2011 Dodge Avenger Engine Failure

A Faulty PCM Shuts the Engine Off at Low Speeds

The 3.6L V6 engine in the 2011 Avenger was known for randomly shutting off while the vehicle was idling or slowing down.

According to owner complaints the problem happened without warning. It was eventually addressed as part of a Chrysler "customer satisfaction program." The issue is also known to affect the 2011 Chrysler 200, which shares the same same engine.


Why the Engine Shut Off

To find out what was causing the stalling problem, NHTSA announced a preliminary investigation in June, 2012. This came on the heels of an investigative report by David Wood of CarComplaints.com.

Before NHTSA could finish their investigation, Chrysler announced they had traced the problem to a faulty Powertrain Control Module (PCM). The PCM was initiating a purge monitor check while the engine was at idle or slowing down which resulted in an “overly rich vapor condition [that] caused the engine to stall”[1].

Dodge developed a software patch for the PCM and released it as part of a “customer satisfaction program” in September 2012. Not long after that, NHTSA closed their investigation.

Affected Vehicles

Make Model Years
Dodge Avenger 2011
Chrysler 200 2011

Actions You Can Take

This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both CarComplaints.com and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.

  1. Step 1: File Your Complaint at CarComplaints.com

    CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases. Add a Complaint

  2. Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits. Notify the CAS

  3. Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues. Report to NHTSA

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