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Dodge Caliber, Wagon
Nov 11, 2007 (6:18 am)
Is there anyone out there that has experienced this problem? And if so, what did you do to correct it?
I have a 2007 R/T with the 18" rims, loaded, yadda, yadda yadda. It has 18,000 kms, or roughly 11,500 miles. The weather here is just near freezing at night, relatively cool during the day. (Ottawa, Ontario, CAN.)
Twice in two days, I go to start my car, apply the brakes and attempt to take the trans out of park. It would not budge at all. The first time, it took about 2 minutes to finally get it into reverse, then last night it took about 20 minutes before it finally came out of park.
Is this a known issue? Anyone else in a similar climate area, or not, have this problem?
Before I go to the dealer Monday, I'd like to be armed with some known information, so anything you folks know about this, the very much appreciated it is here.
I still love my Caliber, but the love affair is wearing a bit thin.
Roger in Ottawa.
#1586 of 1634 Re: R/T Auto. Transmission [moparfancanada]
Nov 11, 2007 (6:39 am)
This may help.I had the exact same problem W/my Dakota.There was a clamp missing from the gear shift cable and it was somehow getting to close to the exhaust manifold.Upon first start up,it would not come out of park until the manifold got hot enough to melt the cable housing to allow movement.After the 2nd time it happened I took it to the dealer and they basically impounded the vehicle until they could get the clamp and new cable.It didn't take but a day to get it repaired and it never happened again.I don't know enough about the workings of the Calibers but it is an identical problem.
#1587 of 1634 Re: R/T Auto. Transmission [moparfancanada]
Nov 11, 2007 (9:28 am)
There is an interlock system between the ignition lock assy also
that consists of a cable and if it is not adjusted properly it can give the
same problem of not coming out of PARK.
If you have not spotted it in the owners manual there is also an
PARK release bypass button/lever located on the passenger side
of the tranny hump,it's that little round pop out button on the side
so if your in a hurry you can get it out of PARK.
#1588 of 1634 Re: R/T Auto. Transmission [habalanche]
Nov 11, 2007 (9:28 am)
Thanks habalanche. My Caliber is currently in my garage and stuck in PARK. I have been trying for the last 4 hours to get it into gear. I've let it run and heat up, but no luck. The trans. appears very stuck in Park.
I will be at my Chrysler service counter tomorrow 7a.m. Fortunately, its a 10 minute walk from my house. They'll have to come and get it. Soon after, I will be ordering my Charger R/T which I should have bought in the first place. I should have listened to that little voice in my head that said never to buy the first model year of a new line. Oh well, live and learn.
FOR SALE: 2007 Caliber R/T, 18000 kms, loaded.
#1589 of 1634 Re: R/T Auto. Transmission [bigtsr]
Nov 11, 2007 (9:30 am)
Thanks bigtsr. I'll give it a go. Then drop it off at Ottawa Chrysler, then order my Charger R/T.
#1590 of 1634 Re: R/T Auto. Transmission [moparfancanada]
Nov 11, 2007 (7:19 pm)
Hope everything works out for you. bigtsr was probably on to something.I completely spaced on that.The problem was the same however.I too will be looking to move my Caliber (same as yours) as soon as it's paid off in 15 mos.I need to go back to a truck or SUV.Maybe a Ridgeline or a Toyota FJ
Nov 28, 2007 (6:31 am)
Here to report that our 07 R/T seems to be as big as a bucket as our SXT. I love the car but both have stalling issues. The 5 speed would just randomly stall in neutral while idling and the R/T automatic is starting to not start up at all at times. Wait 10 mins and then it starts.
Our SXT also has some major electrical glitches which would send the dash lights and such into a tizzy for no apparent reason. Wait a bit and it'd resolve itself. Forget about duplicating it for the dealership. We just got rid of that one, the R/T's fate doesn't seem much better now either.
#1592 of 1634 Re: Stalling [caliberchic]
Dec 01, 2007 (9:14 am)
That's too bad Caliberchic I didn't think anyone could get 2
cars with problems.
Make sure they check the battery and the fuse assy(TIPM) as there have
been reports of battery failure causing wierd electrical faults.
The no starting thing I did myself,accidently depressed lock/unlock
on key while starting and it refused to turn over-had to take the key
out of ignition then lock/unlock rplace and it started.
It must have something with key chip recognition!
Sorry to hear your ongoing struggle.
#1593 of 1634 Re: Stalling [bigtsr]
Dec 04, 2007 (7:53 am)
They said bad battery and gave us a new one but it still starts slow so I don't think that was the fix. It's going back again.
#1594 of 1634 Re: Stalling [caliberchic]
Dec 04, 2007 (5:05 pm)
Then I would go with the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module)
as it does more than hold fuses and again several have been replaced
due to errattic electrical problems.