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Old 08-12-2016, 12:30 AM
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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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Old 08-12-2016, 08:06 AM
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Re: Steering Gears to be replaced - should I be concerned?

id let them fix it while its free. 2020 will be the first year I consider changing my 2014 summit. The changes prior to the redesign in 2019 are likely to be minimal just as they have been since 2014. nothing to reach for so letem shake the bugs out of 2019 and target the 2020 or thats my plan as long as they don't ruin it.
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Re: Steering Gears to be replaced - should I be concerned?

It's not like it's major surgery. All of that should only take 6 hours to do. Actually probably more like 4-5 hours. No need to lose money on yours just to get a newer one exactly like yours.
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Re: Steering Gears to be replaced - should I be concerned?

I also would have them do the work (the price is right) as that doesn't hurt you in the long run with either keeping it longer or trading up for a new one sooner.
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Re: Steering Gears to be replaced - should I be concerned?

I'd be concerned if they weren't going to do it. Particularly true since you already knew in your heart that there was an issue with the steering rack.

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Re: Steering Gears to be replaced - should I be concerned?

The work is definitely going to be done --- they won't release my Jeep back to me as they deem it unsafe. I was just concerned if this Jeep isn't a keeper past the warranty period or not. Was almost thinking a 2018 Hellcat could be in the future (depending on price and what the interior is like) which would make me stretch the 2014 until then. Of course the quality of service work here in the Miami area is also questionable as people here cut corners on everything here ... had I known the front half axles and steering gears needed to be done (or any major work) I would have taken it to a better more professional dealership in Broward county.
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