Transmission Fluid Overheating Warning System Needs to Be Installed
Drive Train, February 22, 2010
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
The temperature of the transmission fluid is an important statistic that the engine's processor learns. However, the vehicle was never programmed to advise the driver of a transmission fluid overheating condition. This information would be useful to know, since boiling transmission fluid could contact a hot engine or exhaust component and catch fire.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a medium priority recall; this would change to high if any transmission fluid leaks or burning smells become apparent. Please contact your Jeep dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The transmission fluid could overheat and boil over without warning. A transmission temperature warning will be added to the message center display as the term "HOT OIL." A warning chime will also be added. The Chrysler recall number is J30. This recall began on February 22, 2010.
Mfr's Report Date:
February 22, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Potential Number of Units Affected:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007 THROUGH 2008 JEEP WRANGLER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 2006 THROUGH JULY 2008, EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS. THESE VEHICLES WERE NOT EQUIPPED WITH A TRANSMISSION FLUID TEMPERATURE WARNING SYSTEM.
FLUID COULD BOIL OVER AND MAY COME INTO CONTACT WITH A HOT ENGINE OR EXHAUST COMPONENT AND CAUSE A FIRE.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND INSTALL A "HOTOIL" MESSAGE IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER AND A CHIME INDICATING AN ELEVATED TRANSMISSION FLUID CONDITION. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 22, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-835-1403.
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 .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration