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Chrysler 300M Maintenance and Repair

I love my car but perhaps, like most 300M owners, I wish it were simply better built. Anyways, I'm looking for some wisdom on 2 little but annoying problems which my dealer - Birmingham Chrysler-Jeep in Troy, MI, seems to not be able to detect for more than a year now.

The problem 1: most of the times when I lightly accelerate and the car starts to move, I hear some kind of popping/knocking sounds coming, as I can tell, either from the steering wheel column or from the dashboard right behind the steering wheel. The dealer told me 3-4 different reasons for that having replaced 3 major parts in the car - as they admitted themselves - in vain. Another couple of times they told me they just didn't detect it.
The problem 2 which started about 5-6 months ago: when I start the car and, later, accelerate, there's that weird slushy sound of running water coming from the front, behind the steering wheel. Dealer said they checked and all was fine.

So, any wisdom on these 2 problems would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    I have a 2002 Special and have never had either of those problems. I wish I could help.
  • javidoggjavidogg Posts: 366
    I have both of those problems, I read in another forum that the running water is the water collected and running down from like rain or a carwash.

    About the clicking noise, I could never figure that out, I just learned to ignore it, raise the radio or something.
  • allerballerb Posts: 3
    I also have / had both problems. I believe the clicking has something to do with the rack and pinion steering. Mine was making the noise and after a while the steering wheel gave way. I would definitely have them verify everyhting is ok with yours. It was not a fun experience.
  • kubota1kubota1 Posts: 1
    I had the clicking in the steering. It was a spring under the steering wheel. Air bag light come on the dash and everything electrical on the wheel went dead. Had to have wheel pulled to repair. Cost $280.00
  • I have a 1999 chrysler 300m with only 81,000 miles and has been a good car. I purchased it at 79,000 miles.

    2 months ago I took it in to the just for a check up and had no problems. I also had an oil change done and new spark plugs.

    Yesterday, I went out as usual and all was fine but when I went to leave my car would not start.

    Finally after pumping the gas it started but cut off while driving it home. Started up and I made it home.

    Today I found two spark plugs just burnt up. I replaced them and it seems to be running fine but when I put it in neutral and rev the engine it wants to cut off.

    Please if anyone can tell me what the problem may be here and why the plugs burnt up I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you.
  • Come on guys can nobody help me here?
  • Update with it happened again. Will not start then it starts and idles funny, When I give it some gas in park it revs up and cuts off.
  • My 04 300m memory seat is acting crazy..It never goes to the right setting when you enter the car..When I push the button it goes to one setting and it goes to a different setting everytime I press the button..Is there a part I can buy to fix this??
  • I am also having this same issue. I picked up the Haynes Repair manual but it doesn't cover the memory seat or the heated seat components.

    When I press memory 1, it turns on the Low heat, Set memory is memory 2, memory 2 is memory 1, low heat turns on high heat. I've checked all the connectors and looked for a corresponding fuse, but can't seem to find anything wrong.

    Does anyone know how to troubleshoot this?
  • jus4jiljus4jil Posts: 1
    I just brought a 01 300m and it sit in my driveway for about 3 weeks before i drove it, it started up fine when i did drive it (no problems) when i got home i turned everything off and didn't drive :mad: it for a week or so. It would start it was dead and it took two times to jump start it and than i paid to get the battery charged and it started up okay i waited a couple of day and drove it again it run great this saturday i drove again monday and today it's dead again. Can someone please help me before i put money that i don't have into it.
  • Please if you figure this out or someone knows do post up. I'm still wondering what the deal was..
  • I've seen a few posts here and there about this but if possible I would love for someone to post more details and to generally be more specific. Where exactly is the factory amp in a '99 300m? I've heard the trunk, passenger side above the wheel well is this correct? Will I need a harness from crutchfield no matter what or is there another way? After getting the harness what exactly do i need to do to hook everything up? Thanks so much for your time!
  • Had a 03 300m, now have a lower mileage 2002. 2002 has growling noise in midrange3,5-4,.500 RPM under acceleration, did not have noise in 2003, is this typical. Was a change made between 2002 and 2003. Recent Check Engine Light came on, had vacuum canister replaced, dealer also noted that code for fault in short runner valve (SRV) also showed up. Picked car up, Engine Light off. Car ran fine for a couple of hundred miles. A week later car stalled, crankshaft sensor failed, mechanic found loose connection with harness near air condition compressor fixed it. Not sure if I have problem with SRV or not, do not know if it is tied in with noise in mid range. Looking for input/thoughts
  • Sorry for replying to this a year later. Haha. But i just found this sight. If your lookin for the preamp. Look in the trunk, right side, and pull down the carpeting. It should be strapped to the car. I have a 2000 300M but it might be the same for the 99. Hope this helps if you still need to know a year later. :)
  • power seat on a 99 chrysler memory seat set up ???
  • frankimfrankim Posts: 2
    is the center dash speaker wire on the amplifier in the trunk? what color is the wire? :confuse:
  • otraotra Posts: 2
    did you have the timing belt replaced? also the cam position ensor and the crank position sensors may be out.

    check out 300m enthusiats club online for more info
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