You have found yourself several times stalling with your Dodge Caliber when you try to start the car and you have no idea why. Even if your car starts after several tests, it is important to look into the problem so as to solve the breakdown as soon as possible, when you want to avoid a more serious problem.
The objective of this article is to help you see things more clearly and try to understand what might cause trouble. We will discuss the various plausible breakdowns you may encounter so that you can remedy them easily and avoid more problems on your Dodge Caliber.
Reasons for stalling at start-up
We will structure this article into two separate paragraphs, one dealing with mechanical causes, and the other with electronic causes.
1: Mechanical origins on your Dodge Caliber that makes you stall
In this section, we will see the different parts that could cause you to stall at start-up if they are broken.
The idle actuator: The purpose of the idle actuator is to regulate the air in the engine when it is idling so that it does not choke or stall. If you ever think that your engine is slightly browsing before stalling, it is very certain that the idle actuator is involved.
Battery: If your car starts normally and then stalls a little later, it’s nothing to do with the battery. It will be concerned if your Dodge Caliber starts to stall immediately after switching it on.
In that case, check the battery carefully.
Also, simply look at your dashboard to get information thanks to the the lights that may be on.
Also, remember to manually check the cleanliness of the parts of your Dodge Caliber. Indeed, a thorough cleaning of the parts (filters, injection pump, pressure regulator) could make it easier for you out of situations that would have seemed much more delicate, and avoid your Dodge Caliber to stall. This is often the cause of other various breakdowns.
2: Electronic origins on your Dodge Caliber
We will take a look at here the potential electronic failures that could cause you problems, but in general the causes are very frequently, as we have mentioned, of mechanical origin.
BSM box: This is the information exchange platform of your Dodge Caliber. It is unlikely that this is the case because ithe BSM box is rather reliable. The large part of breakdowns related to this box are cars that stall while driving.
BSI box: The BSI box allows to focus the information and to translate all these different languages for the global management of the vehicle functions. This could be the trigger not if your Dodge Caliber stalls at start up, but if your Dodge Caliber does not start at all.
Calculator: This is the central element of a system called an “embedded system”. The main function of an ECU is to send out the right “weight” of fuel with each engine piston stroke. Several embedded systems electronically manage the various functions of the vehicle. There are between 30 and 80 on each car! Be careful with this part as some professionals have a tendency to blame this part because they are unable to find the exact failure. One defective sensor on your Dodge Caliber would be enough to put the blame on the ECU . Seek the advice of a second professional if you are ever asked to replace this part because it is expensive and not necessarily the cause for a Dodge Caliber to stall at start-up.
TDC sensor: Its role is to determine the speed at which your Dodge Caliber is operating so that the fuel is sent correctly. It could be in poor condition, or simply dirty. Check its condition in order to draw conclusions and discover if this is the reason for your Dodge Caliber to stall at start-up.
Alternator: Logically, this one should be out of the question, because thanks to it the battery starts the car. However, it may be slightly damaged and the alternator may not manage to recharge the battery, which does not supply the car. It therefore manages to light up but goes out just as quickly.
3: Conclusion on your Dodge Caliber
So here are the different parts that could affect your Dodge Caliber and make it stall at start-up. What you have to remember is that it is important to make sure that the parts are right and clean on your Dodge Caliber. Then, do extensive research on each part if necessary to really understand their usefulness and diagnosis. Do not forget to call on the advice of several professionals so that you do not rely on just one person.If you wish more guides on the Dodge Caliber, go to our Dodge Caliber category.