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More 9-speed fixes

by Bill Cawthon on

Automotive News Larry Vellequette reported that FCA US will soon tell customers about a software fix for the 9-speed automatic transmission in 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokees and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans with four-cylinder engines.

Complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say problems include hard shifts, lunging and other issues. There have been no reported crashes or injuries related to the problem, and there have been no complaints about the 2015 Cherokee or the 2015 Chrysler 200.

Owners of 2014-15 Cherokees and some 2015 Chrysler 200s will be notified in mid to late February that they may return to dealerships to have updated transmission software installed. Mr. Vellequette and Allpar sources wrote that the software update is already available at dealerships for customers who ask for it; some dealership personnel said it seemed to be effective.  Discussion / details.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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