Re: Issues with my WK2 ED
Originally Posted by jaje
Picked up a '14 WK2 ED 3 weeks ago from Woodhouse Jeep in Omaha, NE (got a great deal there - a reason why they are one of the largest dealers in the US). Loved it the moment I had it (it replaced a WK CRD with GDE Ecotune and some other improvements). Driving home at 80 into a fierce headwind and got 21.4 mpg (was in a hurry to get back to run to the carpet store before they closed).
Was great until a week later when during a rain storm after going through a puddle on the highway the Service DEF System warning light came on. Brought it to the dealer the next day and had a rental car for a week before it was ready. They also discovered the CV join leak (bad clamps - seems a known issue with all WK2s in a certain timeframe).
Right after getting it and driving home the Service Electronic Throttle came on repeatedly and I would get no throttle (flashing thunderbolt) - lift off then it goes away and everything back to normal. It comes on every now and then.
When driving at night and the headlights are on there's a burning smell sometimes (my wife said she saw smoke as well). I confirmed the smell (smells like burnt paper).
The mister on the windshield does not spray but the rear does (does it have a separate resevoir?).
I've never had a vehicle with so many issues right after purchase. Bought this for family trips and towing racecar in a trailer. Was very knowledgeable of the WK CRDs (I made the WK CRD FAQ for others). A bit worried about other potential problems.
I'm glad there's a diesel subforum here as over at JF it's full of anti diesel trolls and mod biased against diesels - so great to see a thriving pro diesel WK2 community here!
Guessing the dealer never filled the DEF in the first place. Burning smell is all of the things burning off during the initial break in. Get some highway miles and let if warm up, and the burning smell will go away. My guess is the wiper tubing became disconnected at the spray head. Mine did this on the drivers side. I just slid the hose back on, and it was very snug. Guessing it was not pushed all the way on at the factory. Have not had a problem yet. The service light was probably from the low DEF. Also, make sure you only dive using your right foot. If you hit the breaks and accelerator at the same time, people have been reporting problems that resolved when they quit driving using both feet.
Hope this helps. You will wind up loving this jeep. Minor issues, but all repairable. You might want to have them check for flash updates, as these can fix most problems.
Congrats on the new ride.
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