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Today I was driving on the highway, and a Red Lightning Bolt started to flash on my dash, and the car immediately lost power while driving, and went into a limp mode from what I could tell. While limping on the side of the road, and red light still blinking, the Traction Control Light came on as well. I managed to get over enough, throw the hazards on and turn off the car. I waited a few minutes, and turned the car on, and things seemed fine. I proceeded to drive and BAM! It happened again!

I managed to get myself turned around and stopped at a gas station. Turned the car off, and had a phone call with my Dad and Mom, about the issue. I then decided to come home, with problem still occuring. Every gear, I can gain maybe 7-8mph and 40mph being the highest in 5th gear. I managed to limp a little closer to home.

My Parents called back, and said to shut the car off, and leave it alone for 5 min+ and then turn it back on. I did just that, and the problem seemed cured, and I drove home. Once home, I proceeded to reset the battery (like the nsrt4s) I let it sit for about 5 minutes unplugged and reconnected the battery. Started the car, and the problem is back without having to drive, and it is idling at 1.5k and sounds real horrible.

So I unplugged the battery again. and came into the house, to come post this thread, and hopefully find out what may be the problem. The car is already out of warranty at 38,883 miles.

Also, the only thing the car has is a K&N Drop in Filter (from like 35k ago) and a muffler delete (like 30k ago)

So can you guys PLEASE help?

Gabriel
 

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Here is an update. Just reconnected the battery for a 2nd time, and the problem still remains.

here is a video of what it does upon startup.

 

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sounds like a timing issue or a fuel problem i noticed you didnt let the fuel light go off before you started it why? and have you ran race fuel or and super man strength gas threw it? need more details man alot of us are gonna ask and say the same...
 

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moparcrzy - this car has never seen race fuel. And as far as I can tell, the way the fuel light is, that is how it has always on and off when starting up. By looking at the manual, it says the lightning bolt, means Electronic Throttle Control. I dunno, what could have broken this, or what controls the ETC (I am guessing the PCM)

But all in all, I have a broken car. I am out of work, thanks to my back surgery, I am still somewhat recovering from and out of warranty.

Needless to say, I am in the slumps at this moment, and wish for an easy fix to occur.

3:51PM: Started the car again after sitting for 20+ min and still doing it...
 

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after driving it a little, something I have noticed, is that car is stuck idling at 1.5krpm, and the boost gauge is reading -10vac consistently through each turn on and shut off.

Could some have failed with the throttle body? Something Stuck? I am just looking for answers and all, would love some real feedback from realtune or whomever.
 

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I really don't have any ideas for you, but have checked for all piping and solenoids are still connected?
 

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what are your mods? clamped?
 

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Do you have a code reader? Also try posting a underhood video.
There is a recent post where the gears for the throttle body was worn down.
 

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i do not have a code reader, however when i click the key three times, it doesnt give any outright codes and just says --d0ne--. Nothing in my routine has changed at all. Using the same 91 gas I have always used and so on. The only thing I can think is something is wrong with the throttle body. I am going to try my best to take off the intake and look at the TB tomorrow.

My local Dodge over here sucks ass and charges for everything, including trying to get help for this situation.
 

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Does anyone on here by chance, have access, to a 2008 Dodge Caliber Complete Service Repair Manual? If so, could anyone tell me anything it lists under Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)?

It might point me in the right direction.
 

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Glancing through the manual, not finding too much yet, but here is one thing I am sure you dont want to hear regarding one of the codes that could be set. Even though you have no codes this kinda sounds like what you are experiencing:

² Set Condition:
Internal PCM failure. Vehicle may exhibit an extended cranking condition, limited performance, and a rough
idle. One trip fault and the code will set within 5 seconds. ETC light is flashing.
 

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Glancing through the manual, not finding too much yet, but here is one thing I am sure you dont want to hear regarding one of the codes that could be set. Even though you have no codes this kinda sounds like what you are experiencing:

² Set Condition:
Internal PCM failure. Vehicle may exhibit an extended cranking condition, limited performance, and a rough
idle. One trip fault and the code will set within 5 seconds. ETC light is flashing.
So if that IS the issue, which is a strong possibility. It would obviously mean replacing the PCM. Now I know Dodge will cost me an arm and a leg for a stock one, however, would it be any cheaper to go the S1 PCM route? I know it seems like a copout to go faster, but I just want to get this fixed properly and pronto.
 

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Depending on how much money you have right now, i would say put a stage 1 in there, and see what happens

I doubt that the throttle body is bad, there are too few miles on the car, and i think it would be something else before that..
 

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i have read that thread grimmey and no solution works from that thread. and when they refer to module, i am unsure if they mean pcm or throttle body...
 

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i have read that thread grimmey and no solution works from that thread. and when they refer to module, i am unsure if they mean pcm or throttle body...
sometimes it pops on me a couple time a week, then nothing for months. If it wasnt for my scan gauge I would be pissed like you. The only thing is I should still take mine to the dealer for a check out.
 
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