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Dodge Caliber Engine Problems



  • I have a new caliber R/T,about a 1000 miles on it now---I have noticed that after driving around town for about a 1/2 hour that the engine temp could be warmer. The gage doesn't even read half way. I took a small trip and the gage went to half way as in other cars I have had in the past. It has been around 15 degrees here and I know its cold, but the car should still warm up in an 1/2 hour . Just wondering if anybody else is experiencing something similiar or if there is a problem. It acts like maybe the thermostat is stuck open. The dealer said I should let it idle for about 15 min before driving... Thanks trans12
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    Welcome to Caliber ownership,your comments regarding
    temp guage have been a common thread amongst many
    I have had my SXT 2.0L/CVT since August 06 and have never
    seen the temp indicate over half way,in the summer on
    hot days it would sit at 1/2 of the mark just below
    middle of guage markings,now with outside temps
    in the high teens it takes a while to get to that
    Having said that I have found my Caliber is one of
    the fastest warming DCX cars I have owned and that's
    been quite a few,but it does seem that below 20F the
    guage seems to take a while to reach mid range.
    If you warm up for 15 minutes that's a lot of gas,
    4-5 minutes then drive it seems to work for me,I
    don't know where you are located geographically
    but Canadian Calibers come with block heaters
    and if you have one that maybe the answer.
    By the way to see if you have a block heater check
    between the fuse block(drivers side under hood)
    and the strut tower for an AC cord.
  • I have a SXT with 13000 miles on it now - Live in New England and have the same issues with warm up., The temp gage never went to the mid range always stayed about two clicks below even during the summer months.
    Orig the dealer stated this was a normal condition and could not find a problem. Next cold morning I drove directly to the dealer and had the service manager drive the car and he finally agreed with me.

    TO date the dealer has replace both the primary and secondary thermostats and re-entered the codes. The problem still has not been corrected. The car is scheduled to go back to the dealer on Monday the 12th..

    I have also contact Dodge and placed a formal complaint concerning this issue.
    IF anyone has had this problem corrected please let me know what they did to repair the situation. I will let you all know the outcome of my next service visit.

    Its the only way to get some action to correct this
  • Wow, I finally found others with the same issue. It has been cold here in wisconsin, but I originally took it in when it was 40 degrees, twice. They said the temp range was normal. Now this week I stopped in a store lot, after running for 15 minutes, and had the temp gauge go down, not warmer. I also would like to here from others. I also will be contacting Dodge.
  • snojeepsnojeep Posts: 2
    I bought my Caliber in June 2006 and so far so good, no problems, yet. A week or so ago I noticed a tone sound and then a rapid tick-tick-tick sound from the passenger side of the engine after I turn off the car. Also, it has been a bit cold out here last month, and the car sounded a little loud in the engine. When I brought it to the dealer, the first thing they suggested was to change the oil. I found out to my surprise that my local mechanic did not read the oil cap during the last oil change in January and placed 10W-30 instead of 5W-20 in the engine. Yikes! The local dealer replaced the 10W-30 with the proper 5W-20 and the engine has quieted down (it is also 20 degrees warmer here now)but the strange tone and tick-tick-tick sounds is still happening. Did I just trash my engine?
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    If you do a search here you will find the "Caliber Ping" to be quite common. Dodge will range on whether or not it's a problem with a solution. Some dealers will take it seriously some will not. I personally have not hear the ping myself but I know LOTS of Caliber owners who do complain about it.
  • lexan1965lexan1965 Posts: 118
    I've had that "3 tick" sound (after I turn the engine off) since I've had my Caliber. Going on 31K miles now it's still there, it does not affect the cars performance and I don't hear it until I turn the engine off. So...I'm not worried about it unless it gets louder or causes some issues for me.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,234
    be cool if the manufacturer, in this case Dodge, would release some information to their dealer's service bays that would suggest what might be causing the "3 tick" sound.

    IIRC the Dodge Caliber is installed with the new "world" engine that was developed with Mitsubishi and Hyundai and DCX. The various manufacturers will tweak their world engine as they see fit but all 3 carmakers may even find some commonality here with this problem. Has anyone actually heard a satisfying suggestion from their dealer as to what this sound might be? Maybe it's OK and nothing is being damaged or nothing is wrong at all.

