17 - 09
Subaru is recalling 69,590
of its 2011 Legacy sedans and Outback
crossovers, because their sunroof glass could
come loose and fall out. The National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration says the vehicles were made between
Aug. 3, 2010, and July 1, 2011. NHTSA says on its website that
the adhesive between the sunroof’s glass and retainer wasn’t
adequately applied. There is a chance the sunroof glass
could loosen and come off while driving, resulting in a potential
road hazard for other cars and trucks and potentially causing a
crash. Subaru told
NHTSA that it will notify owners. Dealers will inspect
the adhesion and either apply extra adhesive or replace the
glass for free. The
recall is expected to begin next month.
13 - 09 - 2011
German automaker Volkwagen
is recalling 30,294 of its 2011-2012
model year Jetta sedans for tailpipe finishers
that extend beyond the vehicle's rear bumper.
Jettas, stainless steel exhaust tips – sold at the
point-of-purchase and installed at port during importation
– may extend beyond the original length of the factory-installed
exhaust pipes, a situation that could result in burns
if bumped or touched while hot.
notify owners of affected Jetta models by the end
of November and says that dealers will inspect and,
if necessary, replace the stainless tips with updated
versions. Owners are urged to contact Volkswagen for
The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration has just announced
a safety recall covering
vehicles, a pair of Subaru models and a close relative
from Saab. The recall concerns front control arms
that may fail if corroded, making the vehicle difficult
to control. The action covers select 2003-2008
Forester crossovers, 2002-2007 Impreza
NHTSA launched an investigation after receiving
seven complaints from owners of affected vehicles. In
two instances, owners reported losing control of
their vehicle due to control arm failure. The agency's investigation
revealed the front lower control arms may break at the
hanger brackets due to corrosion if exposed to salt or humid
is a geographic recall, meaning that Subaru will inspect
the degree of corrosion and either replace or rustproof
the control arms on vehicles registered for use
in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Maryland,
Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont,
Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana,
Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode
Island and West Virginia.
dealers will be responsible to inspect and repair affected
9-2x models as necessary, including the possible rustproofing
or replacement of control arms. Owners who think
that their vehicle may be covered under the recall
are urged to contact their dealer.
Japanese automaker Subaru
has issued a recall for Model Year 2010-2011
Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured
from January 7, 2010, through May 20, 2011. Subaru
says faulty components inside the wiper motor's bottom cover
to Subaru, if the motor's bottom cover overheats,
the windshield wipers may no longer function, which
could lead to reduced visibility and increase the chance
of a crash.
will notify owners of the 195,080 affected Outback
and Legacy vehicles by the end of November. As is typically
the case, dealers will replace defective components
free of charge and owners are urged to contact Subaru for
3 - 09 - 2011
The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration has announced that
BMW is recalling 241,000 3 Series
models for potentially faulty rear lamps. According to
NHTSA, certain 2002-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i
and 330xi models built between September 1, 2001 and
March 1 2005 may experience increased resistance at the electrical
contacts. This resistance may eventually lead to the failure
of tail light, brake light or turning indicator lamps over
time. That failure could impede a driver's ability to warn
other motorists of his or her intentions, potentially leading
to an accident. BMW dealers will repair the electrical components
free of charge once the recall gets underway in October of this year.
Previously, BMW issued a technical service bulletin concerning a certain
eight-pin connector which would overheat and melt under extreme
electrical load. BMW dealers corrected the issue by adding additional
grounding to the circuit. It's unclear whether this remedy will also be
applied to the recall.
12 - 08 - 2011
GM recalls 2012 Chevrolet
Impalas for possible fire hazard.
General Motors along with the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced
a recall of more than 10,000 Chevrolet Impalas for issues
with the sedans' power steering system, which could lead
to engine compartment fires.According to NHTSA, certain
models of the 2012 Chevy Impala have power steering hoses
placed too close to the cars' catalytic converters. High heat from
the converter may melt the hose and ignite the flammable
hydraulic steering fluid. GM will begin notifying affected
Impala owners to take their vehicle to local dealerships which
will inspect and make the necessary changes free of charge.
GM is also recalling 4,077
Buick LaCrosse cars built
from June 9, 2011, through July 2, 2011,
because their electronic stability-control systems
may be improperly calibrated. As a result, the system
may not properly detect a malfunctioning sensor, and
the warning light indicating the system isn’t
operating would not illuminate.
A malfunctioning sensor
may cause the stability control to suddenly activate when it shouldn’t,
which could cause a loss of control and a crash. To fix the problem, dealers will
reprogram the electronic brake control
module free of charge.
6 - 08 - 2011
Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it was
set to voluntarily recall about 1.5 million vehicles
in the US to update their automatic transmission
The transmission secondary
shaft in the affected vehicles can be
damaged if the transmission is quickly shifted
between each of the reverse, neutral and drive positions,
as may be done in an attempt to dislodge a vehicle stuck
in the mud or snow, Honda said.
Some of its 2005-10 four-cylinder
Accord models, 2007-10 CR-V and
2005-08 Element vehicles were included
in the recall, it added.
2- 08 - 2011
"For a few dollars more,
they COULD have been made out of stainless
Ford Motor Co said on Monday
it is recalling 1.22 million older pickup
trucks in the United States
and Canada to replace
straps that hold fuel tanks in place and could corrode
The recall affects Ford
F-150 full-size pickups from model years
1997 through 2004, F-250 pickups of
less than 8,500 pounds from model years 1997 through
1999, and Lincoln Blackwood
trucks from model years 2002 and 2003, a Ford spokesman
Of the trucks being recalled,
1.1 million are in the United States and the
rest are in Canada.
The trucks affected in the
recall were all sold or are registered
in 21 eastern and Midwestern U.S. states,
Washington D.C., and Canadian
provinces, where the possibility of severe corrosion
of the straps that hold the fuel tanks may occur
due to prolonged exposure to road de-icing chemicals,
As a result of the corrosion,
one or both straps may fail, causing
fuel lines to separate from the tank or in some
cases the tank to fall to the ground, Ford said. Either
scenario could result in a fuel leak or fire.
Ford said there were reports
of three vehicle fires and one injury
related to the issue.
Ford will notify
owners to take the affected vehicles to a dealer to have the
straps replaced with ones that offer increased
corrosion protection, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1 - 08 - 2011
Volvo Cars, owned
by China's Geely, is recalling 8,406
S80 cars for a potential power steering fluid
problem that could increase the risk of a crash, according
to a federal safety regulator website.
Volvo is recalling the
2007 model year cars, built between March 8, 2006, and May 16, 2007, to inspect
a potential problem that could lead
to a burst hose at the steering gear that would
cause a sudden loss of power steering, according to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Volvo dealers will inspect
the cars and make repairs as needed
at no charge, the NHTSA website said. The
recall is expected to begin during August.
Volvo spokeswoman Laura
DiStefano said the company had estimated
6 percent of the vehicles in the group would
have the defect, but Volvo was not aware of any reports
linking any accidents or injuries to the issue.
15- 07- 2011
recalling more than 242,000 Ram pickup
trucks because of a problem that could cause
a loss of steering control.
affects 2008-2011 Ram 1500, 2500 and
3500 pickups. The Ram pickup is Chrysler's
best-selling vehicle. Sine were sold as Dodges before
the Ram truck brand was split off.
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
says that a bad tie rod ball stud in the front
steering system near the left wheel can fracture and
cause loss of steering. It said the problem happens mainly
at low speeds in tight turns "such as in parking lot type
maneuvers," according to the NHTSA posting. Chrysler says
it knows of only a few minor crashes and one minor injury.
also can affect 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and
3500 heavy-duty models in which the same part
was replaced by mechanics. Chrysler dealers will
inspect the trucks and replace the left tie rod if needed.
Here are the
specific models and build dates affected:
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega
Cab 4x4 built Feb. 14, 2008 to Aug. 15, 2008.
2008-2011 Dodge Ram 2500/3500
4x4 built Feb. 14, 2008 to March 28, 2011.
2008-2011 Dodge Ram 3500
Cab Chassis 4x2 built Feb. 14, 2008 to March 28, 2011.
2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500
that may have received the part during routine service.
10 - 07 - 2011
Engines of 2004-8 TL models may knock
or vibrate while driving. In T.S.B. 11-007 issued
on May 20, Acura said the front engine mount in some
TLs might crack or tear because of high temperatures under
the hood. Replacing the engine mount should stop the
Some Q7s may not deliver enough heat
to passengers while idling. In T.S.B. 191124 issued
on May 19, Audi said the problem in 2011 Q7 3.0 TFSI
models was caused by an incorrect ventilation hose
to the coolant reservoir or an incorrectly positioned
check valve in the ventilation hose. Replacing the hose and
ensuring that the check valve is in the right spot should
warm the Q7’s cabin.
F-150 Raptor pickups may clunk or slip when
starting or stopping. In T.S.B. 11-5-7 issued
on May 10, Ford said the noise, heard in some 2011 Raptors,
came from the driveshaft. Replacing the driveshaft assembly
is the cure.
Also, some 2008-9 F-250
and F-350 trucks may need new
tires. In T.S.B. 11B24S1 issued on April
14, Ford said Continental ContiTrac or ContiTrac TR
tires in the LT275/70R18 size might vibrate, wear unevenly
or separate at the belt edges. Ford will inspect
all affected vehicles and replace the tires if necessary,
with no mileage limit. Owners should receive a letter
about this repair.
Some pickups may be missing welds in the cargo
box. In T.S.B. 11159 issued on May 19, G.M. said
2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500
series trucks with the standard box might be lacking
welds on the underside. Reinforcing the box with nuts
and bolts should prevent panel separations.
Also, a number of pickups
and S.U.V.’s are getting an extended
warranty on a heater component. In T.S.B.
10240 issued on May 9, G.M. said the vehicles include
the 2003-7 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra; 2003-6 Chevrolet
Avalanche and Tahoe; and 2003-6 GMC Yukon and Yukon
The company said the electrical
terminals of the relay resistor module
might corrode in vehicles equipped with
manual heating and air-conditioning controls. Certain
fan settings may stop working or the blower may not
stop when the truck is turned off. A burning smell or
smoke may accompany the problem.
The fan motor resistor and resistor module connector
will be covered under warranty up to 10 years
or 150,000 miles.
Some 2008-9 Wranglers may weep fluid
from the lines between the automatic transmission
and the fluid cooler. In T.S.B. L05 issued on May 4,
Jeep said the leak could occur at the crimped hose-to-tube
joints in vehicles with 3.8-liter V-6 engines. Replacing
the cooler line should stop the leak.
Some models may suffer from rattling steering columns.
In T.S.B. 0026-11 issued on May 4, Lexus said some
2010-11 RX 350 models might rattle when turning
or driving on rough surfaces. Replacing the steering
column should stop the noise.
The heating and air-conditioning systems of
Titan pickups and Armada S.U.V.’s
may develop a fan malfunction. In T.S.B. 11-040 issued
on May 12, Nissan said that on some 2010-11 models the
fan might be noisy or its speed might not agree with the control
setting. The same problem occurs in Infiniti QX56
S.U.V.’s, a similar model, from the 2010 model year, as described
in T.S.B. 11-028 issued on May 12.
Nissan will replace the motors for the air-conditioning
defroster door and the passenger-side air-conditioning
air mix door at no charge. Owners of eligible
vehicles should receive a letter about the repair.
Some 2011 Jetta keyless start systems
may fail. In T.S.B. 2811-02 issued on May 9, Volkswagen
said the starter button might get stuck because
of a problem with wire routing or the starter switch.
Replacing the switch and realigning any problem wiring should
fire things up.
15 - 06 - 2011
Mazda Motor Corp said on Wednesday it
would recall about 494,500 Mazda3/Axela
compact cars globally to fix a glitch in
an electronic part that could prevent the windshield
wipers from working.
No accident was reported from the defect, a Mazda
spokeswoman said. The recall covers cars and knock-down
parts for the Mazda3 shipped between January
2008 and July 2010. The Japanese automaker declined to disclose
a cost estimate for the recall.
Of the total, 157,700 units are subject to recall
in North America, 91,600 in Europe, 84,000 in China
and about 20,000 in Japan.
10 - 06 - 2011
Volvo is recalling 7,558 S60 vehicles
from the 2012 model year because of a potential
problem with the fuel pump which could lead to
engine hesitation and stalling even if the fuel gauge
indicated up to a quarter tank of gas. Under certain
driving conditions this could lead to a crash.
The software for the fuel pump unit may not be
compatible with all fuel pumps and components. This
could result in an insufficient transfer of fuel in
the pump unit. The recall affects cars made from November
18, 2010 through May 5 2011.
The safety recall is expected
to start June 17. Volvo dealers will
upgrade the engine control module software
for free. When it
comes to the Volvo's performance, the
redesigned S60 saw big improvements to the ride and handling
and has a variety of available safety features.
The S60 is perhaps the best Volvo vehicle we've seen yet.
15 - 05 - 2011.
Some 2007 Chrysler 300s, Dodge
Magnums and Dodge Chargers may be unable
to shift out of Park. In T.S.B. K39 issued on Feb.
24, Chrysler said the shift interlock return spring
might break, resulting in the inability to move
the shifter. Replacing the spring should get the cars back
on the road.
company is having problems with the
MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch telematics
systems in the 2011 Ford EdgeLincoln MKX. In T.S.B.
