2004 Chrysler Sebring problems - can someone help!

Discussion in 'Sebring' started by Heather, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. Heather

    Heather Guest

    I just recently bought a used 2004 Chrysler Sebring LX. I bought the
    CarFax report and everything seemed fine and so I bought it. I have had
    the car for about a month and in the last couple of weeks I have been
    hearing this clicking sound in the engine when the car is running. It
    appears to be getting louder and louder....people in the drive-thru ask
    me to turn my car off so they can hear me!!!! It is really embarassing
    especially since I just got it! Anyway, here recently in the last day
    or so, when I am sitting idle with my engine running (like in a
    drive-thru) it is starting to shimmy some and feels almost like it is
    going to quit.....Does anybody out there have any idea, what this would
    be? The car only has a drivetrain warranty on it because the miles went
    over. Does anybody have any suggestions??????
    Heather, Nov 21, 2005
  2. Heather

    Mr.X Guest

    First it would help if you stated the exact type of engine in the
    car, the milage on it would be of interest.

    An uninformed guess would be valve noise, it also could be many other
    things not covered by a powertrain warrenty. use something like a cut
    off broomstick , one end to the ear, other to various engine locations
    to try and pin down the location of the noise
    Mr.X, Nov 21, 2005
  3. Heather

    Heather Guest

    Mr.X wrote:

    It is a 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder engine and it has about 50,000 miles on
    it. Yesterday evening it started to smell like oil??? I didn't smell it
    this morning when I got in it to come to work, but I did yesterday....I
    don't know what is wrong, or even if there is anything wrong....it
    could be normal. The sound seems to be coming from the passenger side
    close to the dash and underneath - if that makes any sense.....does
    that help?
    Heather, Nov 22, 2005
  4. Check the Carfax website. I seem to recall they have a buyback clause(saw
    this on the tube)
    You should take the car to a mechanic to have the noise diagnosed. Trying to
    determine what it is here is like playing pin the tail on the donkey.
    the noise could be many different things, and since you're not able to
    attach the noise to your email, we just can't really tell.
    Ralph Shapiro, Nov 22, 2005
  5. Heather

    kmatheson Guest

    If your Sebring has the 2.7L engine, and the oil has not been changed
    at regular intervals, it could have the infamous *sludging* problem.
    This can cause several engine problems that could generate noise.

    Since you still have the drive train warranty, it might be a good idea
    to have it checked by the dealer.

    -Kirk Matheson
    kmatheson, Nov 22, 2005
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