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  • i am new to the whole forum thing but please help me

    i have a 95 avenger 2.0L 4 cyl and i recently replaced a headlight bulb. the same day, my left turn signal came on as soon as i turned the key on and the lever does nothing. im guessing theres a short somewherer but i dont know.

    has anyone else had this problem?
  • guestguest Posts: 774
    I am trying to get a 95 dodge avenger running after the battery and alt. had been changed out. It is doing the samething it will start and die or when it does run it dies when you put it in gear and now it sees like there is no spark. Did you get any info on how to repair this? I would be greatful for any help
    Thank You!
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 979
    Folks, since there have been quite a few posts about starting/stalling issues with the Avenger, I've created a new topic here: Dodge Avenger: Starting/Stalling Issues

    You might have noticed that I've moved some of the recent posts about this over there.

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  • xtecxtec Posts: 354
    i have a 97 avenger and my egr valve is broken... the damn thing is all the way behind the intake manifold... i was wondering if anybody has an easy way to access it
  • hey whats up man, i have a 95 dodge avenger 2.5 es with the same problem. it used to cut off randomly but will start immediately for about 3 months, now after about 20 minutes of driving it just cuts off until and wont start for another half hour and im not getting any spark. i did a tune up, replaced distributer, replaced crank sense, replace idla air valve, now im thinking it might be the computer, someone suggest flashing or replacing it, any ideas or test i could perform to verify this?
  • where is this website where the damaged wire is, cause i noticed most of the times it will shut off when im swithing gears, so im guessing this might be a possibility, please tell me where this wire is at or the website where i can find it, your help would be greatly appreciated.
  • hey whats up man, i have a 95 dodge avenger 2.5 es with the same problem. it used to cut off randomly but will start immediately for about 3 months, now after about 20 minutes of driving it just cuts off until and wont start for another half hour and im not getting any spark. i did a tune up, replaced distributer, replaced crank sense, replace idla air valve, now im thinking it might be the computer, someone suggest flashing or replacing it, any ideas or test i could perform to verify this?
  • I am going out on Wednesday to look at a 97 Avenger V6 automatic with 100k miles. Any problems I should look out for?
  • before going for the computer check the automatic shutoff relay. I posted this a long time ago but it is the middle small box on the driver side under the hood up on the fire wall area if you take like a screwdriver or something and tap it while someone turning the key see if that works.. if it is the computer you can find one on ebay alot cheaper than junkyards or the dealer. I thought mine was the computer but turned out to be that realy for $50. let me know what happend... hope that helps some...
  • Well really dont know much to look for because I really have not had that big of a problem with mine mostly just check conditon of car and how smooth it runs and starts. Good luck hope its a good car. :D
  • Thanks for the reply.

    I keep reading all these horror stories about 1995-2000 Avengers, about transmission failure, brakes that wear really fast, and extremely high repair cost. But then, others say that the reason they have these problems is because they never do preventative maintenance (ie regular oil changes, replacing water pump, timing belt, and tune-ups). Overall, it seems like the Avenger has lower than average reliability, but then again, the majority of people who are going to be posting reviews/rants online are going to be the ones who have had problems with the car.
    Can someone reassure me about my decision to potentially buy this car? :confuse:
  • ginoaginoa Posts: 3
    i hope you have given more than carefull consideration to why all the horrer stories .i have a 97 6 cyl,thats stuck in a parking lot. most the posts seem to be of the same or similar problems.allso i checked a few other sites for the last 4 or more hours and the same problems are listed .
    so only as a suggestion , be carefull of your decision.you might face less a risk in another make and model
    good luck
    gino
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  • I have a 95 Avenger ES 2.5L V6 but I have the same problem than yours in my 98 Rodeo (and after spending money in towing and buying a starter, I found out that the problem was the "STARTER RELAY" under the hood, fuse box) a $ 6.00 dollars part at AutoZone. Also my son in law has a 92 Corolla with the same problem and it was the Starter Relay (both vehicles automatic transmission). So as a friendly advise, before pulling the starter or buying anything check if the starter relay works, it's not hard to test it.
    I know how to do it, if you are gonna do it you can email me. Good luck!
  • svicesvice Posts: 1
    Has anyone had to replace the exhaust from front to back? If so, how? The main exhaust manifold can only be ordered from a shop and now includes CC. Has anyone considered matching up the frame with an classic from the 60-70's. Maybe too far fetched, but my vehicles' is rusted thru rockers (bilateral) and it needs a complete overall anyway. How about a RatRod project. Any ideas?
  • THIS CAR RUNS FINE EXCEPT WHEN YOU RIVE UP TO ABOUT 2500 RPMS IT ACTS LIKE IT IS RUUNING OUT OF FUEL BUT IT HAS VERY GOOD PRESSURE AND SUPPLY VECHILE HAS 190,000 PLUS ON IT HAS ANY ONE FOUND THIS PROBLEM IF SO WHAT IS IT . I HAVE DICONNECTED THE KNOCK SENSOR BUT STILL THE SAME???????
  • i dont know much about cars so i could really use some help i have a 97 dodge avenger 2.0 liter 4 clinder 16 valves and my timing belt broke i was going up a lil hill my speed was about 45 to 50 it just shut off so i coasted it to the side and seen that it was broke my question is do u think it broke the valve is there anyway to tell if it broke the valve. thanks in advance
  • The high beams do not come on at all,I replaced the bulbs one was burnt one was good.I checked the fusses and they were good but there is still nothing,and there is no power to the plugs .any sugestions.
  • 6faith6faith Posts: 1
    I know its been awhile since your post but can you tell me where this starter relay is located as my son has a 1995 Avenger as well and we want to try this first but according to the mechanic books looks like it shows under the dash and of course the dealer mechanics said they don't know when we call. We need a number off it to get a new part for it but need to locate and take out first. Any help on this would be appreciated just want to try the cheaper way first. Thanks
  • I know this is old post but I hope it will save money for more of you. This is the same thing a lot of people have. I have had 96 Sebring 2.5 and a 97 Avenger 2.5 and both had this problem. The first go around I spent $1,700 to watch the experts parts swap. Her is the magical answer and it is this easy.

