By Patrick Rall
The Chrysler Group announced last week that they would be
replacing the cylinder heads on select newer Dodge products that are powered by
the Pentastar V6 after receiving a great many complaints about rough idle and
stalling problems that stem from a problem with cylinder #2. Take note – this isn’t a recall but rather an
issue that will be addressed under warranty should you own a Pentastar powered
vehicle that is experiencing loud ticking noises, misfires, stalling or a
general loss of power.
The notice sent to dealers detailing the problem with these
select Pentastar V6 powered engines pertains specifically to the Dodge Journey
and Dodge Grand Caravan along with the Chrysler version of that minivan and the
Jeep Wrangler. There is no mention as to
whether or not this warranty cylinder head issue is also being experienced on
other Pentastar powered Dodge models including the Dodge Charger, Dodge
Challenger, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Durango and Ram 1500.
This comes as great news for those Dodge and Ram owners who
have been experiencing performance issues from their 3.6L Pentastar V6 but
there is some bad news. Chrysler
believes that as many as 7,500 vehicles could exhibit this cylinder head issue
which is caused by a combination of fuel type, weather conditions and driving
style but since cylinder heads are not the type of part that dealerships (or
automakers) keep sitting on shelves so there could be a shortage of replacement
parts right away. However, Chrysler has
begun using beefier cylinder heads on new Pentastar powered vehicles while also
moving full steam ahead with production of replacement parts for the
troublesome V6 engines.
If you own a Dodge, Ram, Jeep or Chrysler vehicle powered by
the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and you are having issues with engine noises, misfiring,
stalling or a loss of power – it is a good idea to call your dealership and
schedule a trip to the service department to see if your vehicle may apply for
the free cylinder head replacement.