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post #1 of 50 Old 07-14-2017, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Alternator Recall

NHTSA issues recall:

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post #2 of 50 Old 07-16-2017, 11:00 PM
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interesting. Few years ago they had the 160 amps recalled, now its all of them.

Plus, I thought only the 3.6 had electro-hydraulic steering?


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post #3 of 50 Old 07-17-2017, 10:52 AM
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turns out it is because the electro-hydraulic steering that the alternators fail.

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I wonder how many have failed, and if mileage is a factor?

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post #5 of 50 Old 07-17-2017, 09:56 PM
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I am planning to have my 2014 3.6 in the dealer tomorrow, is it too soon to show them this and cover the replacement then?
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I am planning to have my 2014 3.6 in the dealer tomorrow, is it too soon to show them this and cover the replacement then?
Generally they won't touch it until you have the official recall letter in hand.

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I'd keep an eye on that voltage reader till then. Right now mine teeters between 14 and 15 volts when engine is running. Probably a lot of things can go wrong if the voltage is not high enough, with all the electronics.

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Probably a stupid question, but are all recalls covered by the manufacture/dealer or is it only the safety recalls? Just wondering which on this falls under.
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FCA pays for recalls regardless. In the past they often offered a discount coupon on accessories or a few months of SIRIUS.

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Just got back from a long trip, and took a look under the hood. Found what seems like a carbon build-up on alternator and surrounding engine. I wiped with a cloth to see what it was. You can see it in this pic after I wiped it down, but it was much thicker when I found it. I have a service appointment to have it looked at, but didn't mention the recall. In my experience it's best to just state your problem and let them check it out. Can't get it in till 7-31. That's my scheduling problem. Will follow up when I get it in.
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That's probably rubber from the serpentine belt.

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That seems like a lot of rubber for a belt only 3 years old. Does anyone know of the alternator numbers effected so we can check if we have one of them?
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I wonder how many have failed, and if mileage is a factor?
Good question. My guess is the 160 amp ones are more prone to failure because they have to keep up with more load, whereas the 180 and 220 will fail later.

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Mine's the 220 amp, with less than 18,000 miles on it, and it looks to me like it may already be failing. I'll post more info after I get it in to the service dept.

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I just checked my alternator out, and have the same as jacko. Put my finger on the black material around the alternator and it's like a fine carbonacous material, sandy like. Don't think it's belt either because only the alternator has the dark material.

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