Episode 347 – Ball Joints, Axle Seals, and Disk Brakes – OH MY!

August 24, 2018
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This Week In Jeep:

Recent FCA Recall Affects Jeeps

When this report first hit the news feeds this week, it was amidst a fair amount of drama and speculation. With the dust no where near settled, after the big changes at the executive level, a massive recall was sure to be the spark that would ignite a fire. However the recall although fairly serious, isn’t affecting that many Jeeps. The recall affects 209,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide across multiple platforms to fix spongy brakes. A problem that can cause longer stopping distances than the driver would otherwise expect during normal driving conditions. However most of that is in the minivan side of things. The recall covers the 2018 Dodge Journey, the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan. However with the Jeep Compass and the 2019 Jeep Cherokee also being affected, it’s best to get into the dealer right away if you have one of these, just to make sure you’re safe. The company says a brake-system part wasn’t built to specifications, allowing gas bubbles to form in the brake fluid. Once this happens, the ability of the brakes to apply adequate force to the pads is greatly reduced. Imagine pressing on the brake  pedal, and it not having the resistance you were expecting, not only that, but your ability to stop in a relatively short distance is now impossible.

FCA has received no customer complaints or reports of any crashes or injuries from the problem as of yet. Owners will be notified shortly if they haven’t already gotten the notice. Dealers will replace the brake fluid, which Fiat Chrysler says will solve the problem.

Man Falls From Jeep While Hunting and Dies

A Utah man was pronounced dead after he fell off the back of a Jeep while hunting late Monday night, according to the State’s Highway Patrol. The deceased has been identified as 28 year old Nicholas J Demas, of West Valley City.  A silver Jeep Wrangler was traveling westbound on state route 153 near milepost 21 in Beaver County around 10:35 p.m. The two passengers were standing on a homemade rack on the back of the Jeep while bowhunting mule deer. While they were traveling, a single strap/handle that was attached to the roll cage of the Jeep broke, according to Utah Highway Patrol. When this happened, Demas then fell off the back of the Jeep. It is unclear how fast the Jeep was traveling at the time, but when he fell, his head hit the pavement. CPR was initiated on scene by first responders. A Life Flight helicopter also responded to the scene. Demas, however, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report.

Contributor Segment:

Steve 4.3lxj – Dana 30

Wrangler Talk:

Tammy Talks about the TJ

Tammy interviews Charlene, Ladies Offroad Interview

Interview with:

Mike Heath


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Increasing the strength of your JK/JKU Dana 30

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Bad News For Sir Craps-a-Lot

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