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Dodge Magnum Maintenance & Repair

PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
Having a problem with your Magnum? This is the place for owners to pool their knowledge and help you sort things out!

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  • Hi I've had my SXT for 2 1/2 wks & love it. BUT when I turn the wheel all the way, like when parking in a tight space, the engine dies! I took it to the dealer/service dept, and they said that Chrysler knows about this problem with the 3.5 ltrs, and that it's a fault in the programming/steering/idling...? ....And that they should be able to "re-program" it when they get the OK/instructions. I'm concerned because I think you only have 30 days to return it if necessary, and am not familiar with the "lemon law". I hope someone else has heard the same story from Dodge. I'm worried they're b.s.-ing me!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Unless it is specifically written in your sales contract, cars can not be returned - there is no recission available as with other products.

     

    As for lemon law, that only applies after the dealer has had an opportunity to attempt at least three repairs. Your dealership has informed you that it is a known issue and are awaiting the proper repair info from DC, thus they have not actually attempted the first repair yet. If you really feel unsafe in the vehicle, your only recourse is to trade it, but that will cost you major money with the initial depreciation hit.

     

    I'd suggest having your service department keep you informed as to when the reprogramming is available and to come in as soon as possible to have the computer adjusted.

     

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  • Your response was much appreciated.

    (I looked into the recalls & there is only one for gauge calibration.)

    Thanks a lot.

    M
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    You're very welcome :)

     

    It is frustrating to have an issue like this in a new car, but since the Magnum is an all-new design, these gremlins do crop up when real-world experiences create situations that don't show up during testing.

     

    (Or I'm just reeeeeeeally patient LOL)

     

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  • paul23paul23 Posts: 2
    I have a new Magnum (70 miles on it). While driving 20 mph under idle power, my car rapidly accelerated. I stepped on the brake and came to a stop, but the engine reved to 3000 rpm. I slowly eased off the brake but the car would have taken off. I re-applied the brake and came to a stop, but the car still wnated to take off as the engine was at 300 rpm. What do you do in this situation. Since I was at a stop, I shifted to neutral, the engine almost red-lined, I quickly shifted into park and turned off the engine. I checked that the floor mat was not up against the accelerator. It was not. I re-started and drove 30 miles home with no problem. I hope this doesn't happen again.

    FYI: I am 40 yrs old- male , I drove 2 Corvette for 15 yeers and no way I was pressing on the accelerator. My foot was on the brake only as the engine continued toaccelerate. I slways thought most uncontrolled rapid accelarations were people getting the brake and accelerator pedals mixed up. Now I am not sure.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    In addition to talking to Magnum owners here, you might want to post your question in the Got a Quick, Technical Question? topic over on the Maintenance & Repair board.

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  • Well the dealer says its rings and instead of a swap on cars or a new engine (because they say they don't have any) they are going to rebuild mine. only 1,800 miles on car and they are going to rebuild the engine! Chrysler is the power behind it.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Every manufacturer in the world builds a few engines that go sour in the first few thousand miles. It sounds like you are being taken care of, and that's all one can hope for. The only thing I might add is that I'm thinking that you might want to hold out for a new mill instead of having your current one rebuilt. I say that because if the rings have indeed gone south, they might have scored the cylinder walls enough to require an overbore of say .010", and I seriously doubt that oversize pistons and rings are already available on the market.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • The dealer said today they are getting a new short block and put my old heads on it. I wonder if they will check and resurface if needed? We'll see. Chrysler has said NO to a new car trade. i know how much of a job this is and I pray the mechanic can doa detailed job.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Okay, a short block is good, in fact, it's very good. Regarding resurfacing the heads, that shouldn't be necessary. Unless I missed it somewhere, I think that the heads are iron castings, not some kind of aluminum alloy, and as such they should be just fine.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • Got the car back with rebuilt engine all on a newshort block. Still smokes. So far car has been in the dealer 26 week days out of 60 total. Has anyone done that test for me??? The one where you start it cold, idle 30 seconds, turn off, re start in 30 minutes...see any smoke? :confuse: :surprise: :sick:
  • kowalskikowalski Posts: 94
    I just tried it tonight with car cold and then warmed up nothing at all at the exhaust tips.My car has 1500 miles on it now hope this helps to some degree.
    Nothing at all no smoke I cant tell its running .
    I do hope you get that fixed I bet its in the upper part of the motor sound like valve seals to me .
    Have you done a oil consumption test to any degree?

    Ive seen exactly what you speak of on a car I had with bad valve seals......
    Ask them to check this out I bet it wasnt in the short block I suspect tham to look in the heads....
  • kowalskikowalski Posts: 94
    I just tried it tonight for you ,I got nothing at all I cant tell its event running.
    I think it sounds like something Ive seen in a car I had a few years ago .
    Valve seals are letting oil thru at startup,possibly under load also.
    Has the dealer done a consumption test ???
    Man it sounds like poorly seated valve guide seals ,have them tear the heads down ,it wasnt the short block ....Sounds like head issues sticking valve etc....
    Serious Ive seen this before ..
    Hope they find it let me know.
  • When yo started it cold, did you only let it idle 30 seconds, then turn it off? Then re start it 30 minutes later? Then look quickly at the exhaust pipe? Warm, mine never smokes. Only when cold and the exact procedure followed. The dealer took my engine apart at 1800 miles to fix it, said it was rings, put in a short block. Got it back and it still smokes. And other troubles with the putting back together wrong. So we shall see. Its been in the shop 26 days out of 60.
  • Havn't done any consumption tests. Because smoking is out of line in itself. I'm going for the lemon law soon. I go this one at Sundance Dodge in Idaho. They won't do a thing for me. Said its not their problem. So I hav eto rely on my local dealer Thomas Sales & service who also won't help out in any special way. Only what Chrysler says, and that is not much. I can't believe Chrysler won't step up and take car of this with a new car! They are insistant at putting me thru the ringer to get to that point. Maybe I'll get a 2006 by then. As long as its an even trade! With hitch and all.
  • kowalskikowalski Posts: 94
    Yep I followed it to the key no smoke nothing not event vapor.
  • kowalskikowalski Posts: 94
    keep us informed.Typical big business and no customer service.
  • kowalskikowalski Posts: 94
    Lawyer up as cheap as possible if needed..It will really make things happen.
  • kowalskikowalski Posts: 94
    Check out this address this radio station is a talk format and has free legal advise on thier site somewhere. WLS AM Chicago . It might help .
  • Got the car back on 5/9. On 5/10 I started it and it smoked. Started it 30 minutes later, and it smoked. I video taped it this time. I also found that the dealer, TS & S wanted me to drive it for awhile. So I smelled the dipstick oil. Chemical smell! It appears they put in the seal sweller chemical. So I had it immeadiatly changed. Saved a sample. Pew it stinks. I also have a sample of the oil from just before they rebuilt the engine at 2000 miles. It smells like regular oil. Both oils are from their shop. Fraud???Now the good part. The dealer called me today to say they are through with my car, never want to see it again, take it away or be charged a $50/day storage fee. They refuse to work on it further. And Chrysler is not stepping up to take care of it. It has been in the shop 4 times for several issues, and 3 for others, all in 2 months time, a total of 27 week days so far in the shop. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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