11-4-18 issued on April 27, Ford said the problems include
blank screens, missing presets, lack of voice recognition,
the incorrect dialing of phone numbers and display problems
with the backup camera. The system needs to be reprogrammed.
and Explorer and
Some 2011 Buick LaCrosses may need
a new brake pressure modulator valve. In
T.S.B. 10257B issued on March 4, G.M. said the valve
might let one of the wheels remain locked up in a panic
stop. LaCrosse owners can have the valves inspected free
and replaced if necessary.
models may have a notchy feel from the steering wheel at highway speeds,
and the wheel will not smoothly self-center.
In T.S.B. SB0016-11 issued on March 23,
Lexus said the models affected include the 2006 GS
300; the 2007-11 GS 350, GS 450H and GS 460; the 2006-7
GS 430; and the 2006-2010 IS F, IS 250, IS 250C, IS
350 and IS 350C. Replacing the power steering gear assembly
should smooth out the turns.
Some 2010 G-Class S.U.V.’s may need
new window regulators. In T.S.B. 2011030003
issued on April 1, Mercedes said the drive cable of
the left rear window regulator might be defective. Replacing
the regulator should prevent any further problems.
tCs may have damaged cylinder-head bolts. In T.S.B. SB000411 issued on March
2, Scion said a production problem on 2005-7 models might have led to the
damage. Installing thread repair inserts into the head bolt threads should
Some Kizashis may have trouble with
the alternator belt tensioner. In T.S.B.
TS0102011 issued on Feb. 1, Suzuki said the internal
spring of the alternator belt tensioner could break on
some 2010-11 models, allowing the belt to slip or to slide
off. Replacing the tensioner pulley should keep things
A few models may have damaged cylinder-head
bolts, much like the Scion tC. In T.S.B.
SB001511 issued on March 2, Toyota said a production
problem might have led to the damage. The models include
2002-6 Camry and Solara, 2001-7 Highlander and 2004-5
RAV4. Thread repair inserts should be installed into
the head bolt threads.
29 - 04 - 2011
Kia Motors Corp.
is recalling more than 58,000 Spectra compact cars registered in
cold-weather states because the gas tanks could drop to the ground and cause
The recall affects Spectra
LD models from the 2004 to 2007
model years in 20 states and Washington,
D.C., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
said on its website Friday.
The cars, built from Nov.
7, 2003, through March 6, 2007,
have straps that hold the gas tank to the
frame. When exposed to road salt, the straps can rust
and the tank can fall to the ground, causing a fuel leak
and possibly a fire.
Documents filed with NHTSA
did not state whether the problem
had caused any fires or injuries. A message
seeking comment was left for a Kia spokesman.
Dealers will replace the
fuel tank straps with zinc-coated
parts at no cost to owners. Kia will mail
letters to car owners in June, after dealers get parts
to fix the problem.
3- 04- 2011
CHEVROLET The bolts that
fasten the automatic transmission torque converter
of some 2011 Camaros may need to be replaced. In
T.S.B. 10432 issued on Jan. 3, General Motors said a
campaign to replace the bolts applied to models with the
6.2-liter V-8 engine. The factory-installed bolts may not
be properly sized to secure the torque converter, leading
to a clanking sound.
Some 2008 minivans may need new front
wheel bearings. In T.S.B. K19 issued on
Dec. 22, Chrysler said the bearings on Chrysler Town
& Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans can
develop a grinding noise. Replacing both front hub and
bearing assemblies should restore silence.
Also, some minivans may
develop a squeak or grinding noise
at the pillar between the front and sliding
doors. In T.S.B. 23-001-11 issued on Jan. 7, Chrysler
said the noise, in 2008-10 Chrysler Town & Country
and Dodge Grand Caravan models, can occur when driving
or when opening the front or sliding doors. Lubricating
the doors should stop the squeak.
Dakota pickups may need new software to assure proper operation of their
side-impact air bags. According to T.S.B. K03, issued on Jan. 5, the air
bags in some trucks from the 2005-7 model years may not deploy in a side-impact
collision; the remedy is to reprogram the computer module that controls
the air bags. Owners should receive a letter notifying them of this service
2-wheel-drive F-250 Super Duty trucks
may need new rear springs. In T.S.B. 10B21
issued on Jan. 7, Ford said incorrect springs might
have been installed in some 2011 models, causing the
pickups to feel unstable when pulling trailers. Ford will
offer free replacement springs on affected vehicles
through Jan. 31, 2012. Owners should receive a letter
notifying them of this campaign.
Some 2011 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC
Terrain crossovers may have a dashboard
electrical problem causing the battery to drain. In
T.S.B. 11004 issued on Jan. 10, G.M. said backlighting
in the instrument panel might illuminate even after
the vehicle is shut off. Reprogramming the module that
controls the lighting, and charging the battery, should
solve the issue.
Also, some 2008-9 Cadillac
CTS and 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt and
Pontiac G5 models may develop a problem
with their ignition locks. In T.S.B. 10256 issued on
Dec. 14, G.M. said the key might get stuck in the ignition
switch and the vehicle might not shut off if it is running.
Replacing the ignition lock cylinder should free things up.
owners may be hearing unusual noises from their car’s engine. In T.S.B. 06-060
issued on Dec. 24, Honda said some 2006-7 Civics might have a rattling noise
from the right front of the vehicle, caused by a defective right-side engine
mount. Replacing the engine mount should stop the racket.
rear window glass in some 2010-11 Tribute S.U.V.’s may break easily. In
T.S.B. 0905210 issued on Dec. 2, Mazda said the glass was most susceptible
to breaking in cold weather. Replacing
the window with a revised design that has
a through-bolt striker should prevent the breakage
Some 2007-9 Sentras may have a problem
with their fuel filler tubes. In T.S.B.
NTB09-069a issued on Dec. 10, Nissan said that the
grommet that holds the top of the fuel filler tube in
place might be detached. Replacing the filler tube and
filler shield, and installing a new clip on the shield,
should solve any problems.
Owners of some 2010-11 models may
complain of high oil consumption or see
smoke coming from the exhaust. In T.S.B. 02-115-11 issued
on Jan. 20, Subaru said the problem in 2010 Foresters
and 2011 Legacy, Outback and Impreza models probably
stems from faulty machining of the holes for the intake-valve
guides. The cure requires replacement of the cylinder
some 2008-9 XC90 models, a click may be heard from the steering column when
making a turn. In T.S.B. TJ19965 issued on Dec. 15, Volvo said the noise
might be from an improperly built steering column. To restore peace and
quiet, the column must be replaced.
30- 03- 2011
The past couple weeks haven't
been kind to the 2011 Honda
Odyssey. Two weeks ago, Honda issued
a recall for 33,000 minivans for faulty windshield
wipers, and now a second recall has been issued
for faulty front driver and passenger windows that
can come off track, rendering the window inoperative.
This new recall covers 2,800 vehicles, which at least
shows that Honda caught this problem before it became
Honda filed the recall with the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, adding that
a supplier used a faulty primer fluid when making
the glass. If the glass isn't replaced, NHTSA says
on its website that "the window may shatter into the
passenger cabin causing a risk of injury to the vehicle
To remedy this problem, dealers will replace
the affected window glass free of charge. The
recall will be officially announced on or before April
29- 03- 2011
Own a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta? Be careful next time you honk your
horn at that straggler holding up a green light.Volkswagen of America today
announced a voluntary safety recall affecting its flagship sedans. A wiring
issue could cause the car to turn off if the horn is activated, the company
Approximately 71,043 Jettas--manufactured from March 2010 through
March 2011--are affected by a bizarre
issue caused by a fault in the wiring
layout, according to VW. The "electric gremlin" (a
popular term in the automotive community) resides in
the anti-theft alarm system and horn, which in rare circumstances
can short-circuit the converter box that supplies power
to the engine, among other components.
No related accidents or injuries have been reported, the automaker
As with most vehicle recalls, owners whose VINs fall within the recall
range "will be notified via first-class mail regarding the corrective measures
and anticipated repair timeline," according to Volkswagen.
This isn't the first time the German automaker has been criticized
for electrical issues in its eclectic
lineup of vehicles. I have a feeling those
"honk if you liked your service" signs won't be popping
up at Volkswagen dealerships any time soon.
25- 03- 2011
RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 XK AND XF VEHICLES MANUFACTURED
FROM JUNE 27, 2009, THROUGH MARCH 10, 2010. THE POWER ASSIST STEERING PIPES
HAVE BEEN SUPPLIED WITH ZINC-NICKEL PLATING THAT DOES NOT MEET FULLY THE
CORROSION PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS OF JAGUAR'S ENGINEERING SPECIFICATION.
AFTER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME IN SERVICE, CORROSION OF THE PAS PIPES
WILL OCCUR THAT MAY LEAD TO PIN-HOLING OF THE PIPE.
PIN-HOLING OF THE PIPES COULD ALLOW PRESSURIZED
POWER STEERING FLUID TO LEAK INTO THE UNDER-HOOD
AND ENGINE BAY AREA. A LOSS OF POWER STEERING
FLUID WILL RESULT IN A LOSS OF POWER ASSIST STEERING. ALSO,
THAT FLUID MAY IGNITE IF IT COMES INTO CONTACT WITH
AN IGNITION SOURCE OR A SURFACE AT A SUFFICIENTLY
HIGH TEMPERATURE, CAUSING A VEHICLE FIRE.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING
FLUID PIPES WITH PARTS MANUFACTURED TO THE REQUIRED
CORROSION PROTECTION SPECIFICATION. THIS SERVICE
WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGED. THE SAFETY
RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL
CONTINENTAL TIRE IS RECALLING CERTAIN CONTITRAC TR TIRES,
SIZE LT275/70R18 125/122S OUTLINE
WHITE LETTERS AND BLACK SIDEWALL, AND CONTITRAC,
SIZE LT275/70R18 125/122S, BLACK SIDEWALL,
PRODUCED FROM MAY 6, 2007, THROUGH SEPTEMBER
20, 2008, SOLD AS AFTERMARKET AND INSTALLED
AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT ON SOME MODEL YEAR 2008
AND 2009 FORD F-250 AND F-350 TRUCKS. SOME
THESE TIRES MAY EXPERIENCE UNEVEN WEAR, VIBRATION,
OR PARTICULARLY UNDER CONDITIONS OF
OVERLOADING OR UNDER INFLATION IN HIGH AMBIENT
TEMPERATURE USAGE, SEPARATION BETWEEN
THE BELT EDGES.
SEPARATION OF THE BELT EDGES COULD LEAD TO
TREAD BELT SEPARATION, INCREASING THE RISK OF
CONTINENTAL TIRE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE
THE AFFECTED TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY
RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2011.
Honda is recalling 18,056
model-year 2011 Civic compacts
in the U.S. to inspect and possibly replace
the fuel pump module. The module, inside the gasoline
tank, may have a damaged valve that could
leak fuel in event of a rollover accident,
Honda said. So far, no crashes are being blamed on the
valve problem. Honda plans to start officially
notifying customers of the recall in about a
General Motors Co. is recalling
new models of the Buick LaCrosse
and Cadillac SRX to fix a software
glitch that could prevent the defroster from clearing
the windshield. The recall affects more than
10,000 LaCrosse and SRX vehicles from the 2011
model year. GM says the software in the electronic
climate control module could disable the ability to
adjust and control the defroster and affect the driver's
Honda recalled more than
35,000 Civic hybrids in
the United States on Monday to fix a problem
with the electrical system that could cause the headlights
to turn off or the engine to stall. Honda Motor Co.'s recall covers
2006-07 Civic hybrids. The voltage
converter that relays power from the motor assist
system to the vehicle's electrical components could
has received seven reports of stalling engines
and 82 warranty claims connected to the problem.
Dealers will replace the voltage converter at no charge.
Chrysler Group LLC has recalled
about 20,000 Jeep Wranglers
because of steering issues. The recall covers 2010-11
Wranglers over potential loose fasteners to the front and rear
axles. The issue could cause poor steering and handling or cause the
driver to lose control. The Wranglers were built from mid-July
2010 through mid-September 2010. The recall is expected
to begin in mid-March and dealers will tighten the fasteners.
Owners can call Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.
Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled
about 22,000 SUVs and trucks
to address faulty tire pressure monitoring
includes some of the 2008-11 FJ
Cruisers, Land Cruisers, Sequoias, Tacomas and
systems that monitor the vehicles' tire pressure
did not comply with federal safety standards. The
systems didn't illuminate on the dashboard at the minimum
activation pressure and must be recalibrated.
Honda Canada says it will recall 14,640 of its
2009 and 2010 Fit subcompact
cars to replace a defective spring part.
vehicles are among nearly 700,000 Fit,
Freed and City compact cars Honda
HMC-N is recalling
around the world for the same reason.
The lost motion springs,
which are compressed by rocker
arms in normal engine use, may bend or break
over time resulting in abnormal engine noise.
The spring was placed
improperly in a small box inside the engine, so
that, in some cases, the problem could cause the engine
to stall, a spokesman in Tokyo said.
