Radiator Problems of Dodge Avenger

Dodge Avenger owners have reported 17 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category).

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Failure Date: 08/16/2017

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 35 mph, the engine overheated and the engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (frank fletcher Dodge in sherwood, 501-834-7700) where it was diagnosed that the radiator needed to be replaced. The technician also stated that there was no recall and that the warranty expired. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. Additionally, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16v668000 (seat belts, air bags). The failure mileage was approximately 101,246. Parts distribution disconnect.

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Failure Date: 04/28/2017

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. While driving 50 mph, the contact observed smoke coming from the engine and the vehicle shook violently. The contact pulled the vehicle off the road and the check engine and electronic throttle control warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator and coolant system failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the alternator failed and had to be replaced a month prior. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

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Failure Date: 01/10/2017

The heat does not blow hot air on the passengers side of the car. This includes the windshield, causing a safety issue as it only clears the fog on one side. Dodge service shop said the issue is a known Chrysler issue, requiring a new radiator, heater core, and coolant bottle. At an estimate of $2235. 00. However Chrysler is refusing to do anything about it claiming it is not a known issue.

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Failure Date: 11/18/2016

Heater only blows cold air on passenger side. I have been told this is casing sand clogging the radiator, heater core and the oil cooler. This happens as a result of the heater core being the wrong size and Chrysler fixing the issue by casting it in place. This is a safety issue for those of us who live in states where the winter gets bad. While driving in inclement weather the snow, ice, or sleet will begin to accumulate on the windshield and passenger window. The sad part is that this is the second Dodge Avenger I have had with this issue and on both occasions I have been told it is not covered under the powertrain warranty. The bumper to bumper warranty has expired both times before this has become an issue. Chrysler needs to take ownership of this defect and fix it before it causes a death. To have this repair done costs $2500 with no guarantee that it will last.

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Failure Date: 11/16/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle began to overheat and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator cap, which controlled the pressure, was fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,000.

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Failure Date: 11/11/2016

This is the second time that I only have heat on the drivers side. I was told that the problem is caused by casting sand that was in the engine which causes the radiator, heater core, and oil cooler to plug up. Not a cheap fix and I have seen complaints from many others with same issue. Manufacturer aware of problem.

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Failure Date: 06/20/2016

Poor heating system performance. Sludge builds up in the cooling system and restricts coolant flow to the heater core causing loss of heat in the passenger compartment. Loss of heat also effects the ability to DE-ice or prevent ice and snow build up on the windshield in cold weather operation. This can create a hazardous condition as visibility is greatly reduced. Chrysler group llc has no cause for the sludge formation. The only resolution is to replace the radiator, oil cooler, heater core and radiator cap after completely flushing the cooling system. This is to be done at the owners expense and can cost over $2500.

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Failure Date: 12/23/2015

Heater not working. (87,000 miles) took the car to the dealership where they gave me an estimate of $2500 to replace the entire coolant system (heater core, radiator, oil cooler, thermostat, water pump). The tech advised there was something restricting flow through the heater core. There is a 100,000 mile power train warranty on the car but they do not agree that the coolant system that cools the engine (power train) should be included. Where did the sediment/sludge come from? possibly oil contamination from the engine (power train)? this problem has been noted in numerous models and Dodge has released a statement to their techs to replace the entire coolant system because they know something they did is wrong. This is very similar to the problem gm had with dex-cool why is there not a recall for this problem the consumer should not be burdened with the failures of the manufacturer to provide a quality product. I hope this matter is taken seriously as it truly is a safety issue. If the heat does not work it is not just uncomfortable for the driver/passengers but it will also reduce visibility through the windshield since the defrost/heat does not work.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Dodge Avenger 9
Failure Date: 10/20/2015

I was exiting out of a parking lot in town and traffic was back up and at a standstill. As I attempted to turn left a car tried passing the stopped traffic in a no passing zone. The vehicle hit the front of my car, totaling it. The bumper was on the ground , radiator sideways, hood crinkled, fenders destroyed. My airbags did not deploy. The car that hit me was going fast and caused major damage. Taylorville police department police report number 15-341.

