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Recall 02V143002

Oil Leaks From Transfer Case

Recall Details

The transfer case for the all wheel drive system may leak oil, and lead the transfer case to lock up. Dealers will inspect the transfer case for signs of oil leakage. On units that do not show signs of leakage, the oil will be changed for the unit. Cases that show signs of leaks will be replaced free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The all wheel drive transfer case may leak oil, which can result in total oil loss of the transfer case. This could lock up the drive train and cause loss of vehicle control.

What Should You Do?

Dodge notified owners of affected vehicles starting in December 2002. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The Dodge recall number is B17.

Drive Train, May 14, 2002

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
May 14, 2002
NHTSA Action Number
PE02013
Potential Number of Units Affected
9,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
02V143002
Component
POWER TRAIN
Summary
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES BUILT BY MITSUBISHI MOTOR CORPORATION FOR DAIMLERCHRYSLER, A CONDITION EXISTS THAT ALLOWS OIL TO LEAK FROM THE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE TRANSFER CASE.
Consequence
LOW OIL LEVELS IN THE TRANSFER CASE COULD CAUSE BEARING DAMAGE AND RESULT IN DRIVE TRAIN LOCKUP, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE TRANSFER CASE FOR INDICATIONS OF OIL LEAKAGE. VEHICLES THAT HAVE NO OIL LEAKAGE WILL HAVE THE TRANSFER CASE OIL CHANGED. VEHICLES THAT HAVE OIL LEAKAGE WILL HAVE THE TRANSFER CASE RESEALED OR REPLACED IF NECESSARY. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DECEMBER 2, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
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DAIMLERCHRYSLER RECALL NO. B17. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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