Modern vehicles have systems designed to prevent the transmission from being left in neutral. When those systems fail, injury and death can result. That’s exactly what happened with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Transmission unexpectedly shifting into neutral
In 2016, owners filed a class action lawsuit against Jeep’s parent company, Chrysler. As a result,a recall was issued on certain 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees. The problem involved drivers thinking the Jeep Grand Cherokee was in park when it was actually in neutral.
Chrysler determined the problem was with the transmission control module (TCM). The TCM is the computer that controls the transmission. The solution was to reprogram the TCM. Unfortunately, by a time the recall was issued, injuries had already occurred. Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin died when he exited his Jeep, thinking it was in park. The vehicle was really in neutral and it came careening toward him, pinning him against a wall.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was offered with three gasoline engine options. These include a 3.6L V6, a 5.7L V8 and a 6.4L V8. Unfortunately, all three engines are plagued by the same major problem – faulty lifters.
The diesel-powered Grand Cherokee has fared no better. It’s the subject of a class action lawsuit for alleged emissions cheating.
Multiple Displacement System (MDS) Lifter failure
For better fuel economy, the gasoline-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee uses a Multiple Displacement System (MDS). MDS provides deactivation of certain cylinders when optimum engine power isn’t needed. This design requires unique hydraulic lifters that collapse when the cylinder is deactivated. The problem is, these lifters often fail and end up digging into the engine camshaft. This results in extensive engine damage and sometimes complete engine failure.
Diesel emissions scandal
In early 2017, the U.S. federal government filed suit against Chrysler. The government alleged the automaker cheated on its diesel emissions tests. According to the Fed, Ecodiesel Grand Cherokees have software designed to cheat emissions tests. Chrysler has denied the charges, saying there was never an attempt to create emissions cheating software. Yet, the company hopes to be able to use updated software in the 2017 vehicles to address concerns over 2014-2016 diesel vehicles.
Modern vehicles are full of sensitive electronics – and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is no exception. This late model SUV has many computers onboard and tons of wiring. Not surprisingly, there are problematic parts of the Jeep’s advanced electrical system.
The Alternator is the focal point of a vehicle’s electrical system. Not only does the alternator charge the battery, but it supplies power to the vehicle’s electrical system when the engine is running.
Chrysler issued a recall on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee for unexpected alternator failure. Since the alternator supplies power to the entire vehicle, this problem has the potential to make the Jeep unsafe. A failed alternator can cause the vehicle to stall. Plus, this particular alternator may short, causing a fire.
On the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the body control module (BCM) is in charge of the wipers. The BCM is the computer responsible for control of body-related components. A bad ground strap on the Grand Cherokee can cause problems with the BCM, resulting in operative wipers. This can be an extreme safety concern if the wipers fail in bad weather, impeding visibility.
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