The 3.6L Pentastar V6
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Chrysler Group recalls select V6-powered Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler models

The Chrysler Group has issued a voluntary recall of select Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler vehicles that carry the popular new 3.6L Pentastar V6 due to a concern of debris left over from the manufacturing process causing a possible loss of power.
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Chrysler has announced this recall after a routine, scheduled process audit at a production facility found that there could be debris left in the 3.6L Pentastar V6 when it leaves the manufacturing process. The recall description is very vague but having debris (presumably metal debris) anywhere in the engine can cause a world of damage which would most certainly lead to a loss of power. The good news is that since the Chrysler audit caught this problem so early, the recall affects just 657 vehicles – many of which the Chrysler Group believe are still sitting on dealership lots. Chrysler also points out that they have received no complaints of this problem occurring on any customer owned vehicles to this recall has not caused any incidents, accidents or injuries.

This self-imposed Chrysler Group recall affects a variety of company vehicles, including the Chrysler 200, the Chrysler Town & Country, the Dodge Journey, the Dodge Durango, the Dodge Grand Caravan, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Again, with just 657 units affected around the country Chrysler expects that the majority of these vehicles are still in the possession of dealerships and when the official announcement goes out early next month, only around 150 customers will be asked to return to their local Chrysler Group dealership. Once there, the dealership will replace those troublesome 3.6L Pentastar V6 engines with brand new engines devoid of the possible debris and of course, this engine replacement will be performed free of charge to the customer.

It is interesting that the Chrysler Group recall announcement includes a couple sibling vehicles like the Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan and the Dodge Durango/Jeep Grand Cherokee but while the Chrysler 200 is affected by this recall, the Dodge Avenger with the same engine is not mentioned. From the sound of things, Chrysler has figured out exactly which recently built models might have gotten these cruddy engines – reducing the cost of their recall while also protecting the customer from dealing with this type of engine failure.

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