Owners of 2009-10 Dodge Caliber models with 2.4-liter engines and automatic transmissions may complain of a bump or jerk from the transmission under the following driving conditions: Between 25 mph and 30 mph just as the driver lifts his foot off the accelerator, then again as the vehicle slows to about 15 mph while coasting.
The bumping or jerking sensation will also occur between 3 mph and 15 mph, just as the driver begins to put his foot into the gas pedal to accelerate.
According to Chrysler, all these transmission issues are due to software anomalies in the PCM.
Reprogramming the module with updated calibration files is the only surefire remedy. Check with a dealer for the specifics of flash.
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