Jeep holds first Gladiator pickup recallSeptember 14, 2019
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced the launch of a revocable campaign that will affect nearly 3,500 new Jeep Gladiators due to improperly lubricated driveshafts.
A recall notice from the National Road Safety Association states that some Jeep Gladiators released between December 15, 2018 and June 25, 2019 may have a rear propeller shaft that was assembled without lubrication in a one-piece joint.
The National Road Safety Association notes that a monoblock joint without lubrication can overheat, tighten, and ultimately break the driveshaft. This can lead to loss of power if rear-wheel drive is activated on the pickup and the driveshaft can completely separate from the car, which can lead to an accident. The recall stated that some customers may hear noise or feel vibration before the propeller shaft is destroyed.
FCA first learned about this problem in June, when 4 cardan shafts were sent for warranty repairs and were sent for analysis. It was found that all of them were assembled without lubrication in a monoblock connection. A total of 3,427 vehicles will be recalled, of which 5%, according to company estimates, may have this problem.
To fix this, technicians will simply install a new rear propeller shaft, in which the monoblock joint is properly lubricated. FCA will also reimburse costs to all Gladiator owners who have already paid for the repair.
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