Honda says owners of the
affected vehicles should take
their car to an authorized dealer as soon
once they receive a notice by mail. Recalled are 167,000 vehicles in
Japan, 156,000 in China, 233,000
in the rest of Asia and about 122,000 in North
Canadian Fit owners can
determine if their vehicle is
in need of repair by calling toll free at
A tension adjuster pulley
is the culprit in a round of
recalls by Suzuki covering 2009-2011
Grand Vitaras and 2010-2011 SX4s. This pulley supports
the drive belt, which runs alternator, water
pump, air conditioner and power steering pump. Should
the belt come off while driving, the vehicle will
quickly become more difficult to steer and the engine
could stall. Dealers will swap the pulley out for one
that works correctly at no charge to owners of the affected
vehicles. The recall begins on February 16th, 2011 and will
affect 32,291 Suzuki vehicles.
04- 02 -2011
Motor Co is recalling nearly
363,000 F-150 pickup trucks
in North America because of a potential problem
with the door handles not working properly. Model years 2009 and 2010 F-150
trucks produced from January 2008
to November 2009 are being recalled because
in the event of a crash, “the door handle spring can
fail, causing the door latch to open,” NHTSA said
in a filing.
As of Jan. 21, there had
been no reported accidents
or injuries related to this issue.
Some 280,946 trucks will
be recalled in the United States;
about 68,000 in Canada; and about 14,000
in Mexico, Ford and NHTSA said.
Ford said customers will
initially be asked to bring
their F-150s to dealerships if any door
handles are loose or fail to return to a stowed position.
replacement parts are available, owners
will be asked to bring in their trucks for inspection
at Ford or Lincoln dealerships, the filing said.
02- 02- 2011
The government has opened
an investigation into Nissan
Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 sport-utility
vehicles over reports of corrosion that can
lead to the loss of steering.
The investigation covers
about 400,000 vehicles, including
Pathfinders from the 1996-2004 model
years and QX4s from the 1997-2003 model years. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
said in a posting that it had received 35 reports of corrosion
leading to a failure of the driver's side front strut tower,
which affects the vehicle's alignment.
A failure of the strut tower
could affect the steering column
and make it more difficult to control
The government received five reports
of the steering shaft breaking, leading
to a loss of steering.
There have been no reports of crashes
or injuries. Nissan said in a statement it
was "committed to customer safety and the quick,
effective resolution of safety issues and will
work closely with NHTSA to investigate this issue."
26- 01- 2011
Toyota is recalling nearly
1.7 million cars, the bulk of them in Japan,
for various defects that may cause fuel leakage —
the latest in quality control woes for the world's No.
1 automaker. Toyota Motor Corp. said it
was recalling a wide range of models, including
the IS and GS Lexus luxury models in North America
and the Avensis sedan and station wagon models in Europe.
There were no accidents suspected of
being related to the defects, according
to Toyota. Toyota said it had received 77 complaints
overseas, 75 of them in North America, and more than
140 in Japan.
The largest number of the affected
vehicles was in Japan at nearly 1.3 million
— the second-largest auto recall in the nation's
history — and involving two different problems.
The latest recall will cost Toyota about
20 billion yen ($240-million U.S.), but
that won't dent its earnings performance by much. But there is that perception of
here we go again, and that hurts Toyota's
image, especially in North America.
In one of the problems announced Wednesday,
an improper installation of a sensor to measure
fuel pressure may cause the sensor to loosen as
a result of engine vibration over time, and possibly
cause fuel leakage, the company said. That problem also
affects 280,000 Lexus cars sold abroad, 255,000 of them
in North America and 10,000 in Europe.
Included under that recall are the
2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350, 2006 through
early 2009 Lexus IS250, and 2006 through early 2008
Lexus IS350 sold in the U.S.
The second problem, which affects 141,000
Avensis cars sold in Europe, and New Zealand,
was caused by irregular work on the fuel pipe, which
may cause cracks and fuel leakage, Toyota said.
Honda Accord and CR-V--Wiring
Honda is recalling over 2,200 2010
Accord four-cylinder and CR-V vehicles due
to a potential problem with the engine wire harness.
The wire harness coupler could have been damaged
during vehicle assembly, which could cause the engine
to stall or sparks to fire intermittently. According
to Honda, no accidents or injuries have been reported.
Dealers will replace the ignition wiring harness connector
free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February.
Some MDX and TL models may squeak when
started. In T.S.B. 10-035 issued on Nov.
19, Acura said the noise in some 2007-8 MDXs and
2008 TLs comes from the engine’s accessory drive belt,
but the underlying cause is a misaligned air-conditioning
compressor. Using properly sized bolts to hold the
compressor in place, and replacing the belt, should
stop the noisy startup.
Also, some RDX crossovers
may leak oil from the cylinder
head cover. In T.S.B. 10-049 issued on
Nov. 24, Acura said the leak in 2007-11 models was
probably caused by paint overspray in the gasket
groove. Removing the cylinder head cover and sanding
the paint overspray in the groove — and replacing the
gasket, if needed — should stop the leak.
Some models with V-6 engines may be
eligible for a new water pump. In T.S.B. 191017
issued on Nov. 1, Audi said 2009-10 A4, S4, A5,
A6 and Q5 models and 2010 A5 and S5 Cabriolets may need
a new pump to stop water leaks. Eligible vehicles
can have a new pump installed free until Jan. 4, 2012.
Owners should receive a letter of notification.
Some 2008 Chrysler Town & Country
and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans may need
new front wheel bearings. In T.S.B. K19 issued on
Dec. 22, Chrysler said the bearings on 52,000
of the minivans might develop a growling or grinding
noise. The bearings on both front wheels will be replaced
and lubricated on all affected vehicles.
A number of 2010 all-wheel-drive models
may need a replacement of the driveline unit
that transfers power front and rear. In T.S.B. 10-22-4
issued on Nov. 22, Ford said the vehicles might vibrate
during a tight turn or thump on light acceleration.
The vehicles include the Ford Fusion, Taurus, Edge and
Flex; Mercury Milan; and Lincoln MKS, MKT, MKX and MKZ.
Some midsize vehicles may be eligible
for an extended warranty on the catalytic
converter. In T.S.B. 10134 issued on Nov. 17, G.M.
said some 2006-7 Chevrolet Malibus with 2.2-liter engines
and Pontiac G6s with 2.4-liter engines qualify
for a 10-year, 120,000-mile warranty, versus the
standard 8-year, 80,000-mile warranty. The insulating
mat inside the converter may erode, setting off the
Some 2011 vehicles may leak oil from
the rear of the cylinder head cover. In T.S.B.
10-072 issued on Dec. 3, Honda said a manufacturing
problem with one of the rocker shaft holders
might cause the leak in Accords and CR-Vs. Replacing
the shaft set should seal things up.
Some 2011 Santa Fe models may need
new rear brake calipers. In T.S.B. 10-01-048
issued on Dec. 1, Hyundai said the calipers might
have been improperly machined, resulting in a loss
of brake fluid and illumination of the brake fluid
warning lamp. Hyundai will replace the affected calipers,
which should stop the leak and improve stopping.
Some QX56 S.U.V.’s may sag at the rear.
In T.S.B. 10-073 issued on Dec. 10, Infiniti
said air leaks in the shock absorbers of 2004-10
models may cause the problem. Replacing the shocks
should level things out.
Some 2010 S400 Hybrids are part of
a service campaign to reroute wiring harnesses.
In T.S.B. 2010080002 issued on Sept. 10, Mercedes
said the wiring harness for the air-conditioner compressor
might have been routed incorrectly. It is being
relocated to release tension and prevent chafing against
other parts of the engine.
Also, 2010 GLKs may need
their right-side underbody
seam inspected. In T.S.B. 2010090001 issued
on Sept. 1, Mercedes said insufficient sealant
might have been applied to the seams. More sealant
will be added if needed.
Some Prius models may be eligible for
a water pump replacement. In T.S.B. SC-A0N
issued on Nov. 23, Toyota said that in some 2004-7
vehicles air might remain at the bearing of the pump,
causing it to delay pumping water. This could
raise the temperature of the coolant and set off the check
engine light. Toyota will replace the pumps on affected
vehicles regardless of warranty status. Owners should
receive a letter of notification.
US carmakers, Chrysler and Ford Motor
are recalling a total of 160,000 vehicles
over four separate defects, the latest in a series
of recalls that have engulfed the US automobile
The US government, especially the
transportation watchdog National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration should seriously consider
bringing out a 'white paper' on the reasons for the
US automobile industry malady in making more than 19
million recalls in a span of 12 months.
In the current recall, Chrysler is
recalling more than 144,000 Dodge
and Ram vehicles to deal with three separate
defects, while Ford is recalling about 15,000 trucks
and sport-utility vehicles over a potential
short circuit in the vehicles' electronic components
of the body control module that may lead to a fire.
In one recall, Chrysler is recalling
65,180 Dodge Journey sports-utility
vehicles manufactured from 1 November
2007 to 7 September 2008 to fix front-door wiring
harnesses that could lead to inoperative side-impact
In the second recall, Chrysler is
recalling 56,611 Ram 1500 pickup
trucks from the 2011 model year since the
rear axle in the pickup trucks makes a grinding
noise, which can sooner or later seize thereby increasing
the risk for a crash.
Lastly, Chrysler is recalling 22,274
Ram 4500 and 5500 pickup trucks
from the 2008-11 model years because a fault
in a steering component that could potentially
lead to loss of vehicle control and increase the risk
for a crash.
Although the US government will not
put out its official report until next week
on the total number of vehicles recalled this
year, analysts say that 2010 was the worst year
in the US for vehicle recalls since 2004.
It is estimated that more than
19 million recalls were made in the
US and Canada this year, with Japanese carmaker
Toyota leading the recalls having recalled
more than 11 million vehicles since the last half
of last year.
Honda Motor Co. is recalling
several of its vehicles in
the United States. Honda said it is recalling
Accord sedans and Pilot
sport utility vehicles to prevent possible
front suspension failure.
The automaker says the recall covers
late model year 2010-11 Accord sedans
and 2011 Pilot SUVs.
Honda says problems with the machinery
used to tighten spindle nuts on the front
axles on both vehicles could
cause the front suspension to fail.
Moreover, Honda also is recalling
about 35,000 Passport
sport utility vehicles to inspect brackets
on the rear
suspension that could detach and
lead to a crash.
The recall involves Passports
from the 1998 to 2002
model years and is limited to states where
road salt is used
during the winter. Honda says the
front bracket of the rear suspension lower
trailing links could corrode and the bracket could
breakoff from the frame.
General Motors Co. is recalling
almost 100,000 vehicles
to fix two problems that could cause the
rear axle cross pin to shift
out of place and the passenger-side
airbag not to work. GM said in postings with
the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration that the
airbag recall affects almost 96,000 2005
to 2007 model year versions of the Cadillac CTS.
The auto maker said that repeated
flexing of the sensing
mat in the passenger seat can cause the mat
to bend or fold so
much that the sensor may not detect
a passenger is sitting in the seat. Therefore,
the sensor wouldn't activate the airbag
in the event of a crash.
The axle recall affects almost
1,300 2011 model year
versions of the Cadillac Escalade,
Silverado 1500, as well as the GMC
GM said the rear axle's cross
pin could fracture, becoming
displaced within the axle and possibly
causing the vehicle to
crash without warning. The company
added that drivers may hear a banging noise
from the axle if the pin has shifted
out of position. Dealers will replace sensing
systems and rear axle cross pins free
The axle recall is expected
to begin in January. GM
did not say when the airbag recall would
VW recalls cars over risk fuel lines could chafe, leak
Golf, Rabbit, Jetta and New Beetle covered
Volkswagen said on Wednesday it
would recall over 413,000
cars in the United States and Canada for
that they could develop fuel leaks
and potentially catch fire. The recall
covers the Golf, Rabbit, Jetta and Jetta
Sportwagen models from the 2007
to 2009 model years. The New Beetle from the
2006 to 2010 model years is
also covered under the recall,
Of the total, 377,000 of the cars are being recalled in the United States
with the remainder in Canada, VW said.
The automaker said that the Golf, Rabbit and Jetta models have a plastic
tab on the windshield fluid
could rub against a fuel line and
cause a leak to develop.
In the case of the New Beetle, a fastening clamp that is part of the
power steering system could
cause the same kind
of problem, the automaker said
in a filing with the National Highway Traffic
All of the vehicles are manufactured in Mexico and shipped to the United
States and Canada.
In addition, dealers will either remove the potentially risky plastic
tab from the Golf, Rabbit
and Jetta models or adjust
the problematic clamp in the case
of the Beetle, VW said.
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling
367,350 Town and Country
and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans
in the U.S., citing air bags
that may inadvertently deploy.
in the 2008 model year minivans
may cause a warning light to illuminate and the
air bags to inflate, Auburn Hills,
Michigan-based Chrysler said in a voluntary
recall notice posted on the U.S. National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration’s
website today. The leaks are caused by
improperly assembled heating and cooling
system drain grommets, Chrysler said. Some vehicles may have
an improperly installed HVAC hose grommet
that could cause moisture to collect on the floor
and damage the air bag deployment module,
Honda Motor Co. HMC-N
said on Thursday it would
recall about 1.35 million Fit subcompacts
globally to repair defective
wiring in the headlights. No accident was reported from
the defect, a Honda spokesman in
Tokyo said. The company said the
Canadian model is not affected
because it has a different wiring system than the
recalled vehicles in order to comply with laws that
require daytime running lights. Subject to the recall are Fit
cars built at Honda’s Suzuka factory in
Japan between November 2001 and October 2007.
