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Chrysler 300 Alignment Issues

mikec1mikec1 Posts: 7
I now have 700 miles on my 300C. Last week my car was serviced for the right pull problem. Following alignment and switching tires left to right, it is better, but not fixed. I would like to know more about the cam bolts TSB refered to in other posts here. I have experienced the sticky outside temp bug.

I am also noticing frequent shifts between 4th & 5th when cruising between 45 and 60 mph. I have thought about just keeping it in 4th when driving local roads, but don't know what the long-term effects would be bedsides worse gas mileage.

The one thing the 300C transmission is missing is an electronic lock out on the quick shifter. I tend to drive with my hand on the stick and have inadvertently pullled it left and downshifted around turns without realizing it until rpm's run up when accelerating.

Beyond the right pull and shifting back and forth matters, the 300C is an incredible rocket. I have always wanted a hemi, and could not have hoped for one in a better package than the 300C. My most recent toy was a cherry 70 Olds 442 Convertible, and to tell you the truth I love cruising the 300C much, much more.
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Comments

  • kinglabkinglab Posts: 25
    Car pulls to the right. Chrysler dos not have an answer or a TSB. Or at least they have not told anyone. The solution is and will be to tell anyone who asks that this new 300 is cool looking but cheap finish, and oh yeah, it's the same old chrysler. Buy a Lexus, Infiniti, a Toyota, etc
  • 300c300c Posts: 11
    Check TSB 0200304 being issued regarding pulling problem.
  • kinglabkinglab Posts: 25
    Thank you in advance. I have not seen this TSB anywhere. Can I ask where you got it?
  • docmark1docmark1 Posts: 4
    I'm having the same pull to the right problem with only 300 mi. Haven't gone back to the dealer yet, but would like to get as info as possible before I do and they tell me it Nothing" or Its just breking in" blah blah blah.. I'm new to the message board, where do I find TSB 0200304.

    Thanks
  • 300c300c Posts: 11
    Contact your service mgr.

    I believe it was dated 5/25 /04.
  • catercater Posts: 11
    I also have a slight pull to the right on a 300 ;)
  • kinglabkinglab Posts: 25
    The TSB is real. The typical Chrysler problem however is; First Chrysler denied the problem. Blamed it on road crown, air pressure etc. Now that the public pressure got to them, they admit it. My local 5 star minus the 5 did not have the TSB. I faxed it to him. Of course the bolt kit is on NATIONAL backorder already. Figures. And when this kit comes in, the dealer said they will need all day to install two cam bolts, rock the front cradle a bit and re torque the bolts, and align it. All day! Next time, I am going back to the Lexus dealer for a car. It's the same old Chrysler
  • jlmjlm Posts: 8
    same issue here. have about 1500 miles on my 300, dealership had the car for 8 days, claims to of tried everything. the TSB out there was useless, it did no good. they even had a regional rep come in the area (charlotte, nc) and still no fix. i took the car today because i honestly feel like the dealership exhausted all their options, but i'll give it a few days. ride home was very annoying veered right the entire time, just like when i brought it in, service manager's response was these cars are very sensitive and any flaw in the road will cause a veer. i'll give it a few more days before i take it in again. a brand new 30+k auto should not have an issue like this.
  • texas bobtexas bob Posts: 5
    I have a copy of the TSB; all 300's built before April 25, 2004 have the pull problem. Don't let your dealer blame it on something else. Time allowance in the TSB for completion of the fix is 1.7 hours, they really don't need a full day or longer. Again, it's TSB 02-003-04 dated May 25, 2004
  • arnoldwarnoldw Posts: 28
    NOT all 300s built before apr 25 have pull. TSB states drive the car on a FLAT road. IF the car tracks straight, the vehicle operator is experiencing crown sensitivity. My 300c was built apr 17...steers great. Test drove 2 other 300s before purchase and they were fine also.
  • jlmjlm Posts: 8
    thanks for the info, my questions is then why does the car not pull to the left at times, not every road is crowned on the right side. i have driven on the flatest streets, and the pull is always to the right, i have even gone on the oppposite side of the road , where the the crown of the road is on the left side , and it still pulls right.
  • arnoldwarnoldw Posts: 28
    Sure glad i've got one of the good ones. You'd think it would be a simple alignment to correct the problem. Hope they find a fix for your's and others soon so you can enjoy it like me! I wonder if a lot of these cars are like this?
  • mikec1mikec1 Posts: 7
    My 300C was manufactured on May 5th and has the correct cam alignment bolts, but still pulls right. There are however new alignment specs. I will be taking it in to have it adjusted and post results. It was previously aligned under the pre-cam bolt change specs.
  • 300hemifl300hemifl Posts: 21
    I bought my 300c on April 27th. So far, I've had no problems with pulling. Car has been pretty good (knock on wood). A/C could blow colder air from the get-go, and especially from the back vents. Also, my black exterior is a pain to keep clean (of course), but my light carpets are even more of a bit*h. I may order dark mats. Other than that, very happy.
  • jeepjeep Posts: 86
    Funny, mine was built on May 4th and I don't have any pulling problems. I wonder why some cars do and some don't. Do you have any ideas?
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,202
    The variables in assembling a new car are numerous. Parts, workers, etc, are not 100% consistent. This is especially true for new models. The odds are still in your favor that most will experience few problems but when you're slapping together thousands of vehicles, stuff happens. Those who wanted the first issues of the 300 will serve those who waited a year or two by providing the trouble shooting necessary to minimize the headache potential in these cars.
  • mikec1mikec1 Posts: 7
    Regarding the right pull, I noticed it at about 10 miles on the odometer. I do chalk much of it up to crown sensativity. There are however new alignment specs posted with the TSB that could lessen the pull if your 300C has the correct cam bolts and the production date is close to the changes made after April 25th. I will know sometime next week if the new specs matter.

    Regarding the comment about the shimmy on bumps, I noticed this too, and decided it occurs because the car is rear wheel drive, and most of us have not driven a rear wheel drive vehicle in a long time. The weight differential without the transmission over the front axle may have something to do with it as well. Weight balance is 50/50 over front and rear axles in the 300C providing superior traction when the ESP is engaged.

    I assure you that with the ESP on, this car is as stable as any when cornering on virtually any road condition. It is nearly impossible to lose contact with the pavement in drastic maneuvers. I do not notice shimmy at all now that I am comfortable with the feel and think it is more how the 300C transmits the road to the steering wheel than any kind of problem. I have suggested elsewhere that the 300C needs an adjustable suspension for sport or cruising modes. I could see where this would concern you unless you had a chance to put the car through the paces.
  • jay4traejay4trae Posts: 6
    Check the NHTSA site about our car. Turns out, all of the 300C's built in April have this problem.
  • jay4traejay4trae Posts: 6
    On the National Highway Traffic Safety Association website, it indicates that 260 Chrysler 300's were shipped that have the pulling to the right problem. Right now, there is no fix.
  • jeepjeep Posts: 86
    Where do you see that? It states that 260 vehicles were shipped with incorrect software in the PCM. Doesn't refer to pulling to the right.
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