How will Chrysler get out of paying for this?
Had a nice surprise last week when my son returned home in the Jeep. Loss of power, lots of noise, check engine, misfiring, etc. Codes indicated two cylinders misfiring and camshaft synchronizer problem.
Turns out there was a recall (TSB E05) of 05s built from Dec 04 to Feb 05 of the OPDA (Oil Pump Drive Assembly), also known as the camshaft synchronizer. I was able to poke around and find the problem (see pictures). Turns out that it was already replaced back in 05 as a result of the recall but the same thing happened again.
Of course, Huffines says they have to put it together and diagnose what the problem is (I guess it's too obvious from looking at the parts!) and go from there.
I'm not sure how they are going to try and wiggle out of paying for this one (should be covered under 7 year/70K miles drivetrain warranty) but I'm prepared to do battle. Kicker is it's an 05 with 16K miles so that throws just about all of their arguments out of the window. I'm waiting to hear from them on Monday!
Damage to internal camshaft
Damage to OPDA/camshaft synchronizer
RedHotRubi: 05 Rubicon Unlimited: RE 4.5 SA Lift, 33 MTRs, Diamond Offroad Rear Bumper, Skid Row Gas, Engine and Steering Skid, Baertrax Buttface & Tie Rod, HEM4x4 Front Bumper, Warn M8000 winch