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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-21-2017, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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FCA announces extended warranty on front/rear crossmembers

Just received a letter in the mail from FCA announcing they will be extending the warranty on 2008-2012 front and rear crossmembers for Patriot, Compass and Caliber.

Warranty is now 10 years/unlimited metrage from original service date.

Annual inspections are also authorized and covered.

Kudos to FCA for stepping up about this.

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Great, thanks for the info!

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That will make a lot of people happy!
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-21-2017, 08:12 PM
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Good news. Kind of implies they made a change to the 2013+ parts.

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Any number or anything associated with this? I did not receive anything and am not confident the dealer would know what I was talking about if I asked them
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Thanks for the info. Wish they used the term "recall" instead of warranty.

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What are symptoms that the front/rear crossmembers are going bad? I will keep an eye out for the problem.
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What are symptoms that the front/rear crossmembers are going bad? I will keep an eye out for the problem.

Best thing is to get under there and look, or have your mechanic look for you.
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Apparently that car is in a state without safety inspection or that would have been noticed.


Now, going by the OP, where are the specific rust issues or locations for rust on the Patriot crossmembers?
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Now, going by the OP, where are the specific rust issues or locations for rust on the Patriot crossmembers?
We've got a couple threads going on this topic. You can find some photos on this thread: Subframe and crossmember warranty / recall?
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What are symptoms that the front/rear crossmembers are going bad? I will keep an eye out for the problem.
I just got my Extended Warranty letter today. It says that you "may experience a vibration at the steering wheel." Trouble is, so many other things can cause that, few of which are as serious. So there is your symptom. Either that or the engine dropping out on the road! Seriously, the letter also said they are authorizing annual inspections, so if you're nervous about it, take it in for the inspection (assuming you got the letter). If your Patriot was made in that era it would be a good idea to check.

As I've noted elsewhere, mine is fine and checked by the dealer at my last oil change. Mine is a 2008 with 237,000 miles on it, all those miles in the northeast, and almost all in northern New England where salt-laden slush is a factor for half the year -- since I've had my Patriot its been in snow as early as Halloween and as late as Memorial Day some years. So I don't know why I've escaped this problem whiile others with half my miles who live in more moderate climes have the problem. My guess is that some supplier provided low-quality parts that looked authentic but wouldn't last. So depending on which pile they pulled from on the assembly line means you got lucky or not.
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Even with the 10 year extension, 08's won't have much warranty left on the crossmembers which is why it's important to get it inspected asap.

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Even with the 10 year extension, 08's won't have much warranty left on the crossmembers which is why it's important to get it inspected asap.
I am going to guess that when push comes to shove, FCA will cave in and do repairs longer than 10 years. There has already been a precedent set of other manufacturers repairing rust problems beyond 10 years. FCA has now acknowledged that it is a problem that they are accepting responsibility for. The liability of someone getting seriously injured or killed from failure of these components is a huge risk. So, yes, just toss out the lawsuit card if you are denied frame repair past 10 years.

Another option is to be proactive. If the current subframe has only minor rust, maybe start treating it with a rust treatment like Krown, Rust Check, or CarWell. I want to believe that the attention given to this problem on this forum helped FCA come to the right decision! Good going everyone!!!!


Just for a fun FYI, here is Toyota's most recent (10/2016) dealing with frame rust: Toyota pays $3.4 billion in class-action suit over rusty truck frames - Autoblog

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Just for a fun FYI, here is Toyota's most recent (10/2016) dealing with frame rust: Toyota pays $3.4 billion in class-action suit over rusty truck frames - Autoblog
Those trucks are about the same age as our early Patriots, and Toyota's going 12 years on their coverage. And all it takes is one lawyer to get them back further.
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