Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Two locations in NH: One near Concord, the other at the 45th.
I'm not sure on the crossbars, but I think the arrows should all be pointing forward. They are on my Patriot which is a sibling to the Compass and a cousin to the Caliber. Since I used to carry a canoe on the roof I did not put the locking pins into the crossbars; that way I could take the crossbars off and my canoe would fit snugly between the side rails.
As for the hesitation under load, the most obvious possibility is that you need new plugs. Patriot plugs are only good for 30,000 miles which isn't very long by 21st Century standards. Changing plugs is an easy project on these engines but you'll probably need an extension to reach them down there. My favorite hint is to use the coil pack to get the new plugs started to avoid cross-threading.
Misfire under load is a classic symptom of a failing coil and each cylinder has its own coil pack. If it is a bad coil pack you don't have to replace all four, just get one and try it in each cylinder till the problem goes away. That said, I've had two Jeep Patriots with a total of 400,000 miles and never had to replace a coil pack on either. Try the plugs first, they're a heck of a lot cheaper.
If those guesses don't help, here's a long shot. Uneven tire wear or odd sized tires can confuse the ECM. This happened on my first Patriot. Never from a stop, but any time I was moving and put a load on it, like an entrance ramp or climbing a hill at speed, I would get a strong stutter as if the engine quit for an entire RPM -- more than just one cylinder misfiring. It was only for an instant and it would go away immediately, like I said, just like a single RPM, but if it was a long climb it might happen again. In my case I had different sized tires front to rear. Once I got new tires it ran smooth as silk.
I hope one of those ideas works. Good luck!
Last edited by Jasmine; 07-17-2019 at 01:47 AM.