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#273 of 386 Starter Assembly shorted out in 07 Commander
Sep 29, 2008 (1:00 pm)
The newest of the commander problems - out of town over the weekend and about 119 miles from home - shut the car off and filled up with gas - went to start the car back up and it was dead - completely dead in the water - nothing happened, no lights turned on - nothing----- simply dead. Being Sunday dealerships/rental places etc. all closed and 119 miles from home. Called the Chrysler/Daimer emergency number they had a flat bed truck come and bring the commander and us back to our state to our dealership! $413.00 later to tow the sucker!! PO'ed is a mere polite writing here - a 2007 commander with now about 13,287 in miles - first the water, now resolved, though heavily under the door sills and doors freezing all winter. Now this - talked w/dealership you can imagine first thing - they looked at it and informed me it was a starter assembly problem - electronic component which shorted out. How we ask it's an almost brand spanking no mileage vehicle. I've read many of you making similar comments about the car just shutting down electrically - well guess what I can now confirm just that and am only thankful I was at a service station as opposed to being stranded somewhere on a remote highway. Jeep is not the four letter word it should be to us!!!
#274 of 386 Re: The water under the door sills seems to be rectified [tidester]
Sep 29, 2008 (6:54 pm)
Sorry for the delay... the "culprit"!!! After deciding that I was simply going to drill a hole in the floor of my jeep in order for the water to have a place to evacuate, I lifted the carpet in preparation to do so and beneath the side panel (which I also removed) where the hood release is located, there is a hole in the floor with a blue reinforced tube that "should have been" inserted in the hole. It is apparently a drainage tube for the hood of the vehicle. I tested my hypothesis by spraying water on the hood of the car and placed a cup beneath the tubing. With only 10 sec of hosing, the cup was full. I simply replaced the tubing in the floor hole and the problem was fixed. Amazing the TSB had no mention of this being a possibility. The reassembly was as simple as tapping the moldings back into place. After removing the water with a super soaker towel, I sprayed the carpet liberally with Tilex Mildew and Mold Cleaner and aired the cabin out. I have pictures if anyone cares to see them... email me a docmarc36yahoo.com
#275 of 386 Re: The water under the door sills seems to be rectified [docmarc]
Sep 29, 2008 (8:34 pm)
That's great and thank for the update!
I have pictures if anyone cares to see them ...
You can post them right here - click on the link at the bottom of the page if you need help posting pictures.
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#276 of 386 Update on my 2008 lemon
Oct 13, 2008 (5:58 am)
Just wanted to post an update. Took my '08 4x4 Limited Hemi into the dealer on 10/8/08 for a Chrysler Corp scheduled "final attempt to repair" service appointment after my attorney sent "Request for repurchase under Georgia Lemon Law" letter. In the week before the appointment 3 of the issues I've had since the first day I picked up the vehicle on 2/28/08 were present. The stereo sound would intermittently go out upon start-up, the sunroof would reverse itself when auto closing if any button in the vehicle were touched, and the vehicle would stall randomly. When I brought the car in I had to move it forward once and it started then immediately stalled right in front of the Service Manager and Chrysler Rep who had come to tell me "what a fine vehicle" I had purchased.
So here it is Monday, 10/13/08. I'm still in the crappy Sebring rental as on Friday I was told they could not find a remedy for my stalling problem. I'm guessing that Chrysler Rep. will not be present when/if I can go pick up my "fine vehicle" that I've only been able to manage to put 5k miles on in 8 months because it's in the shop for weeks at a time.
Oct 27, 2008 (11:22 am)
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#278 of 386 Re: press request [kirstie_h]
Oct 27, 2008 (11:29 am)
I guess that wouldn't be me.
#279 of 386 Wouldn't be me as well!!
Oct 27, 2008 (11:36 am)
It surely wouldn't be me either - LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#280 of 386 Re: Transmission Problems [dreichert]
Jan 07, 2009 (2:45 pm)
I am having similar problems. When climbing hills, the vehicle starts to jerk around 40 mph. Also when going downhill, utilizing the manual downshifting does not seem to hold the vehicle back.
Did replacing the transmission fix your problems? Thanks!
#281 of 386 Jeep Commander Problems
Jan 11, 2009 (11:31 am)
Is anyone having a problem with the commander hesitating at low RPMs which alomst feels like it's stuck between gears and the engine doesn't know whether to down shift. You can hear what appears to be engine noise when this happens and also feel vibration. The noise sounds liuke the engine is sucking air or not getting the right air / gas mix. I do not have a check engine light on or any other sgnal telling me something is not right. Any help would greatly be appreciated!
#282 of 386 Re: Jeep Commander Problems [CommanderCrap]
Jan 12, 2009 (10:12 am)
You have left out lots of information...year, which engine (and which trans); 4x4 or 4x2, how many miles, cold weather, snow, etc.
However, assuming it's a 3.7 L like mine (which is a 2006), you might be describing the "feature" which limits the slippping of one or more tires, by 1) automatically applying the brake to the slipping wheel(s) and 2) lowering engine RPM. The noise you are hearing may be the brakes being applied. The engine slowing would make no noise, but it would mean that your foot is not controlling the throttle...it is being computer controlled. This is supposed to avoid making you spin out of control on wet roads, snow or ice. OR...
You could be describing a cold engine/trans symptom that I have encountered only once, when it was -6 in Chicago last month and the engine/trans had not warmed up for more than a few minutes. This I indeed attributed to the possibility of foul gasoline and I put a bottle of Fuel Injection Cleaner in the tank. I have not encountered the problem since and it has been darn cold.
So far I really like my Jeep. It is very sure footed in the snow. Much more so than my old Suburban.