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Old 08-13-2008, 06:53 PM
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Roof Rail Lifting Answers

Roof Rail Lifting Answers


I suspect many have seen postings in other “Discussion Groups” like me stating that to correct Nitro roof rails (luggage rack) from lifting, breaking or rattling you should have your Dealership installed:

Part Numbers:
68032966AB rail
68032967AB rail
1JQ42RXFAB molding
1JQ43RXFAB molding


Answers:

• These above part numbers were Factory installed on ALL 2008 Dodge Nitros as well as late production 2007 like mine.

• There is no recall or TSB concerning replacing the previous used and Factory installed roof rails with the above numbers. However there is a “Service Directive” that allows a Dealership to check, using the vehicle VIN number to see if your Nitro has the latest designed rails. If not, and you have an issue, the above numbers can be installed under warranty.

• Warranty coverage on the roof rails are part of the basic warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Conclusion: I spent about an hour with my Dealership’s Service Manager to understand why my Nitro could not receive the latest rails, having a loose left one. They appeased me by ordering only the left, since the right one is solid thus far, and since they had to remove it anyway to install new tape. Service Manager said he has not seen issues with 2008, but if my 2007 Nitro has the same moldings then maybe it is just a matter of time before they do! There is little doubt in my mind that the 2009 Dodge Nitro will go out of production in this model year or sooner. Keep in mind that they only built 100 before closing the plant for one month and last report they only have enough 2009 orders to run production for eight days! I told the Manager I wanted to keep mine with all the latest revisions and parts since I knew production would end. He agreed but said by law they must supply replacement parts for 10 years. Don’t think that is true anymore, and Chrysler may not be around a few years from now anyway.

So it looks to me that this issue may not be resolved and I don’t see Chrysler addressing it anymore than they have since the Nitro is a lame duck. I would recommend everyone to at least have your Dealer continue to repair themunder warranty. Hope this helps!
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All cars go out of production. So saying this Chrysler does have to keep parts for ten years. And someone will still make parts even if they go out of business today.
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All cars go out of production. So saying this Chrysler does have to keep parts for ten years. And someone will still make parts even if they go out of business today.
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Yes that may work out and with the Jeep Liberty being about the same that will help. My concern was if this was not a factory installed item it would not be available. As a past Chrysler Parts Manager I do know that not ALL body parts are available from Chrysler for 10 years after the model year. I'm a happy Dodge Nitro owner, just want to protect what I have. Thanks for your reply.
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When I got my R/H rail replaced they did not put the tie down rings on (I didn't notice until months later when I went to use it. I called service and they told me the new ones don't have the tie downs. To use the rack you have to order a Dodge rack to attach to the rails. True? and if so, how would you attach a rack to the rails without the tie downs?

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When I got my R/H rail replaced they did not put the tie down rings on (I didn't notice until months later when I went to use it. I called service and they told me the new ones don't have the tie downs. To use the rack you have to order a Dodge rack to attach to the rails. True? and if so, how would you attach a rack to the rails without the tie downs?

Ski
Not sure what "tie down rings" are and I don't have them either, but did add the Dodge "Mopar" roof crossbars that slide into the exposed track and are adjustable. Info states they support 150 pounds. Never have used them, just wanted something different (like the Nitro) to add on. Since there has been the recall and modification to the mounting studs for these rails that can corrode, I suspect removing any tie-down rings was a good move on Chrysler's part. Hope this answers your question.
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Tie Downs

The original '07 Rails had round tie down rings at the extreme front and rear of the rails. I had my R/H rail replaced for this lifting problem and it did not have these. Apparently they did make the change they mentioned. Now I have a L/H rail with them and a R/H rail w/o.

Nice to know the crossbars do not need them for installation.
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The original '07 Rails had round tie down rings at the extreme front and rear of the rails. I had my R/H rail replaced for this lifting problem and it did not have these. Apparently they did make the change they mentioned. Now I have a L/H rail with them and a R/H rail w/o.

Nice to know the crossbars do not need them for installation.
If your Dealer did not replace BOTH roof rail they should now! See:
http://www.dodge-nitro.com/dodge-nit...nsmittal-2572/
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