A small number of 2022 Jeep Gladiator owners will be contacted by the manufacturer regarding an issue affecting the transmission in their vehicles. The problem could result in an unexpected vehicle rollaway.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (TSRC) first became aware that there was a problem in July 2022, when reports of problematic transmissions were brought to their attention by the assembly plant.
According to the defect report, an improperly crimped parking wheel could become loose and move towards the rear of the transmission housing. If this happens, it could compromise the engagement of the parking pawl and result in a loss of park position and inadvertent vehicle movement. Warning signs that the problem could exist include a Diagnostic Trouble Code for the transmission, a change in drive quality, and/or unfamiliar noise from the transmission.
The suspect time period began on June 29, 2022, and ended on July 6, 2022, when the defective transmissions were quarantined. The suspect period was determined using supplier traceability and vehicle production records. Similar vehicles not included in the recall did not receive suspect transmissions or were repaired prior to release from the assembly plant.
Owners receiving recall notices will be asked to return to their dealers to have the transmission replaced in their Gladiator. The new transmission has been manufactured with a correctly crimped parking wheel. FCA's number for this recall is Z84 and the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-639.
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