Thursday, December 3, 2009

2007 - 2009 Mazda CX9 Power Seat - Recall

Mazda Is Recalling 30,600 My 2007-2009 CX9 Vehicles Equipped With Power Adjustable Seat With Position Memory Function. The Seat Harness Routed Underneath The Seat Cushion May Interfere With The Front Cover Bracket Which Is Attached On The Front Side Of The Seat Cushion. Due To This The Covering Of The Seat Harness May Be Damaged, The Core Wire Of The Harness May Touch With The Bracket And Result In Short Circuit.

Consequence Summary: Drivers Will Experience Certain Functions That Are Uncontrollable Which Will Cause Serious Difficulties In Driving Increasing The Risk Of A Crash.

Corrective Summary: Dealers Will Inspect The Seat Harness And Fasten The Seat Frame With A Cable Tie. The Harness Covering Will Be Repair Free Of Charge. The Recall Is Expected To Begin On Or Before March 9, 2009. Owners May Contact Mazda At 1-800-222-5500.

2006 - 2007 Chrysler Dodge Rear Evaporator Core

The 2006 and 2007 Chrysler Minivans, including Town & Country, Caravan, and Grand Caravan, have had a huge problem with leaking rear evaporator cores. For the past 2 summers, we've not been able to keep them in stock.

Well, there's great news; Chrysler has extended the warranty for the rear evaporator to 7 years, 70,000 miles. Even better, we've heard that they are even reimbursing for repairs already done, but I have not confirmed that. If you have your repair receipts, call Chrysler and see what they can do.

If you're outside the warranty, we do have a replacement evaporator available for a fraction of dealer cost here:

Good luck.

Dodge Truck - No A/C (and other problems...)

2006 and later Dodge Trucks have a Totally Integrated Power Module, TIPM. This module is used instead of a fuse box, and there is no relay controlling the A/C as in previous generations. This TIPM has been very problematic for Dodge, particularly with the 5.9 Diesel trucks. The TIPM controls not only the air conditioning, but also brakes, lights, and various other items. There are several flashes and updates available from the dealer for this module. If the vehicle is experiencing erratic or no A/C clutch engagement, it is necessary to examine the TIPM. Keep in mind, the clutch coil on this compressor has an embedded diode which also commonly fails, many times in conjunction with the TIPM, so don't forget to test resistance.