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Chrysler Sebring Problems and Solutions



  • To vish1, I have had the same crunching noise in my 2002 LX since day-1. After repeated trips to the dealership they finally replaced the steering rack assembly. The noise was gone for (1) day but has returned again louder than before. I also experience a wind whistle noise at speeds above 45MPH ONLY when the A/C is in the recirc. mode. The dealer resealed the windshield but that did not solve this wind whistle noise.
  • I've had my car since it was brand new and the main problem that i've had is that the front end scrapes on everything that is several inches high off the ground. I've literally gotten stuck on several cement parking blocks and am constantly scraping the bottom front if i don't pull out of driveways at an angle. I've actually already had to replace the whole front bumber (or whatever it's actually called) one time because it was literally dragging on the freeway at one point. It just seems like they angled the car (on a tilt) way too much and it is just too low in the front. Have others experienced these same problems and frustrations? Has anyone actually changed the height of the front or is it even possible? I would really appreciate anyone's input on this!
  • Any other 2003 Chrysler Sebring Coupe owners encounter Sunroof problems? I have had mine into the dealer four times already and am considering pursuing the lemon law in an attempt to get some action. When engaging in the slide motion it shakes and shudders as if it may come off the tracks. The dealership appears to be in a fog on the whole situation. Replacing every sunroof component has still not fixed the problem.

    Overall I am appalled at the service received and the quality of product Chrysler is peddling. In addition to the sunroof problems I have had air conditioning issues, a stumbling transmission, an inordinate amount of front bumper paint chips, and problems with the trunk mechanism. All have occurred within 7k miles! I shudder to consider my future mechanical headaches with this vehicle.
  • I have a 98 Sebring Convertible JXi. For the past 3 weeks it randomly won't start. With the key in 1st position, the odometer & engine lights work correctly. With the Key in 2nd or "run/on" position, all instrument panel lights and accesory lights including radio, come on perfectly. As soon as you turn the key all the way to start, you hear a subtle "click" as Fuse #8-20amps, under the hood is blown. That fuse is for the starter, ignition and fuel pump. I can replace the fuse and it may or may not start. Very randomly. I've had it towed to 3 different shops now, including the dealer and no one can find the problem...because "it fixes itself". I tried pulling out the fuel pump relay and the car still started (obviously running rough) so I am assuming it has nothing to do with that. But, it could have been during one of the "good" tries. Does anyone have any ideas?
  • goggagogga Posts: 6
    In response to several (I counted 10) messages on this board re the crunching/squeaking noise in the steering, especially at cold temps and when braking. I found this tech service bulletin, haven't tried it yet but I will very soon. Cannot stand the noise any longer and the deaf Chrysler techs are no help.

    TSB number 19-03-98

    GROUP: Steering
    DATE: Mar.6, 1998
    Cold Start Power Steering Noise

    1995-1998(JA) Breeze/Cirrus/Stratus
    1996-1998(JX) Sebring Convertable
    1998-1999(LH) Concorde/Intrepid/LHS/300M
    1995-1998(PL) Neon

    Power steering system noise following cold starts in low ambient temperatures.

    The noise typically occurs in -12C (10F) or below ambient temperature and lasts less than one minute in duration. The noise occurs with and without steering wheel input and increases in duration and intensity as the ambient temperature decreases below -12C (10F).

    The power steering noise may remain present until the fluid begins to warm which occurs as the fluid cycles through the system with the engine running. The lower the temperature, the longer it will take for the fluid to warm.

    If the power steering system demonstrates this symptom/condition and operates normally when warm. perform the Repair Procedure.

    3 qts. of p/s fluid #05010304AA

    This bulletin involves replacing the original p/s fluid (MS-5931) with new p/s fluid (MS9933) which has improved cold temp. properties.
  • We have a 2001 LXi convertible that we bought after moving here to Colorado and the great weather for convertibles! Great car and we love the warm evening drives in it!

    One of the first problems was leaking from the seams around the windows and top. We took it to the local Dealer and after a few "heated" sessions, they fixed the rubber seals and it is a lot better. I understand that if you take a hose and aim it under the top you are going to get water in the car. Typical for convertibles and we accept that. Just gotta watch where you point the hose when washing the car!

    As for top maintenance, do not use the Wax additives for washing the top. We use just water, a nylon brush and maybe just some kitchen liquid if it is really dirty. The rest of the car we use water and a Wax supplement. Works great!

    As for the front end, yes, it hangs low and we have "ripped" off a portion of the plastic. The dealer has replacements for this and some day I will get them and screw them in. The ripped parts I just cut off and threw away to make the car still look good in the front. They aught to make some better "skid plates" up front for situations like these. The plastic ones are cheap and do not hold up on those high cement bumpers.

