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Jeep Grand Cherokee EGR Cooler Recall For Fires

Chrysler recalls more than 34,000 Grand Cherokees after EGR coolers cause coolant leaks.

November 21, 2020 — A Jeep Grand Cherokee EGR cooler recall has been issued for 34,334 model year 2014-2019 SUVs equipped with 3-liter EcoDiesel engines.


The exhaust gas recirculation coolers may crack and allow pre-heated vaporized coolant to enter the EGR systems. This can occur while the engines are running, and combustion inside the intake manifolds can cause fires.


Fiat Chrysler (FCA US) didn't report how many engine compartment fires are blamed on the EGR coolers. But Chrysler says since October 26 there have been "119 customer assistance records, 6 field reports, and 1,478 warranty claims."


The automaker opened an internal investigation in September due to an increasing trend of engine compartment fires coming from the Jeep Grand Cherokee intake manifolds.


Pressure testing on a Canadian Grand Cherokee following a fire showed a leak in the step tube of the cooler, and diesel engineers confirmed the engine compartment fires were caused by EGR cooler leaks.


Engineers determined the EGR coolers can crack from "thermal fatigue," but Chrysler says it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the EGR coolers.


FCA says production of the recalled Jeep Grand Cherokees began in December 2012 and ended in January 2019 based on 3.0L EcoDiesel engine assembly records.


A Grand Cherokee driver may notice coolant is missing but won't see leaked coolant on the ground, the heater may not work properly and a warning light may illuminate.


The U.S. Jeep Grand Cherokee EGR cooler recall includes 28,884 SUVs and a recall in Canada involves 5,450 Grand Cherokees.


Owners of 2014-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokees may be eligible for reimbursements if they paid for EGR cooler replacements.


Jeep dealerships will replace the Grand Cherokee EGR coolers with new coolers which FCA says are not prone to thermal fatigue and cracks. It's also possible the intake manifolds may be replaced.


The Jeep Grand Cherokee EGR recall will begin December 31, 2020. Grand Cherokee owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and ask about reference number W79.


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November 12, 2020 NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V699000
EGR Cooler May Crack Internally

Combustion in the intake manifold can increase the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V699000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected 28,884

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2014-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel

engines. The Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler may crack and allow pre-heated vaporized coolant to enter the EGR system. This mixture may combust inside the intake manifold.

Remedy

FCA US LLC will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EGR cooler, free of charge. Dealers will also inspect and, as necessary, replace the intake manifold. The recall is expected to begin December 31, 2020. Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US LLC's number for this recall is W79.
 

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Discussion Starter #142 (Edited)
Jeff S. Bartlett
Updated Wed, February 3, 2021




Jeep Wranglers from the 2018-2021 model years and Gladiators from the 2020-2021 model years with manual transmissions are being recalled because they could pose an increased fire risk and create road debris.

The problem is that the clutch pressure plate, used to transfer power from the engine to the transmission, could overheat and cause the clutch to fracture. Such a fracture could cause cracks or holes in the transmission case, allowing heated debris to be expelled.
In some circumstances, drivers may smell a burnt clutch odor before the failure.

Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep, is aware of one accident but no injuries related to this problem. A total of 42,887 vehicles are affected by this recall. Owners will be notified in mid-March.

The Details
Vehicles recalled: 2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler SUVs annd 2020-2021 Jeep Gladiator pickup trucks with a manual transmission.

The problem: Clutch components can overheat and fail.

The fix: Dealerships will update software to reduce engine torque capability when clutch assembly temperatures rise to a level that may damage the inner pressure plate.

How to contact the manufacturer: Stellantis/FCA customer service can be reached at 800-853-1403.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V028000. The Stellantis number for this recall is Y01.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.


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January 28, 2021 NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V028000
Clutch Pressure Plate May Overheat
Overheated clutch components may increase the risk of a fire. Additionally, damage to other nearby components can result in debris falling onto the road or a loss of drive, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V028000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US, LLC)

Components POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected 42,887

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler and 2020-2021 Jeep Gladiator vehicles equipped with manual transmissions. The clutch pressure plate may overheat and fracture.

Remedy

FCA US LLC will notify owners, and dealers will add software to reduce engine torque capability, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 19, 2021. Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US LLC's number for this recall is Y01.
 

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February 1, 2021 NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V037000
Master Cylinder Push Rod May Disconnect
A separated brake pedal can result in the driver being unable to apply the service brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V037000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US, LLC)

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 24

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2021 Ram 1500 Classic SLT trucks. Certain vehicles were built without the retaining clip that secures the master cylinder push rod to the brake pedal, which can cause the brake pedal to separate from the brake system.

Remedy

FCA US will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and install the push rod clip, free of charge. NOTE: Owners are advised to not drive their vehicles until they receive instructions on the inspection and repair, as necessary. The recall is expected to begin February 15, 2021. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US number for this recall is Y04.
 

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According to the manufacturer, the dual-cab ute's front bumper may not be compliant with Australian Design Rules.



02/18/2020

Fiat Chrysler’s Australian division has recalled nine examples of its Jeep Gladiator ute, citing an issue with local regulation compliance.

The affected vehicles were sold between 1 June 2020 and 20 January 2021 (Model Years 2020-2021).

The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “The front bumper may not comply with Australian Design Rule (ADR) 92/00, it may not have a bumper closeout and tow hook cover.”

“If the front bumper does not have a closeout and tow hook cover, there is an increased risk of serious injury in the event of an accident,” the notice continues.

