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What exactly are they saying is wrong? If it is the short runner valve it should only be about $300 for the repair.
That code is not specific in what is wrong, it is only the symptom.
That's all the information they gave me. The car splutters sometimes at idle like it wants to cut off but it doesn't. The engine light was intermittent but now it has been on for about 3 months. I was thinking about buying the part from them for 650 because by the sound of the service department guy. You can only get the part from them. I look on a couple of forums and they say the code is assoisate with the actuator. Umm, also the dealership told me that a valve is sticking and needs to be replace apparently dodge redesign this part so that it doesn't happen again. Have you heard anything about this or is this a line of b.s.
It doesn't sound right to me, here are the possible causes for that code. And the short runner valve is on $175.
I would reccomend you get another opinion from a good private shop.
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It's not at all unlikely that the intake plenum needs to be replaced to repair this fault code. This code is for the performance of the short runner valve actuator. It can be the actuator, software, or a binding short runner valve.
The first thing that needs to be done, and probably already has, is make sure the powertrain control module software is up to date. If the car was built before a certain date then there was some revised software regarding this code setting.
The short runner valve actuator would then be removed and the valve moved by hand to see if it moved freely or not. If it didn't move freely then the plenum would need to be replaced, if it did move freely then the actuator would need to be replaced.
With your VIN number I could give you an accurate list price on the plenum for your car. There are a few different part numbers and the VIN would be needed to get you the correct number and price. It's not something you'll find aftermarket, the replacement will have to be from a Chrysler dealer or used from a junkyard.
Whether or not you can do the repair yourself depends on what you have for tools and your mechanical ability and experience. If you've removed intake manifolds in the past and normally do some intermediate level repairs then you should be able to replace it without much trouble. It calls for 1.6 hours of labor to replace it, so you should be able to have it done in roughly two hours.
Oh, I forgot to tell you that i removed the short runner valve actuator and it moves freely by hand, so it must be a bad actuator(i didn't reset the default code. Would i have to do that to get a accurate reading or will it turn off if functioning properly??). How much would that part be is it less than 650 and will i still have to do the software update. Is this only done by the dealership??
Yes, the first step in diagnosing the problem is making sure the PCM software is up to date. This should have been checked by your dealer. Check with them to make sure it was done before you replace any parts.
The VIN you supplied is invalid. I can get you a price on the actuator and plenum but double check that VIN please. I'm a full time tech and at work this afternoon so there may be a slight delay in being able to respond for the next couple of hours.
With the revised software and plenum I wouldn't expect you to have problems again in the future.
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