• Mar 7, 2011
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Chrysler recently dodged the recall bullet when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided that the automaker didn't have to recall 2007 and 2008 model year Jeep Wranglers for reported fuel leaks. Good news for Chrysler, but while that fuel issue wasn't deemed worthy of a recall, a new drivetrain problem is.

The automaker is recalling 20,459 2010 and 2011 Jeep Wranglers for improperly torqued front and rear axle fasteners. NHTSA says the maladjusted fasteners could result in "noise, or ultimately, degradation in steering and handling characteristics." If this situation isn't dealt with, the vehicle could lose steering control, which could result in an accident. The crop of affected Wranglers were built between July 12 and September 10, 2010.

To remedy this situation, a Chrysler dealer will re-torque all 19 fasteners to the maximum torque value – free of charge, of course. Hit the jump read NHTSA's official statement.



[Source: NHTSA]
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JEEP / WRANGLER 2010-2011
Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
Mfr's Report Date: MAR 01, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V145000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20,459

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 JEEP WRANGLER VEHICLES MANUFACTURER FROM JULY 12, 2010, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2010. SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE A DEGRADATION OF FASTENER TORQUE FOR VARIOUS FRONT AND REAR AXLE ATTACHMENTS TO THE CHASSIS MODULE.

Consequence:
THIS COULD RESULT IN NOISE, OR ULTIMATELY, DEGRADATION IN STEERING AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS WHICH COULD LEAD TO LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL RE-TORQUE ALL NINETEEN FASTENERS TO THE MAXIMUM RESIDUAL TORQUE VALUES. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. L09. 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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  • 15 Comments
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it robots causing the issues, people, or a combo of both? Seems like some of these recalls, while serious, could have easily been prevented. I sure hope Fiat helps turn them around!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Krikey. Meanwhile, our 97 Wrangler ticks like clockwork.
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmm, my 11 hasn't lost control or developed any issues at 6,400 miles, but hey, I'll take a free re-torquing of my suspension (afterall, I did work my lift hard last weekend :D).
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is embarrassing. first the caravan, now the jeep?

      Chrysler needs to change
      Vince Rizzo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well I have a 2011 limited ed. Oscar Mike and am still stationed overseas. I haven't got one recall notice and mine just started today making the noises described. And sadly the warranty place is very poor. Not even a jeep place and they took two months to sort out window leaks. I'm just glad I found this online to have sorted.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Say it ain't so! Chrysler and a recall? nooooo

      lol - as a Dodge Charger driver, I'm allowed to vent! :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        And it's noteworthy that this is a supplier problem.

        "Chrysler said the cause of the defect was a change by its axle supplier Dana Corp. from an automated water-based paint to a manually applied solvent paint at its Toledo plant last summer.

        The issue was attributed to variations in paint thickness, which was made worse by drips and runs, Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

        Chrysler said it has received 65 warranty claims for a clunk or rattle in the front or rear suspension, but no reports of crashes or injuries."

        From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110305/AUTO01/103050381/Chrysler-recalls-2010-11-Jeep-Wranglers-for-steering-issue#ixzz1FxFNEkqY
        • 3 Years Ago
        Everyone has recalls (even Toyota I hear). But lately Chrysler has had less (in total number and in number of vehicles affected) than the other volume brands in the US.
      Carlos Doria Jr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just bought an 11 rubicon unlimited and does anyone have any water leak issues or lots of steering wheel play? I have owned a jeep before and understand water leaks are an issue but brand new and 40K later, it is a major issue. please advise and thank you
      princealex0831
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have 2010 Wranglar sahara when i pack up going up hill slow the jeep shakes so much is that normal if anyone can assist or having the same problem . I,ll appreciate by the it is 2 wheel drive 4 doors thank u all
      • 3 Years Ago
      It wasnt really a fuel leak but rather fuel overflow at the gas pump. When the tank is full the air release valve would get stuck causing fuel to overflow out of the fuel filler opening.

      I let mine go once and it gushed a huge amount of fuel all over the place.

      I wonder if this has anything to do with everyones fears of Death Wobble

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwiv23dLhMY

      Thats on a stock Jeep. A lifted one has a better chance of it happening, thankfully I got a dual steering stabilizer when I lifted mine and havent had to deal with that but I've been in a TJ when it happened...it's violent
        • 3 Years Ago
        The dreaded death wobble was the first thing that came to mind for me too but the recall years are far after the problem began. Many think it is an abnormal resonance in the drivetrain.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fuel leak?

      Maybe that explains the 14mpg.

      Steering problems?

      Maybe that explains the crashes.

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