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#66 of 90 Called Chrysler Corporate about possible Recall
Aug 24, 2012 (8:57 am)
I have a 2006 Jeep Commander Limited, bought it a year and a half ago, low miles, great condition EXCEPT things keep going wrong with it!
About 6 months ago, driving to work my radio/navi screen all of a sudden went black! I banged on it a few times, it momentarily came back on but has basically been blacked out since. Every now and then it comes back on for a few minutes, or I get horribly annoying horizontal lines running up and down on the screen. I've read on several forums that this is a common problem, and unfortunately the only "solution" according to Jeep is to have the entire unit replaced for a cool $2500! I don't think so!
Within the last few months I had also started noticing a gurgling sound coming from my sunroof area after it would rain when I started driving, but I couldn't really see what it was. Low and behold I get in the car after work one day, it had been raining on and off all day, and as I start driving I start hearing this swishing sound and what do I find? A huge puddle of water swishing back and forth on my passenger side floor!!! How infuriating is it that I start researching that issue and it ALSO seems to be quite a common problem!
I couldn't help but think maybe there had been Recalls issued on these that I just missed, but no of course not, that would make it too simple and too fair to those of us dealing w/ this s*it!
So I called Chrysler corporate, ran it by them and it was "this is the first time we hear of this issue on these vehicles." I asked them what needed to be done to get a recall going for these since they are ALL OVER the net and the rep told me they need more ppl to call and report the problem directly to them. Once they get a sufficient amount of complaints the company can push for a recall. Frustrating and annoying as this is, all I can say is for you guys to PLEASE CALL CORPORATE!!! REPORT THIS STUFF!!! 877-426-5337
In the meantime they set me up w/ a Chrysler caseworker who called my dealer and wants me to bring the truck in for "diagnosis" so they can "try to help" me. I'm not completely confident that they're not going to try charge me an arm and a leg, but I'll argue that till the end if the time comes, I'm done dumping money into this vehicle. Worst purchase ever!
#67 of 90 Re: 2006 Commander Leak [bwilliams10]
Sep 11, 2012 (11:34 pm)
I too have a 2006 Commander Hemi; I purchased it new. My car first stalled on the highway after two years; my gauge said I had a quarter tank left. However, the sending unit malfunctioned and I was on empty. Fixed under warranty. Then the Trans Over Temp warning kept coming on. For several months the Temp light would come on at random and the car would stall; sometimes at low speeds, sometimes on the highway doing 60MPH! The dealership replaced the sensor and it still came on and still stalled. Then they hardwired the Temp sensor to the ECU. Still came on. Then a Trans specialist at the dealer looked at it; the transmission was actually overheating; the Trans pump was failing causing the care to Trans to overheat and make the car stall. They dropped the transmission, rebuilt it and it stalls no more. However, the car intermittently does not start. This they cannot figure out.
The new issue, which was discovered a few months ago was the exhaust manifolds are warped and both have broken bolts. New forged manifolds won't be in until Sept 24, 2012. They know there is a problem with this so I we get yours checked. The excessive heat in the engine compartment has caused the paint to peel on the hood. It appears as bubbles and when you touch them the paint falls off revealing a white powder.
#68 of 90 Dealer fixed the leak!!
Sep 13, 2012 (1:04 am)
I took the Jeep into the dealer after having gone to Speedy Auto Glass because of the front floor board flooding on the driver's side. I thought they did a faulty installation of my windshield. But this had been almost a year ago. The technician said problems usually show up immediately. He did a test and the windshield was fine. He was nice enough to help me out and found a clogged drain tube by the sunroof. He even cleaned it out which wasn't that easy. He ran water on that side of the car and Viola, no more leak.
But the next time it rained I discovered a flooded floor board on the passenger side. I took the '06 Commander Limited to the dealer and he got it fixed.
I told him I was very skeptical because of all the complaints I had read on the internet and wanted to know if the dealership guaranteed the work. He said yes and then took me into the parking lot and ran lots of water all over the sunroof. No leaks.
I asked him to tell me what he did. I told him I wanted to post it on the internet. It has been about 3 months ago that he did the fix and there have been at least 6 or 7 rain storms since then and no signs of leaking. So I am finally posting what he told me as his fix worked for me.
He said this leakage problem occurs when the sunroof is not totally in line with the roof. If the sunroof is either too high or too low it compresses the gasket either too little or too much leading to leaks. To correct the problem first you need to place the sunroof in the "vent" position. Then look for 2 (two) allen screws on both the right and left sides of the sunroof. On my Jeep they are silver in color and easy to see against all the other black trim and rubber. Loosen the screws and make the necessary adjustments. He said this might take several attempts to get the sunroof perfectly in line with the rest of the roof.
