For the third time this week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is doing a recall on one of it’s products. FCA is recalling 21,104 2017-2018 Jeep Renegade 4X2 (front-wheel drive) flex fuel/E85 vehicles equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. In certain operating conditions such as high power demand in conjunction with high altitude and/or high ambient temperatures, a manufacturing error in the fuel pump assembly may result in a loss of fuel pressure. A loss of fuel pressure can cause a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
If the fuel pump contains an out of specification inlet cover profile, the fuel pump under high power demand conditions using standard E10 (gasoline) fuel in conjunction with high altitude and/or high ambient temperature conditions, the pump may experience cavitation causing a loss of fuel pressure. A loss of fuel pressure may lead to an engine stall resulting in a sudden loss of motive power, which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.
In some cases, an engine Malfunction Indicator Lamp (“MIL”) may illuminate, the engine may operate roughly, hesitate and/or experience reduced engine power.
The recall population was determined to be U.S. specification vehicles built from November 2, 2016 to March 31, 2017, when the supplier implemented an inspection process to prevent out of specification pump inlet covers from entering production. A second recall population was determined to be U.S. specification vehicles built from
September 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017 when the production supplier identified a breakdown in the inspection process relating to fuel pumps installed in vehicles built during that time period.
Similar 2017 Jeep Renegade 4X2 (front-wheel drive) flex fuel E85 vehicles not affected by this recall equipped with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines built between March 31, 2017 and September 1, 2017 and after November 30, 2017; contain inspected fuel pumps, which do not contain out of specification fuel pump inlet covers.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 6, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.
Mfr’s Report Date: October 17, 2018
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V-731
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 21,104