About 735,000 units will be recalled in Japan, where
the Fit is the second most popular car behind Toyota
Motor Corp’s Prius, excluding 660cc minivehicles. Honda will also recall 143,000
Fits exported to the United States, and
385,000 units in Europe, where the model is
called the Jazz. The car will also be recalled in the
Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Toyota has issued a voluntary recall for approximately
94,000 2011 Sienna minivans produced before the beginning of November
2010. The recall is a result of a Stop Lamp Switch Bracket placed near the
parking brake. When the parking brake is fully applied it may deform the
switch bracket. This could result in the brake lights remaining lit or even
partial engagement of the brakes resulting in a reduction of brake effectiveness
No other vehicles have been affected
by the issue and no accidents or injuries
have been reported as of a result. Owners of
affected vehicles will receive a notice in the mail
by the middle of January, which contains instructions
on how to handle any affects they might feel if their
switch bracket has been deformed. A second notice
will be sent out in February to inform customers that replacement
parts are now available and appointments can be
made with local Toyota service departments.
to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, certain
2011 Kia Sorento models were fitted
with rear brake calipers that were improperly machined.
“As a result, brake fluid will leak,
followed by illumination of the malfunction indicator
light indicating the brake fluid level is low
and should be checked, then a soft or spongy brake
pedal feel, and if not serviced, reduced braking power
which could increase the risk of a crash.” Naturally, the owner’s preferred
Kia dealership will inspect and replace
the rear calipers if necessary at no charge.
Mazda is recalling more than
vehicles with a fuel system issue. As a
result of variations in the fuel tank leak check
test performed before vehicle assembly, water
might not have been completely removed from the harness
connector of the fuel pump. This could cause
the connector pin to corrode and the pin to break.
That could lead to an inoperative fuel pump, engine stall,
and the inability to restart the engine, which
increases the risk of an accident. Dealers will inspect
the fuel pump connector and replace at no charge. Owners
may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
2009-2011 Volvo S40,
S60, V50 and 2010-2011
Volvo is recalling more than
7,400 cars and SUVs for
an issue with the power front passenger
seats. The front seat rail’s direction system
was manufactured incorrectly and might permit
the passenger to move the seat beyond the intended
maximum. That could increase the risk of injury
to the passenger in a crash. Dealers will inspect the seat
rails for an “end stop” and fix it free of charge. Drivers
may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552.
Toyota is fixing the pumps that
cool the hybrid system in 650,000 Prius
cars – the Japanese automaker's prized green vehicle
– but is adamant the repair
being carried out worldwide isn't another
Motor Corp. said
Tuesday the coolant pump
in Prius cars for model years
2004 through to 2007 is being replaced because
it doesn't work properly. But the Japanese
automaker is calling the move
a “customer satisfaction campaign” because
the problem doesn't warrant a recall under
regulations where the vehicles have been sold, according
to Nolasco. The car's hybrid system
switches off when the problem occurs and
the vehicle's regular gasoline engine takes over,
he said. Of the
Prius cars that need fixing, 390,000 are
in North America
and 180,000 are in Japan. The
problem also affects 70,000 Prius vehicles
FORD MOTOR Some 2011 Fiestas
may develop an engine misfire because
of dripping coolant. In T.S.B. 10-19-5 issued
on Oct. 11, Ford says a leak
from the valve cover breather may let coolant
reach the spark plug. Replacing the leaky part
should stop the seepage and
GENERAL MOTORS Some 2011 G.M.
pickup trucks may need a shield on a radiator
hose to prevent chafing that could
cause the hose to puncture.
In T.S.B. 10246 issued on Sept. 15, G.M.
says a protective sleeve is needed on some Chevrolet
Silverados and GMC Sierras to keep
the hose from rubbing on the radiator fan shroud, which
could result in a leak.
Also, some Cadillacs are receiving
an extended warranty on their catalytic
converters. In T.S.B. 10127 issued on Sept.
G.M. says some 2005 STS
and 2004-5 SRX models with the 4.6-liter
engine may have the check-engine light illuminate,
lack engine power or rattle
from underneath. The warranty is being extended
to 12 years or 200,000 miles from 4 years
or 50,000 miles.
INFINITI Some 2007-8 FX35
and FX45 models with intelligent cruise
control may not be recording accurate speed or
mileage. In T.S.B. 10-065 issued
on Oct. 21, Infiniti said that replacing
the cruise control unit and recalibrating the
speedometer and odometer should
solve the problem.
KIA Some 2011 Sorentos
may clunk or squeal from the intermediate
axle shaft. In T.S.B. SCO82R5 issued on Oct.
Kia told dealers they should
repair affected vehicles with 2.4-liter
engines whether or not owners had complained.
The repair involves machining
the intermediate shaft bearing bracket
and adding grease to the transmission shaft splines.
Also, some 2011 Sorentos with
the 3.5-liter engine may have the battery
light come on. In T.S.B. ELE014 issued on
Oct. 22, Kia said the alternator
on affected vehicles should be replaced.
Vehicles outside the production range in the
bulletin will have alternators
replaced if customers report that the battery
light is illuminating.
SCION In response to a class-action
lawsuit, some 2006 Scion xBs
will get extended warranty coverage for their
In T.S.B. CSP issued on Aug.
24, Scion’s parent, Toyota, says that
as part of the settlement, warranties on windshields
for approximately 90,000 affected vehicles
will be extended to 5 years or 60,000 miles, from 3 years
and 36,000 miles. The suit contended the windshields
were prone to cracking. Information is available at XbWindshieldSettlement.com.
SUBARU Some 2010 Legacy
and Outback models may have a front-end
squeak over rough roads. In T.S.B. 05-49-10R
issued on Sept. 21, Subaru
says the coil springs are probably rubbing
the lower strut bracket, because some models
springs installed that were
slightly larger than normal. Replacing the
springs should quiet things down.
The National Highway Traffic
has opened an investigation into a possible
fire hazard on 150,000
Honda CR-Vs from
the 2006 model year. In a recent filing, the
agency said it opened the investigation after three owners
complained of fires involving
the master power window switch in the driver’s
In January, Honda recalled
about 141,000 Fits
from the 2007-08 model years for a fire
hazard involving the master power
switch in the driver’s door.
Volvo is recalling about 6,000
of its 2011 models
because the engine may stall. The models
are the S80, S60, XC70 and
XC60. Volvo told
the agency: “The engine and transmission
software calibration is too sensitive. When
the driver is braking
during city driving, and/or
releases the accelerator pedal, the
engine idle speed may drop, resulting in a sudden
without any prior warning.”
has begun an investigation
into about 41,000 Kia Optimas
after receiving complaints that the automatic
transmission cable may come loose. It was prompted
by three complaints that the transmission could
not be shifted, including one who said the vehicle
rolled away. The agency noted that in 2007 Kia had
warned dealers of such a problem.
Jaguar is recalling
6,475 2010-'11 XJ sedans
because the windshield wipers could detach
from the vehicle. Jaguar said it is not aware of
any customer reports of accidents
or injuries attributed to this defect.The recall is expected to
begin on December 13.
Jaguar is recalling
6,475 2010-'11 XJ sedans because the windshield
wipers could detach from the car, according
National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration. "The front wiper arms
to spindle fixings were not torqued
during manufacturing," said
NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem.
"As a result, the securing nuts could fail
as intended, resulting in
a loss of wiper arm synchronization and
a clash of the wiper arms. If the wiper arms
synchronization and clash,
they could detach from the vehicle, reducing
driver visibility and increasing the risk
of a crash."
In other documentation filed
with the federal government, Jaguar said
it is not aware of any customer reports of accidents
or injuries attributed to this defect.
will ensure the wiper arms are
fitted securely onto the spindle and the securing
nuts will be tightened to the correct torque.
The recall is expected to begin on December 13.
Owners can contact Jaguar at (800) 637-6837.
Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more
than 600,000 vehicles
in North America due to steering or battery
Japanese automaker said the
steering recall affects 303,000 Frontier
pickup trucks and 283,000 Xterra sport utility
in the U.S., Canada, Mexico,
Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American
Nissan said a corrosion problem
with the lower steering column joint and
shaft can limit steering movement, making the
vehicles difficult to steer.
In some cases the corrosion can cause
the joint to crack. Nissan also is recalling
sedans because of a battery
cable terminal connector problem that
can make the cars difficult to start or stall
at low speeds.
In Canada, a total of 16,300
vehicles are being
recalled -- 4,500 Frontiers, 9,900 Xterras
and 1,900 Sentras
The company says no injuries
or accidents have
been reported because of either issue.
The Frontiers covered by
the recall are from the 2002 through 2004 model years.
Nissan also said it will replace
the positive battery
cable terminal on affected Sentras. The
vehicles were built at the
General Motors will recall
DTS and Buick Lucerne cars with V8 engines
because of a potential problem with
the starter and alternator
cables that can cause fires. The cables
can come into contact with the power steering
GM said in a statement. This
can lead to a leak in power-steering fluid,
battery drain and a hole in the line. If the
steering fluid comes into
contact with hot metal in the engine, this
could cause a fire. There have been
four fires reported
but no injuries GM said.
The cars affected are from
the 2010 and 2011 model years.
Suzuki is recalling 69,587 2007-'10
SX4 vehicles because
the outside mirrors can fall off, according
to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration.
include the 2007 Suzuki
SX4 hatchback and the 2008-'10 SX4 hatchback and
sedan. "The three
screws that secure each of
the outside rearview mirrors to the mirror base
can come loose due to vibration," said
NHTSA in its recalls summary
of the problem. "If a rearview mirror
falls off the vehicle, the driver will have
increasing the risk of
a crash." In
other documentation filed with the
federal government, Suzuki noted that
it was determined that
the cause of the reported condition was
that the supplier had eliminated use of adhesive
on the screws that secure
the mirror to the mirror base." The recall is expected to
begin on November 10.
Suzuki dealers will replace
the base screws on both outside rearview
Nissan is recalling 2.14 million vehicles
in the U.S., Japan,
Europe and Asia, including the popular
March and Mycra
subcompacts, for an ignition
problem that may stall the engine –
its third-largest recall ever. No accidents have been
reported that are suspected
of being caused by the defect, according
to Nissan Motor Co.
A problem was found in an
called the relay for vehicles produced
from August 2003 through
July 2006, including small
cars like the March, Cube and Note,
and about a dozen other models, such as the
sedan, Titan pickup and
Infiniti QX56 luxury model. In extreme cases, the engine
will stall and won't be able to start,
Of the recalled vehicles, nearly
835,000 were produced in Japan, 762,000 in North America, and 354,000 in
Nissan, which is allied with
Renault SA of France,
did not disclose a cost for the recall,
but it may be relatively cheap
requiring just a half hour
to fix. The
cars were produced in Japan, the
U.S., Great Britain, Spain, China and Taiwan.
The massive numbers involved
in recent recalls
are linked to cost-cutting strategies that
result in the same parts being
used in many models.
Toyota is recalling 1.53 million Lexus,
Avalon and other
models, mostly in the U.S. and Japan, for
brake fluid and
fuel pump problems, the
latest in a string of quality problems
for the world's No. 1 auto maker.
said Thursday it will call back for repairs
about 740,000 cars in the U.S. and 599,000 in
The remainder are in
Europe and other markets around the world.
The majority of vehicles this
time around need to be fixed for a problem with the brake master cylinder,
lead to weaker braking
The models affected by the
latest recall in
the U.S. include the 2005 and 2006 Avalon,
2004 through 2006 non-hybrid
Highlander and Lexus
RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and
A small amount of the
brake fluid could
slowly leak from the brake master cylinder,
resulting in illumination of the
brake warning lamp.
And Honda too..........
Honda has announced that it's recalling a
total of 470,000
vehicles in the U.S. due to the same failing
problem that caused Toyota
to recall 1.66 million vehicles worldwide
The two automakers used
the same supplier for the part, and
when owners use a type of brake fluid other
used at the factory, a
seal within the master cylinder may fail,
causing a leak that could eventually lead to
braking power altogether.
Honda says that a warning light would
illuminate before this happened, however.
The Honda recall covers
2005-2007 Acura RL models and 2005-2007
Honda Odyssey minivans.
Honda says that at this
point, it doesn't know how many of its vehicles
have suffered a master cylinder failure
many have leaked. The
company says it will replace the faulty
seal and, if leaking has occurred, the brake
be replaced as well. There's
no set schedule for fixing those vehicles
that are impacted by the recall, but owners should
expect to hear something
Chrysler Group is recalling 26,397
cars and trucks
to repair power-steering hoses that may
and leak fluid, raising
the potential for vehicle fires. Models
involved include the Chrysler Sebring
and 300 and the
Dodge Challenger, Charger,
Avenger and Journey from the 2010 model
year, as well as 2011 Ram light-duty
pickup trucks, according
to a recall notice posted on the National
Highway Traffic and Safety Administration
On some of the vehicles,
the crimped end of the power-steering
pressure hose may separate from the power-steering
in fluid leaking onto hot engine parts
and possibly igniting a fire, NHTSA said.