 

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Dodge Releases Muscle Car Theft Deterrent


Mar 23, 2021


But is this really enough?
Dodge muscle car theft has become so bad lately that the automaker has released a software upgrade designed to thwart criminals looking to swipe your ride. This comes hot on the heels of thieves stealing two Dodge Durango Hellcats from the factory, along with the many, many Dodges stolen across the nation, some even in broad daylight.

Still not convinced Dodge muscle car thefts are a problem? Watch this video right here and you will.
As we’ve shown in surveillance videos of Dodge muscle cars being stolen, thieves seem to have no serious problems with boosting them. This new upgrade allows the owner to use their four-digit security code to limit the engine speed to idle and cut output to just 3 horsepower, which is supposed to keep criminals from stealing the car.

According to Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO at Stellantis, this upgrade can be installed on 2015 and newer Dodge muscle cars. This is supposed to be a “double verification security system” which is also called dual authentication, a measure used to secure many online accounts today against hacking attempts. It would prevent thieves from capturing the radio signal emitted by a car’s key fob, a common way criminals boost modern vehicles with keyless ignition systems. In the official press release, Stellantis calls it “second-level vehicle security encryption” which runs through the Uconnect 4C system.

No doubt, Dodge has been dealing with an increasingly tarnished image with theft of its high-powered muscle cars seemingly getting only more popular. We’ve been covering this trend long before other sites since it hits our niche of the market particularly hard. And we’ll keep giving coverage to the trend, which hopefully will taper off.

This sounds like a nice idea, but only time will tell if it will work. Plus, you have to take your car to a Dodge dealership to have it installed, which should be a quick process. For now, the only cars which qualify for the upgrade are 2015 through 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT or Charger SRT models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engines, as well as owners of 2019-2021 Scat Packs equipped with 392-cu.-in HEMI V8 engines.

The software upgrade likely won’t be ready until sometime in the second quarter of 2021. In other words, you’ll have to hang tight for a few months.


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Dodge Announces New Security Feature for Charger and Challenger Muscle Cars

    • Second-level security offered for high-performance Dodge Charger and Challenger models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI® V-8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engines
    • New Security Mode limits engines to idle speed
    • Four-digit secondary encryption protects against key-code-spoofing thieves
    • No-charge retroactive upgrade available for affected 2015-2021 model-year vehicles



March 22, 2021 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge today announced an automotive software upgrade designed to further thwart theft of Charger and Challenger models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI® V-8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engines.

Using the Dodge owner’s four-digit security code, the enhanced deterrence feature limits the vehicle’s engine speed to idle (675 rpm) and helps prevent auto theft.

“Today, Dodge is launching a new owner-customized ‘double verification’ security system,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. “When flashed into the computer of affected 2015 or newer Dodge muscle cars, the protective software will limit the engine output to less than 3 horsepower, foiling fast getaways and joyrides.”

The software upgrade can be installed free of charge by any Dodge dealer on 2015 through 2021 model-year Dodge muscle cars. The complimentary enhancement applies second-level vehicle security encryption via Dodge’s Uconnect 4C infotainment system.

“More than 150 cars are stolen every day in the United States,” added Kuniskis. “For any car owner, it's terrible, it's a hassle and it's a personal violation. Though statistically rare, car thieves have targeted the high-horsepower Dodge muscle cars, and we want the Dodge ‘Brotherhood’ to know we’re taking quick action and covering their backs.”

At idle, these engines produce approximately 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb.-ft. of torque. As a result, Dodge’s enhanced security measures have a secondary public safety benefit by preventing criminal police evasion and high-speed chases of stolen vehicles.

Double encryption has become common on consumer online accounts and adds a second layer of owner protection against vehicle theft.

The four-digit encryption code is designed to discourage key-code-spoofing thieves.

Dodge will continue to pursue other enhancements to vehicle-theft deterrence in order to protect owners’ investments.

Owners of 2015 through 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT or Charger SRT models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V-8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engines, as well as owners of 2019-2021 Scat Packs equipped with 392-cu.-in HEMI V-8 engines, should contact their local Dodge dealer to schedule a free Security Mode installation appointment.

Dodge expects the new security feature to be available late in the second quarter of 2021.


Dodge to fix security issue allowing easy theft of Chargers, Challengers after 7 Action News report


Mar 23, 2021

After 7 Action News report and a call from the Motor City Police Chief, Dodge to fix security gap allowing easy thefts of Chargers and Challengers
 

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Ram recalls heavy-duty trucks for fire risk, tells owners to park outdoors

2021 pickup and chassis cab trucks have heater electrical relays that can short, overheat and in rare cases cause fires


March 23, 2021

The company that makes heavy-duty diesel Ram trucks is telling some owners to park them outdoors due to the risk of an engine fire.

Fiat Chrysler, now part of Stellantis is recalling just over 20,000 of the trucks mainly in the U.S. and Canada. The company says the 2021 pickup and chassis cab trucks have heater electrical relays that can short, overheat and in rare cases cause fires. The fires can start even if the engines are turned off.

The company says it knows of three fires but no injuries. None involved customer vehicles. The recalled trucks are equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines.

Stellantis is developing a repair. The recall is expected to start April 30.

Owners can call the company’s customer service line at (800) 853-1403 or check to see if their truck has been recalled at the United States Department of Transportation’s website.
 

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March 11, 2021 NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V163000
Relay May Short and Cause Fire
A vehicle fire increases the risk of injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V163000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US, LLC)

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 19,214

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2021 Ram 2500, 3500, and 3500, 4500, and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles equipped with a Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine. An electrical short may occur in the Solid State Intake Heater Grid Relay, which could result in a vehicle fire.

Remedy

Toe remedy your vehicle, your dealer will install a protective barrier on the relay, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 30, 2021. Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US LLC's number for this recall is Y08.
 
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