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Engine Cooling System Problems of Chrysler Sebring

Chrysler Sebring owners have reported 31 problems related to engine cooling system (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chrysler Sebring based on all problems reported for the Sebring.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring 1
Failure Date: 10/04/2017

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced overheating while being operated at low speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the wiring was defective and they would not be able to repair the vehicle. Tyson motor corporation (1 sw frontage rd shorwood, IL) was also contacted; however, the vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was contacted. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign numbers: 07v473000 (engine and engine cooling) and 08v152000 (electrical system) as possible solutions to the failure. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included and referred the contact to NHTSA. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 2
Failure Date: 11/28/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, there was smoke coming from under the hood. The dealer advised the contact that the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 00v299002 (engine and engine cooling: engine) was not associated with the contact's VIN. A local mechanic inspected the vehicle and diagnosed that antifreeze leaked into the engine, causing the vehicle to stall. The failure and the current mileage was 138,000.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2004 Chrysler Sebring 3
Failure Date: 06/18/2011

The contact owns a 2004 chrylser Sebring. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the warning light illuminated indicating the vehicle was over heating. The vehicle was driven to a mechanic who replaced a heating element. The dealer was not notified of the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and gave her the NHTSA number to file a complaint but offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 86,700.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring 4
Failure Date: 05/29/2011

Chrysler 2007 Sebring 2. 4 liter overheating due to the cooling recall had to get fixed but Chrysler refuses to reimburse me because my VIN wasnt on the list. However its a little odd to me that my car has the issue they had the recall on. . . Awful company I will never buy another Chrysler.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring 5
Failure Date: 01/01/2010

My car displays the low oil pressure light when idle. There is now the presence of coolant in my oil and white smoke coming from under my hood and from the exhaust. With all the complaints posted and documented about the Chrysler/Dodge 2. 7l engine, I am unable to afford incurring a mechanic bill just to find out I need a new engine. The white smoke and coolant/oil mix happened on new years day and I have ceased driving the car for fear of seizing the engine.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 6
Failure Date: 12/27/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring lxi. While cruising at speeds of less than 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. He was unable to restart the vehicle. The dealer stated that the water pump caused the radiator fluid to leak into the engine. He would also need to replace the engine. There were no recalls for the failure. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure and currently mileages were 137,000.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 7
Failure Date: 08/20/2009

The timing chain/guides/tensioner has failed in the vehicle with only 91000 miles on the odometer. I have experienced the oil light coming on at idle and have been told by the dealer that the issue is the sensor. This did not correct the problem.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 8
Failure Date: 02/28/2009

I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring lxi 2. 7l v6 sedan. On February 28, 2009, engine overheated and failed on highway I-77 north. I pulled out of traffic as ASAP. Engine locked up and would not start. Engine ruined. Car had to be towed from hwy. Car ran perfectly before going on the hwy. I have service records to prove the oil was changed with synthetic oil every 3,000 miles. I have a receipt to prove I topped off the coolant prior to the engine failure. My extended warranty denied the claim on March 3. I found that extended warranties either reject these claims automatically or pay them and then cancel your coverage. After denial, I researched the problem and found that this Chrysler model has had numerous complaints due to engine and cooling defects, including the engine itself, the water outlet/coolant arm, and head gasket. Engine failure happens frequently to consumers driving 60 mph or faster (highway conditions). Consumers report that this problem occurs despite proper maintenance of the car. There is no warning prior to engine overheating and failure. You dont know theres a problem until smoke starts. My car smoked long before the temperature gauge showed red hot. The hand was still in the middle when smoke first started. Local mechanics, salvage yards, and even Chrysler master techs confirmed these problems and that you cannot foresee them. Chrysler should have issued a recall regarding these problems but never did. The only engine-related recall actually issued was for the harness for the crankshaft position sensor. Obviously, Chrysler has tried to avoid such costly replacements. A new, remanufactured engine (without the original defects) costs around $6200 in my area. My problem came from Chrysler defects. Chrysler should be required to install a brand new, remanufactured engine and all other damaged parts at no charge to me. Chrysler should also pay for the towing of my car to a Chrysler service shop and reimburse me for the previous tows.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Chrysler Sebring 9
Failure Date: 10/08/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler Sebring. While driving approximately 3 mph and proceeding to make a left turn, the engine stopped without warning. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact inspected underneath the hood and noticed that the engine was overheating. After several attempts, the engine finally started and made a loud knocking noise. Immediately following, the temperature gauge increased drastically. The vehicle was towed to the authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was due to engine sludge. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 94,000.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring 10
Failure Date: 09/11/2008

The engine died. Taken to repair shop, no compression, engine shot. 63,000.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring 11
Failure Date: 08/29/2008

