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RepairPal has identified the most common car problems 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 dashboard is known to crack in hot climates.
The part that attaches the distributor rotor to the camshaft can break; the starter will still crank, but the engine will not start.
The part that attaches the distributor rotor to the camshaft can break; the starter will still crank, but the engine will not start.
Improperly sealed wheel well grommets can cause a water leak in the driver and front passenger foot well area. Resealing the grommets will repair the leak.
Excessive clearance between the caliper bracket and caliper slide pins can cause a rattle. Replacing the guide pins is needed for this repair.
Rear trailing arm bushings crack and break. The trailing arm bushings will need to be replaced when they break.
Our technicians note that this model must be fully warmed up in order to pass the smog/emissions test.
If the seal is not properly lubricated, the moon roof (sunroof) can make noise.
If the moon roof makes a thumping noise moving from the closed to the vent position, using some lubricant (available from Dodge) on the moon roof seal can solve the problem.
On vehicles with a squeaking moon roof, there is an anti squeak tape available from Honda.
High mileage distributors can leak oil onto the heater hose below it and cause the hose to fail and loose coolant. The distributor will need to be replaced along with the heater hose to address this issue.
Vibration caused by the air compressor for the air suspension can be solved by installing an insulator kit at the air compressor mounting points.
On certain models a flapping noise in the engine can occur due to an improperly tensioned timing belt.
The timing belt may fail prematurely. Our technicians tell us that the belt tensioner and idler pulleys should be replaced when the timing belt is replaced.
It is very important that the rear level sensor is properly bled after any brake work or the rear brake stopping efficiency may be compromised. The Front Brake Rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal.
Caused by the parking brake actuator lever(s), AWD-equipped vehicles may experience a rattle in the area of the rear wheels. Installing a foam isolator on each parking brake actuator lever will fix the problem.
Parking brake adjustments should be performed on vehicles equipped with four-wheel disc brakes at the 30,000 mile service.
Fuel leaks can develop around the high pressure fuel injection pump. The fuel lines around the fuel filter and the fuel pump also tend to leak.
Bad motor mounts can damage the engine coolant temperature sensor wiring, causing intermittent full rich conditions.
A cylinder head replacement could be needed if the vehicle overheats and causes the cylinder head to crack between the valves.
Corrosion on the antenna mast can cause poor reception. Replacing the antenna and any corroded parts will improve reception.
Rough or unstable idling could be caused by the idle control valve and throttle plate being plugged with carbon.
MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor failure is common and the MAP sensor hose to the intake port commonly plugs up or breaks, which can cause unstable idle conditions.
Overheated engines are prone to head gasket failures. An engine running hot is a symptom of a failed head gasket. The head gasket will need to be replaced to repair this issue.
By 100,000 miles the ignition key tends to wear out and should be replaced or it may not work as well in the door locks or ignition switch.

The sliding door track and guides may become worn causing the sliding door to come off track.

The extension housing seals commonly leak.
On some models the drivers and or the front passenger door glass will come out of it's track. The door glass will have to be replaced to address this issue.
Problems may develop with the sliding door. Our technicians tell us that there is a revised latch assembly are latch rods available to correct sliding door latch issues.
The engine may not crank over when trying to start the vehicle. Our technicians recommend to inspect the starter cable at the solenoid before replacing the starter motor or battery cable.