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Old 05-21-2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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2010 Wrangler Recall - Fire Hazard



All of you that own 2010 Wranglers with Auto transmissions please be aware that Chrysler/Jeep will be issuing a recall this month to address a problem where the vehicle can catch fire. The skid plate on the automatic sits close to the cat converter where debris can collect and once the converter heats up it can start a fire.

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Chrysler Recalls Jeep Wranglers that Could Catch Fire - Driver's Seat - WSJ

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Old 05-21-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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We already have at least a half dozen threads about this.

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Old 05-21-2012, 07:47 AM   #3
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While not partial to conspiracy theories: I think the post WW2 the Jeep was originally designed to be a luxury vehicle much like Cadillac Buick however Jeep knew in future designs they would be highly prone to fires so the idea was luxury idea was scrapped and the spun it into an All Terrain, Utility Vehicle. To engineer around the fire problem original Engineers being Engineers proposed a snorkeling system and many mount points for fire extinguishers so customers could either, 1: Drive into a nearby body of water if on fire. 2: Calmly get out of the vehicle, unmount the fire extinguisher and put the fire out. Makes sense once you connected dots. No other US vehicle has this capability. Once again another example of how we are being led by the nose ring by The Man. Like I said, no conspiracy theorist here :-)
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:05 AM   #4
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That's not totally accurate. If you have a 10 auto with the skid "bar" it's not recalled. I don't understand the level of panic from this. 14 vehicles (autos) out of 87,000 that were wheeled and had debris caught in the skid plate did catch fire from the cat. as the heat source. The design was later changed in the 10's and the 11's etc. have a skid "bar". The manuals aren't affected because they don't have the skid plate like the autos., as by now we all know. The skid plates just had to be inspected for debris as should be done after that type of use. That's just common sense. Now, if it was some type of spontaneous electrical situation that started causing numerous vehicle fires in 10's for no particular reason I could see that level of concern.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:12 AM   #5
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That's not totally accurate. If you have a 10 auto with the skid "bar" it's not recalled. I don't understand the level of panic from this. 14 vehicles (autos) out of 87,000 that were wheeled and had debris caught in the skid plate did catch fire from the cat. as the heat source. The design was later changed in the 10's and the 11's etc. have a skid "bar". The manuals aren't affected because they don't have the skid plate like the autos., as by now we all know. The skid plates just had to be inspected for debris as should be done after that type of use. That's just common sense. Now, if it was some type of spontaneous electrical situation that started causing numerous vehicle fires in 10's for no particular reason I could see that level of concern.
Agreed. Most cars are built for one terrain (asphalt/concrete) so it's predictable what if anything you might pick up. It's a little like recalling a car for a possible radiator failure when a rabbit is impaled in it.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:18 AM   #6
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Agreed. Most cars are built for one terrain (asphalt/concrete) so it's predictable what if anything you might pick up. It's a little like recalling a car for a possible radiator failure when a rabbit is impaled in it.
I would have thought deer instead of rabbit, but ok.
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May 20, 2012 12:00 am • The Associated Press

DETROIT - Chrysler is recalling nearly 87,000 Jeep Wranglers in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere due to a risk of fires.
The recall affects only Wranglers from the 2010 model year that have automatic transmissions and were built before July 14, 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted Saturday on its website.
Debris can get caught between a plate that protects the transmission and the catalytic converter, causing a fire. A catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system and uses heat and precious metals to control pollution.
Chrysler knows of at least 14 complaints of fires caused by the problem with 2010 Wranglers. The company says it doesn't know of any injuries. It said debris can get trapped when the SUVs drive off-road or in tall brush.
Chrysler, which makes the classic Wrangler and other Jeeps, will fix the problem free of charge by replacing the plate with a bar so debris doesn't get caught.
The recall affects about 68,000 Wranglers in the U.S., 6,000 in Canada, 1,500 in Mexico and about 11,000 in other countries, Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said. Chrysler will contact all the owners by mail. Recall work is expected to begin this month.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also checked Wranglers from the 2007 through 2012 model years and determined that only the 2010 models had the debris problem. Mayne said the 2010 Wranglers had a transmission plate and catalytic converter that were configured differently than the Wranglers from the other model years.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:45 AM   #8
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I would have thought deer instead of rabbit, but ok.
I must make that call to the dealer one day.
Me, "Yes I'd like to make an appointment for some warranty work."
Service advisor, "Certainly, when would you like to bring it in?"
Me, "As soon as possible as its quite serious.".
Service advisor, "Certainly Sir what seems to be the problem?".
Me, "I think I have a cooling issue and the cooling level won't maintain full"
service Advisor, "Well that is quite serious. Can you tell me when this started."
Me, "Well I was driving at night and I heard a noise coming from the front of the vehicle. It stopped and I didn't hear it again so i drove home. When I got home I noticed the temperature was higher than normal. Like almost pointing to H instead of in the middle of the gauge as normal (pause, pause)".
Service Advisor, "Well that's certainly not normal however it could be a number of things so we need to get you in here so we can have a look at it"
Me, "Well make sure you have you best Tech available as I've been through this before and I don't want to have to keep bringing it back for the same issue. Make sure your Tech knows how to use a decision tree on the diagnosis computer. I'm not ignorant of mechanics and the complexity of modern vehicles. In fact I've done some Pre-diagnosis already.
Service Advisor: "Completely understand Sir. What have you found so far?"
Me, "Well I'm not sure if its the issue or even related but the next morning i noticed an obstruction in the area of the radiator cooling fins. As soon as I pulled the antler out, coolant came streaming out. Go figure"
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