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

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.

An exhaust leak and/or chirp type noise may develop from the exhaust manifold to header pipe connection. Our technicians tell us that replacing the exhaust seal ring and flange springs, along with sizing the header pipe flange will generally correct this concern.

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.

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.

Incorrect, worn, or contaminated automatic transmission fluid can cause shifting issues, noted at speeds over 40mph. Our technicians tell us that repairs to correct this condition include changing the fluid and filter, driving the vehicle for 10miles and changing the fluid a second time.

A slight creaking noise may be noted from the upper end of the steering column when turning left or right. Our technicians tell us that the repair is to remove some material from the upper steering column shroud.

Erratic operation of the speedometer may be noted on vehicles equipped with a passenger side motorized seat belt. This is generally caused by a failed Passive Belt Control Module (PBCM). Our technicians tell us that if the speedometer functions correctly with the PBCM disconnected the PBCM should be replaced.

Some 4 cylinder engines may exhibit some fluctuation of the temperature gauge during cold weather conditions. Our technicians tell us this is a normal condition.

Some vehicles may develop a condition where the accessories stay on after the ignition switch is turned to the off or lock position. Our technicians tell us that replacing the ignition switch should repair this issue.

Various electrical issues can be caused by a damaged or loose frame rail ground. Damaged grounds should be repaired as necessary to correct these issues.

The right power window and/or convertible top may stop working intermittently due to a connection issue at the switch. Our technicians tell us that a switch repair package is available to correct this issue.

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.

A tappet/lash adjuster noise may be noted from the 3.0L engines. Our technicians tell us that proper testing of the lash adjusters  should be performed before replacing any parts. A full crankcase of clean engine oil is necessary before attempting to determine if any lash adjusters are bleeding down and causing a noise concern.

The Anti-Lock lamp may illuminate with a "modulator fault" indicated by the scan tool. Our technicians tell us an open or short in any of the six solenoids can cause this concern.