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Recall for 2018 Jeeps: no known failures

by David Zatz on

FCA US is recalling certain 2018 Jeep Cherokee and Compass vehicles with 2.4 liter four-cylinder engines, because around 358 vehicles may have a cracked oil pump housing that may cause the engine to stall.

Not all 2018 Cherokees and Compasses with the 2.4 engine have a problem; owners are to take them to dealers for an inspection.  The suspect oil pump/balance shaft module was provided by well-established supplier Metaldyne, in Indiana, and the company believes 357 of them were built into 2018 Cherokees and just one was built into a Jeep Compass.  Production dates for the Cherokee would be September 9-September 28, 2017 (the production date is listed on a door sticker).

The company will start mailing out notices to owners on December 13, with a followup notice when replacement parts are available. For more information, contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall T65; US residents can also visit the government site at safercar.gov. Dealers may not be aware of the issue (or may not be able to examine the parts properly) yet.

The issue does not appear to have caused any actual on-the-road problems; the supplier told FCA that there was an issue with one specific housing on September 13. Two days later, FCA opened an investigation; on October 5, various groups in the company confirmed the suspect vehicle list.

The affected part number is 05047992AC.

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