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Dodge Caliber Suspension Problems

PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
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  • I live in the UK..and I am driving my second caliber..the first one had steering issues, engine cut outs..and a host of other problems..in the end I gave my car back to the finance company..two years on, I am able to get another this time the caliber is the same model 2L CVT..SXT trim...very nice and noticed some of the features have been removed auto dimming on the rear view mirror, tyre pressure system and engine cover?? anyway I now have a 2008(58 reg) model...the car had 6500 on the clock and drove like a dream..well it still does.but.basically now at slow speeds..minor potholes...etc I am hearing a "hollow, popping" like noise coming from the suspension?? as I drive over these areas of the road..my other Caliber had this also but I had that one from NEW and it started straight away..took it to the Dealers and they heard the noises and applied a "fixing kit" and problem solved..to be honest I had forgotten all about this and my car has just started showing the same symptons it has 13,500 on the clock now....I have it booked in on Thursday(12 nov) to take it for a test with the mechanic..I am hoping they will "hear" the noise as all the staff are the same people from the previous dealership...a bit long winded but just wondering if anyone..anywhere has the same problem and what might be causing this?? :(
  • I am driving an SE 2008, CVT caliber purchased from Dodge Sales Agency (Zero mileage), I live in Jordan (middle east) and has travelled 16,000km so far, and currently encountering the same noise problem coming from the suspension! took it to the Dodge service partner, they tried to adjust the back trunk to ensure there is no lose within, but the noise is still there. had checked the shock absorbers, and the rubbers all looked in good condition. I would appreciate to know if yours has been successfully fixed and what did the repair center apply to resolve this issue?
  • New in Jan 2007 Caliber, 10,900 miles....less than two months out of warranty, I fail NYS inspection because of bad tie rods, The Chrysler/dealer gave a "goodwill repair", only cost me $108.00 of the $325.00 estimate b4 hand.

    My Problem is, the dealer didn't see any problem with that???????????????.....under 11k, and the tie rods are shot....hmmm?

    This car is babied!....no reason for failure!

    Anyway, yea...."BOTH outers" were loose....like something you'd see on a 100k car.
  • hellionxhellionx Posts: 1
    No doubt I like my Caliber alot...but I have all the same issues I have read in this forum. At 27k my front suspension blew, 1000 dollars to fix because my tie rods were also shot. Now I have a loud clunking noise when the car goes off camber like turning into a steep driveway. Anyone know what the bad clunking would be? My tie rods and struts were replaced and the noise is still evident. :mad:
  • May want to have a shop put it up in the air and check floor pan bolts.... one of which may have backed out a bit and is contacting your exhaust system. That was what happened to mine.
  • Have you tried the control arms my list of things to do include shocks control arms brakes all around I have done the tie rod ends and it goes on only have a 130,000 km on her and she seem's to need more every day
  • my 2007 dodge caliber has bad rear shocks. i like to replace my own parts on my car. when i get to the top part of the shock i can not get to it. is there anyway i can get to it without destroying my car?
  • hawk34hawk34 Posts: 1
    There are knockouts on the outer sides of the unibody under the rear fender top ot the tire area. Im sure that you figured it out by now
  • valjo70valjo70 Posts: 1
    I TOO HAVE SHARED THESE SAME PROBLEMS WITH MY 2007 DODGE CALIBER; BUMPING, CREEKING, POPPING NOISES IN THE FRONT END. AFTER A LENGTHY SEARCH, A SMALL SHOP MECHANIC DROVE IT AND SAID 'THE SWAY BAR LINKS ARE BAD ON BOTH SIDES'. JUST FYI- SOMETHING TO HAVE CHECKED:)
  • msims734msims734 Posts: 2
    I bought my '11 caliber new last August. About 3 months later (3000 miles), it started to make a loud creaking noise from the front left when going over bumps. I took it back to the dealership 6 times and they replaced a whole list of things, finally telling me that it is a normal noise. But I don think it is. If anyone has had similar a experience with their car. Or know what it could be PLEASE let me know.(also it has 13000 miles now and makes the noise randomly.)
  • ajr006ajr006 Posts: 2
    I bought a used 2007 caliber..about 70k. But I've had similar issues. Within the first 3 weeks I heard noises coming from the front driver side and rear passenger. It failed inspection. Needed to replace front ball joint and rear struts. Got the car back...A week later I'm hearing loud creaking popping grinding sounds from the front. When I go over even minor bumps its like the whole car is being pounded from the bottom by sledge hammers. Brought it to a private mechanic. He said both rear lower arm bushings and both front hub units need replacing. The rear issue is supposedly for suspension. As for the front MAJOR safety issue. My tires could lock and the car could flip...going to the dealership for the 6th time to complain tomorrow. PS the sounds in the front happen when I back out of my hill driveway, going from a stopped position and turning.
  • Hello, the noise you are hearing believe it or not is because the emergancy brake cable is a bit to short and is rubbing on the rubber gromet through the frame. No big problem just an anoying sound.
  • My 2007 Caliber is scuffing tires :( off like crazy. Anyone else have this problem. New rear control arms are $450 each and i dont know if that is the fix or not.
  • Had similar noise it was the control arm bushings.
  • Well, i bought my 07 2 yrs ago and omg i have changed the shocks and struts after 6 months and now then need changed again.. I found out that caliber are prone to needing them done after i had them changed the first time.. wish i never bought this car..:( :P
  • I also bought a 2011 Caliber mainstreet.My tires started cupping at around 8000 mi.I took it in they advised me to rotate more often.Of course I did. then all four tires were cupped.So, what was cupping the front end problem or a back end problem.I was told the back schocks were bad by a tire dealer.The another tire dealer told me it was just poor quality of the car. Dodge told me they couldn't find anything.Meanwhile the road noise was driving me mad.I replaced the tires muself and had an alignment.The car ran quite no road noise but, when I hit the smallest of bumps.It sounded like bare metal parts hitting together.I took it back to dodge and told them to get to the problem and tell me the truth.They changed out the left and right lower arm controls and the noise stopped.By the time I went through all this I had 22000 mi. on the car.I decided I would not go through this again so, I traded it in on a 2013 Hundai Sonata.Now I enjoy a nice quiet ride.
    good luck with yours.
  • I have a 2012 Caliber and I have the same problems and noises. I have 21000 miles on it and the noises didnt start until 18000. I have taken it numerous times and have had all kinds of parts replaced and the noise is still there and It Is Not Normal!
  • Do what I just did and traded it in.. I've seen so many posts about a ton of different problems that will continue until u do get rid of it.. :lemon:
  • steveatssteveats Posts: 1
    Wow..I have been going through this exact same thing. Just bought new tires due to "cupping;" but, noise is already back and it hasn't even been a month yet.
  • I have the same problem. I took mine in at 18,000 miles complaining of excessive road noise and creaky suspension. The dealership replaced the rear struts and lower control arms. Noise never went away. Took the car in again at 29,000 miles complaining of the same issues, dealer replaced trailing arms; noise still never went away. Now at 55,000 miles, my rear tires are scalloped (i.e. there is no tread on the insides) indicating a rear end out of alignment; need to replace the struts again because they are leaking... So this will be my third pair of rear struts in ONLY 55,000 miles which is absolutely unacceptable!! I will also need another set of rear lower control arms, and front upper and lower control arms! And on top of that new rear tires, but that isn't as big of a deal. :sick: My advice don't buy this car and hopefully Chrysler customer service and I can work out some kind of deal.
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