    Our car is great and we love the convertible aspect as I said before. Now we need a car to tow a boat and are looking at other options. If we trade this in, it will be a "memory" for us and we will miss it.

  • I can't find in the manual.
  • ctrcssctrcss Posts: 9
    Don't know where in the manual it is but there should be two small recessed buttons labeled H and M on the radio face. Take a small semi-pointed object (like a ball point pen) an press these buttons to set the hour and minute.

  • Those are rain water. But the rear seats are dry.
  • goggagogga Posts: 6
    Refer my previous post #90.
    Tried it and it worked !! Less than $50 parts and labor to get rid of something that's been bugging me for 2 years..

    BTW the TSB is wrong, it only takes one quart of fluid, and the latest part number from Chrysler is 5013457-AA.

    Also, this problem occurs at far higher ambient temps than mentioned in the TSB.

  • My finger can touch the floor through the hole on carpet. The same thing under front passenger seat.
    Is it normal?
  • curt31curt31 Posts: 1
    Hello just bought a 2000 Sebring LXI with the works, leather seats roof the works!! I LOVE THIS CAR! really runs great so far, checked it out on Car Fax and everything came back ok and I got it for a really really good price to boot! The only problem I'm having is my right leg hits the bottom of the steering wheel while braking I'm only 6' with a inseam of only 30 inches so I can't understand how the engineers could of goofed like this. Let so of my friends drive and all except the one that's 5'7" has problems. Can't understand how I missed this when I was checking the car out guess I was so excited that I wasn't paying attention. Went to the Chrysler dealer and seat in a new 2004 and found that they corrected this buy allowing the wheel to tilt upward more. I only need about a inch more leg room I estimate to resolve this problem wondering if the seat could be moved back a little? or anything else within reason that anyone could suggest would be helpful. Thanks for your time and assistance.

    Tom j.
  • dpotts1 I have a 2000 sebring, a I am having the same problem you are. There are days when "she" will start fine and then there are days when I'm afraid to turn "her" off for fear of her not starting back up. If you have any information about this problem please let me know. Thank you.
  • Hi, Curt31:

    Could you please tell?
  • Hi everyone I have a similar issue to the person in item#9,after my 2.5 6cyl is warmed up completely after a highway ride then down a 3mile stretch with a bunch of lights,my idle will drop to around 500 and then my oil light comes on. Shifting from drive to neutral for a second makes it go away. Also turning the AC on takes care of it. I have had the pressure switch changed and the pressure checked with a manual gauge and the 5star dealer said it was fine. I still have the light issue and I would love to resolve it. Any suggestions?
  • adp3adp3 Posts: 446
    my power steering makes noise all the time. Finally go the service guy (AT the dealer) to hear it, and he said, that's just the power steering pump - that's how it is supposed to sound. This sucker is loud. A rubbing noise anytime you apply the breaks or turn the wheel. He says he has taken out the pump and replaced it, but the noise is there 90% of the time.

    What do you think?

    2000 Sebring Convertible.
  • Problem started ~80k miles. My problem is actually with a Cirrus, but the problem is identical to post #75: The "problem is that the odometer and tachometer work intermittently. The mileage accumulates, but we can't read it because the odometer is not illuminated."

    I noticed that sometimes the headlights being turned on/off can "trigger" it back on. Help?
  • goggagogga Posts: 6
    Hi adp3,
    If the noise is worse right after a cold start, then this is exactly what mine sounded like. See my previous posts #90 and #96, its been several weeks now and the noise is gone !!

  • Just like posting #75 and #103, my 97 JX is having the same problem of the odometer and tachometer going offline intermittently. Everything else works on the dash. Mileage still accumulates so I don't think it is anything mechanical like the cable. Has anyone been able to get this resolved or have any information as to why it is happening? I'm used to it now but it is sooooo annoying especially since I change the oil every 4-5k miles and need the odometer to tell me when I need to change the oil. I'm also used to the Service Engine Light coming on intermittenly as well but I've had Chrysler check out the electrical system only to tell me they've found nothing wrong, reset it and charge me $70. I've done that 3 times and given them $210 to let me know my car is fine.

    As always, thank you all for being a helpful community of owners.

    --1997 Sebring JX with 160,245 miles last time odometer was on (yesterday). Still running strong !!!!! THE MOST reliable car I've ever had the pleasure of owning !!!!!!
  • batesnowbatesnow Posts: 2
    I have had this problem with my car (2000 Limited)every winter mainly. Someone posted that the power steering fluid was probably low. I finally took this guys advice and it worked! Within 5 minutes the sound was gone and haven't heard it since. I can't believe that was all it took. I put in Havoline Stop Leak PS fluid. It only took about 4-5 ounces to top it off hot.
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