As a remedy, dealers
will inspect and replace the power-steering
hoses as necessary, at no cost to owners
recalled vehicles. Recall
notices are expected to begin being sent
out this month, the agency said.
In June, Chrysler recalled
nearly 600,000 vehicles for a wide range
of problems including failing brakes, sticky
accelerators and electrical
fires. Among models recalled at the
time were nearly 290,000 Jeep Wrangler sport
utility vehicles from
model years 2007 through 2010 that could
experience brake failures caused by leaking
Toyota to repair
engine belt on Corolla,
Toyota Motor Corp in
the United States has told its dealers
to fix some 2010 Corolla and Matrix models because
accessory engine belt
may deteriorate and detach, according to
a notice to dealers. About 10,750 vehicles
may be affected
by the "limited service
campaign." There are about 9,400 Corollas
that could have the accessory belt issue,
and 1,350 Matrix vehicles.
The cars affected have the 2ZR-FE engine.
The engine accessory belt used to transfer force
the engine to the air
conditioner, alternator and water pump may
pull free from pulleys. The engine may overheat,
the notice said.
Dealers will inspect
the belts and fix the issue at no charge.
It will take about a half hour of shop time to
make the fix, and about
half of the fan belts
in the vehicles covered in the repair
campaign are expected to require replacement,
the notice to dealers said.
Owners of the affected
vehicles will be notified by mail in mid-October,
the notice said.
The vehicles were assembled
in North America in February and March
of this year, the notice said.
In the United States, BMW has recalled 198,000 vehicles
but the problem
was "without danger" for passengers.The problem
systems that could become "slightly more
difficult to use" following an extended period
In Britain, a BMW
spokesman told AFP: "It's a voluntary
recall, we took it upon ourselves. It affects
large-engined 5, 6
and 7-series (BMWs)
and Rolls Royce" cars.
Large engined models are those equipped with V8 and V12
"The potential fault is a small leak that could develop
in the power-assisted
braking system ... if there is a leak
would lose some breaking
power but should still be able to stop,"
the UK spokesman said.
Last year, BMW sold 1,068,770 of its own brand automobiles
and 1,002 Rolls-Royce
The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration has announced
a recall on two Kia vehicles – the 2010
Soul and 2011 Sorento
– to replace
interior lighting wiring harnesses. These
faulty units, supplied by JCI, can apparently
cause an electrical short
resulting in a
fire. This recall affects 35,185 vehicles
manufactured between September 7, 2009
and July 30, 2010.
In the Soul, the
wiring harnesses in question are located
in the front doors and control the funky
accent illumination in the speakers.
The Sorento has
similar problems, but these wires power
the lighting in both the front and rear
door trim panels.
The full recall
is expected to begin within the coming weeks
and dealers will inspect and fix the faulty
wiring harnesses free
Ford Motor Co.
F-N is recalling about 575,000 Windstar
vans in 21 cold-weather U.S. states and
Canada from model years
1998 to 2003 because
of the possibility that the rear axle
may fracture due to corrosion, federal regulators
The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration opened
a preliminary investigation of the problem
on May 13 after
receiving 234 reports
of rear axle fractures and two minor crashes.
The number of complaints has risen to
NHTSA said the
design of the axle appears to allow it to
collect road salt slush, leading to rust.
The recalls total
about 463,000 in the United States, and
the remaining in Canada, a Ford spokesman said.
will be asked to bring their vans into Ford
or Lincoln-Mercury dealerships for inspection
of the axle.
If the axle shows
a crack, owners will be offered a repair
or alternative transportation until parts
If there is no cracking,
owners will be informed when to return
to have reinforcing brackets placed on the
Mazda is recalling 215,000 Mazda3
sedans and Mazda5 five-door vehicles
in the U.S. to fix a problem that
could result in
sudden loss of power steering assist.
An additional 100,000 are being recalled
in Canada and Mexico.
The recall to
replace the power steering pump covers
2007-09 Mazda3s. It also covers Mazda5s built
from April 2007
Mazda says it has no reports
of crashes or
injuries tied to the problem. The National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
opened a preliminary
inquiry in June into the steering issues
with the 2007-09 Mazda3s after getting 33
The recall notice posted on
NHTSA's site says that "due to short supply of parts," there will a two phases
of owner notification
letters that may
run through February. The Associated
Press reported that Mazda started fixing
vehicles in Japan for the same
problem last year
and has investigated the issue for two
years and that Mazda said in a letter to NHTSA
* It was first informed of similar
steering problems in Japan in March 2008.
* After receiving
the company began its own probe in July
* By the summer
of 2009, Mazda said it found that the problem was caused by rust forming inside
the high-pressure pipe
in the power steering
system. Rust particles could enter
the power steering pump, causing it to go
into a fail safe mode and
shut down to avoid
* Mazda conducted
campaign" last summer to repair vehicles
in Japan "due to a high occurrence rate
of this problem."
Mazda stopped short of a recall in North
America, issuing a technical service bulletin
to dealers since the
was low." The service bulletin included
repair procedures for customers who
reported the steering problems.
* In the spring
of 2010, Mazda "realized the occurrence rate was increasing in the North
American market and then we
began to study
further field action for the market."
* Mazda "recognizes
that there is
no unreasonable safety risk" but decided
to conduct a voluntary recall "since we
not want any delay
for field action on this issue."
Toyota has announced
a voluntary recall of 4,200 Avalon vehicles sold in Canada to correct
Toyota Canada announced Thursday
it is recalling
Toyota Avalon vehicles manufactured
in the 2000 to 2004 model years
because of an
improper casting of the steering lock
bar, a component of the steering system.
"If the vehicle while being
steered to the right with sufficient lateral
acceleration, a broken and loose lock
move toward the
steering shaft. If the engagement hole
in the shaft happens to line up at the specific
time the broken lock
bar has moved,
this could cause the steering wheel
lock bar to engage, locking the steering
wheel, and increasing the risk
of a crash," Toyota
company said it is unaware of any
accidents related to this condition.
Toyota will replace
the steering column on vehicles involved
in the recall. Owners will be notified
Once again, Subaru's
mainstay models, the Outback and Legacy, appear to be girding for
a recall. Both models have
callbacks for leaky CVT hoseswiring
issues, but according to Inside Line, a new
issue affecting a number
of manual transmission-equipped
2010 and 2011 models will not
only precipitate another recall, but also
on all potentially-affected
According to the National Highway
Administration, the oil lubrication hole
in the six-speed manual
has not been drilled on the affected vehicles,
which can cause gears to break.
NHTSA issued a statement, saying:"If the transmission gears are not
a groaning sound may begin to
the driver to a problem. If this sound
is ignored and no action is taken, the gears
will eventually break
and this condition
will lead to vehicle power loss, possibly
resulting in a crash."
Vehicles will be repaired, free
at any Subaru dealer in America. Most will
simply have an oil lubrication hole
the automaker has informed its dealer
network that vehicles with 6,250 miles
or more will require the
the third through sixth gearsets, as
well as the main shaft.
A total of 809 Outback and Legacy
models are affected by this recall, which is expected to officially go into
August 6. In the
meantime, owners are urged to contact
their local dealers as soon as possible
to have this problem
a predicament involving 2009 and 2010
model year Cube hatchbacks, and
the National Highway
Administration has issued a full recall,
covering 46,000 Cubes built between
2009 and July 30, 2010.
Much like the
HS hybrid, NHSTA cites that the amount
of fuel leakage following a rear-moving
barrier crash "exceeds the
and that this could result in a fire.
While a fuel leak is bad news, it's important
to note that this NHTSA test
a case of a simple crash test and resultant
fuel leak – the government agency's methodology
includes striking the
the rear with a deformable barrier at
50 mph with a 70 percent overlap. Post-impact,
the vehicle is then spun
on its longitudinal
axis degree-by-degree for a total
of 90 degrees, somewhere along which a fuel
leak was detected.
While any fuel
spillage is a bad thing, we suspect you
can put any images of the massively overblown
Ford Pinto debacle
out of your head
In any case,
the full recall is expected to start on
or before August 30. To fix the problem, dealers
will install a special
the gasoline recirculation tube where
it meets with the filler neck connector. Naturally,
the service will be
of charge at any authorized Nissan dealer.
The U.S. government
says Chrysler is recalling about
22,000 sport utility
trucks to fix brake tubes that could
lead to the loss of brake fluid.
its recall affects certain 2010 Dodge
Nitro, Dodge Ram, Jeep Liberty and Jeep
Wranglers that could
could lead to the loss of brake fluid,
making it difficult to brake and posing
the threat of a crash.
is recalling 29,443 of its latest Outback
and Legacy models equipped with
continuously variable automatic transmissions
to fix a faulty
hose. A crack can
occur in the cooler hose
and leak fluid in 2010 models. There was
no mention of what a leak like
lead to in terms of mechanical defects
or accidents. The recall affects all
models built between July 31 and Dec. 1, 2009.
You can see
when your car was made by looking at the
sticker on the driver-side door jamb.Notices
have not yet gone out to owners,
will replace the hose for free.
More than 40,000
recent Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep
vehicles are being recalled to fix a problem
with the ignition switch.
You might be able to remove the key from
the ignition switch before the car has been
shifted into park.
The fear is
that the vehicle could then run away
on its own with or without you in the driver's
Or as the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
calls it in the filing, "unintended
includes many of Chrysler's most popular
2010 vehicles, including Chrysler 300,
Ram pickup, Jeep Commander and outgoing
Jeep Grand Cherokee.
have a chirp coming from the timing belt.
In T.S.B. 08-031 issued on April 10, Acura
noted that the sound,
2009 MDX and TL models, is caused by a
misaligned idler pulley, so that the timing
belt rubs against the side of the
shim, a new timing belt and a pulley should
straighten things out. An earlier bulletin
from October outlined this problem
may have water leaking from the air-conditioner
into the interior of the car. In T.S.B.
640110 issued on March 1,
said that 2009 5 Series, 6 Series, 7
Series and Gran Turismos may have clogged
condensate drain hoses,
moisture to back up into the venting system
and into the car.
or replacing the drain hose should stop
some all-wheel-drive models may have
trouble getting their cars into gear. In
T.S.B. 10-07-30-005 issued on April 6,
said some 2007-9 SRX, 2007-10 STS and
2008-10 CTS models may have trouble
engaging forward or reverse
or they may make a grinding noise when
the shifter is moved. Replacing the
output shaft and the transfer case input
stop the grinding.
Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX models may
qualify for a heater performance evaluation,
a cooling system flush
and an extended
cooling system warranty. In T.S.B.
09M04S1 issued on March 31, Ford said that
cooling system corrosion
to contamination of the heater core. The
cooling system warranty is being extended
from three years or 36,000 miles
to six years
or 105,000 miles.
Hyundai Sonatas may not start in cold
weather. In T.S.B. 10-EE-001 issued on
March 29, Hyundai said that
would usually start after several attempts.
Replacing the starter solenoid should
bring things back to life.
and Liberty vehicles with manual transmissions
may jump out of first gear while
21-001-10 issued on March 2, Chrysler
said that 2007-10 models, as well as the
Dodge Nitro, may have this problem
If the trouble happens only in first
gear, the first-second synchronizer
assembly needs to be replaced.
third and fifth all exhibit the trouble,
a binding gearshift boot is the likely
vehicles may be missing a spacer between
the fuel and brake lines. In T.S.B.
10, the company said that the spacer
may be missing from some 1999-2005 models.
to add the
needed, inspect the brake and fuel lines
for chafe marks and replace the lines
4-wheel-drive vehicles may have an oil
leak from the transfer case. In T.S.B.
10-047 issued on March 19,
the leak was most likely caused by transfer
case bolts needing to be retorqued.
If any bolts are missing,
a new transfer case is in order.
vehicles include the 2004-7 Titan and
2005-7 Frontier, Xterra and Pathfinder.
Also, some 2010 4-wheel-drive
are eligible for a free front prop shaft
inspection and, if necessary, replacement.
10-021 issued on Feb. 23, Nissan said that
some 2010 Armada, Frontier, Pathfinder,
Titan and Xterra models
been built with a front propeller shaft
yoke out of specification.
on some Toyota trucks may be slipping.
In T.S.B. SB0385-09R1 issued on March
12, Toyota said 2007-10
and 2005-10 Tacomas with V-6 engines
might exhibit a slipping feeling in all
the clutch disc and pressure plate should
stop the slipping.
General Motors has issued a recall for 2005-2006
Chevrolet Corvette models.
The recall applies to vehicles with tilt
steering wheels. Over time, the signals
traveling through the steering wheel
could become corrupted,
in an error message. That's not all, though.
The malfunction could also cause one side
of the vehicle's brakes
and pull the car to the left or the
right, thereby causing an accident.
of 40,028 Corvettes are involved in the
recall, and GM says that it will replace
the faulty parts free of charge.
contact their local dealers for more
recalling 167,000 Acura TSX vehicles
sold in the United States to replace a
power-steering hose that can crack
and leak fluid, creating a fire hazard.
Owners of 2004-2008 models with 2.4-liter
inline-4 engines will be notified by
at the end of May regarding the recall,
the company said. The free repair
involves installation of a new
hose, O-ring gasket and fluid.
problem, which has resulted in one reported
fire with no injuries, can deteriorate
prematurely after prolonged exposure
temperatures, Honda said. If a crack
develops, the power-steering fluid can
leak or spray onto a hot exhaust
potentially causing a fire.