    There is a bank of relays on the firewall, 3 to be exact. One of them is the master shut off curcuit and you will get no spark when the car will not start. $30 at the wrecking yard will get all three and you are done.
  • trexxttrexxt Posts: 5
    Try the egr valve this is a part that everyone over looks at the dealer it's $148 cheaper than after market cheers''
  • trexxttrexxt Posts: 5
    I've been having problems also with my Avenger ,when slowing down I have to keep my foot on the gas and the brake or the car shuts down then I have to start it up again because the avenger is a very unique car as I found out '' I had to find a really good mechanic but before I did I replaced a few things that different mechanics thought was the problem and none of the new parts made a difference so when it came down to it this new mechanic really new his stuff it turned out to be the EGR VALVE which can be ordered from chrsyler for $148.00
  • trexxttrexxt Posts: 5
    It's on the left side of the car by the front tire you'll have to jack the car up to get at it easy to change it might have water in it hope this helps cheers''
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  • I have had my Avenger for 6 months and recently decided to fix it up... or "trick it out". I would like to do the whole nine yards - body kit, rims, paint job... everything. Please any advice will be very appreciated!! E-mail northstarbitch24@yahoo.com
  • My wife came home the other night and the tail lights stayed on could not find the problem and still looking at what to fix.for now i open the trunk and disconnect them the blinker and brake lights work when you plug them in they just do not turn off when you turn the car off
    has anyone run across this with their Avenger if so what did it take to fix the problem?thanks in advance for anyone who can help me
    RTH/
  • Hi
    My girlfriend asked me to find out where the Fuel Pump is located. I beleive the filter is located under the car in front of the gas tank, but not sure about the pump. I'm sure if I go see it and dig into it I'll find it but until then, I thought I'd check into it this way. Anybody help
  • The pump is easy to get to. Simply lift up the back seat, and it is on the right side under a plastic cover with 4 bolts holding it on. If you turn on the key, and it makes a noise, it is probably working. The fuel filter is under the hood on the firewall. It is driver side, if I remember right, and hard to reach. I recommend that you pull the hose off the fuel pressure regulator, and turn on the key. If fuel squirts out, then the pump and filter are clear. The FPR (fuel pressure regulator) is the last place fuel needs to go before it returns to the fuel tank. It is located on the right side of the front rail, easy access. I am all about "easy".
  • I agree....I bought my 08 Avenger 8 months ago. The car only has 30K miles on it. So far I’ve taken the vehicle to the shop twice. First the shifter got stuck on park. I had to pay to get the vehicle towed and the entire shifter assembly was replaced. Second, the steering wheel started making a squeaky noise every time I turned it. I had to take it back to the shop to get that repaired. Now I’m hearing a rattling noise in the engine…I’m scared to find out what it is this time…the car is unreliable and the performance is poor. Dodge should trash all of them and start from scratch.
  • I have nothing good to say about my car, except that I like the color. I bought my 08 Avenger 8 months ago. The car only has 30K miles on it. So far I’ve taken the vehicle to the shop twice. First the shifter got stuck on park. I had to pay to get the vehicle towed and the entire shifter assembly was replaced. Second, the steering wheel started making a squeaky noise every time I turned it. I had to take it back to the shop to get that repaired. Now I’m hearing a rattling noise in the engine…I’m scared to find out what it is this time…the car is unreliable and the performance is poor. Dodge should trash all of them and start from scratch.
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