    I have a feeling that nothing is wrong at all with your Caliber motors.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • I can completely relate to the engine stalling in neutral, and also my tacometer will go up and down when in neutral as well for no reason?? But my biggest problem is the door locks. I have manual locks, so I lock the door and shut the door and very often the door will not catch and will just pop back open. Of course I am just a crazy woman because the Gods of Service at our dealership say they can't see a problem and I am the only one that has this problem. Am I crazy or are there others here with the same problem? :mad:
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    Sorry I have automatic locks, but I know it's annoying when you have a problem that can't be duplicated every time. It's almost as if you need to carry a video camera with you when you lock your door to "catch" it in the act.
  • lexan1965lexan1965 Posts: 118
    I've read about other Caliber owners having issues with the door latches. Some of them have had them replaced by their dealer to fix the issue, good luck!
  • finally another Caliber driver with stalling issues, I was told by dealer after they put a new tramsmission in that I was nuts there is nothing wrong, I drove 12 hours from Fl. to SC and stalled on highway, brought car to sc dodge dealer, I paid for a rental car cause they wanted to test drive car all day, picked up car next am was told they drove it ofr several hours and found nothing that I was crazry, the drop off miles were on invoice and the mileage out 7 miles is all they test drove it for, 2 hrs. later I stalled called them and reported it to damion chrs. next day i was at a stop sign, whenI went to go I stalled and was rear ended by a huge gas truck, called dealer and corp. and a lawyer, the car has not been towed and I had to rent a car to come back to fl.I am happy to see I am not crazy and was alomst killed. I am taking action on 2 dealers and corporate. Brand new cars do not need tramissions at 3ooo miles and should not stall out my lawyer says it is a lemon keep in touch I may have lawyer call you for poof it is not only me I will keep you posted
  • No you are not nuts. It's just the car and people who don't want to deal with it. When your car stalls, does it turn over quickly to get it going again, or does it take a bit more time?? I dropped my Caliber off on the service guy told him about my locks and stalls. And he says I have been the only person at that dealership who is complaining about these problems. I told him to go online at any site discussing the Caliber and he would find that these two complaints are major problems across the country and nationwide. Rented a car and billed it to them. Don't pay for your rental, make sure they do!!!!! Our service found a very DANGEROUSLY LEAKING FUEL LINE that could have caught my car on fire. Get them to check for this.
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    My Caliber will stall often when sitting in neutral, no reason I can see for it. It's probably done it about 20 times in the last 6 months. One day it stalled 5 times sitting in the Taco Bell drive through.

    Of course this would be something impossible to duplicate on demand!
  • Seriously get your dealer to take a look at your car. Just the thought that my car could have started on fire from the leaking fuel line was scarey. It was so dangerous that they wouldn't let me leave the lot with my car.
  • I'm stationed in Germany and I have the 1.8 Liter 5 speed. I had the same stall problem that everyone seems to have the garage here wasn't able to duplicate it but they did down load the latest computer flash for the caliber. This Flash is the one that the 1.8 5 speed Calibers that are being built now come with. All they did was hook up my car to the diagnostic machine and down load and reflash everything with the latest and greatest. Apparently this is standard procedure overhere in Germany. My car was fixed in 1 hour. It hasn't stalled since they flashed it a month ago. The RPMs are more stable and I can feel a little more power and my gas mileage hasn't changed. Just have your service center give you the most current flash, it will fix the stall problem. I don't have the flash number with me but if you need it just let me know. :shades:
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    Thanks for the tip. I'll be sure to mention this at my next service.
  • After reading some of the past forum discussions it looks like most people got the TSB 18-033-06 flash update (the recall that came out last year), I also had that done. This time the mechanics reflashed my PCM with TSB 18-020-06 and my car is fine now. So i'd recommend both of those TSB's to anyone with the stalling issue.
  • vocsvocs Posts: 7
    I have an automatic RT/AWD. I got it in Nov. We put in mid grade gas. In the past 6 weeks or so on occassion when you first put the car in drive and it starts to go it sputters, like its not getting fuel, and then almost stalls. Nothing happens when you step on the gas, its almost like it goes dead and then it just starts going.

    Anyone having issues similar in the automatics so I can share with the dealer?

