Several Issues - Dealer Still Hasn't Fixed - Can Anyone Help Me?
2006 WK, 5.7 with 94k miles. For the last month, my Jeep has been to the dealer 4 times. Can anyone help me or suggest something? This is beyond frustrating.
Jeep initially went in because "Transmission Over Temp" kept displaying and the cooler would kick on. This would happen completely random, sometimes immediately upon starting up after sitting over night. This issue was finally corrected when a new PCM was installed. Prior to that, a new idler pulley was installed, new belt, tranny fluid drained/replaced, both filters replaced, new transfer case motor, new battery, and here we are. While the tranny over temp warning doesn't come on any more, I'm still having several issues. I originally thought they were tranny issues (due to the overheating warning), but I'm not sure.
I'm getting some hard shifts, usually between 1st and 2nd. When coasting, you can feel the jeep start to lug and a noise that I can only describe as a lugging sound will start. If you let off the gas completely or accelerate, pushing the engine to a higher or lower RPM seems to cause the noise to go away.
When driving along there will be an audible clunk from underneath. You can also feel this clunk in the gas pedal. To me, it feels exactly like a bad ujoint, but dealer has checked the ujoints and says they are fine (really, with 94k miles on them)? I also read that these models have an issue with front differential mounts. Those were checked as well, nothing loose. This clunk is pretty regular, but dealer says "the car will pass inspection".
There is also this sifting issue when coasting. If you are maintaining about 35-40mph and just coasting along, there will be times when you can feel the jeep lose power for a split second. You can see the RPMs drop suddenly and then go back to where they were. It's almost like a pulsating feeling.
The dealer is starting to think I'm crazy - and they have looked at the car now 4 times (under warranty) and I feel like they are just throwing parts at it without addressing to main issue - a bad or failing transmission. I'm going to call Chrysler Warranty today and see what they recommend. I'm in sales and I drive a lot, so I need to get these issues fixed.
Does anyone have any advice or other things to look at? Any other suggestions or any thing that would be of value?