• Sep 21, 2007
Those of you rolling in a new 2007 or 2008 Jeep Commander or Grand Cherokee, take note. Chrysler is recalling 28,755 vehicles due to front-brake calipers made out of gray iron, instead of ductile iron, which could cause the clamper to fracture and cease halting forward progress.

The recall affects models built between May 17 and July 13, and we'd expect Chrysler LLC to have letters in the mail as you read this. Currently, there have been no crashes as a result of the problem.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ouch, will they ever learn. My 2003 Neon (yes I had one) had horrible brakes (wobble). And my friends Dakota had the same thing. I like some of the available cars but I'm afraid to get another...until the new company can turn them around hopefully.

      Rob
      • 7 Years Ago
      "That's the difference between the domestics and the imports - they all have problems, but the imports tend to learn from their mistakes."

      Same with marriages 2,3,4,5 whatever. There are only so many suppliers and you just might be surprised who supplies who.

      Shit happens it's a recall get over it.

      • 7 Years Ago
      so why is there an SRT8 pictured? are they exempt from the recall?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This from the same company that had a front brake rotor/caliper issue in 1999-2002 WJ jeeps.

      http://www.wjjeeps.com/brakes.htm

      Will these companies ever learn?

      My 2004 Grand Cherokee has rear axle seals that leak every 40,000 miles. The dealer (and independent mechanics) tell me that this is a common problem on WJ series Jeeps. You'd think by now, Jeep could figure out a way to keep the axle seals from leaking.

      That's the difference between the domestics and the imports - they all have problems, but the imports tend to learn from their mistakes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I bet you money the vent on your differental housing is plugged.
        This is not an excuse for Chrysler but a possible problem your vehicle has.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this were a toyota recall, I'm sure it would be, first, all the fault of a "supplier", then, second, the fault of those clueless customers that dared to use the brakes to attempt to stop their vehicles!
        • 7 Years Ago
        thanks for taking a joke seriously, MKIV
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just how did Toyota get in this picture?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Right!!! IF your aunt had balls she'll be your uncle...
        Why in the world do you feel the need to bring Toyota to this conversation? Does your little world revolve around Toyota or you have a 1" penis complex?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't the Grand Cherokee the same as the Durango (just the body is different)? Why no recall on them?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Toootally not the same, at all. The GC and Commander are essentially the same thing, different skins. The Durango is a wholly different vehicle (for now).
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Compass, Patriot, and Caliber are all based off the same platform, so any defect found in one would theoretically carry over for the other two unless it was something specific to that particular vehicle. For instance, the Patriot has an optional 4wd system specific to it that isn't available on the Compass, and I think we'll see some performance options on the Caliber that won't be available on the Compass or Patriot.

        The Nitro and new 2008 Liberty share a common architecture as well, but there are a few things unique to each vehicle.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I stand corrected. What about the Compass and Caliber? Or are any of the Jeeps based off of Dodges?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone want to bet against my guess that these crack open calipers came from China?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Have you followed all the news about quality and material issues with Chinese goods?'

        That's the problem Mal. North Americans are blaming China for the goods they have them make. It's an easy out if those same people blow it themselves. The Chinese aren't standing up and saying "This is what they told us to make." It is getting to easy to blame the Chinese.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How much? Are you now going to blame China for everything that goes wrong? That's an easy way out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      HAAAA! That's what you get for being a proud owner of a Jeep.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where did my nice Hudson grille ornament go? I hate the cheesy JC Whitney tachometer that's in its place. Seems as if everyone has one too!
      • 7 Years Ago
      A parts supplier would certainly realize the difference and would be on the horn if Chrysler made an error. If the supplier made the change, then that supplier should be dragged through hell because of it. This is assuming that those components are NOT made in-house.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am currently still rolling in my new 2007 Jeep Commander and have heard nothing from them, why do I find it out in your post and not from them.

      Somebody obviously thought they could cut cost at our expense, if not our lives!!!!!

      http://www.adversityovercome.com
      http://business-success22.blogspot.com
        • 7 Years Ago
        Could it be that according to the build date of your vehicle that your Commander is not affected.
        Maybe a recall notice is on its way. Go to your Chrysler dealer and find out. Till then take it easy behind the wheel.
        This quick recall notice would be wonderful news and of good praise if some other certain auto maker issued it. I wont say it (due to ruffeled feathers) but the name starts with a T.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All automakers have issues. Good ones make it right with their buyers, for the sake of their own reputation.

      Per AutoBytel:

      2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4X4 Select Different Vehicle

      2 Separate Recall Notices in 2007

      These recall notices may not apply to all vehicles. Please contact your dealer for more details or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

      Campaign Number: 07E023000 Date: 2007-Mar-29

      Component: Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Master Cylinder
      Defect Summary: CERTAIN CARDONE MASTER CYLINDERS WITH DATE CODES LOWER THAN DCA7078 SOLD AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE SEAL ON MASTER CYLINDER CAN FAIL AND LEAK BRAKE FLUID.
      Consequence Summary: LOSS OF BRAKE FLUID CAN RESULT IN POOR BRAKING PERFORMANCE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
      Corrective Summary: CARDONE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE ANY DEFECTIVE MASTER CYLINDERS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2007. OWNERS CAN CONTACT CARDONE AT 1-800-777-4780.

      Campaign Number: 07V013000 Date: 2007-Jan-19

      Component: Suspension: Front: Control Arm: Lower Ball Joint
      Defect Summary: ON CERTAIN TRUCKS AND MINI VANS, DUE TO POSSIBLE IMPROPER FINISHING OF THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINT, SOME BALL JOINTS MAY EXPERIENCE AN INCIDENTAL DETERIORATION OF THE INTERNAL LUBRICATION. THIS MAY CAUSE THE BALL JOINT TO WEAR AND LOOSEN PREMATURELY, WHICH COULD RESULT IN INCREASED STEERING EFFORT, REDUCED VEHICLE SELF-CENTERING, AND NOISE IN THE FRONT SUSPENSION.
      Consequence Summary: IN EXTREME CASES, IF THE VEHICLE IS CONTINUOUSLY OPERATED IN THIS CONDITION, THE LOWER BALL JOINT MAY SEPARATE FROM THE KNUCKLE AND COULD CAUSE A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL.
      Corrective Summary: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINTS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 28, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Do you know if there is a recall for Ford's Econoline for the same brake cylinder leakage? Mine and others seem to be doing that frequently.

        I do know GM is still doing nothing about their week idler arms. I've asked every time. I went to Moog after market and seem to have no problem with either truck since using them.You would think after twenty years a producing the same components, the GM would eventually get it right.
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