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Spilling beverages around the cup holder may cause the lid to stick or bind. To fix the problem, remove and wash the cup holder with dishwashing soap and water and apply lubricant to the sliding mechanism.
Excessive gear noise can indicate differential bearing failures.
A short circuit in the shift interlock cable solenoid can cause various symptoms—the speedometer needle may jump or vibrate when the brakes are applied, a fuse can blow in the fuse panel, or the brake warning light may illuminate. The shift interlock cable may need to be replaced.
Wind noise at the front of the car and water leaks at the vent wing are typical problems on Targa models.
Using the correct oil for this engine is critical. Improper engine oil can foam in the high pressure system and not develop enough pressure for operation. Symptoms of this can be hard starting, long cranking time before start, rough engine idle, and a lack of power. Another sign is tiny bubbles in the oil on the engine oil dipstick after the engine is shut off. The additives in the correct oil that protect against foaming can still break down, so changing the oil at the correct intervals is important.
Using the correct oil for this engine is critical. Improper engine oil can foam in the high pressure system and not develop enough pressure for operation. Symptoms of this can be hard starting, long cranking time before start, rough engine idle, and a lack of power. Another sign is tiny bubbles in the oil on the engine oil dipstick after the engine is shut off. The additives in the correct oil that protect against foaming can still break down, so changing the oil at the correct intervals is important.
A lack of power may occur if the turbo sticks.
Internal leaks can cause problems with the load leveling suspension in the rear; the vehicle may ride harshly (no give in the suspension, like you are riding on a brick).
Internal leaks can cause problems with the load leveling suspension in the rear; the vehicle may ride harshly (no give in the suspension, like you are riding on a brick).
If oil is leaking from the gaskets and seals, the engine needs to be resealed.
The instrument panel light dimmer module may fail causing the dash back lighting to stop working.
There are reports of the rear sway bar brackets cracking while driving aggressively.
Mopar has a lubricant that can help with squeaking sway bar bushings.
Sway bar bushings made from a different material were released to solve a squeaking problem (usually when driving over bumpy roads).
A knocking sound heard from the front or rear suspension while driving over rough roads may be caused by the sway bar linkages. The linkages should be inspected for tightness and condition; there are redesigned linkages if replacement is necessary.
Due to uneven camshaft and rocker arm wear, lifters and rocker arms can be noisy, sounding like tapping coming from under the hood. The cam and all the rocker arms should be replaced.
The variable camshaft gears fail, which may require replacement.
The variable camshaft gears fail, which may require replacement.
Broken doors inside the intake manifold, that vary the length of the manifold, can cause an abnormal engine noise.
The exhaust manifold commonly fails on the 5 cylinder engine and may develop an exhaust leak that is especially noticeable when the car is cold.
The engine block can crack behind the exhaust manifold and cause an oil leak. Depending upon the severity of the crack it can be sealed to stop the leak.

The engine block can crack behind the exhaust manifold and cause an oil leak. Depending upon the severity of the crack it can be sealed to stop the leak.

The outer exhaust manifold studs can break and cause exhaust leaks. The outer studs, clamps, and nuts will need to be replaced and are now being tightened to a reduced torque value (20 Nm/180 in lbs).
The outer exhaust manifold studs can break and cause exhaust leaks. The outer studs, clamps, and nuts will need to be replaced and are now being tightened to a reduced torque value (20 Nm/180 in lbs
If the door locks intermittently lock and unlock without pressing the door lock switch, the door lock cylinder switches may need replacement. This may occur more often when driving in damp conditions like the rain or through a car wash.
Evap Purge Valve/Canister Shut-Off Valve
Some MPV's may experience Check Engine light illumination with specific trouble codes stored in memory. If the two codes are stored, there are updated parts for the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system, and updated software for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).
This car has occasional problems with the system that controls polluting emissions from evaporated gasoline.
The evaporative emission control solenoid can fail in areas of the country where salt is used on the roads during winter.
The evaporative emission control solenoid (in the EVAP system) can fail in areas of the country where salt is used on the roads during winter.