The coolant in my auto was gone, when I had to stop in traffic when I saw smoke. Luckily, I was near 7/11 where I could but the proper mix of coolant. The next morning the coolant had disappeared, I called the dealership. Added more coolant went to the automotive store purchased more coolant opened the hood and the coolant had one again disappeared. . . There was never any residual on the driveway pavement. The man at the automotive store look at the radiator and said there is your problem, its leaking out of the crack, a hairline crack in radiator, which caused leakage in cooling system. I caught this problem. The service department said these radiators always have problems, cracking, braking. Chrysler knew these radiator are junk yet they continue to install them. . . They are plastic, not metal. Under the 100,000 mileage warranty only the engine is covered. This is ridiculous because the cooling system is an integral part of the engine. . . Without a radiator (cooling system) the engine would get so hot, the car would catch fire. Ii have now been stuck with a $1,000 bill for the replacement of the defective radiator. Who knows whether the part being replaced will last 5,000 miles or crack next week. The plastic motor equipment is dangerous, it is a tragedy waiting to happen. The dealership vis-a-vis Chrysler needs to pay for this poor quality merchandise and put these items under warranty with the engine. I could have been killed, just suppose I had been on the I-495 in fast traffic. I had on several previous occasions asked the dealership to check the coolant and the said nothing was wrong even though itwas only half full. Disposition recall all plastic radiator, replace with medal or something known to be safe. I've been buying cars since 1961 never had a problem. By chrsyler own admission they knew these radiators were fatalty. Have radiator replace no cost to me!.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring 12
Failure Date: 06/26/2008

I had the 2007 Chrysler Sebring for seven months,and on 6/26/2008 the car caught on fire. Then I received a recall the following week on a Tuesday but that was to late. Now the car was a total loss and I am out of a car. I just want someone to replace the car and let me cont to pay on it, so I will have a way to work and doctor appointments. Instead I still have the car on my credit and can not get another one. This was not my fault be they are treating me like I set the car on fire but it was due to the recall. My 6 year old son and I was in the car at the time but luckily we got out and was not hurt.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Chrysler Sebring 13
Failure Date: 06/01/2008

I am having problems with my 2006 chyrsler Sebring. It started in 2008 or 2009 when car ran hot on the interstate. I added coolant but it seems to evaporate or leak. I went into landers Dodge for an oil change and upon inspecting the vehicle they found a leakage from what they say is called a coolant inlet tube which will cost me over $400 to repair. I feel that with my car being only 2 or 3 years old at the time should not be taking place. I have also found others that have the same vehicle to have the same problem or having to replace the transmission in 2006 Chrysler Sebrings. I would like to know how the situation can be looked into.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring 14
Failure Date: 05/07/2008

The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler Sebring. The contact received a safety recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 07v473000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:radiator assembly) in may of 2008. After calling the dealer several times, the contact was informed that the part for the repair was unavailable and had to be ordered. She spoke with the general manager on June 18, 2008 and was informed that he would receive a callback. As of July 18, 2008, the contact has not received a call. The mileages were unknown.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 15
Failure Date: 04/14/2008

The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. The contact heard a loud noise coming from the engine while driving. She had a mechanic perform an oil change and remove all of the sludge in the engine. Two days later, while driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. She was relatively close to her home at the time of the failure; therefore, some of her peers pushed the vehicle back to her house. The mechanic inspected the vehicle and stated that there was a continuous issue with sludge build up and they also noted that the timing chains were failing. The dealer stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 00v299002 (engine and engine cooling:engine). The manufacturer did not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 71,000.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Chrysler Sebring 16
Failure Date: 11/01/2007

This is a 2006 Sebring touring, bought with around 33,00 miles. The first night I tried this car, the check engine light came on with them saying they would fix it. It didn't come back on for months. . . After the warranty was up. I have had this car almost a year and it had a 30 day warranty. I took it back at least once a week for the warranty with them saying they could find nothing wrong. The brakes make rubbing noises, even though I was told they put on new brake shoes and it wobbles, even though they said they calibrated the rotors and fixed them. It jumps when you stop and on take off it just took it to another shop in another town and was told they couldn't find any wrong other than it needed an update and that this should take care of 99% of my problems if not all. After paying out 178. 45, it do not take care of the problem. The also told me that I needed a new fuel pump and that one of the problems was it was pumping too much fuel and that this would eventually do damage to other parts of the engine and I would be looking at more than just the fuel pump to replace but they didn't think the car would just quit on me right now, but I was looking at problems on down the road. So now, I am looking at around 450. 00 for the fuel pump and labor and still don't know if that is the problem. In July I had about an inch plus water in my passenger rear floor board, after sucking the water up several times, they finally said I needed a new type of drain line on the air conditioner, but come to find out, it had the new line. I did get the line blown out because they said that the air conditioner line getting clogged is a problem. The water has not come back, yet. The air conditioner makes like a hum-hum noise, then it will quit and the car sounds quiet for a few min, and then it starts again. This is definitely a car I am dissatisfied with. I had bought 3 sets of wiper blades and none of them seem to sit on the windshield correctly to get the water off.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring 17
Failure Date: 04/23/2007

The water outlet housing on a Chrysler Sebring 2. 7l engine year 2002. According to the parts personnel, there is a large number of failures regarding this specific housing which causes overheating etc.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2004 Chrysler Sebring 18
Failure Date: 03/30/2007

I had a problem with my thermostat overheating in 2007. The car was only a little over two years old. I purchased the car brand new in 2004 and started having problems with it two years later. Then the engine had a tapping noise in it and the car started going down hill after that point.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2000 Chrysler Sebring 19
Failure Date: 02/19/2007

