Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Belleville, ON, Canada
Well I had my CVT thoughly checked by my selling dealer who is about 180km east of Toronto. The tech assumed nothing and after a long test drive took it into the bay and performed a detailed suite of tests include fluid level check (we can't do it). Unlike a regular automatic a CVT cannot disengage while in motions and there is a lock torque converter which is programmed to unlock just before stopping. This according to him is causing the problem. He confirmed that it is occurring at the correct moment. Yes Chrysler has many other report about this but this dealer had not heard of it before. I test drove a 2008 and it had no issues. However my 2009 was not cooperating, the shutters will weak. Typical of when to take a vehicle in the symptom was pale in comparison to what occurred on my way home. 2hrs later I am at home and unless the CVT fails or something goes in it. There is no resolution at this time. A program change may address this in the future otherwise it stands as it is.
I brought up the screech rear breaks problem and that is know and as a result of the pads used. Some harder pads cause this and/or if there is a hard spot on the pad. Changing the pads is the only solution which I'll do soon since the snow should be gone in a few weeks!!! Right.
The shuddering does not reflect on the longevity of the CVT (thats the good new). Also the cooler option for it is primarily to cool the engine oil, yes engine oil which get hotter when towing. There is a built in CVT cooler already there according to the tech. Hence not need for that option. If was going to be doing some long runs towing I'll plan ahead and have a good synthetic oil in the engine and/or 5w30 which handles the heat better. The majority of my trailer activities are in the fall or winter. I thinks is cold enough to keep it under control.
Well that the latest update. Although I was more statisfied at this dealer due to the concern expressed and the time, due diligence shown and effort put into getting to the bottom of the problem. I don't alter my DON'T BUY position and that would be for any product they make. I can assure all this is my last in a long list of vehicles since 1973 which I owned. The push to offshore next is pretty much certain.
Jeep Compass 2009
4x4, 2.4L, CVT
heated seats, TPMS
General Altimax RT43 P225/65R17
Yellow Fog Lamps
CLASS III Curtis Hitch
SOLD @ 153,000km Oct. 2018 THE END !!
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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