported Dodge Spirit R/T problems
Automatic transmissions can exhibit a variety of shifting and noise concerns due to failure of internal parts. Our technicians tell us that a complete inspection of all internal parts should be performed if the transmission is disassembled for overhaul. Numerous updated part are available for this transmission.
The connector on the input and/or output speed sensors on the automatic transmission may become damaged causing intermittent loss of speed control. There are wiring repair kits available to repair this issue.
The manual transmission may become locked in neutral or reverse after shifting out of reverse. Our technicians tell us there is a stronger reverse detent spring available to correct this issue.
Vehicles may develop a start and die out condition or a transmission that defaults to second gear. Our technicians tell us that the transmission control module (TCM) may be at fault and require replacement. If the TCM is replaced the pinion factor should be reset and the quick learn procedure performed.
The automatic transmission my default to a "limp-in" mode due to a faulty transaxle input speed sensor. Our technicians tell us there is an updated speed sensor available to correct this condition.
The turbocharger may fail resulting in any of the following: Excessive smoke from the exhaust, lack of power, or grinding or scraping noise from the turbocharger. Our technicians tell us the most common causes of turbocharger failure are lack of oil changes, hard acceleration when the engine is cold, and lack of a cool down period are high speed driving or excessive loads.
4 cylinder engine timing belts can be affected by driving in very hot climates. Our technicians tell us that replacement should be considered before the recommended 60K interval. Replacement timing belts have been designed for greater durability. It is also recommended the belt tensioner be replaced whenever the timing belt is replaced.
4 cylinder engines may develop a cold engine knock that may last for 3-5 minutes and is often mis-diagnosed as a lifter noise. Our technicians tell us in most cases the noise is coming from the piston area and is not a reliability or durability concern.
Engine oil leaks may develop from the following areas: Valve cover gaskets, cam plugs at rear of the cylinder head, cam seals, front crankshaft seal, and the oil filter bracket. Leaking seals and gaskets should be replaced. Due to mis-machining of the mating surfaces, as special gasket is required to correct the oil filter bracket leak.
The cylinder head may develop an external coolant leak with coolant ending up in the spark plug valley. If no cylinder head cracks are found our technicians tell us revised cylinder core plugs are available to correct this concern.