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Check Engine Light On Problems of Dodge Avenger



Dodge Avenger owners have reported 12 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 1
Failure Date: 08/03/2014

I started my car on Sunday August 3, 2014 and the engine wouldn't turn over, after waiting a minute the car started. While driving the car would not go faster than 20 mph even with my foot completely on the petal. I took my car to oreilly auto parts and had the check engine light read. I had all new spark plugs (based off the check engine light reading) put in the vehicle and I'm still not able to drive over 20 mph. My car is now cutting off at the light and not the highest speed is 20 mph. I keep getting a lighting bolt message and check engine message even though all the codes have been cleared.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Dodge Avenger 2
Failure Date: 04/10/2014

Car would start and run for a bout 3sec the etc light and check engine light would come on. Sometimes it would start right back up other times it took multiple starts to stay running. . . Sometimes it didnt do it at all and would run and start fine for weeks. Took the car to an independent shop. They couldnt get any codes off the car and couldnt duplicate the problem. Car was repaired with new spark plugs, new air filter, and a throttle body cleaning. Problem persisted the same day day it was "fixed". Drove the car for a about 2-3weeks with the same problem intermittently then while driving about 40mph the car lost rpms although the peddle was being pressed and car eventually stalled and shut off leaving the abs and power stearing inop so the car was difficult to turn and stop and almost resulted in an accident. The car was moved to a parking lot and left off for about 10mins. Tried starting it but it would start and stall and idle rough before it stalled out the check engine light with the etc light came were on. Took about 10mins and about 7 tries to get the car running and the car was dropped off at a repair shop. Looks like a common problem within the throttle body with the throttle positions sensor with 2008-2010 model. This needs to be recalled!!!.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1999 Dodge Avenger 3
Failure Date: 11/12/2013

I am a auto mechanic and unfortunately own a 1999 Dodge Avenger 2. 5l v6 auto. The engine is junk. It has had an intermittent misfire since before I bought it. Chrysler knows they put a faulty camshaft sensor inside the distributor so when it does fail which it does in every 6 cycle Avenger, the stealership tries to tell customers that the sensor cannot be replaced and you have to get a new distributor assembly which they charge $ 1500 for parts and labor. You can't buy one anywhere else because of the faulty cam sensor problem and they do this intentionally to get you to spend money on Chrysler parts. They put the cam sensor in the distributor because they knew that magnetic interference from the ignition coil would cause the sensor to fail. When this happens the check engine light flashes more and more the worse the sensor gets. That is just the start of the engine problems. Once the cam sensor fails the timing gets offset and over time causes the valves to get bent by the pistons, after that it's bye bye heads and no car unless you buy a better car. If they would put the cam sensor where it belongs, I wouldn't be writing this. Chevy from now on.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Dodge Avenger 4
Failure Date: 05/10/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the tire monitoring system failed. The tire low pressure warning light was illuminated constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times and the dealer advised that there was nothing wrong with the tire monitoring system. In addition, the check engine warning light recently illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where a diagnostic was performed which located the failure at the electronic control module. The contact was also advised that the evap canister was fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8 and the current mileage was 2,540. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2009 Dodge Avenger 5
Failure Date: 11/28/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that due to movement of the engine, the main plastic wiring harness was found to be melted. The dealer also advised that if they had not discovered the failure, it would have caused several other components to fail. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure and current mileage was 54,000. Kmj.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 6
Failure Date: 09/19/2011

We were driving on the highway about 65 mph when our electric throttle control indicator light along with our engine light came on. When this happened we did not have a spedometer or rpm gauge. All of the lights that are related to the shifter (park, neautral, drive) also all lit up. The car did continue to drive but had less power. We pulled over and turned the car off. We tried to start it again but it would not start at first. The power locks and truck release would not work either. After about 5 minutes we tried it again and everything worked. The check engine light did stay on but the car drove fine. The engine light is still currently on.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 7
Failure Date: 10/13/2010

I have been having problems with my Dodge Avenger for about 40,000 miles now and have had it into multiple shops without the problem being solved. The electronic throttle control light comes on and off at random times either causing my car to shut off while im going down the road, cause power lag with no acceleration about 45 mph or shifting into different gears, or the engine light comes on along with the etc light and the car will idle very high then very low and repeat the process making the car unable to drive. The vehicle has shut off on me while going down interstate and highways and I've almost been hit several times because of it. I see lots of postings with the same issue but there are no recalls on this issue which dealerships do not know how to fix. I've been told to change the battery, the tpms was messing up, the throttle valve was sticking, improper fuel delivery, and that the car wasn't getting enough air. None of these once fixed were the cause of the car freaking out and now im forced to drive day to day with my son in the car hoping it works well enough that an accident wont happen. I've seen enough complaints about the electronic throttle control that there should have been a recall a long time ago to fix this yet it's been 4 years and still nothing is being done to help make peoples vehicles safe again that they paid for.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 8
Failure Date: 04/20/2008

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the cruise control failed to work and the engine light was illuminated. The failures began on April 20, 2008. He stated that there were recalls on the same issue he was experiencing; however, his VIN was not included. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure mileage was 39,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 9
Failure Date: 03/15/2007

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger r/t. The contact stated that the vehicle has been at the dealer for over a month for repairs. He stated that the engine has noisy lifters. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times and they only replaced the lifters once. The manufacturer stated that this is how the vehicle had to be manufactured due to the thermal expander. While driving 65 mph, the transmission engages in an automatic neutral drop. The engine races above 5,000 rpms, which is not recommended. The failure has occurred twice. The transmission also jumped into reverse while driving at low speeds. The vehicle has been at the dealer four times for the transmission. The dealer called the contact and stated that they could not find anything wrong with the transmission, however, they do acknowledge the failure. The transmission failure began in April of 2007 and has continued ever since. The current mileage is 2,500 and failure mileage was 7. The check engine light illuminated, there were broken bolts and studs. The shifter would not return to park. The rocker arms, valve cover, lifters and heads were replaced in the engine. Updated 08/08/07.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1997 Dodge Avenger 10
Failure Date: 10/15/2003

Recuring problems with brake vibration and fast wear, also with suspension repair, was twice quoted for a full replacement of front suspension. Have not done this yet. Major problems with engine electical and check engine light. Have replaced wires and plugs 2-3 time per year. Replaced engine coil once to fix problem with spark plugs arching and burning up. Problem was solved temporarily. Problem is back 3 months later. Chugging and sputtering.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1996 Dodge Avenger 11
Failure Date: 02/11/2001

Vehicle started smoking, it stalled and engine check light came on. It hesitated, sitting still. Putting vehicle in neutral kept it from cutting off. Dealer has replaced a sensor in engine. Problem came back after a while.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1996 Dodge Avenger 12
Failure Date: 03/24/2000

The check engine light came on after the firstsmog check requiredthis year 2000. The dealer reset it the first time. Then it came on again around town at 30mph. This is a still a new car less than 25,000 when it first started. I don't feel we should keep paying to get it repaired I understand that it can be up to approx 17 different things to set it off. At about $400 ea that's expensive. I also find it odd that it just started with a smog check.


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