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Unread 08-14-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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2008 Jeep Patriot Alternator/Transmission issue

I just had the transmission replaced in my 2008 Jeep Patriot (limited edition, 2.0l 4-cyl) a month ago under warranty due to the transmission slipping and making a whining noise. This week I noticed the same issues (slipping/whining noise), however not as bad as before. Took it to the dealer who claims the alternator is bad. I then took the Jeep to AutoZone and hooked it up to the meter. The readings on the meter seemed fine at 14.4 - 14.5 amps. Also, I can not hear any noises indicating the bearing is going bad. Was not sure if anyone had any similar issues to this. Any help would be appreciated.

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Unread 08-14-2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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Ive heard of both. Trannies and Alts whining.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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I guess my main concern is whether or not it could still be the alternator if it is putting out 14.5 amps. I called the dealer back today and they are still maintaining that the alternator is bad. They are saying it is a lose bearing. I have no issue changing the alternator if needed (although I am not paying them $480 to do it, I will change it myself), just wanted to make sure I am not getting screwed by the dealer.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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Well yeah a bad bearing wouldnt have an effect on output until it seizes.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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Ok, thanks for your help! I just wanted to make sure.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:03 PM   #6
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Any codes pulled by the dealer? What did they do to diagnose it?
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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:45 PM   #7
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The dealer has not been very helpful throughout this entire process. We actually just called a little bit ago to get some additional info and were told the dealer only listened to the alternator with some type of stethoscope. They did not remove the alternator and inspect it. They said that the transmission was not giving them any codes and as car as they were concerned it was not a transmission related problem.

Also, the service rep said that we "only requested them to find the source of the noise", even though we specifically wrote what the issue was on the overnight drop envelope. We were also disappointed that we were charged a $57 diagnostic fee for this as we feel a transmission slipping is a powertrain warranty issue regardless of the cause.When we asked about having the fee refunded, we were told this was not an option.

The service rep then told us that this was normal behavior for a jeep and that we were just not use to it yet. However, this issue did not exist for the first 3 -4 years of ownership (we purchased the vehicle new). Also, when we originally discussed the issue with the dealer( yesterday) they told us the alternator was causing the problem with the transmission and now they are saying the transmission is acting normally?

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Unread 08-16-2013, 05:51 AM   #8
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Take it to an independent shop to verify the dealer's diagnostics. Having repairs or second opinions at another shop shouldn't void any warranty you may still have. Good luck.
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