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Ok This is now the second time this has happened to me. I get in crank the thing and it does fine untill I put it in Drive....It then starts the shake and with my foot to the floor it will do about 10 mph. When I go to stop it feels like its going to shake so so bad it will fall apart. The only light that has come on is the Electronic Throttle Control. Now here is the fun part. My ex did not get the extended warranty on it....its just over 2 years old but has 43,000 miles on it which means it is no longer under warranty. The first time it did this it was under warranty and they fixed it but me being a female they didnt tell me anything about what they did. I dont know what to do. Can someone please tell me what I should do?
 

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I feel for you.:(

I know what it feels like when your car just steps out of warranty and they refuse to fix it as it happened to me with my Toyota.

I would suggest you take it to another dealer and ask them to help you determine what exactly is causing the problem via diagnostics. If they are good business people they ought to do it for free.

Do stick around and watch this thread, someone more knowledgeable is sure to help out soon.
 

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Yeah well I am in Alabama now. I bought this POS in Norwich, Ct. I wish now I would have stuck with what I really wanted. This is not the only problem I am having but its the one that is keeping it totally parked.
 

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Well lets see....first of all like I said this is the second time this has happened. I also need an alternator and a starter....those are not totally gone as of yet but will need to be replaced soon. I just want to get this POS fixed so that I can sell it and get something else. I have never had this much trouble out of a car...EVER
 

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Thanks. I posted on there so maybe someone will know what to do....Oh btw do you know of a site where I can get parts for my car cheaper then goin to the dealer.
 

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While surfing the Caliber parts of the net I noted another fact about the
fly by wire throttle system posted by a Caliber owner.
You can recalibrate the throttle yourself to eliminate flat spots or pauses
in its response curve according to the post,as I am not having any problems in
those areas I thought I would post the procedure here and anyone wishing to
try it could post the results.

1-ignition to RUN but do not start
2-wait until all the idiot lights go out
3-slowly depress the gas peddle to the floor
4-slowly release gas peddle to full up
5-ignition to off
6-restart and check for difference in response and linearity.

See if anyone finds a difference.
 
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While surfing the Caliber parts of the net I noted another fact about the
fly by wire throttle system posted by a Caliber owner.
You can recalibrate the throttle yourself to eliminate flat spots or pauses
in its response curve according to the post,as I am not having any problems in
those areas I thought I would post the procedure here and anyone wishing to
try it could post the results.

1-ignition to RUN but do not start
2-wait until all the idiot lights go out
3-slowly depress the gas peddle to the floor
4-slowly release gas peddle to full up
5-ignition to off
6-restart and check for difference in response and linearity.

See if anyone finds a difference.
I'll try that later tonight.
 
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Well, I couldn't really see much of a difference. Maybe I did it wrong. maybe it's because road conditions changed (it started raining just as I was doing the procedure).

There's something I haven't done yet to this car and that is to wipe out the computer by removing the car battery. I think I'll do that tomorrow, AND do this procedure and see if the car reacts differently.
 

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While surfing the Caliber parts of the net I noted another fact about the
fly by wire throttle system posted by a Caliber owner.
You can recalibrate the throttle yourself to eliminate flat spots or pauses
in its response curve according to the post,as I am not having any problems in
those areas I thought I would post the procedure here and anyone wishing to
try it could post the results.

1-ignition to RUN but do not start
2-wait until all the idiot lights go out
3-slowly depress the gas peddle to the floor
4-slowly release gas peddle to full up
5-ignition to off
6-restart and check for difference in response and linearity.

See if anyone finds a difference.
I did this today, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the acceleration off the line is much improved. That 20 mph torque converter lockup is much smoother as well. Thanks for this great find BigT.
 

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I did this today, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the acceleration off the line is much improved. That 20 mph torque converter lockup is much smoother as well. Thanks for this great find BigT.
Your welcome Brad.
I have tried it myself even though I was not having a problem that
was noticeable,however I believe it has smoother acceleration now.
People with a pause from dead stop may notice a more measurable
change according to the original post I read.
 

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Your welcome Brad.
I have tried it myself even though I was not having a problem that
was noticeable,however I believe it has smoother acceleration now.
People with a pause from dead stop may notice a more measurable
change according to the original post I read.
I'm thinking the slower you move the accelerator while doing the procedure has an impact on the results. I took around 15 seconds each way. I no longer get that drop off at 20mph. I just get smooth off the line rapid acceleration. I just went and put gas in it, and on the way home had to make a fast left turn from a dead stop. I actually got a tire squeal while doing it!:D:b1:
 

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I'm thinking the slower you move the accelerator while doing the procedure has an impact on the results. I took around 15 seconds each way. I no longer get that drop off at 20mph. I just get smooth off the line rapid acceleration. I just went and put gas in it, and on the way home had to make a fast left turn from a dead stop. I actually got a tire squeal while doing it!:D:b1:
While surfing the Caliber parts of the net I noted another fact about the
fly by wire throttle system posted by a Caliber owner.
You can recalibrate the throttle yourself to eliminate flat spots or pauses
in its response curve according to the post,as I am not having any problems in
those areas I thought I would post the procedure here and anyone wishing to
try it could post the results.

1-ignition to RUN but do not start
2-wait until all the idiot lights go out
3-slowly depress the gas peddle to the floor
4-slowly release gas peddle to full up
5-ignition to off
6-restart and check for difference in response and linearity.

See if anyone finds a difference.
Wow you know I did the samething and really did notice me acceleration was a lot smoother. When I used to accelerate off the line it would jump/jerk, now its a nice smooth acceleration.

Thanks bud, huge kudos for you...

:BL:
 

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Just tried this..Will wait till I get off work to see if I notice a difference. I didn't expect a great big acceleration on the Caliber being a 4 cyl. I was driving an Expedition with the big V-8 plenty of get up and go..
Will let ya know what it does to mine.
 
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