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#3114 of 4362 Will Alignment be Free when Ball Joints Replaced?
Dec 15, 2004 (6:37 am)
Ok, so Dodge got forced into replacing upper ball joints on 2000 to 2003 Dakotas. It is my understanding that once the upper ball joints are replaced, the dealer doing the wheel work will need to do a front end alignment. Is Dodge going to pick up the cost for front end alignment? I don't think Dakota owners should have to pay a penny for problems created by Dodge.
Also, does anyone know when reall notices will be mailed? I've read where the Dodge spokesmen said notices will be mailed at the end of the month (I assume they are referring to December/04). Can anyone confirm that. It would be nice for Dakotas owners to have ball joints replace early January, versus some way off date. I hope this thing does not drag out.
#3115 of 4362 Re: That's nothing Spike50 [mopar67] - Insurance
Dec 15, 2004 (2:08 pm)
I actually switched my bike from Erie to Progressive and saved a bunch. Paying $114/yr vs $466/yr for the same coverage. I was paying $200+ last yr but I guess Erie doesn't want any bikes on the policy with a jump like that. Hopefully, I'll never see how they cover a claim.
#3116 of 4362 Re: Overheating [opera_house_wk]
Dec 15, 2004 (5:11 pm)
That "Fan sound" you are hearing during the first few minutes of driving is completely normal. If you actually start to 'track' when it happens, you will find that it occours the worst between 40F and 60F degrees. You are correct that the thermal fanclutch is simply taking its sweet time to disenguage. Not a real problem at all.
BTW: I am glad to hear that you pinpointed the fanclutch as the issue.... there have been MANY folks that thought their automatic transmissoin was sticking in gear. (Although the tachometer told them it was not.)
#3117 of 4362 Re: Will Alignment be Free when Ball Joints Replaced? [slowrider]
Dec 19, 2004 (10:48 am)
Last week, my husband called to get an appointment for an oil change and to get his recalled wiper problem taken care of. The service person asked if he wanted to leave it for the day and they would also replace the upper ball joints. We never got any kind of formal recall information, the service person just offered to have it done.
This was done on Friday but nothing was said about a front-end allignment and there is nothing in the paperwork. Is a front-end allignment something that absolutely should be done if the ball joints are replaced?
BTW, the upper ball joint recall was listed as recall #D47 on the receipt.
#3118 of 4362 Re: Will Alignment be Free when Ball Joints Replaced? [thirdof4]
Dec 19, 2004 (2:37 pm)
Technically, Yes. The dealers may have convinced themselves that they can get by without one if they do one side at a time. That procedure won't allow "too" much movement within the steering linkage (ball joints a part of that) and minimize any misalignment but some can be introduced. If it's only a slight amount, it's not absolutely neccessary to get an alignment.
If your tires are old (1/2 life), don't worry about it. When you get new tires at about 50K+ down the road on the OEMs, you probably need an alignment anyway. I've banged into a few things on the trail (4x4), so I'll pay for my own alignment after I get a free Mopar ball-joint replacement (hopefully). It seems I ought to make a call to see if my dealer is as accommodating as yours.
Dec 22, 2004 (3:14 pm)
Tried to remove my fan shroud to do some work on my 01 with 3.9L. Gingerly removed the top two nuts and then went to work on the one below the battery and compressor. Didn't seem to get anywhere and then noticed fluid leaking. The DC engineers decided to put the steel stud through to the overflow tank. I'd had enough and just put it back together. It's down to a drip now and then. Now the top studs spin even though I greased the threads when I put the nuts back on. You can hold the stud with a 4mm socket and use a wrench, but just try and do that on the lower one. Just a warning to the rest of you. Just another example of bad DC engineering.
#3120 of 4362 Power Door Locks Screeching
Dec 23, 2004 (12:26 pm)
My power door lock on the drivers side is making a screehing noise when it goes down. I had a similar problem on the passenger side just before my warranty expired and DC fixed it. I have heard this problem reported on other forums and believe it is fairly common. Has anyone encountered this and made the repair and if so what was the degree of dificulty and cost of parts.
#3121 of 4362 Got My Letter
Dec 24, 2004 (2:12 am)
Interesting that it'll take 2 hrs of labor but it's all free. I'll be "clunk-free" later in the day on Dec 30.
#3122 of 4362 RE: Got My Letter
Dec 24, 2004 (5:32 am)
I got my letter yesterday. My Dak goes in on Dec 28th. Hopefully, this eliminates the clunking noises.
#3123 of 4362 high pitched whistle on a cold day
Dec 30, 2004 (6:56 am)
by '03 dakota (v6)has a high pitched whistle which seems to happen on cold days (say 20 decress f and below). the sound can be heard easily in the cab and seems to be related to the engine speed.
has anyone else had this problem and is there a fix???