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A faulty transmission control module may fail causing the engine to stall after starting or the transmission to become stuck in 2nd gear.
The alternator belt
may develop a chirping or snapping noise over time due to pulley misalignment. There is a revised alternator bracket to address this concern. If there is still an issue after the bracket has been replaced washers can be used to align the alternator
One or more of the rear suspension links may become bent causing a severe rubbing noise.
The power door lock switch can short circuit internally causing a battery drain and/or the key operated accessories to function even though the key is off. If the power door lock switch is diagnosed to be the cause, replacement of the switch should fix the concern.
The ABS accumulator may fail causing loss of power brake assist. (The brake pedal will become very hard).
The ABS master cylinder assembly may fail internally causing the ABS light to illuminate.
Fuel injectors can short-circuit electrically causing a rougher than normal idle and reduced performance.
Timing gears may wear causing a mild to severe knocking noise from the front of the engine. Replacement of the timing gears is necessary.
If the fuel gauge is inaccurate or not working, it may because the fuel tank has bowed upward and interfered with, or damaged the sending unit (fuel level sensor). If the fuel tank has bowed, fuel tank replacement will be needed.
Due to the design of the reverse gear system in the AX-15 manual transmission, it may block shifting into reverse one out of every ten attempts. An updated reverse gear is available if the concern becomes more frequent.
2.5L 4 cylinder
If the power steering pump pulley is not installed in the correct position on the pump shaft, the drive belt may make a chirping noise and sound as though it is coming from another component.
Poor connections of the ECU
wires at the bulkhead can cause erratic RPMs and engine-stalling. The repair typically involves either bypassing the connector wires or cleaning and replacing spread terminals in the connector.
An intermittent loss of speed control can happen soon after the transaxle input or output speed sensor
has been replaced. The problem is most likely caused by bad connectors.
Floor pan rust and corrosion typically happens where salt or mud is allowed to accumulate on the vehicle. Holes drilled in the floor can contribute to rust if the bare metal is not painted or protected with corrosion resistant coatings. Floor pan kits are available from Jeep and the aftermarket to repair rusted areas.
Child seat tether anchors are available from Chrysler and can improve the performance of child restraints. Each tether kit has all the necessary parts and detailed instructions according to our technicians.
Jeep issued a recall on some ABS equipped vehicles because seals inside the master cylinder fail. When the seals fail, a loss of pressure is detected causing the ABS hydraulic pump to cycle on more frequently or run continuously. This will lead to premature failure in the hydraulic pump. There is a lifetime warranty on the seals and the hydraulic pump motor. Normal braking will still work but brake pedal effort may increase.
Excessive smoke from the exhaust, lack of power, and a grinding or scraping noise from the turbocharger can indicate turbo failures. The most frequent cause of turbocharger failure is a lack of frequent oil changes.
Often caused by rust, the temperature control lever may be difficult to move. Spray an anti-rust penetrate on the lower pivot for the lever and apply lubricant to prevent future corrosion.
Due to corrosion at the pivot, the driver side window wiper may fail. The pivot must be replaced.
An improperly-seated connection on the starter (coming from the battery) may cause the engine not to crank. Plastic must be ground off the cable terminal so it can sit flat and flush.
Worn seals inside the transmission may cause problems with upshifting and downshifting in automatic transmissions.
AWD-equipped vehicles can show a wide range of transmission problems; usually, the wrong-sized tires are being used. Be sure that all the tires are the same and that all four are replaced at the same time. Dodge recommends tire rotation every 7,500 miles.
During turning, squeaks can come from the strut area; the strut mount assembly should be replaced.
Windows may not roll up or down, resulting in a "ratcheting" noise. This is often caused by the plastic ribbon gear (flex tracks) on the regulator that breaks. Flex tracks are easily replaced by removing the door trim panel.
Delayed and/or erratic shifting can be caused by the transmission kick-down cable sticking. Since the oil pan has to be removed to replace the cable, have the shop replace the transmission filter at the same time
A clunking feel from the rear of the car when accelerating from a stop can be caused by worn rear trailing arm bushings and/or torque rod bushings
A rattling noise from under the vehicle can be caused by a loose exhaust header pipe heat shield.
Although a high rate of engine-related fires have been reported with this engine, most can be attributed to neglected maintenance. The fuel hoses in the engine compartment should be inspected periodically.
In areas of the country with a high amount of precipitation (or in vehicles with rust on the lower passenger side windscreen), water can leak into the automatic transmission computer. This will illuminate a transmission failure light on the control panel and cause the transmission to shift erratically.