  • After my new trans.,numerous complaints to dealers,someone smashing my rear 'due to car sputtering at stop sign and not moving,I called MI. Chry-Dam. corp. they Sent a'SPECIALIST" TO Naples,Fl. to drive my car--once again it is only crazy me, I showed all of the complaints from this carspace--well he said this and edmunds is all lies and not to read or listen to them,there is nothing wrong with any dodge caliber it is all in my head. WHAT A JERK THIS GUY WAS..NOW I have moved on the BBB for state of FL. Oh, damage from accident was est. by my insurance at $5,000.00-But-we're all crazy---I just want a good car,with no problems or repairs. GOOD LUCK TO ALL-keep me posted
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    Don't you know everything you read online is false and suspicious!? :mad: I have heard that many times before. We have no reason to come here and make fake complaints about our vehicles. I know you're not crazy, my car does the SAME thing. As I said earlier, it stalled while in Neutral at least 5 times while sitting at Taco Bell! :sick:
  • lillmcgeelillmcgee Posts: 1
    So i bought my caliber in feb and the engine light just popped up today and i cant figure out what is wrong with it has this happened to any of you? I checked all the fluids and i cant find anything wrong with it...
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    Make sure the gas cap is on tightly,at least
    2 or 3 clicks and watch when you start your Caliber
    depressing any of the lock/unlock buttons on the key
    as you turn the key does wierd things with engine light
  • hez1972hez1972 Posts: 1
    Not sure if you are still checking back on this issue, but the samething just happened to me again tonight, only car would not start at all. I could not get it going and had to have it towed to the dealership. It looks to me like it is something with the computer or electrical system, after 2 hours of trying to get the car started, the dashboard was like a fireworks display with all the different lights going on and off. I will let you know what the dealership says to me when they call with the bottom line. :sick:
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    In looking at several different Caliber forums
    there have been similar occurences reported,not
    many but a few.
    The reported causes in the few I have read have
    always come back to either a poor connection at
    a battery post or a fuse in the power distribution
    module left side under the hood regarding a poorly
    seated fuse.
    Might be something to look at.
    One instance of a fuel pump having to be replaced
    due to erratic behavior.
  • I also have a caliber that i have had since july 06. The past 8 months with that car has been hell. I have had it at the dealership numerous times for stallling, sputtering, no get up and go and bad gas mileage. Finally they told me, and fixed, it was the cam shaft position and supposedly they fixed it. The car has been getting bad again. I dont get to go when I step on the gas and then it will jerk foward. I am so afraid that i am going to get hit or injured in that car. I will never ever ever buy another Dodge ANYTHING!!! also my flash light has never worked and I have had it replaced. any one else with flash light problems?
  • fbornfborn Posts: 1
    I have the same problem, Just started this morning.My wife informed me when she was going to work.tried to recalibrate the gas cap which if not properly installed will cause the light to come on.then you could try to turn the ignition in the on position without cranking the engine, the light is suppose to blink after 15 secs and than stay on until the engine is started. But this also failed.So i'll have to have it serviced :(
  • Ok, it's a no brainer that a car that stalls is a deathtrap waiting to happen. I purchased this car in December of '06. On Oct. 22nd '07 I experienced my second incidence of it stalling for no rhyme or reason. At this time I am scared Sh@t less to drive it. By the way, it has less than 4,000 miles on it. Each time this has occured it has been while I was making a left hand turn. Out of the blue the car simply goes dead. Your pressing the gas pedal and nothing is happenning. Now your in a fight to get the car out of the road b-4 someone rear ends you from behind. This is difficult to do with NO power steering, No running engine, and most crucial other vehicles on the road right behind you expecting you to still be moving forward to.

    By the way, as soon as you get to a position of safety you are able to restart the engine right back up and you can proceed on your way. By this time I am wishing I was a drinker and could take the tension off or at the very least could get access to a shower to tend to my soiled clothing!!

    It's as if the car had not missed a beat. Threre are no strange lights on the dashboard before or after the incident. Worst of all, it happens so sporactically I have not been able to have it demonstrate itself at the Dealership. However, as you can tell I will be paying the Dealership another visit expeditiously. If anyone has any info that could help me in communicating this issue to the tech at dealership I would be greatly appreciative.

    Thanx, feeling like I have a :lemon:
  • bigtsrbigtsr Posts: 149
    I have seen several reports of stalling when turning
    however no poster has ever come back to say if it
    was fixed or what fixed it.
    I think personally it has to do with the clockspring
    mechanism in the steering wheel as it seems that all
    the posts I have read say hard turns to the left.
    The clockspring is not what its name implies but
    a cable assy that allows the different electrical
    assys in/or mounted on the steering system to keep
    continuous connection while the steering wheel
    goes from lock to lock.
    Possibly has an effect on the ignition also,
    I had one replaced on my 98 Caravan because it was
    installed improperly and when turning right it would
    turn off the cruise control and Chrysler did a recall
    for the problem.
    Just my .02!
  • My car was stalling, and when I took it in the 3rd time, apparently I wasn't sooo crazy after all. They wouldn't even let me drive it off the lot and held the car for 10 days for parts to come in. Gas was leaking out and that would explain for the smoke THAT I HAD TOLD THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!! VERY VERY DANGEROUS! I could have went up in flames!
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