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An improperly tensioned serpentine belt may cause a momentary loss of power steering assist when driving in heavy rain or through puddles.
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The fuel level sensors can wear out causing erratic or inaccurate fuel gauge readings.

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There was a recall to replace the vacuum hose for the brake booster. In the presence of oil, the original hose could swell and become disconnected. The brakes would function but power assist would be lost and the pedal would feel very hard.

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The engine may stumble occasionally during wide-open-throttle acceleration (full throttle). This may not occur frequently enough to set a Check Engine (MIL) light. The spark plugs (spark plug insulators) and spark plug wires should be inspected for deterioration and carbon tracking; resistance in the spark plug wires should be checked as well. New spark plug wires from Dodge are a revised design and any defective spark plugs need to be replaced.

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Problems with the remote starter accessory may be fixed by replacing the hood switch for the remote starter. The vehicle will typically chirp the horn and not start, or it will chirp the horn, start the car, and then turn off.

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Cars without ABS suffer master cylinder failure. The brake pedal will be spongy in feel, the pedal travel will seem excessive, and overall braking performance will be poor.

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The radiator cooling fan may fail to turn on resulting in an engine overheating condition, or The fan may not turn off once it is on. Chrysler has released a service bulletin to address this issue. The repair involves install a jumper wire harness and new cooling fan relay.

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The engine may develop misfires when accelerating up a grade or when carrying a heavy load. This can be from carbon tracking that has developed on the spark plugs causing the plug to not fire (misfire). The engine will run roughly and lose power.

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The ignition key may become difficult to remove on models with a tilt steering wheel. Make sure the gear shift lever is in "Park" and sometimes placing the steering wheel in the lowest position helps with key removal. The shift interlock cable, that connects the shifter to the steering column, may need adjustment.
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Front brake pads can wear prematurely in city or commute type driving conditions. Heavy duty brake pads are recommended.
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Erratic or intermittent windshield wiper operation can be caused by a poor ground connection at the grounding strap.

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Lubricating the flocked parts of the vertical window weatherstrips with Mopar Weatherstrip Lubricant can help with slow power windows or ease window cranking effort.
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If the vehicle overheats because the cooling fan is not turning on, or if the AC is not working, it may be due to a defective RFI fan filter module (located at the center, near the bottom of the fan assembly).

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A click heard when turning the steering wheel may be solved by aligning the steering column or installing revised parts in the column (requires removal of the steering column).

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If the needles for the instrument cluster are on the wrong side of the pointer stops, perform a "self test" on the instrument cluster. Press and hold the trip-reset button and then turn the ignition key on (do not crank the engine). Some indicators will light in the cluster and the needles should sweep to the proper side of the pointer stops.
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