The car is draining anti-freeze from the freeze plugs, which have rusted >from the inside out. If they go completely, all of the antifreeze blows out >and the engine burns up. It's not a warranty or a normal wear and tear >problem. It's a manufacturing problem dating back to how Chrysler made the >car. >> Chrysler made Sebrings for a while down in mexico and has been forced >to recall the freeze plugs on many of the identical Sebrings as this one. >same year, same plant down in mexico, same make, same model. For some >reason, this car's VIN number wasn't included in the recall and it should >have been. It's having the same problem for the same reason as the other >recalls Chrysler was forced to make because of safety issues. According to the service manager, the car is unsafe to drive and is a $3500 repair job.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 20
Failure Date: 09/10/2006

I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring with 2. 7 liter engine that has failed.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2004 Chrysler Sebring 21
Failure Date: 09/07/2005

The contact stated transmission failed after owning the car for one year. She called the dealer and the manufacturer ,and because she did not have a warranty, no one will do anything about it. The cooling system malfunctioned shortly after she bought the car. Then, the following year, the engine went out. The labor will be $2,000 and the parts will cost $5,000. 00. When she bought the car it had 28,838 miles on it. Currently, it has 51,488 miles on it.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 22
Failure Date: 03/26/2005

While driving the car on a long trip, one quart of oil in vehicle as every 700 miles. Engine and cap plugs leaks oil. There is a heating and cooling problem. The dealer will not tell all the details about what is wrong, but did say the block would have to be replaced.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 23
Failure Date: 03/05/2005

There were no events leading into the failure. One day it would not start, and upon investigation, there was sludge in the oil pan. That is when I began reading of the thousands of others with the same issue!.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring 24
Failure Date: 03/01/2005

2002 Chrysler Sebring engine failed. Diagnosed as excessive oil sludge. Dealer denied claim citing inadequate oil changes which is incorrect, oil change was done when specified, oil light never had to come on. I bought the car new and had it maintained. What happened: the car stopped after a loud tapping noise in the engine. I was driving to work and had to stop immediately. I sent complaint letter to Chrysler's ceo and they refuse to fix. They want to charge $6000 to repair. Chrysler should replace those engines. Too many complaints. I cannot afford to fix car and I still have a loan on the car but it is not driving.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2004 Chrysler Sebring 25
Failure Date: 08/20/2004

I have a 2004 Sebring with an intermittent problem with engine surging, dying, reving up while driving at slow speeds. The dealer has tried several fixes without solving the problem, they can't duplicate the concern so they say there is no problem. I have found 19 complaints on this website that share the same concern. If you have one of these problem cars, lets compare notes. Jjjgrumps@cox. Net.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1999 Chrysler Sebring 26
Failure Date: 04/22/2004

On 4/22/04 I took my 1999 Chrysler severing convertible to be services because the ac didn't seem to be cooling and there was a grinding noise in the front drivers side wheel. Turns out the rack & pinion steering is shot, the cooling core is cracked and the cooling sensor is not functioning properly. Repairs would total more than $2100 to fix. Requested a front end alignment and took vehicle home to consider options. Two days later vehicle failed when started, 'service engine soon' light came on, speedometer didn't work, and vehicle was stuck in 2nd gear. Found out that both transmission sensors are bad, there is silver sludge in transmission and I need new front brakes. This vehicle has 48,000 miles on it. Has been services according to manufactures recommendations and I can't wait to get rid of it.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 27
Failure Date: 11/15/2002

Car enginge shows normal running temperature but when its at idle blows cold heat. With rpms up it blows hotter air. Been in shop several times with no cases filed in Dodge's database that shows reason for suspision. Even swithced dealerships to no avail. All test ran shows normal but car is about to hit its 75000 mile warrenty so im not sure if they are trying to limp me along for future gains. It started in the fall of 2002 and continues to this day had replaced thermostat flushed cooling system tested pressure but nothing. . Ive been told it could be the heater core but thye wont go there unless they have reason to but thats the only thing that hasnt been checked it never overheats etc. . Great car but just has to keep rpms up for heat.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring 28
Failure Date: 08/02/2002

Problem: vibration noise under hood loss of cool air with air conditioner dealership replaced expansion valve.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Chrysler Sebring 29
Failure Date: 06/20/2002

Consumer replaced rear defrost on Chrysler Sebring on numerous occasions. The rear defroster does not work. The rear vision glass needed to be replaced. Chrysler offered the consumer a 50/50 split. Also the drivers side window rattled, red fluid was found in the consumer's driveway due to transmission pan and cooler line leakage, the convertible was leaking on the drivers side window area due to weather strip and there was a slow leak in the r/r tire due to a hole.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1997 Chrysler Sebring 30
Failure Date: 09/17/2000

Engine cooling system failed , leading to complete engine failure (engine siezure). This vehicle has had all required schedualed maint and dealer states that every thing always checked out. On 04/01/98 the core plugs were checked per rec.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Chrysler Sebring 31

Wrong anti-freeze installed at factory, system flushed, however consumer has concerns over future heater core corrosion.

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