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Failure Date: 09/07/2015

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that there were several failures that progressed, such as the front passenger side door handle fractured. The dealer replaced the door handle. The brake system was serviced several times and, while driving, the vehicle overheated and was pulled into a refueling station. The contact looked under the hood and noticed that the hose fractured from the radiator. The vehicle was unable to be driven due to the failures and had to be towed to a dealer. The dealer (kendall Dodge, 786-231-2120, 13355 137th Ave, miami, FL 33186) was notified of the failure. The contact was uncertain as to when the vehicle would be repaired. In addition, the contact received notification of a manufacturer's recall more than two years ago. The remedy and part were not available to receive the repair within a reasonable time frame for NHTSA campaign number: 16v668000 (air bags and seat belts). The manufacturer was notified of the failures and the contact was waiting to determine when the recall repair would be completed. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.


 
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Failure Date: 09/02/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Avenger. When the contact added antifreeze fluid into the radiator, it only would last a week, causing the vehicle to overheat. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the origin of the leak could not be found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

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Failure Date: 12/15/2014

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Avenger. When the heater was activated, the passenger side air vent failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the radiator operator hose and heater core needed to be replaced. Also, the technician stated that the coolant needed to be flushed and the evac system recharged. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to another dealer who diagnosed that the climate control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall sporadically. The dealer repaired the vehicle numerous times, but the failure constantly recurred. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 07v473000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:radiator assembly). The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

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Failure Date: 07/01/2011

I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger that I purchased about one year ago that I pay $350 a month for. My car started having problems about a month ago. It would not hold antifreeze but no visible leak, the car may have ran hot once or twice since this problem started. There was also a recall on my vehicle for an interlock bracket so on June 30 I decided to take my car to bob caldwell Chrysler on morse rd to have them investigate and repair my car (I also had the recall corrected). I told the service tech all the symptoms the car was having so he could properly diagnose my car. He told me I would have to pay $95 to have a diagnostic on my car. After they tested my vehicle I was told it was a small "$35" problem that could be fixed by replacing the radiator cap. I paid them for the replacement thinking this would solve the problem. The very same day the car was having the same problems so I called the dealership to inform them. They told me it was a "bubble in the system the needed to work itself out" and the car should be fine, drive it and call me in the morning if your having the same problem". I took their expert advice but the car did not improve so I took it back to bob caldwell Chrysler. They told me they would run the tests again on my car. When I went back they told me "there is nothing wrong with you car it pass all the test". They even stated I would not tell you to pick up your car if I felt something was wrong or it would damage your car more( I let him know I had this concern) or if there was something wrong, come pick up your car". I went back to get it on the way home from work the car would not pick up speed, there is thick white smoke from the front and back the overflow container under the hood swell up from the pressure looking like it was about to burst. I was driving on the freeway I could have killed myself.

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Failure Date: 12/28/2010

At 51000 miles on my 2008 Dodge Avenger, started smelling antifreeze odor inside the car. Eventually the check engine light and electrical light indicator illuminated and the car ran extremely rough and started to run hot. Eventually engine would lose power then shut off and not be able to restart for a couple of hours. Did not appear to be losing radiator fluid. Took to the dealership and found that the thermostat housing, (made out of plastic) was cracked and it was leaking antifreeze from that point. Had parts replaced. The part and service was warranted for 12 months/12000 miles. 10 months later, but 30000 miles later, current vehicle mileage 81000, same problem occured again, same parts replaced.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2009

Radiator loses coolant. This caused the car to over heat and the engine to be replaced, a new radiator and it still loses coolant 4 years later. Can't figure out where the coolant is going as it is never under the car (like a leak).

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Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2008 Dodge Avenger with a few defective parts. Consumer states that the vehicle has defective front door latch, radiator fan motor connector. When arriving for the repair she was informed the parts were not available. The consumer received 2 recall notices in the mail. Recall numbers 01v104000 and 07v473000.