Chrysler reports that some 2007-09 Jeep Compass and Patriot models built before April 23, 2009 may ride roughly or handle poorly when driven over bumps or rough road surfaces.
One possible cause for the trouble is a leaky front strut. The leakage can occur on one or both sides of the vehicle. Replacing the strut(s) along with the jounce bumper and dust shield is the permanent fix.
Be aware that the jounce bumper and shield are now two separate pieces, replacing the old one-piece design used in the past. Order part No. 05171137AB for the new bumper; part No. 05171132AC for the new dust shield.
"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].