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The clutch assist spring on some models can cause a creaking noise from the clutch pedal. A new clutch assist spring will be needed for the repair.
The fuel door may not open far enough to clear the body on some models. Installation of a special spring boot is needed for the repair.
Oil leaks at the valve cover gaskets and cam plugs at the rear of the cylinder heads are common.
The engine is prone to lower engine bearing failure from running the engine at high revolutions. Lack of regular, frequent engine service is also a factor in the failure.
Oil or coolant may seep at the timing cover gasket; replace the gasket with a revised gasket.
There was a problem with porous cylinder head castings that allowed oil to leak into the coolant. The low oil pressure light would come on intermittently due to low oil level and excessive oil could be found in the coolant reservoir. A new cylinder head would be needed.
There was a problem with porous cylinder head castings that allowed oil to leak into the coolant. The low oil pressure light would come on intermittently due to low oil level and excessive oil could be found in the coolant reservoir. A new cylinder head would be needed.
Low oil pressure at idle or illumination of the oil pressure warning light may be caused by the oil pressure relief valve. If the oil level is good and the low pressure is verified with a gauge, the repair may involve disassembling and cleaning the relief valve.

A new overrunning alternator pulley often helps with drive belt squealing or fraying. Pulley alignment should also be inspected when the belt frays or squeals.

Inspect for pulley alignment if the drive belt is damaged on the inside edge. The crankshaft pulley may become loose on the crankshaft and should be inspected for fit.
If the vehicle has been parked for an extended period, and the transmission takes a few seconds to engage when shifting into gear from park, it may be caused by the torque converter draining back into the transmission. If the fluid level is correct, a "drainback relief valve" is available that installs in the oil cooler pressure line.

Oil seepage can occur at the speed sensor or speed sensor gear adapter (speedometer adapter). A redesigned speed sensor is available and the adapter may need to be replaced.

Internal leaks in the speed sensor or speed sensor gear adapter (speedometer adapter) are common. A revised speed sensor (white in color, old versions are black), used in production since November of 1993, solves the problem. If leaks develop between the sensor and the adapter or between the adapter and the transmission housing (transfer case if 4WD), a revised speedometer adapter is available.
Software updates can solve problems with interior and accessory functions.
Many software updates are available for the different computer systems, but if the vehicle is out of warranty, it may cost money to receive the updates (unless it is a recall). Some updates may be dealer-only, but a well-equipped independent shop can usually provide updates as well.
Software updates are available to address erroneous illumination of the "Service 4WD System" warning light and other issues (e.g. shifting, performance).
The "Bypass Air Control Valve" can fail causing a low engine idle and possibly stalling.
Clunking noises from the front suspension may be caused by the top front shock mount, which has been redesigned.
Valve cover oil leaks are common on the 2.8L engines.
On some models the fuel fill door does not open far enough to clear the body. A special designed fuel door spring boot from Honda will fix this issue.
Failure is very common in the ignition module, causing intermittent stalling or a "No start" condition.
A buzzing noise at freeway speeds can be caused by the engine and transmission resonating through the transmission shift cable. The Power Control Module (PCM) must be replaced to stop the resonating noise. 
Installing a foam pad between the inner door panel and the door can repair a buzzing caused by the door speaker.
When shifting from Drive to Reverse (or vice versa), worn outer CV joints may cause a clunk or clicking noise. A loose axle nut can cause the same symptoms.
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.

Vibration problems from the rear brake rotors are common and require replacement of the pads and rotors, and the installation of special shims. The symptoms often occur when the brakes are used heavily from repeated braking, braking from high speeds, and braking while going downhill. The entire vehicle can vibrate and shudder, like it is being driven over train tracks.

Vibration from the rear of the car when braking can be caused by corroded rotors, especially when braking going down hill. The rotors will need to be replaced and special shims installed from Volvo to prevent this from happening again.

Cup holders break easily, especially if sticky liquids are spilled into the cup holder mechanism.
Spilling beverages around the cup holder may cause the lid to stick or bind.
If the cup holder lid will not stay closed, a lid spring was released so replacing the entire assembly should not be necessary.