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#98 of 193 What a waste!
May 11, 2010 (7:45 am)
I purchased my 2007 Jeep Compass in Dec 07. Everything was going pretty well until last summer. I currently have around 65000 miles on it (I drive a lot!). Last summer I was parked outside for a couple days, and when I got in to drive, I was pelted with water coming from the map lights. It had been raining for a couple days. My entire floor was also wet. After that, I always made sure I was in the garage. Doesn't matter though. Car still leaks if it's raining and I am outside. Gonna have to take it in to the dealer I guess.
Also already had to replace the tie rods last summer. For a two year old car (at this point), this seems a little ridiculous. My wheels were so loose, it almost felt like they were going to fall off.
And currently, I hear a "whirring" noise when I drive. It almost sounds like a helicopter. I have no idea what is causing this, and no one else seems to know either.
I was really excited when I bought this car, as it had a lot of the features I was looking for. I was hoping to keep this car for a number of years. Now I just can't wait to get rid of it. What a waste. I expected a lot more from Jeep.
#99 of 193 No sunroof is 100% waterproof, but...
May 12, 2010 (5:48 am)
There is, indeed, a great deal of complaints here that tend to lead one to believe that everyone expects their sunroof to be as watertight as a submarine hatch. This just isn't the case. Most sunroofs, regardless of manufacturer, allow some water to sneak by.
Why? We're dealing with a hole in a metal roof that expands and contracts with temperature, and we're using a compression seal that isn't pressed very hard into that hole.
That being said, there are two very important things to know and check if water is ending up in your map light. First, travel-limit of the glass in the closed position needs to be optimized. When we push the "close sunroof" button, there is a limit that tells the motor to stop. If it doesn't go far enough or too far, the seal isn't able to stop most of the water. Secondly, the the small amount of water that does get past the seal must have a drain path. If your drains that lead down through the windshield frame pillars are clogged, the water pools where it can. Where is the lowest point near the sunroof? Yup, the map light.
If you go back through the archives here, you'll read how some folks didn't have a problem if they parked a particular way. This is because they parked with the Compass tilted with the "working" drain on the downhill side.
Next time it rains, park your Compass level, slide the opaque sun screen open, and bring a flashlight and an umbrella. Point your flashlight into the sunroof tracked area and watch how some water drips right past the seal. You should see some drips, but not a constant, steady flow.
Once you determine which side allows the most "drip-by", open the sunroof, stick your umbrella up through it, open your umbrella and look with your flashlight where that "drip-by" was going. It should be heading towards the drains running along the sides of the windshield. If they are clogged, you'll need to clear them out, either with compressed air or have them "snaked" with something to clear the blockage.
Remember, travel limit and drains. These are what need to be checked and you stand a good chance of eliminating that "wet map light" problem.
For the record, I bought an '07 Compass in Sept. '06. I have over 81k miles on it. I had a slight "wet map light" issue (until I figured out the issue) and I also had a "whirring noise" which turned out to be a failed alternator bearing. Overall, I am happy with my Compass.
#100 of 193 Leaking Map Lights on my '09 Jeep Compass
May 25, 2010 (8:26 pm)
I just hit 25,000 miles with my '09 Jeep Compass only to have my map lights start leaking last week. Fortunately for me I called my local Jeep dealership who told me exactly how to unplug the drains myself (unless I wanted to pay them $100+ for the service). I am proud to report that I have fixed the leak (living in Portland OR and parking outside all day is a great test for my handiwork!). Here's all you need to do: open up your sunroof, put a small step stool or ladder next to the drivers' side door, grab a flashlight and a large pitcher of very hot water and climb up. There is a drain hole in each corner side of the front opening of the sunroof (flashlight helps locate them). I slowly poured the hot water and it immediately drained thru my left side drain (I parked in the garage and heard it hitting/dripping onto the floor) but my right side drain just pooled the water. It very slowly drained so I waited about 30 minutes and got a 2nd pitcher of very hot water and climbed back up. The water still didn't sail thru the right drain but I was patient and eventually the pitcher of hot water worked its way up to a fast drain. It's been pouring rain again this week and knock wood my map lights have not leaked since. I plan on doing my hot water clean-out every few months to avoid any future clogs. After I backed my Jeep out of the garage I inspected the pools of water on the floor and it was obviously very gritty/sooty so these drains must be prone to collecting crud. I thought I'd post this to save others from the money & hassle of going to the dealership. Thanks to the helpful guy at NW Jeep!
#101 of 193 Compass Acceleration
Jun 10, 2010 (11:52 am)
I have a 2008 Compass Sport 4X4 with 2.4 engine and CVT. When I start out in the morning, it won't accelerate, just goes very slow for several hundred feet. If I push the accelerator hard, it sometimes jumps ahead when the fuel feed catches. This is a potentially dangerous situation that the dealer cannot diplicate. Anyone else have this problem? Thanks!
#102 of 193 Re: Front end noise [compass07]
Jul 06, 2010 (6:02 pm)
Help Please!! I am having the same issue and the dealership is not helping me. My warranty has just expired after they supposedly fixed the problem. 2 weeks later now it is worse than before! If you could please let me know how you resolved your issue I will greatly appreciate it!
#103 of 193 Re: Jeep fuel problem [arcstriker]
Jul 08, 2010 (1:22 pm)
I am having this exact same problem. When I took it to the shop they were telling me that it was a sensor in the tire which I did not believe. Now, a week later, I still do not have my car and they are telling me it will be another week before they can even look at it. I have a 10-year, 100,000 mile warranty. Is this problem covered under the warranty?
#104 of 193 Re: Anybody had this issue? [specvern03]
Jul 19, 2010 (3:43 pm)
I have a similar issue. I live in Mexico City (2000 Kilometers above the sea level) and I have no problem at all, but when I get to the beach, the problem appears, when I try to accelerate to pass another car the accelerator pedal does not respond, and the engine losses power. I need to depress the accelerator pedal to try to get a response again. This may become a safety issue in an emergency situation. Does any one has an idea of what this problem might be? Something similar to the problem in accelarators in some Toyota models?
#105 of 193 Re: Anybody had this issue? [jorgemx]
Jul 19, 2010 (4:18 pm)
I was thinking the same thing when the recall was released. When the news broke I checked my vin and it was clean of recalls. I need to check again. Its crazy, Toyota's can't stop and ours won't go. I guess it's better then the latter.
I am hesitant to continue to take it to dealers. I don't have the time to waste with them telling me they cannot find any issues. It almost sees like Jeep/Dodge/Chrysler is penny-pinching everything even when it comes to checking out warranty problems.
#106 of 193 Re: Musty, moldy smell in 2007 Compass [jmoevans]
Aug 19, 2010 (9:24 pm)
I have an 07 compass that has the "musty smell" I took it to the dealer and the chimps put it under a sprinkler and told me they could not find anything. What a bunch of bone heads! I told them that it must be coming from underneath. They just could not wrap there little chimp brains around that idea. I have heard of people having leaks from under the car. Can anyone be spacific as to the location. I will have to hold the little chimps hand and point to it for him. I like my compass but my wife wants the stinky thing gone! Someone please help me fix it.
#107 of 193 Re: Musty, moldy smell in 2007 Compass [pincher]
Aug 19, 2010 (11:11 pm)
The odor is likely coming from your air conditioning system where water accumulates and allows mildew to develop. In any case, I don't think that insulting technicians and mechanics with crude name calling is particularly helpful and reflects poorly on someone looking for help. Stop to consider that some of those same technicians and mechanics who frequent our Forums may be less willing to offer guidance given those comments.
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