I hope this is an easy fix. It sounds simple enough but then I didn't have to do it. Good luck.
#69 of 90 Leak is no problem!
Oct 20, 2012 (4:23 am)
Lets not toss the baby out with the bath water! In this case, rain water.
The "blue tube" issue is a piece of cake, and if anyone charged you $250 to blow it out, they ripped you off! It doesn't even require any tools! The problem isn't the tube, but the grommet in the floor the tube plugs into. It is crimped at the end and gets plugged up from debris from the road. The water can't drain and overflows the catch pan of the sunroof, into your roof liner, down the b-pillars to the dash and floor pan.
Just pull the door kick plate(snapped on by clips) then pull the side molding from the under dash foot area, by pulling from the front toward the back. Held on by two clips as well. This will reveal the "blue tube". Lift up carpet to see black rubber grommet the tube goes into. It's soft rubber, so pull tube out of grommet, and then the grommet out of floor pan. The end of the grommet is crimped and exposed to the undercarriage, so it needs to be cleaned off. Then, just blow into the tube ( or use air compressor), to move any debris out. Open sunroof and clean out any leaves or dirt out of the pan and away from the drain holes in the front corners of the sunroof pan.
Took less than 15min. Poor design but easy fix.
Also may want to peel the tape from the drain holes in the bottom of the doors. Mine were also collecting water. Hope it helps!
#70 of 90 Re: 2006 Commander Leak [swift1776]
Dec 17, 2012 (11:07 pm)
I had the same problem with my 06 with 65k miles. The sunroof was an easy fix after pulling back the carpet and cleaning out the sunroof drain tubes. The transmission light it another story... The light would come on intermittenly and would turn off automatically or after a restart. Took it to the dealer 2 times where it remained the first time for a few days and the second time for 4 weeks. They could not get it to replicate this and told me everything appeared to be operating normally and gave me the runaround that it may be the solenoid pack(replaced less than 1 year prior at the same dealership)or the computer or some bypass valve. I called jeep corporate to inform them of the issue with the dealership and vehicle and they were of no help. so I pulled it out of service. Overall, I was very dissatisfied with the dealer for not even offering a refund for the diagnostic fee which they could not dianose and for jeep corporate with there lack of assitance. Really makes me hesitant to own another jeep product as i have been a loyal owner since driving nothing but jeeps for 11 years. Thanks jeep. your awesome and really know to keep your customers coming back. Not!
#71 of 90 Re: Called Chrysler Corporate about possible Recall [jmarz514]
Dec 27, 2012 (8:54 am)
So after going back to dealer what has happened? we have an 06 commander also and believe this should be something that was disclosed when purchasing vehicle which we bought new have had this problem before, dealer took care of it but now vehicle is out of warranty and now 6 to 7 yrs later they tell us that it needs regular maintenance for this problem. So for yours, ours and everyone out there with this problem I am going to call
#72 of 90 Water leak, no radio and dodgy gauges
Jan 01, 2013 (11:15 am)
I have an '06 Commander that I've had since new. For the first time yesterday I had water leaking out both A-pillars and a distinct sloshing sound on turns. Shortly after that the radio started cutting in and out and the speedo and tach started moving erratically. Assorted dash warning light coming on and off completed the picture.
I have never had leaks before but based on all of these posts it's clear I am not alone. Now the radio comes on but there is no sound at all.
Had generally had a good experience other than horrendous gas mileage and a windshield that seems to be a magnet for every pebble out there.
Will check the drain tubes but I fear the radio is toast. There should be a recall for this.
#73 of 90 Re: Water leak, no radio and dodgy gauges [thisisrich]
Jan 01, 2013 (4:15 pm)
Isn't a shame that there has been no recall. I guess you will have to join all of us Commander owners who cannot leave our garages when it rains. And when we have to, we always have a tarp come along w/us..... Something should be done! Shame on you Jeep!!!
#74 of 90 Re: Water leak, no radio and dodgy gauges [fairwinds]
Jan 03, 2013 (8:54 am)
I have an '07 Commander Ltd Hemi that has been leaking for over a year. Thought initially it was a faulty install of a new windshield. Windshield company ran water tests and told me the leak was coming from eroded fasteners on floorboard.
Carpets are molded.
Recently, the front windows do not open and the radio does not shut off when I turn off the car.
I have 1 more month on the lease, and I am dreading turn in.
#75 of 90 Re: Water leak, no radio and dodgy gauges [alloyfinder]
Jan 04, 2013 (4:44 pm)
This was the solution to the leaking sunroof issue that you are experiencing. It was due to a design flaw of the draining tubes. This YouTube video shows how to remedy the problem.