Ford Motor Co.(F) is
recalling 33,000 midsize vehicles and
SUVs in the U.S. to fix an issue with the front
the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration on Friday afternoon. The recall centers on front
recliners in 2010 Ford Fusion, Explorer,
Explorer Sport Trac and 2010 Mercury
Milan and Mountaineer models.
models in the recall were all manufactured
between mid-December through early
Ford described the problem as
to the "gear plate teeth" on the manual
recliner mechanism, noting that they
built "out of dimensional specification."
The recliner's gears could have problems
that would lead to the seat-back
moving toward the rear in a crash,
increasing the risk of injury. Ford indicated
that the seat might not pass
safety standards for strength.
Ford said that the problem was
by a worker at an assembly plant who felt
the seat move back.
600,000 two-wheel-drive Sienna
minivans that could have
corrosion problems in their
spare tire carrier cables.
The company said the condition
on certain 1998 through 2010 model year
Siennas that have been driven in
where there is a lot of road
salt use. Prolonged exposure to road salt
may cause excessive corrosion of the
in some vehicles. In the worst case
the carrier cable, which holds the
spare tire underneath the rear of the van,
and allow the spare to fall to
the road, causing a hazard.
Toyota says it is developing
for the problem. Until a remedy is developed,
customers will get notices instructing
bring their vehicles to a dealership for
The 2011 Sienna, a redesigned
is not included in the recall.
Motor Co. will recall more than 410,000
Odyssey minivans and Element
small trucks because of braking system
that could make it tougher to stop the
vehicle if not repaired. The recall
includes 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000
from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Honda
said in a statement that over time,
brake pedals can feel "soft"
be pressed closer to the floor to stop
the vehicles. Left unrepaired, the problem
could cause loss of braking power
definitely not operating the way it should,
and it's safety systems, so it brings
it to the recall status," Honda said.
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
has reported three crashes due to the problem
with minor injuries
has traced the problem to the device
that powers the electronic stability
here we go again!!-Ed), which selectively
brakes each of the wheels to keep the
vehicles upright during
device, called a "vehicle stability assist
modulator," tests itself when the
vehicles are started, it allows a
amount of air into the hydraulic brake
an air bubble in the lines can cause
a loss of braking power and require that
the pedal be pushed farther
the floor than normal to stop the vehicles,
not all vehicles being recalled are
affected by this issue, we are recalling
all possible units to assure all
that their vehicles will perform correctly,"
Honda said in a statement.
the recall, which Honda said it volunteered
to do, Honda said that owners should
wait to get a letter from the
before scheduling a repair because the
parts are not yet available. Letters should
go out toward the end of April.
who fear that they've lost braking power
should have their dealer check the brakes
can "bleed" air bubbles out of the
hydraulic lines, which should fix
the problem until the parts arrive
final repair, he said.
technicians will put plastic caps and
sealant over two small holes in the device
to stop the air from getting in.
is pulling back 539,864 Nissan
and Infiniti pickups, minivans and
SUVs to take a look at brake pedal pins and
Brake pedals. Hmm. Not exactly
of mismatched upholstery or a squeaky window.
Sounds like you might want to heed
Nissan says it has three reported
of brake pedal pins partially disengaging,
causing a loss of normal braking
As for the gauges, Nissan says
with lots of miles on them may have gauges
that may tell you have plenty of
you're actually running out. If you don't
want become stranded, this one is worth
having checked out as well.
Affected by the brake pedal
pin recall are
2008 through 2010 model year Nissan
Titan, Armada, Quest and Infiniti QX56.
And for the fuel gauge
inaccuracies, those affected are 2005 through 2008 model year Nissan
Armada and Infiniti QX56;
January 29th 2010
Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra produced
between January and March 2006 and
between October 2007 and January 2008.
Honda “announced a voluntary
recall of 646,000 Honda Fits, so that
it can examine window switches
can overheat if exposed to liquid.”
From the official statement:
“Under some severe operating
water, rain, or other liquid may enter
the driver’s window and reach the
master power window switch, resulting in impaired
function of the switch. If the master power
window switch is damaged as a result of the
liquid intrusion, it may result in failure of the
switch and overheating.”
“An overheating switch may
smoke, melting or, potentially, fire.”
About 10 percent of the (Un)Fit
will need replacement switches, most will
get waterproof skirts to prevent
Did anybody say “when it rains,
January 20th 2010
Chrysler is recalling 24,177
vehicles due to a potential defect in
a brake system that could result in
sudden brake failure,
automaker reported in a filing with
the National Highway Traffic Safety
The recall covers the 2010
model-year Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger and Nitro, and Jeep Liberty, Commander
Cherokee SUVs. Also included are 2009-10
model year Dodge Ram trucks.
The cause is a defective or missing
clip retention tab that could cause brakes to fail, resulting in a crash.
recall is starting right away.
December 5, 2009
Toyota vehicles in another federal
Federal safety officials have
a probe into two models of Toyota Motor
Corp. vehicles after drivers
that their cars inexplicably stalled
in traffic, sometimes at highway speeds.
The National Highway Traffic
Administration posted a document this
week launching the investigation into
Toyota's Matrix and Corolla cars.
the latest in a string of quality-related
issues for the Japanese automaker in
document cited 26 complaints from drivers
of 2006 model year Matrix and Corolla
"allege stalls occurring randomly
while driving, including some on highways
intersections," the agency said.
has announced recalls of more than 4.8
million cars and trucks in the U.S.
and Canada since January.
company's second-largest annual total
of recalled vehicles over the last decade
was 1.1 million in 2004.
2000, Toyota recalled just 8,379 vehicles.
addition to the Corolla and Matrix probe,
which covers 397,000 vehicles, NHTSA
is investigating the 2003
based on allegations that the electronic
stability control system seizes
control of the brakes at inappropriate times.
investigation targets 68,289 sport utility
records of complaints show numerous
incidents of Corolla and Matrix vehicles
stalling, often in situations in
other vehicles could strike the car.
One such event details a Corolla that
stalled in heavy traffic in December of last
a right-turn lane for two hours until
it could be towed. The agency indicates
that the problem could be linked to the
control module, or onboard computer.
Toyota on its own issued a technical
service bulletin to its dealers
years ago calling for replacement of
that component in Corolla or Matrix vehicles
experiencing "harsh shift."
additional service bulletin, released
at the same time, applies to models
experiencing a "no start" condition.
automaker's U.S. sales are down 24% through
the first 11 months of the year,
and its share of the market has remained flat.
key competitors, including Honda Motor
Co. and Ford Motor Co., have gained
2009 Ram 1500 trucks may have a leaky
windshield washer fluid reservoir.
In T.S.B. J06 issued on Oct. 12, Chrysler
that the sensor for the windshield washer
fluid level could leak fluid through the
wiring harness to the ambient temperature
This could damage the temperature
sensor, preventing the fluid-level
warning lamp from lighting.
both sensors and their wiring is expected
to stop the leak.
2008-10 Ford Focus models may pop or
click on turns or bumps. In T.S.B. 09-18-2
issued on Sept. 21, Ford said
the noises could indicate a problem with
the front stabilizer bar, the upper front
strut bearing or the lower control arm.
the affected parts, or tightening
them to the factory-specified torque setting,
should quiet things down.
Also, the ignition locks of
some 2006-10 Focus and Escape models may fail to turn to the start position.
T.S.B. 09-19-15 issued on Oct. 5, Ford said
that a bad steering column lock module
could cause the keys to bind.
the module is likely to smooth out
a wide variety of G.M. models, removing
the key from the ignition could be a challenge.
In T.S.B. 09-02-35-005 issued
Aug. 10, G.M. said a new ignition lock
cylinder would correct the problem.
Vehicles affected include the
Cadillac CTS; the 2005-9 Chevrolet Cobalt;
2006-9 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice;
2007-9 Chevy Equinox and Pontiac G5.
models may make a clicking noise from
the rear. In T.S.B. SB0151-09 issued on
Oct. 14, the company said
2006-9 IS 250 and IS 350 models made the
noise. A new rear coil spring assembly
is in order.
rear bumpers may rattle some CX-7 owners.
In T.S.B. 0904509 issued on Aug.
17, Mazda said the rattling
at highway speeds on 2007-10 models was
caused by air passing through gaps around
washers and new fasteners between the
bumper cover and the body is expected
to quell the noise.
Also, some 2008-9 Tribute crossovers
emit a popping or clunking noise from the
steering column when turning.
T.S.B. 0600309 issued on Sept. 4, Mazda
said the noise occurred about a quarter
turn before full left or right lock.
both the steering shaft and the coupling
joint should quiet things down.
models may suffer from a momentary lack
of fuel during cornering when the
gas tank gets low. In T.S.B. WVL-22
on Oct. 13, the company said that some
2005-8 Foresters and 2005-7 Imprezas
might require the removal of
one-way valve situated at the base of
a small subchamber in the tank. That,
Subaru suggested, would cure the starvation.
of some big Toyota pickups may notice
a grinding noise when the truck is
in 4-wheel-drive mode.
T.S.B. SB0338-09 issued on Sept. 16, Toyota
said some 2007-10 Tundras produced
such a noise from the front end.
solution may be an updated differential
Also, some 2006-9 4Runners
may emit sulfur odors. In T.S.B. SB0342-09 issued on Sept. 21, Toyota said
probably caused by the catalytic converter
during stop-and-go driving and
updated converter may be prescribed to
stop the stink.
Chrysler is recalling
161,000 Jeeps because their automatic
transmissions were assembled without
to warn if the fluid is overheating.
The automaker told
the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration it is
2007-8 Wranglers to install the warning
“Operating a vehicle under rigorous
conditions will cause the vehicle’s
transmission fluid temperature to elevate,”
“Continuous operation under such rigorous
conditions may lead to a transmission
Here are some other safety actions
by the agency:
• Chrysler is recalling
85,000 2007 Dodge Nitros because the windshield
wipers may stop working.
• Mercedes-Benz is recalling
13,500 vans badged as Dodge or Freightliner
2002-3 model 2500 and 3500 vans are being
recalled because a leaking intake
manifold could lead to a fuel leak.
General Motors is recalling
almost 53,000 Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and Pontiac G5s
because a fuel leak could cause a fire.
told the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration that it will
replace the fuel-pump module on cars used
in states with weather hot enough
to cause the problem.
The recall covers 2006 Cobalts and Ions
in Arizona and Nevada.
It also includes 2007 Cobalts, Ions and
G5s in Arizona, California, Florida,
Nevada and Texas.
Other recent safety actions
• Nissan is recalling almost
10,600 2009 Sentras because the brake master
cylinder may leak fluid.
• Jaguar is recalling
about 2,100 of its 2010 XF models
with the 4.2 liter V-8 engine. The automaker
told N.H.T.S.A. that a
problem with the fuel-transfer pipe “may
cause the vehicle to experience fuel
starvation” even though the gauge shows
about one-quarter of a tank of gas remains.
This would lead to “engine stumble
followed by engine cut out with minimal
warning and could potentially cause a
has issued a recall for 12,674 vehicles,
including the 2009-2010 Chrysler 300, 2009-2010
2009-2010 Dodge Charger, according to
the National Highway Traffic Safety
These vehicles may have been built without
a front-wheel spindle nut.
The spindle nut is a rather
large and obviously important part of the
wheel assembly that keeps the wheel
attached to the axle.
Without one, it’s possible that the tire
and wheel could separate while driving,
endangering the vehicle and others on
Chrysler made the determination after
a new supplier, SMW Automotive, began
supplying the front corner modules for the
2010 model year, according to the automaker.
The previous supplier went bankrupt.
Less than a hundred 2009 models are
included in the recall. Affected models
were built between Aug. 4 and Sept.
recalling 163,659 2008 and 2009 model
year Rogue crossovers due to a potentially serious
safety issue involving
the crossover's steering gear housing
cover. The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration is reporting that a
could loosen, potentially causing the
steering response to be compromised.
In a worst-case scenario, the screw
come out completely, and if large steering
inputs are made, the pinion shaft
could come out, resulting in total loss of steering.
Affected Rogue owners will be contacted
by Nissan to have the repair scheduled
at the local Nissan dealer.
The dealers will re-tighten the screw
and install a cover plate to prevent
the screw from loosening in the future.
2009 and 2010 Nissan Altima and Maxima
models may be fitted with out-of-spec suspension
that may contribute to an accident. As
a result, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) has
issued a recall campaign (ID #09V358000)
to correct the problem in up to 26,398
The identified issue is isolated to the
upper front strut insulators in
both models – the inferior insulators may crack,
allowing the struts to move out of position.
Understandably, the problem could affect
vehicle stability and potentially
lead to a crash.
According to NHTSA, Nissan dealerships
will be replacing both left and
right side strut insulators at no charge
Volvo is recalling almost 12,000
vehicles because a computer problem involving
fuel pump could allow the
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
has begun an investigation to see if there
is a problem related to
vehicles to stall. The affected vehicles
are the 2008-2010 S80, the 2009-2010
XC60 and the 2009-2010 XC70.
the fuel pump on almost 53,000 of its
2004 XC90 S.U.V.’s. The agency says
it has five complaints in which consumers
aid there was either the smell of gasoline
or a leak.
