Dodge Spirit Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Dodge Spirit as reported by 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

A hesitation on acceleration may be caused by a plugged EGR valve back pressure tube. EGR valve replacement is not generally required.

Various driveability concerns can be caused by deposits on the back of the intake valves. Fuel injector cleaner has shown reasonable results cleaning light deposits.

An intermittent loss of speed control can happen soon after the transaxle input or output speed sensor has been replaced. The problem is most likely caused by spread connector terminals. Our technicians tell us the connectors should be replaced if this is the case.

A squeak noise may be noted from the strut mount area when turning. The repair involves replacing the strut mount assembly.

A squeak noise may be noted during front suspension jounce and rebound travel. Our technicians tell us that replacing the sway bar bushings commonly corrects this concern.

A power steering leak may develop if the power steering pressure switch is serviced without replacing the o-ring seal.

The AC/heater (HVAC) system may unexpectedly switch to the defrost mode when accelerating. This system is operated by engine vacuum and should be inspected for any vacuum leaks if this problem develops.  There is also a revised vacuum check valve available to address this concern.

The powertrain control module (PCM) may fail resulting in a lack of AC cooling. The lack of cooling could be caused by evaporator freeze-up due to the AC compressor staying on continuously or conversely, not coming on at all. Proper diagnoses of the PCM should be performed before replacing it for this concern.

Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.

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.

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.

Carbon buildup on the top of the piston is common. Over time this can lead to symptoms varying from light ticking to knocking noises. Performing a fuel injector cleaning procedure can often help the condition by removing some of the piston top deposits.

4 cylinder engines may develop oil leaks from the following areas: Camshaft plug, Camshaft seal, valve cover gasket, cylinder head gasket, and distributor.

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.