Steering Gears to be replaced - should I be concerned?
Hey all --- Took my 2014 GC 4x4 V8 Summit (about 18,000 miles on it) into the dealership for a few small items - front wheel fender trim coming loose in a corner and a long time defective cargo cover and of course the software updates - security and shifter recall software. Oil changed and tire rotation too while in the shop.
Also noted to them that the power steering seems to sound strained sometimes on start up for a while. Wasn't sure though. Well, they said yep there is a problem and they need to replace the steering gears (rack and pinion) ... and ... oh by the way the two front axle shafts that were replaced soon after you bought the GC because of the boot failure issue, we need to do them again as it isn't in the system that it was done and even if was done system says we need to do it (I remember that that had happened to a few others on this forum as the replacement axle shafts were also possibly from the bad batch but I had taken in my GC before for oil changes and was never an issue that they needed to be replaced again). Safety issues with the steering gears and front half axle shafts so we couldn't release the vehicle to you anyway --- gonna be at least 5 days (got a rental now - at least I got a Dodge Charger).
Other than that, vehicle has been solid and fun to drive (my 6th GC through the years). Have been toying with ordering a 2017 in February ... should I be concerned about the steering gears and front axles replacement? It seems like that's a lot of serious stuff that is being done. If so, it will push me to order a 2017 just when I was thinking maybe keeping it until a model year 2018 GC or until the big platform change for the 2019 model year.
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