Toyota Motor is launching a recall
of roughly 95,700 Toyota and Scion-brand
vehicles due to a possible brake
malfunction. The recall affects
some 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corolla
and Corolla Matrix vehicles and some
2008 and 2009 Scion xD vehicles. For those vehicles equipped
engines, condensed moisture may seep
into the brake system and freeze
in low temperatures, potentially causing ice
accumulation and weakening the power-assist
to the brakes. Those affected by the
recall will be asked
to return the
vehicle to a dealer, where a new intake
air connector will be installed
Owners of some 2009 Acura TSXs may notice
a popping or clicking sound from
the rear when driving over bumps.
In T.S.B. 09-019 issued on May 18, Acura
says burrs from spot welds at the
rear jacking points may be coming into
contact with other sheet metal. Inserting
a wedge to separate the pieces
should quiet things down.
Also, some 2009 TSXs may be
missing windshield trim pieces and retainers,
and the fuel-filler doors
may fall off.
In T.S.B. 09-016 issued on April 25,
Acura says it will replace both side
trim pieces and all retainers.
Acura blames a faulty hinge for the
problem with the fuel door. The hinge
should be replaced.
Some 2008 X6s may have the wrong battery.
In T.S.B. 610909 issued on May 1,
BMW says some of the
xDrive 50i models may need a battery
with the correct capacity ratings.
Some 2008-9 Grand Caravan and Town
& Country minivans may seep coolant
from around the radiator cap.
In T.S.B. 07-001-09 issued on May 5,
Chrysler says the wrong cap may have
been installed in some vehicles.
The cap should be replaced.
Some 2006 Explorer and 2007 Explorer
Sport Trac models with the 4-liter
V-6 may leak coolant from the radiator.
In T.S.B. 09-8-1 issued on May 4, Ford
says a new radiator is needed.
Some 2007-10 Chevrolet Silverados
and GMC Sierras may make a clunking noise
in the rear. In T.S.B. 09-03-09-001
issued on May 6, General Motors says
the problem is loose joints in the leaf
Retorquing the bolts should quiet
Some 2008 Civics may pop or clunk when
turning. In T.S.B. 09-028 issued
on May 2, Honda says the noise,
which comes at slow speeds, may be
from incorrectly torqued mounting
bolts, which need to be retorqued.
Is the G37 possessed? In T.S.B. 09-025
issued on May 12, Infiniti says the
windows on 2008-9 models will lower
an inch and then rise again when someone
closes the glovebox. Apparently,
a sensor wire is plugged in at the
wrong spot. Putting this wire in the
right place should purge “Christine.”
Owners of some 2002-5 Freelanders may
be eligible for a new fuel-pump module.
In T.S.B. Q0572 issued on June 10,
Land Rover says problems with the fuel
filter may cause premature wear in the
fuel pump. The company says that modules
will be replaced regardless of warranty
status through Jan. 11, 2011. Reimbursement
may be approved for owners
who replaced the module at their own
Some Lexus owners are finding their
seats uncomfortable. In T.S.B. 0071-09
issued on June 9, Lexus says
2007-9 LS 460 and LS 600h L models may
benefit from a new lower seat cushion.
Some Imprezas may have a rust stain
on the trunk or rear gate. In T.S.B.
12-110-09 issued on April 28, Subaru
says that on some 2008 models, the rear
trim piece running from taillight
to taillight above the license plate may
have been installed with slide bolts
that did not get proper rust protection.
The bolts need to be replaced and the
The engines on some 2008 M Roadsters
and M Coupes may vibrate at certain
In T.S.B. 220109 issued on Feb. 1, BMW
said a problem during assembly might
cause the right-side engine
mount bracket to come loose. All four
bracket bolts must be replaced to resolve
Also, the warranty on fuel pumps
on certain models is being extended.
In T.S.B. 130309 issued on April 1,
BMW said the “service engine soon”
light might come on and the engine
starting time might be delayed on some
2007-8 cars with N54 engines.
Because of this, 2007 and 2008 535i,
535xi, 335i and 335xi, and 2008
135is models with BMW’s twin-turbo
6 will now have a 10-year, 120,000-mile
warranty on the pump, up from
the standard four-year, 50,000-mile warranty.
There may be a flickering oil light
at idle on the Aveo. In T.S.B. 09-06-04-020
issued on March 25, General Motors
said the problem was showing up in
some 2005-8 models. A new oil pressure
sensor or oil sending unit is needed.
Some 2008 Taurus and Taurus X models
may have uneven power steering assist
at low speeds.
In T.S.B. 09-5-7 issued on March 23,
Ford said some cars might need a new power
to remedy the situation.
Also, some 2008 and 2009 F-250
through F-550 vehicles with 6.4-liter
diesel engines may need new fuel
In T.S.B. 09B08 issued on Feb. 19,
Ford announced a campaign to replace
the injectors without charge, saying the
o-rings might wear prematurely, causing
fuel to leak into the crankcase, ruining
Owners should receive letters explaining
There may be a clanking noise coming
from the front suspension on the
Element while going over bumps.
In T.S.B. 09-023 issued on April 11,
Honda said the clank from some 2003-8
Elements came from cracked bushings
in the lower front control arms.
Replacing the bushings should resolve
In addition, some 2007 Civics
may leak oil from the timing chain cover.
In T.S.B. 09-021 issued on March
Honda said the culprit was improper
cleaning of the timing chain case
cover and oil pump housing sealing surface
during assembly. Cleaning the sealing
should stop the leak. In all three
cases, Honda noted in the bulletins that
out-of-warranty work may be eligible
for a price reduction.
Some Santa Fes may overheat and also
have inoperative air conditioning.
In T.S.B. 09-EE-001 issued on April 2,
Hyundai said a problem with the radiator
fan motor connection in 2004-6 models
was the probable cause.
Replacing the connection should cool
Some 2008 EX models may emit a buzzing
noise from the fuel pump. In T.S.B.
09-013 issued on April 16, Infiniti
said that while the noise was unlikely
to affect performance, the company
would replace the fuel pumps at no charge.
A problem with rear differential contamination
may affect some XF and XK models.
In T.S.B. K035 issued on March 18,
Jaguar said an excess of silicon carbide
might have been left in the units
in 2009 models, causing premature wear.
Jaguar will replace affected differentials
without charge through March
Volkswagen has announced that
it will recall some 25,594 examples
of its 2006-2009 Jetta over a potential
According to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, cars
with the company's 2.0-liter inline-four
driveshaft cover plates that weren't
manufactured properly, with the consequence
that their screws may not be torqued
correctly. If the screws back out,
drivers may experience a knocking
sound while in motion. In the extreme, the
could conceivably detach from the
gearbox, which could cause all kinds
of problems that might lead to a crash.
Owners of 2006-2009 Jettas with the
2.0-liter engine should contact
their VW dealer for a free inspection
of the screws. The recall is set to
officially begin on June 19, 2009.
Nissan has announced that they
are recalling some 360,000 first generation
Murano CUVs because of an engine
Apparently, the material they used
for their air intake ducts is prematurely
aging and shrinking, causing a separation
risk in the
system. That separation can cause
an engine stall, "increasing the risk
of a crash." The affected models are the
2007 Nissan Muranos.
Anyone with one of those models should
contact their Nissan service rep
to arrange a free inspection and/or repair.
The parts for the recall should be
available in great enough quantity
by July 6, when the recall officially begins.
This is just the latest in a string
of recalls for the popular first-gen
Nissan Murano, following seat belt,
and electrical problems.
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING 42,469 MY 2002-2003
JEEP LIBERTY VEHICLES ORIGINALLY
OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE SALT
BELT STATES AND CANADA. THE FRONT
UPPER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINT MAY
EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF LUBRICATION WHICH
LEAD TO CORROSION, ACCELERATED WEAR,
AND POSSIBLE SEPARATION WHILE
FAILURE OF THE BALL JOINT COULD
RESULT IN A LOSS OF STEERING CAPABILITY,
THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT UPPER
CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLIES FREE OF CHARGE.
THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED
AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE.
possibility of engine fires has prompted
General Motors to recall
nearly 1.5 million passenger sedans manufactured
between 1997 and 2003, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The recall involves certain GM vehicles
in which oil apparently can leak and ignite.
covers certain mid- and full-size passenger
sedans under GM's Chevrolet, Buick,
Oldsmobile and Pontiac brands.
The affected vehicles have naturally
aspirated 3.8 liter V6 engines -- that is, engines that use atmospheric pressure
rather than a mechanical blower to
bring in air for combustion -- according
to documents that GM filed with federal
regulators.On Friday, the federal
government acknowledged the filing
and agreed to the plan.
The problem involves a potential
for oil to leak on the exhaust manifold
during hard braking.
When a car operates under normal
conditions, the manifold can get very
Oil that runs below the manifold's
heat shield could ignite and spread to
plastic channels that hold spark
As a solution, the company recommends
a change in the bracket that holds spark plug wires, which will be done free
Owners and dealers affected
by the recall will be notified by letter
next month with details.
The vehicles involved are:
• 1997-2003 Buick Regals.
• 1998-2003 Chevrolet Luminas,
Monte Carlos and Impalas.
• 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigues.
• 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix.
a recall on a similar engine in 2008, according
to the company's filing with
That problem was traced to a faulty
gasket on the engine rocker cover.
Some 2007-9 MDX models may make thudding
noises when traveling over rough
roads. In T.S.B. 08-038 issued on Feb. 6,
Acura said the cause in some vehicles
was faulty rear shock absorbers,
which should be replaced.
Vehicles out of warranty may be eligible
for free or reduced-cost repair.
Some 2008 Town & Country minivans
may have a loss of power steering
assist at low speeds (and the Dodge Caravan
may have the same problem). In T.S.B.
H16 issued on Jan. 28, Chrysler said
about 46,000 of the vans may have a leak
in the low-pressure power steering
hose. The hose needs to be replaced,
which Chrysler will do without charge.
Some Civics may make a clunking noise
at the rear when driving over bumps.
In T.S.B. 09-005 issued on Feb. 6,
Honda said a rear shock absorber
may have come loose on some 2006-9
Civics. Replacing the assembly should
quiet things down. Honda will consider
full or partial reimbursement
for the repair on vehicles out of warranty
discretion of the district manager.
Honda has added Odyssey models
to an earlier bulletin regarding soft
brake pedals. In T.S.B. 07-045 issued
on Jan. 14,
Honda said the antilock brake modulator
assembly may need to be replaced
on some 2007-8 Odysseys.
Honda will consider full or partial
reimbursement for the repair on
vehicles out of warranty, at the discretion
Also, the drive belt routing
on some 2006 Civics may put pressure
on the belt’s tensioner, potentially
tensioner pivot bolt and causing
a loss of power steering. In T.S.B.
09-007 issued on Jan. 30, Honda said
should receive a letter stating
that their vehicles will need a drive
belt tensioner pivot bolt and a rerouted drive
The repair is free.
Some 2007-8 G35 sport sedans and
2008-9 G37 coupes may have a squeal
from the front brakes. In T.S.B. 09-009
issued on Feb. 10, Infiniti said
the front brake pads and hardware may
need to be replaced.
Some 2007 and 2008 ES 350s may have
trouble with the front side windows.
In T.S.B. SB-0003-09 issued on Jan.
Lexus said the windows may give
a popping noise and then stop operating.
The cars need a new window glass assembly.
Also, some 2006-8 RX 400h crossovers
may leak a small amount of oil at the
rear of the engine. In T.S.B. SB-0014-09
issued on Feb. 11, Lexus said the
vehicles may require a new oil galley
plug and gasket.
Some 2004-9 RX-8s may need a new
coolant reservoir tank. In T.S.B.
0100609 issued on Feb. 10, Mazda said the
low coolant light may illuminate
even though the coolant level appears
fine. The coolant float sensor is deteriorating,
absorbing fluid and sinking, causing
the improper reading. Replacing
the reservoir tank assembly should solve
All 2001-2 Monteros will get an
extended warranty on the hydraulic
brake booster accumulator. In. T.S.B. 09-35-002
in January, Mistubishi said the parts
would be warranted for 10 years
or 150,000 miles, instead of the original
or 36,000 miles. Mitsubishi said
a faulty part will leak nitrogen, causing
a firm brake pedal at startup and a
from the dash.
Some 2006-9 Highlanders may leak
a small amount of oil at the rear of
the engine (some Lexus RX 400h crossovers
the same problem). In T.S.B. SB0062-09
issued on Feb. 11, Toyota said
the leak in four-wheel-drive models requires
new oil galley plug and gasket.
TOYOTA and its Lexus division
are having problems with vehicles that leak oil and transmission fluid, leaks
were noted in the latest batch of
technical service bulletins.
Some new TLs may need front suspension
parts replaced. In T.S.B. 08-055
issued on Nov. 25, Acura said
some 2009 TLs and TL SH-AWD models
could have front lower arm bolts
that do not have enough anticorrosion
The company will replace the bolts
on both sides of the vehicle free until
Nov. 25, 2011.
