Front and Rear Axle Fasteners May Become Loose
Suspension & Steering, March 1, 2011
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Our Quick Take:
Fasteners securing the front and rear axles may loosen. A clunking noise may develop, which could be followed by degradation of the steering and handling characteristics, increasing the risk of a crash.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a medium priority recall; This would change to high if any abnormal noise from the suspension is noted. Please contact your Chrysler 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 fasteners for various front and rear axle attachments may not have been properly torqued during assembly. If they start to loosen, a clunking noise from the suspension may be noted. If left unattended, steering and handling characteristics could degrade, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will re-torque the affected fasteners to correct this issue. This recall is expected to begin during March 2011. The Chrysler recall number is L09.
Mfr's Report Date:
March 1, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration