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I just bought my 08 compass NEW from a dealer back in July. Things were ok until a few weeks ago, when the engine light started coming on. At first, the light would come on for a few engine cycles & then would go off. Then it started staying on steadily. Eventually, it got to the point where the engine wouldn't turn off when I turned it off & removed the key. The engine would run for aproximately 30 to 45 seconds & then shut itself down, but a clicking sound would continue, even to the point of going on overnight. I've taken it to the dealer twice & although it will be ok for a few days, it will start doing it again. Yesterday, it started again & my son had to pull the battery cable loose in order to get the compass to quit clicking, lest it run the battery down. Has anyone ever experienced this problem & if so, what fixed it? Sadly, it's not just me having this problem, but a lady with an '08 patriot is also having the same problem, but her vehicle is out of warranty, whereas mine is not. I feel like the dealer really wants to fix this problem, as their service department manager seems very sincere & has gone out of his way to take care of me (he got me a rent car & the dealership took care of the bill). But, the service dept. is stumped. They've called Chrysler about it & they haven't come up with a solution either. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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X first welcome to the forum..........
I'm surprise for that lady she has a '08 and no warranty.........I doubt It !!!!!

I have no idea about your issue............and thank god thaey will pick up the tab........let us know about the conclusion and good luck!
 

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Compass Limited: thank you for the input. I will tell the service dept. when I take it in & maybe they can do something with that information.

Feel for life: Thanks for the welcome. I was perplexed by the lady with the Patriot being out of warranty too. But then I considered that we both live in a rural area & that it's pretty common for some of us to rack up the miles pretty quick on our vehicles, then it seemed possible. She still has the extended warranty, but after hauling her Patriot to the dealer 4 times so far, she's getting pretty frustrated. I just know that if I can get my car fixed, then I can help her get her car fixed. She's real close to throwing in the towel & going Lemon law.

As for me, I will keep y'all posted on what happens. I really REALLY like my little Compass. I previously had an Explorer & while I liked it, I had issues with the gas mileage & it was getting pretty old. So I bought this little Compass & it so suits my needs. I live in what was formerly a cow pasture & this Compass gets through my rutted drive way very well - even better than the Explorer. The smaller size does well in town & is easy to park. I really just want to fix this problem so I can enjoy this little Jeep to it's fullest.
 

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Update on Compass electrical problem

I thought I'd post here again & give y'all an update on my Compass.

After going to the shop for the 6th time, the manager at the service dept. called the hotshot Chrysler mechanic & the district manager & they came to the conclusion that my Compass had a leak somewhere. The service techs then started going through the wiring in the engine compartment to examine it & sure enough, they found some connectors that were rusted & appeared to have gotten wet. So, they removed the interior covers on the front roof supports & sprayed the outside with a water hose & sure enough, a stream of water was running down from a leak located on the driver's side of the windshield, down the roof support & right onto the connectors in the engine compartment. They then sent the Compass to the body shop & had the windshield re-sealed & the Compass has been running like a top now for longer than a month (previously, it couldn't seem to make it any longer than about 10-12 days). However, when a storm blew through here a couple of weeks ago, I got into the Compass & found water dripping from the map lights onto the shifter. So, it seems that my leak problems haven't gone away entirely. At any rate, I suspect this new leak is associated with the sunroof, because I've run across several postings on the internet where Compass & Patriot owners have had problems with the sunroof leaking & have been unable to get the leaks to stop, despite repeated visits to the service dept.

So...time will tell.

I'm due to take the Compass back to the service dept. whenever they can get me a rental car. Under normal conditions, I probably wouldn't have bought a vehicle with a sunroof, because my father would have reminded me that they have a habit of leaking in general. But, my father passed away in February & wasn't around to remind me of that fact, so I screwed up & forgot his counsel on these sorts of things. I'm hopeful though that the dealer can fix this leak & if not, at least it won't be so bad that it leaks onto the electronics & causes the Compass to mess up on me :)
 

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Manufacturer installed sunroofs should not leak!
Aftermarket installations are sure to leak, but not when they come from the factory.
Sometimes a drain hose maybe pinched during assembly process causing a backup to leak into the cab, go back to the dealer again and again until they get it right.
 

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I agree with I2...............bring it back until they find the source............... :)
 

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I just bought my 08 compass NEW from a dealer back in July. Things were ok until a few weeks ago, when the engine light started coming on. At first, the light would come on for a few engine cycles & then would go off. Then it started staying on steadily. Eventually, it got to the point where the engine wouldn't turn off when I turned it off & removed the key. The engine would run for aproximately 30 to 45 seconds & then shut itself down, but a clicking sound would continue, even to the point of going on overnight. I've taken it to the dealer twice & although it will be ok for a few days, it will start doing it again. Yesterday, it started again & my son had to pull the battery cable loose in order to get the compass to quit clicking, lest it run the battery down. Has anyone ever experienced this problem & if so, what fixed it? Sadly, it's not just me having this problem, but a lady with an '08 patriot is also having the same problem, but her vehicle is out of warranty, whereas mine is not. I feel like the dealer really wants to fix this problem, as their service department manager seems very sincere & has gone out of his way to take care of me (he got me a rent car & the dealership took care of the bill). But, the service dept. is stumped. They've called Chrysler about it & they haven't come up with a solution either. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
The problem is with the wiring located just inside the driver door close to the floor. Remove the triangle panel where you hood release is and pull back the panel running along the drivers seat. Under this is a bunch of wires about 1 inch diameter. Look for a rusty spot, it should be wrapped in black fibre tape not electrical tape. There are 5 red wires that join there and they are corroded at this point and probably broken. With the dampest in the area they were grounding out.
 
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