Honda reports that some 2008-11 Odyssey minivans are prone to rough running complaints. On initial investigation you might find the Check Engine light on with one or more misfire trouble codes logged in computer memory. Furthermore, if you pull the spark plugs from the cylinders with the misfire, you'll likely find them fouled. Software issues in the PCM are the root cause of the trouble. Reprogramming the module with updated calibration files is the only surefire remedy. Check with a dealer for the application specifics of the flash.
Chrysler says that some 2007-09 5.7-liter Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders and 2008 3.8-liter Jeep Wranglers may illuminate the Check Engine light and store trouble code P2181 (cooling system performance) in computer memory. If there are no other trouble codes stored and there are no symptoms or problems related to the cooling system, the P2181 is likely bogus and due to software anomalies in the PCM. Reprogramming the module with updated software should eliminate further trouble. Call a dealer for the specifics of the flash.
Ford says that the liftgate glass on some 2010-11 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs may break unexpectedly, sometimes more than once.
According to the manufacturer, the problem typically affects trucks built on or prior to10/15/10, usually occurs in colder temperatures, and is due to undue stress placed on the glass by the position of the latch striker's through bolt. Installing new liftgate glass with a revised through-bolt striker design should eliminate further breakage issues. You'll also need a new rear wiper arm cover, which is used in place of the original window's handle. Here are the parts you'll need to complete the repair: Liftgate glass - dark grey (Part No. BL8Z-7842006-A); liftgate glass - solar green (BL8Z-7842006-B); and rear wiper cover (BL8Z-9946410-A).
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].