Hate to be that guy that's always bitching about his Jeep but I feel an update is in order.
Some months after the pump replacement and last trip to the dealer for this issue in Dec 2015 the air suspension gremlin reared its ugly head again.
- The EVIC error showed up a few more times and as expected the dealer never found anything and just cleared the code and gave it back.
- About Aug/Sept of 2016 the air pump failed yet again and was replaced under warranty. Not my extended warranty, Jeep actually covered the part.
- Nov 2016 (week of Thanksgiving) I was driving back from Eastern WA to Seattle and, you guessed it, EVIC code screaming at me "service air suspension soon" then a few miles later it changed to "please wait, air suspension cooling". It rotated between those messages on and off for a good 50 miles. There was no way in hell I was going to pull over and get stranded in BFE so I just moved into the slow lane and continued.
Getting off the fwy I could not feel the air pump working and damn she was loud.
A few miles later I pull into my parking spot at home and start walking away. I sat for a few minutes to see if the pump would slow down but it didn't. OK... I say to myself "I need to unload and then Ill pull the fuse so it'll stop". It wans t low and it wasn't locked like other times and it certainly wasn't gaining elevation. As I was walking my last load of stuff back to the garage I hear a bang. Not a bang like a balloon popping but something similar to a shotgun blast. I quickly turn to face the Jeep to see a cloud of white smoke coming from under the pass side fender and hear that air pump working like it was right next to my ear (it was not).
Pop the hood, pull the fuse and I notice all these white beads all over the ground, inside engine bay and inside fender well.
Long story short the pump literally blew itself apart. The dealer swaps it under warranty and all seems good.... for a few weeks.
BTW... that repair took almost two weeks due to the Holiday, weather delays to shipments and how damn busy these Jeep service depts. seem to be.
- Dec 2016 (week or so before Christmas) - I go to work, come out about an hour later and the Jeep looks lower than I thought it was. I verified that by cracking my forehead against the tail gate
Drive over to the dealer. Ride is squishy but not hard and a slight bouncy. Suspension is dropping, pump is working (quietly) and no response from the controls. Shell go down but not up. I couldn't leave it due to all the tools in the back so I had to go home then bring it back that night to drop it off.
- Feb 2017 - I still don't have my Jeep back. They have supposedly gone through everything twice and followed all directions/troubleshooting (they say over 40 pages) Chrysler has given them form Corp and they have no idea.
Next step is to wait for the guru tech to show up from atop the Chrysler mountaintop to perform an animal sacrifice and chant some ancient spells over my Jeep.
- I called a Lemon Law attorney, I have no case based on time elapsed between my purchase date and this issue.
- Every day that goes by I lose value on this pile of garbage so by the time I get it back I may just drive it into the dessert and use it for target practice.
- The Chrysler Lifetime Max Care doesn't come into play here and even if it did the loaner/rental allowance runs out at 100k miles. I'm at about 140k.
- The battery died at the dealer so I will have to pay for a $300+ battery when/if I ever pick it up.
So yeah, you could say things are getting serious.
Oh... I also never posted about the wiper motor just dying in the middle of what seemed like a monsoon back in late 2015/early 2016. That was fun too.