2007 Dodge Caliber Flooring gas pedal to get going

Tiny
DODGE_ROCKS
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  • 2007 DODGE CALIBER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 31,000 MILES
When at a stop, in order to get the car going I have to floor the gas. Why? If I just start out normal with slowly pushing down on the gas, it takes 5 minutes (exaggeration) to get up to speeds of 20 mph. This car has no guts. What can I do to change the way the car starts out.


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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 10:05 AM

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Tiny
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Hi:
Is this something that just started or has the car always been this way? Also, is the check engine light on?

Joe
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Friday, December 19th, 2008 AT 11:08 PM
Tiny
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This problem started when I bought the car. The Check engine light has never come on. I have also run a diagnostics on the car and the computer came up with nothing. This car has 2 speeds, 1st speed is pressing halfway down on the gas pedal to go at grandma speeds and 2nd speed is pressing all the way down on the gas pedal to go at juniors running from the cops again speeds. It's ridiculous. Does anyone have any other advice or comments?
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Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 12:42 AM
Tiny
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Is the car under warranty?
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Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 1:56 PM
Tiny
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Unfortunately the car is not under warranty. I've owned the car for a year now.
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Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 2:50 PM
Tiny
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Hi:
I've owned Dodges all my life and worked on them most of that time. I'm at a loss. I will post your problem for other techs to review and hopefully one of them will get back to you.

Let me know how it works out for you.

Joe
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Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
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Hi, it sounds like the exhaust could be plugged, see if the exhaust rattle, we are looking for a cat they has gone bad, check this page for ref,

http://www.2carpros.com/first_things/engine_stalls.htm

step seven. Please let me know what you find
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Sunday, December 21st, 2008 AT 12:30 AM
Tiny
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Take your Caliber to the dealer and insist they flash the computer to the latest codes.

There was a TSB computer flash issued that re-configures the engine and transmission codes that really improved performance and gas milage.

This is a KNOWN PROBLEM with the '07s that has been fixed with the TSB computer flash.
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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 AT 2:47 AM

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