Some 2007 A3 and A4 models may have faulty
crankcase ventilation hoses
or valves. In T.S.B. 170819 issued on
Oct. 15, Audi said the faulty parts
may cause a loss of throttle pressure,
a lean fuel mixture or an air intake
The parts will be replaced free
on vehicles under warranty though Jan.
Also, some vehicles may have
a leak from the coolant flange. In T.S.B.
190807 issued on Oct. 27, Audi officials
some 2005-6 A3 and A4 models may
need a new sealing O-ring for the flange,
which holds the coolant temperature
sensor and connects to the engine
cylinder head. And some Q7s that won’t
start in the extreme cold could have
problem with their exhaust plumbing.
In T.S.B. 210802 issued on Nov.
7, Audi said some 2007-9 models used for
frequent short trips in the cold
up excess moisture in the muffler.
The moisture could back up into the
exhaust pipe, freeze and keep the engine
starting. If so, the vehicle needs
a new exhaust system, which has
Some Honda Elements may have been shipped
from the factory with contaminated
coolant. In T.S.B. 08-097
issued on Dec. 18, Honda said the
heaters on 2003-5 models may not
work properly; the engines could also
A letter has been sent to owners
of affected vehicles. Some vehicles
may merely need the coolant replaced,
could need a new radiator, bypass
hoses, heater breather hose and heater
core. Owners who have already paid for
repair may be eligible for reimbursement.
Also, Honda updated an earlier
T.S.B., adding 2008 Civics to T.S.B 08-044.
The company had previously said
2006-7 models might have engine
blocks that are cracked at the cooling
passages. Replacing the engine block
the only cure. Owners whose vehicles
are out of warranty may be eligible
for reimbursement for the repairs.
Some 2009 XFs may have the wipers stuck
in the on position. In T.S.B. K032
issued on Oct. 31, the
company said the windshield wipers
may have a 20-amp fuse where a 30
is needed, and others will need a new
wiper control switch. Dealers
will replace the parts free until
Sept. 30, 2010.
Some 2008-9 RX 350s may leak transmission
fluid from the transfer case.
In T.S.B. SB0160-08 issued
on Nov. 5, Lexus said the leak from
the vent on top of the transfer case
came from an O-ring damaged during
production, allowing transmission
fluid to enter the transfer case.
The transfer case must be replaced.
Also, some 2008 LX 570s may
leak oil from the oil pan. In T.S.B. SB0165-08 issued on Dec. 4, the company
the leak may be caused by a faulty
O-ring on the dipstick tube. The
O-ring needs to be replaced.
Some Subaru sunroofs may not close properly.
In T.S.B. 15-134-08R issued
on Nov. 10, Subaru
said the sunroofs on some 2003-6
Foresters may reopen when the roof
is almost closed. In such cases, the resin
piece connected to the sunroof
cable is broken and should be replaced,
along with the plastic spacers.
As with the Lexus LX 570, some Toyota
trucks may have leaking oil pans.
In T.S.B. SB0320-08 issued
vehicles may leak transmission
fluid from the transfer case. In T.S.B.
SB0335-08 issued on Nov. 3,
on Oct. 21 and T.S.B. SB0384-08
issued on Dec. 8, Toyota said the leak in
2007-8 Tundras, 2008 Sequoias
and 2008-9 Land Cruisers was from
a faulty O-ring in the dipstick tube.
The O-ring needs to be replaced.
the company said the leak in 4-wheel-drive
versions of 2008-9 Highlanders
and 2009 Siennas is from damage
to the O-ring between the transmission
and the transfer case. Replacing
the O-ring should solve the problem.
1- Dec- 08
BAD wheel bearings on Audis,
fuel tank problems on Jaguars and various
troubles with General Motors
crossovers and S.U.V.’s are among
the issues covered in recent technical
The bulletins, or T.S.B.’s offer
automakers’ insights into recurring
problems with various models.
The bulletins are not recalls;
they are information provided by manufacturers
to mechanics and dealers’
Unless otherwise noted, automakers
do not pay for these repairs beyond
normal warranty coverage.
Some 2003 CL headlights may flicker
or stop working. In T.S.B. 08-044 issued
on Oct. 9, the company said the
headlight inverter — part of the
circuit that powers the headlight
— needed to be replaced.
For vehicles that are out of warranty,
Acura may offer payment assistance
for the repair at the district manager’s
Also, some 2007 MDXs have been
delivered with a wheel-nut wrench of
poor quality. In T.S.B. 06-054 issued
Sept. 17, Acura said the socket
portion might easily round off.
Replacement wrenches should arrive
Owners of A8s may hear clicking
noises from the front wheels when making
turns. In T.S.B. 40 08 04 issued on Sept.
Audi noted that 2003-6 models might
have surface rust between the wheel
bearings and bearing carriers.
Replacing the bearings and associated
parts should stop the noise.
Also, some Q7s may leak transmission
fluid. In T.S.B. 38 08 06 issued on Sept.
23, the company said leaks might
occur from the transmission lines
that run to the cooler, near the
oil temperature regulator.
The regulator and related seals
should be replaced.
A clicking noise coming from the
front wheels on turns may be heard
on some X5s. In T.S.B. 31 01 08 issued on
BMW said the front outer CV joint
boot might be torn. The joint and
the boot should be replaced.
Some new crossover vehicles may
have leaky sunroofs. In T.S.B. 08207A
issued on Sept. 15, the company
said that 2007-8 GMC Acadias, Saturn
Outlooks and 2008 Buick Enclaves might
not properly drain water around
the sunroof. Installing drain tube
extensions should dry things
Also, a few of the company’s
2009 S.U.V.’s with in-line 6-cylinder
engines may have a serous problem.
In T.S.B. 08328 issued on Sept.
23, the company said some Chevy TrailBlazers
and GMC Envoys might have a
cylinder bore machined too deeply,
which could lead to a cracked
About 800 vehicles may be involved,
and the engine must be replaced.
In addition, some S.U.V.’s may
have corrosion in the fuel-tank modular
reservoir assembly, which houses
fuel pump. This could lead to fuel
spraying from the vehicle. In T.S.B.
07076 issued on Sept. 30, the company
said the parts in 2002-4 Chevy
TrailBlazers, GMC Envoys and Oldsmobile
Bravadas and 2004 Buick Rainiers
and GMC Envoy X.U.V.’s would be
warranted for 10 years or 120,000
miles, up from the original 3-year/36,000-mile
Customers who already paid for
this repair can be reimbursed.
Some 2007 CR-Vs may have abnormal
wear in the power steering pump.
In T.S.B. 08-070 issued on Sept. 9,
Honda said the power steering pump
might seize in these vehicles,
causing hard steering.
The pump should be replaced.
A problem with the fuel-tank wiring
harness is causing some X-Types
to break down. In T.S.B. S947 issued on
Jaguar said the harness might have
been damaged at the fuel-pump connector
Water may enter the harness and
corrode the connector, causing
the engine to stall. The harness should
Owners of some Mazda 3s and Mazda
5s may notice a coolant leak by
the water outlet. In T.S.B. 01-047-08 issued
Oct. 10, Mazda said the problem
was from a poorly designed water-outlet
gasket on some 2003-8 3s and 2008 5s.
The gasket should be replaced.
Also, some CX-7 crossovers are
getting insects in the taillights. In
T.S.B. 09-036-08 issued on Oct. 17,
the bugs were entering through
a hole in the taillight housing.
Either a gasket can be put in the current
keep the bugs out or a new taillight
assembly should be installed.
Tacoma pickup owners may notice
a rough ride when their 2005-8 Double Cab
trucks are fully loaded.
Some Prius owners may notice a
knock from the front of the vehicle,
especially when driving on rough roads.
In T.S.B 0300-08 issued on Sept.
18, Toyota said an engine mount
attached to the transaxle was the
Adding engine mount insulators
should quiet things down.
In T.S.B. 0305-08 issued on Sept.
30, the company said that an improved
set of rear spring assemblies
and rear shocks would cure the
Owners of 2007-8 Audi Q7s may notice
a leak from the transfer case. In
T.S.B. 390802 issued on June 2, company officials
said the input shaft seal might
have been damaged during installation.
Replacing the seal, or the entire
transfer case if another
seal is leaking, should stop the
Also, an intermittent engine
rattle upon startup in 2007 Q7s requires
a simple fix. In T.S.B. 170805
issued on July 22,
Audi officials said that if the
noise lasted for more than two seconds
or if the engine oil light also came on,
it could mean
oil pressure buildup was delayed.
The oil filter flange should be replaced.
Some 2008 all-wheel-drive 3 Series
models may have loose front driveshaft
bolts. In bulletin 260108 issued
on July 1,
company officials announced a
campaign to inspect the bolts,
and replace them if necessary, the
next time the vehicle
was at the dealer service center.
The bolts secure the front driveshaft
to the front axle differential and
the transfer case.
Some 2007-9 Chevrolet and GMC
trucks may have an oil leak. In T.S.B.
08-06-02-003 issued on Sept. 10, General
said a leak at the connection from
the oil cooler to the oil pan might
be caused by a porous bolt assembly.
include the Chevrolet Suburban,
Tahoe, Silverado and Express,
and the GMC Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL and
Cleaning the bolt and assembly
and applying pipe sealant is expected
to repair the problem.
The oil level may not show correctly
on some 2008 Dodge Dakota pickups.
In T.S.B. 09-002-08 issued on June
Chrysler said the wrong dipstick
might have been placed in some 4.7-liter
Replacing the dipstick will fix
The engine blocks of some Civics
may be cracked. In T.S.B. 08-044
issued on July 25, Honda officials said some
2006-7 Civics — but not the GX,
Hybrid or Si models — might be leaking
coolant and overheating as a result
of the cracks.
A new engine block assembly is
the only remedy. Honda noted that
owners whose vehicles were out of
warranty might be
eligible for reimbursement for
Also, Honda has begun a campaign
to replace water pump assemblies in some
2006 Civics. In bulletin 08-038
on July 8, Honda noted that a manufacturing
problem might lead the water
pump pulley flange to crack, which could
cause pump failure or a broken
drive belt. Honda said owners could
have the service done at no charge.
Some 2004-5 Jaguar S-Types may
have a problem with the cooling system.
In T.S.B. S518 issued on May 19, Jaguar
said some vehicles might have an
incorrect coolant pump outlet hose,
which could burst. The hose should be
A missing sill cover plate could
lead to water problems in Nissan Versas.
In T.S.B. NTB08-084 issued on Sept.
Nissan officials said the covers
were needed along the floor inside
the right rear passenger door in 2008-9
to prevent water intrusion into
Dealers will install the covers
at no charge. Nissan has sent letters
to owners of the affected vehicles.
There have been knocking or thumping
sounds from under the hood of some
XL7s. In T.S.B. TS 25 07028 issued on July
Suzuki officials said the problem
could be loose rivets in the engine
mount struts in 2007-8 models.
Replacing the affected struts
with a new design employing bolts
rather than rivets should quiet things
There is a fix available for a
“bump from behind” sensation in some
Tundras and Land Cruisers. In bulletin
on June 23 and 0117-08 issued on
June 24, Toyota officials said the
thump when stopping or pulling out in 2007-8
and 2008 Land Cruisers might be
caused by a problem in the rear driveshaft.
Replacing the driveshaft assembly
should smooth things out.
The company has begun a campaign
to inspect and replace fuel pressure
sensors on many models. In T.S.B. 2408-01
issued on Aug. 27, the company
said it would inspect these models
under warranty: the 2006-7 Jetta, GTI,
and Passat wagon, and the 2007
Eos and Touareg.
is recalling 3,403 2009
Altima sedans equipped with 16-inch
alloy wheels because one or more of the
five lug nuts could become loose.
"If the lug nuts become loose,
it could eventually result in a loss
of control and a
crash without warning," said
the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration in its recalls summary
of the problem.
Nissan dealers will check a vehicle
in question to determine if it
is equipped with the affected wheels.
If it is, the wheels will be replaced
with new ones that have been manufactured
to the correct specification.
The Altimas involved in the recall
were built at Nissan's Canton,
Mississippi, plant from July 24 to August
General Motors Corp. said Friday
it was recalling 944,000 vehicles because
of a problem with a windshield
fluid system that could lead to
a fire. More
than 850,000 sport utility
vehicles, trucks and passenger
cars in the United States
and nearly 100,000 vehicles in
Canada, Mexico and the Middle East
are involved in the recall, the company
GM said it includes the 2008
Buick Enclave, 2006-2008 Buick Lucerne,
2006-2008 Cadillac DTS, 2007-2008
2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV,
2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade
EXT, 2007-2008 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado,
and Suburban, 2007-2008 GMC
Acadia, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL,
2006-2008 Hummer H2 and 2007-2008
The recall involves vehicles
with a heated washer fluid system. A
short circuit in the system could
cause electrical features to
malfunction, which could lead
to an odor, smoke or potentially a fire.
GM spokeswoman Carolyn Markey
said there have been nine reports of
fires and three of them have been
linked to the system.
There have been no accidents or
injuries connected to the defect,
The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration opened an investigation
last February into 2007 Yukon
and Tahoe vehicles
over potential engine compartment
fires. In June, the highway safety
agency upgraded its investigation
into about 2.7 million
2007-2008 GM trucks and SUVs and
reported allegations of 41 engine
Dealers will install a wire harness
with an in-line fuse to fix the problem free of charge, GM said.