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2000 Chrysler Sebring Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2000 Chrysler Sebring based on complaints from 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

The automatic transmission can develop problems like erratic shifting, rough shifting, or delayed gear engagement. Repairs for many of these problems are outlined in service bulletins.

Intermittent problems with the radio can typically be solved by updating the radio software.

Sensor failure inside the distributor can cause intermittent stalling or a failure to start. In addition, the wires to the distributor are susceptible to internal damage, which can cause the same symptoms.

The blend door actuator for the HVAC system may fail causing a continuous loud clicking noise when cycling the recirculation button, or switching from heat to air conditioning. Replacement of the actuator is required to remedy the issue.

Spark plug tube seals fail, causing the tubes to fill with engine oil and the engine to misfire. As a result, the engine may run poorly and fuel economy can suffer.

There have been reports of premature head gasket failure; an updated gasket design is available to correct this problem.

A rattle from the rear of the vehicle may indicate that the rear shock absorbers are defective. Updated shocks are available; however, careful inspection of all suspension components should be performed before any parts are replaced.

A click sound may be noted when turning the steering wheel left or right. Our technicians tell us that the repair involves modifying the back cover of the steering wheel to gain clearance between the rotation parts.

An engine Oil leak may develop at the cam sensor o-ring seal. Our technicians tell us this is often misdiagnosed as an external head gasket leak.

Failure to use the correct automatic transmission fluid and follow the maintenance schedule can result in shifting problems.

Corrosion on the door ajar switch can cause the door ajar warning light and dome light to work intermittently or not at all. A new switch (and possibly a new connector) will be needed to fix the issue.

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A click heard when turning the steering wheel may be solved by aligning the steering column or installing revised steering column parts as necessary. Installing the revised parts will require removal of the steering column from the vehicle.

A whistle sound may be noted from the glove box area when the AC system is in the "fresh air" mode. Our technicians tell us that updating the HVAC control module software will correct this issue.