• Nov 20, 2009
Owners of model year 2007-2008 Jeep Wranglers with automatic transmissions may have to visit their local dealers as Chrysler is recalling 161,450 of the SUVs over potential transmission overheating problems. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), Wrangler models manufactured between June 2006 and July 2008 with automatic transmissions were not fitted with a transmission fluid temperature warning system. If the AT fluid in the affected vehicles overheats, it may boil over and come in contact with hot engine or exhaust components – possibly leading to a fire.

To help alert drivers that their Jeep's transmission is overheating, dealers will inspect and install a visual "Hot Oil" message in the instrument cluster accompanied by an audible chime to indicate the elevated fluid temperature. The service will be performed free of charge starting in December. For more information, owners of the affected models may call Chrysler at 1-800-835-1403, NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov. Full press release after the jump.

[Source: NHTSA]

PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model:
JEEP / WRANGLER
Model Year(s):
2007-2008
Potential Number of Units Affected:
161,450

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V436000

Summary:

CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007 THROUGH 2008 JEEP WRANGLER MANUFACTURE BETWEEN JUNE 2006 THROUGH JULY 2008 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. THESE VEHICLES WERE NOT EQUIPPED WITH A TRANSMISSION FLUID TEMPERATURE WARNING SYSTEM.

Consequence:

FLUID COULD BOIL OVER AND MAY COME INTO CONTACT WITH A HOT ENGINE OR EXHAUST COMPONENT AND CAUSE A FIRE.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND INSTALL A "HOTOIL" MESSAGE IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER AND A CHIME INDICATING AN ELEVATED TRANSMISSION FLUID CONDITION. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING DECEMBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-835-1403.

Notes:

CHRYSLER RECALL NO. J30. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Who would buy this vehicle with a gasoline engine and AT? In my neighborhood I see just MTs with the VM428 diesel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was going to joke "that's what you get for buying a real Jeep with an A/T" but judging by the way the fanboyz have slammed your German butte, I will just move on to those Ugly Honda/Acura posts...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess you live in Europe. Wranglers are not available with Diesel engines in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is a great step towards being a "quality leader" by 2012!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not relavant since these Jeeps were made by the old Chrysler before FIAT came on the scene. Let's see how they do going forward.
        • 5 Years Ago
        oh yeah, I mean if they forget to put parts into cars, then those parts cant fail! brilliant!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still safer than a Toyota!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Geo,
        Yes, BuyUSA's comment is lame, but yours is equally lame. Compare Wrangler sales numbers to sales numbers of Toyota's competitor (FJ Cruiser) and you'll see who actually has trouble moving the metal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Erik, point taken, i agree with you and apologize. FJ has definitely sold less than the Wrangler but it does not have safety issues as described in the article (or at least none that we know of)
        • 5 Years Ago
        lovely statement, definitely safer than a Toyota, because it simply stays in the showrooms .. much safer this way.

        Sitting in the dealers, making vroooom behind the wheel !
      • 5 Years Ago
      And instead of saying, "HOT OIL", shouldn't the light say, "A/T TEMP"?
        • 5 Years Ago
        wtf comment system fail...
        cont.- ...Maybe less than 1% of the total number of produced vehicles? Perhaps hot oil temps come into play when faulty transmissions are found?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think that A/T Temp would be logical. Hot Oil could mean almost any fluid used in a conventional vehicle.
        I would also like to know if there is a larger underlying problem, this isn't a computer program so they shouldn't be "patching" it by throwing a light under the gauge cluster; but I'm guessing that this might have happened to like what maybe
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jaysams: You can't put in the "less than" symbol in comments here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to fix the root problem here, not just treat the symptoms. The problem is not that the transmissions are overheating or that there is no trans temp indicator, the problem is that Jeep is installing automatic transmissions on Wranglers. That's just wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Installing a warning light and a chime won't solve the overheating problem. Why doesn't Chrysler just install a transmission cooler and be done with it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait,… you can buy a Jeep with an automatic transmission?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unlike most of you, I'll actually be affected by this. The misses drives an '08 Wrangler Unlimited with a 6/08 build date. Not the end of the world, haven't had a moments problem with the Jeep. For all you haters screaming about quality, my '03 Accord had a transmission recall too, so kwitcherwhining.....
      lknbk
      • 5 Years Ago
      New guage = Stop in desert until it cools down?????

      Actual repair = Larger cooling system = more fluid = lack of overheating.

      Hire new engineers = Problem Solved..........
      • 5 Years Ago
      BEST QUALITY IN THE INDUSTRY BY 2012! Woohoo!

      Yeah, right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not 2012 yet. They have to start somewhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised Lieberman didn't jump at the chance to write this article. He never seems to miss a chance to rip on an AT.
      Linda
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't they recall the Jeeps for the "Death Wobble"? I think that is a problem that many jeep owners encounter, including myself!!!
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