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I have a 2010 Compass that is giving me and the local dealer a hard time. I need suggestions or resolutions based on similar symptoms.

2WD CVT 2.4

Symptom:
When accelerating from a stop, the car will shake like it has a tire out of balance or the tie rods are super loose.

- Steering does not shake
- K member, A-arms/ball joints are brand new.
- Struts swapped out twice
- anti sway bushings replaced, links replaced.
- Driver side CV axle replaced
- Passenger side CV axle replaced (half shaft and carrier bearing NOT changed)

All these factors did not resolve the issue, although the parts were in need of replacement.

The dealership has also checked my work and cannot pinpoint the issue. They also updated the firmware in the PCM/TCM to latest available (some bulletins did indicate a similar issue) just to rule that out.

Wheel bearings are OK per dealership and my inspection.
Tie rods and inner tie rods are OK, too. Rack seems fine as well.

The transmission seems to be OK, no whining, grinding, etc, and shifts normally. No codes, either.

Dodge thinks the issue is in the driveline, but can't pinpoint it. I was going to drop the tranny fluid and change filter, but Dodge says that fluid won't cause that type of vibration.


Any suggestions?
 

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Further investigation and following evidence, the issue seems to be with ride height. Per spec, the height measured from level ground to the center of the lead A-Arm bolt should be 8.07". I am measuring 10.5."
I installed new struts (not best quality) and the ride height changed to 10"
There was an improvement.
THe new CV axles are either really bad quality or I really need to drop to 8.07"
I don't understand why the axles can't handle the angle.
 

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I have a 2010 Compass that is giving me and the local dealer a hard time. I need suggestions or resolutions based on similar symptoms.

2WD CVT 2.4

Symptom:
When accelerating from a stop, the car will shake like it has a tire out of balance or the tie rods are super loose.

  • Steering does not shake
  • K member, A-arms/ball joints are brand new.
  • Struts swapped out twice
  • anti sway bushings replaced, links replaced.
  • Driver side CV axle replaced
  • Passenger side CV axle replaced (half shaft and carrier bearing NOT changed)

All these factors did not resolve the issue, although the parts were in need of replacement.

The dealership has also checked my work and cannot pinpoint the issue. They also updated the firmware in the PCM/TCM to latest available (some bulletins did indicate a similar issue) just to rule that out.

Wheel bearings are OK per dealership and my inspection.
Tie rods and inner tie rods are OK, too. Rack seems fine as well.

The transmission seems to be OK, no whining, grinding, etc, and shifts normally. No codes, either.

Dodge thinks the issue is in the driveline, but can't pinpoint it. I was going to drop the tranny fluid and change filter, but Dodge says that fluid won't cause that type of vibration.


Any suggestions?
I have a 2007 Jeep Compass I'm having the very same problem new struts new bearings tires checked when I stop and start at around 20 mph I have a wobble front drivers side it wobbles for about 2 to 3 seconds and then its fine till I have to stop and start again
 

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I have a 2013 Jeep Compass Limited that has been shaking exactly as described. Have you found the resolve to this? I have also been changing things and inspecting them as well. My nexts steps are a broken motor Mount and or something to do with the drive shaft. I heard there is some type of telescopic part on it near the yoke possibly??? Appreciate it thank you.
 

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I have a 2013 Jeep Compass Limited that has been shaking exactly as described. Have you found the resolve to this? I have also been changing things and inspecting them as well. My nexts steps are a broken motor Mount and or something to do with the drive shaft. I heard there is some type of telescopic part on it near the yoke possibly??? Appreciate it thank you.
The dealership has replaced the motor mount on passenger side. Didnt help:(
I found another blog that someone said they had the same issue as the new struts raised the ride height by 2 inches. My dealership is looking to replace the new struts with smaller ones. They sould be arriving next week and will keep ya posted.
 

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The dealership has replaced the motor mount on passenger side. Didnt help:(
I found another blog that someone said they had the same issue as the new struts raised the ride height by 2 inches. My dealership is looking to replace the new struts with smaller ones. They sould be arriving next week and will keep ya posted.
Just got a call from a place I dropped jeep off at last week. They said it’s the right front axel. We will see if it stops after it’s repaired.
 

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My jeep patriot shakes from a stop replaced entire front end and continued dealer was like oh its an axle issue and it was not, the fix for me was driver front wheel bearing no grinding or squealing but felt like wheel was wobbling after i put new bearing and alignment no more shake or vibration. The compass and patriot share suspension so im hoping this will be helpful bearing dod not present with any of the tyipcal mechanic che ks it was a long shot as i had replaced everything and got an alignment after each oart to narrow it down lol i was down to that bearing and the steering rack even went so far as motor mounts.
 

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The dealership has replaced the motor mount on passenger side. Didnt help:(
I found another blog that someone said they had the same issue as the new struts raised the ride height by 2 inches. My dealership is looking to replace the new struts with smaller ones. They sould be arriving next week and will keep ya posted.
Your ride height has nothing to do with it
 

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The dealership has replaced the motor mount on passenger side. Didnt help:(
I found another blog that someone said they had the same issue as the new struts raised the ride height by 2 inches. My dealership is looking to replace the new struts with smaller ones. They sould be arriving next week and will keep ya posted.
Did you get shorter struts?? I just had my daughters struts, c-arms, wheel bearings and axles replaced… same violent shuddering. I ordered a second set of struts because the front end seemed so high. Mechanic measured and said they’re the same length. Just ordered another one from advance auto to compare. How can these companies keep referencing a part that causes so many problems?? I’m positive mine is the height, everything else has been checked and rechecked. If you managed to find shorter struts, where did you find them? See pics of side by side of the same vehicle, mine is on left.
 

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I wonder if we are talking about shuddering or stuttering, i.e. misfire.
Two things not mentioned in this thread:
1) Spark plugs! Simple and easily neglected. These are only 30,000 mile plugs and a misfire could cause the engine to misfire.
2) Coil packs. Misfire under acceleration is a classic symptom of a coil problem. It will idle fine, but misfire under load.

Just my 2c worth.
 

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Shuddering and it’s not spark plugs or coil packs. Spark plugs were changed 6 months ago. This is a “shuddering” in the front wheels, not felt in the steeering wheel and started immediately after strut and c-arm installation. First test drive felt like the front end was going to fall apart. Thank you for the insights though. I appreciate all input 🥰
 
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