Okay. It is a 2006 Chrysler 300
, purchased used about a year ago, with 85,000 miles on it. The check engine
light has been coming on for the past 6 months. The dealership told us that it was because we needed a new EGR valve, and that the intake ports and throttle body were probably in need of cleaning, among other things. We did all of that, and the iight came back on within 24 hours. It is the second time I've spent on the order of 1200 on this car in 6 months at the same garage (thinking I'd give them one more chance). Shame on me. They're not seeing the car again. At this point, upon the first cold start of the day, the idle is a little rough (or not smooth), there is some hesitation the first time the car is put into gear when the gas pedal is depressed - almost as if there is something clogging the fuel filter, then the car suddenly lurches forward as if the mysterious contaminant has vanished. This is accompanied with a flashing check engine light that turns solid again after 5 or 6 flashes. I've been reading old posts here, and it sounds like a timing/spark issue. Any thoughts?
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery
Customer: The engine starts. Not sure if we've put a battery in it since we bought it.s
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: No. I'm hoping to have to go back to a garage only ONCE more.
JA: OK! The Chrysler Mechanic will help you with the diagnostics so you are sure to get this fixed right. Is there anything else important you think the Chrysler Mechanic should know about your Chrysler?
Customer: The oil and filter are fresh, and the air filter
is new, too.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Chrysler Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.