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I purchased a 2011 Jeep Compass in May 2016. I've noticed an issue with the transmission overheating whenever I drive uphill or at 60 MPH for longer than 10 min. When it overheats, you can hear a very loud whining sound, the Transmission Overheat light comes on and the vehicle cannot accelerate more than 40 MPH. I'm forced to pull over for 10-20 minutes and wait for it to cool off.
I was just able to get my Jeep in the shop for this problem, and was told that this is a very common problem with CVT transmissions because they "were not designed for our interstate highway system, causing them to overheat." (which sounded pretty BS to me). Additionally I was told the only fix is an aftermarket part to help cool the transmission; but of course this part is not yet available for my specific Jeep Compass model, and was told to check back in a few months.

I have read a few different forums where I've seen this similar problem with Jeep Compass and Patriot. My question is whether anyone that has experienced this problem has been able to find a permanent fix? I am by no means a car expert, but am wondering whether this aftermarket cooler will just be a Band-Aid type fix that will still give me problems every now and then. Would a better (but more expensive) option be to try and replace it with a non-CVT transmission?
Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
 

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It is a problem that many have had but know one I know of has posted back their solution whatever it was. Its pretty much a go to a Jeep dealer for diagnoses!
CVT's have an external cooler which run along the inside bottom area behind the AC evaporator at the front (you have the RAD, AC Evap, then CVT cooler). Unless its fins are plugged or others in front of it then its an internal issue.

Yes its BS as the CVT should handle 2000lb towing as well (reference your owners manual) The only cooler spec's out for some if not all is an Engine Oil Cooler!! Not a tranny CVT cooler for towing. Bottom line something is wrong.
 

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I purchased a 2011 Jeep Compass in May 2016. I've noticed an issue with the transmission overheating whenever I drive uphill or at 60 MPH for longer than 10 min. When it overheats, you can hear a very loud whining sound, the Transmission Overheat light comes on and the vehicle cannot accelerate more than 40 MPH. I'm forced to pull over for 10-20 minutes and wait for it to cool off.
I was just able to get my Jeep in the shop for this problem, and was told that this is a very common problem with CVT transmissions because they "were not designed for our interstate highway system, causing them to overheat." (which sounded pretty BS to me). Additionally I was told the only fix is an aftermarket part to help cool the transmission; but of course this part is not yet available for my specific Jeep Compass model, and was told to check back in a few months.

I have read a few different forums where I've seen this similar problem with Jeep Compass and Patriot. My question is whether anyone that has experienced this problem has been able to find a permanent fix? I am by no means a car expert, but am wondering whether this aftermarket cooler will just be a Band-Aid type fix that will still give me problems every now and then. Would a better (but more expensive) option be to try and replace it with a non-CVT transmission?
Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
Hi josslaws,

When you brought your vehicle in for diagnosis, was it with a certified Jeep dealership? If not, a dealership may be able to give you a better idea of what is needed for repair.

Kori
Jeep Social Care Specialist
 

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Hello Kori. I did not take it to a certified Jeep dealer, but was told they contacted a Jeep dealer about this aftermarket part not being available. I'm definitely planning to schedule with a Jeep dealer next though. Thanks
 

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Thanks for your reply Tripplec. My next plan is definitely to take it to a Jeep dealer to see what they diagnosis it as and what their solution is. I will post back here as soon as I'm able to provide any updates.
 

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I am sure there will be codes. Ask what they are and/or added onto the work order by the mechanic.

PS Knowone would be buying any vehicle that could not be driven on a highway, hilly country or mountain roads. Absurd to be told otherwise. Whomever said that is in the wrong business and should not be dealing with owners of any vehicle or brands. Kinda of saying to a boat owner it leaks because it was used in the water!!! LOL
 
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