8th Jun 2009, 13:33

Hello fellow Sebringers. I too am an owner of a 1998 Sebring JXi, has approx 88,800 miles on it. I read a comment that the convertibles should be garaged during heavy rains. Well many ragtop owners are unable to do so, and if driving during one of these heavy rains, what then?

I've had some car issues myself. First the water sloshing, called the dealer, he mentioned the DRAINAGE PORTS and I now unplug them when needed using coat hanger wire.

The REAR DEFROST sensor broke off, needs to be welded back on.

My most expensive problem OVERHEATING. I found a notice, which was given to the dealers that the FREEZE PLUGS throughout the engine on earlier sebring models may have been damaged due to the type of antifreeze/coolant used during manufacturing. So about $650 (labor) later the overheating problem solved.

I've replaced both TIE RODS, left side once and the right side twice. Luckily I have a family member that replaced them.

Now the TOP has some looses stitching, so what can be done for this?? AND needs assisting when putting it up. I was told to first check the HYDRAULIC fluid in the motor.

I love my car but all of our "American" cars we own have mechanical problems and our previously owned Nissans had major rust problems only. Too bad they could not work together, but without continuously buying parts the companies would go bankrupt. HEY WAIT! LOL

26th Jul 2009, 17:55

I also hear water sloshing around but I can't find the drainage ports. Can someone tell me where they are located. Thank you.

20th Aug 2009, 20:15

I have a 1996 Sebring convertible. It ran just fine, then I took it to get serviced including the transmission oil getting changed, then a few days later my transmission did not want to shift. It still runs smooth it doesn’t make any weird noise and the transmission oil level is fine. The automatic transmission just does not want to shift. I took it back to where I got it serviced; they said they worked on the transmission. I'm pretty sure it is a vacuum line issue. Can any one help?

21st Nov 2009, 21:20

I purchased a 1998 Sebring Con this past Feb. It had 98,000 miles on it. I too had a problem with water leaking into the passenger side. What I found is that the water got into the car while I was parked downhill from rear to front. This may come from water not escaping from the trunk water guides. The water also got into the Infinity radio amp, causing it to short circuit and run static through the speakers, even though the radio was off. It also blew out the 10 amp circuit breaker located inside. I took out the amp from under the passenger seat, and found some of the circuits were rusty from water. I then cleaned all of the circuits with a wire brush and it it now working fine.

The Dolby radio and amp is awesome. I too have a top that has some stitching issues, and am looking into buying either used or 2nd market top. I'm sure replacing it myself will not be easy, but probably be cheaper than having someone else doing it.

The car also has some oil issues:

Sometimes the oil light will come on at low idle, although after checking the oil level it is full. I don't know if the oil check light is defective or the oil pump is not working properly. It does blow some oil but not all the time. Don't know: Bad rings or bad valve guide seals? Any suggestions?

10th Jan 2010, 17:55

I too have a '98 Sebring (Limited) that collects water, mostly in the floor behind the driver's seat. Where are these infamous holes that need to be unplugged?

10th Mar 2010, 01:12

I looked for the holes and was unable to find them. I however took the car to S&S Tire and told them I needed the holes drained. They were not sure about them either, but they got online and found directions. 10 minutes and 3 gallons of water and 5 dollars later, I was out the door with no more WATER. IT WAS A GREAT DAY!!! It's been 8 months and I haven't had the problem again.

26th Apr 2010, 11:17

I've replaced so much stuff on this car (98 Sebring JX) that I loved, that I can barely afford to replace it. All the transmission fluid fell out the other day, so I threw up my hands and said "I quit!" It sat for 5 days - alone and without me until the tow truck got it.

The stitching on the top worn, replaced that. Discovered the hole issue - couldn't believe it, it sounded like I was driving around in a bathtub.

Safety neutral switch, alternator twice, starter, transmitters.. you name it!

I did so love that car though! I drove it for 8 years, much to my family's dismay. They were always getting calls to come and get me.

1st May 2010, 21:19

You talk about the drain holes on a 1998 Sebring Convertible. The pinch rail under the bottom edge is where they're at. You'll see a little flange along the rail, and that's the location. I had the same problem on the passenger side. If you can blow air in the holes along the rail, a lot of water will flow out.

I have a problem with the amp under the seat shorted out; now it doesn't work. Where can I get another one? Chrysler said these are not made any more.

Real quiet ride now. My humming sucks.

23rd May 2010, 09:28

I have a 98 Sebring Convertible with auto shift. The car has problems, but does anyone know about how many were made with auto shift?

Thanks, CW.

18th Jul 2010, 16:50

This site has been so helpful, I too have a 1998 Sebring and just love it. Just this morning I heard water sloshing around in the back, we just had a hard rain... I read these articles and was able to tell my husband how to fix it. Thanks for the info guys. Loosen the drain plugs and run a wire coat hanger in between the welds of the frame and the body. It worked great, no more water. Still trying to convince him we need to add hydraulic fluid. But I will keep working on him.

29th Aug 2010, 14:44

I also have a 1997 convertible Sebring, and also carry a coat hanger to unplug the drain holes that run down the side of the weld - they are small and run at a slight angle. I used a drill and enlarged these holes as well... and all is well; no more water in the well.

3rd Apr 2011, 15:27

My Chrysler Sebring was doing the same thing.

I replaced the fuel pump and my throttle control sensor.

20th May 2011, 22:49

I have a 2000 JXI, and it has been a great car. I am having some leaking problems with the front floor on both sides. I think over time the spring mechanism in the top locks don't pull the top down against the windshield edge tight enough. I'm going to try and adhere a thin rubber gasket across the entire top, and see if this additional layer will make the seal tighter. I'll advise if this works.

I also have the sloshing of water in the back, so I'll try drilling the weep holes to make them bigger, and pull the rear plugs over the rear wheel wells too.

The stalling issue/almost cutting off came out of nowhere, but after big rains. I thought it was water in the gas. I added an additive to the gas to remove water, and that solved the problem. I think there is a drain in the cup around the gas cap that floods and allows water to get into the opening. I'll have to check this as well.