Some Issues You Might Encounter with Your Jeep Patriot
The Jeep Patriot is the least expensive SUV in the US to date. Since it’s a Jeep, this compact SUV is capable of driving around the outskirts of towns and any rural communities. However, there are some who claim that the adage “you get what you pay for” is true for Jeep Patriot as it didn’t live up to some people’s expectations. If you’re one of the Patriot owners, here are some of the issues you might want to prepare your ride and yourself for:
Some 2010 and 2012 Jeep Patriot may have problems with seat belt. In fact, Jeep already issued a recall for this, stating that it was "deemed necessary after it was discovered that seatbelt pre-tensioners and side-curtain airbags may not function properly during slow-developing rollovers." As resolution, the affected models are fitted with sensor-activated restraint systems that are designed to deploy when a rollover appears imminent.
There is also a recall issued to some 2012 Jeep Patriot models because their “engine could run out of fuel and stall unexpectedly.” The problem can be caused by improperly manufactured transfer tube, which interrupts fuel transfer. Because of this condition, the primary side of the fuel tank may run dry, so the engine will stall, therefore increasing the risk of accident. To solve this problem, dealers will replace the fuel tank transfer tube in the affected units, free of charge.
There are also complaints about a bad engine mount in their Patriot, which left the owners with no choice but replacement. Some owners of 2008 4-door Jeep Patriot also complain that their engine runs harder.
Some 2011 Jeep Patriot may also experience loss of steering capability because of improperly installed or missing steering column pivot rivet. Since this problem increases risk of crash, Chrysler has issued a recall for affected models. To address this concern, the dealer will inspect the rivet and fix the said problem with the steering.
Other reported problems concerning the Jeep Patriot are shifting difficulty on manual transmission models, check engine light that came on even without engine problems, and fuel cap light that won’t go off.
Three Ways to Care for Your Jeep Patriot
The Jeep Patriot is the perfect off-road vehicle for the truly adventurous ones. With its above-average capability, comfortable front seats, and attractive pricing, this vehicle will make you not want to look elsewhere. However, like many vehicles, the Patriot has problems encountered by many of its owners. In order to avoid these problems, here are some easy ways to care for your vehicle and keep it out of service centers.
- Stick to the recommended maintenance schedule.
Your Jeep Patriot comes with an owner's guide to help you learn how to operate and take care of your vehicle. Inside it is a recommended maintenance schedule that tells you when to take it to your dealer for routine service. Following this will help lengthen your Jeep's life, improve its performance, increase its gas mileage, and help maintain its resale or trade-in value. It is most important to regularly do the oil changes, tire rotations, and 30,000-mile services. By maintaining your Jeep on a regular basis, you can avoid expensive repairs.
Even if you use your Jeep Patriot for off-road and you may like its rugged look after an adventure, you still need to clean it afterwards. This is to ensure that the dirt and other materials that stuck to your vehicle won't damage the bodywork's detailing. Aside from the basic carwash, you must provide extra care to other exterior components like the trim and molding. Every time you wash your Jeep, clean the trim and molding. Use a detailing brush on textured pieces and an 8-inch wheel brush on larger pieces. These brushes will pull contaminants out of the pores of the material, which cause discoloration. Do not use hard-bristled brushes especially on smooth black plastic trim as it may scratch the material. If the trim and molding has a dressing, you should clean it off every two months. Layering dressings on top of each other will eventually lead to discoloration since the outermost layers are not curing the rubber, but are just sitting on top of the old layers. Spray an exterior cleaner on a microfiber towel and wipe down the trim pieces to get rid of the old dressings.
- Clean the interior after every off-road driving.
When you go off-roading with your Jeep Patriot, you get your vehicle dusty, muddy, wet, or a combination of all three. While this is normal and acceptable, not removing the dirt and not cleaning the interior can bring about wear on certain parts. After cleaning the exterior of your Jeep, prepare the glass cleaner, car vacuum, lint-free rags, and other tools you use to clean the interior. Vacuum the carpet and floor mats thoroughly, including the ones under the front seats. Use an automotive carpet cleaner on the mats if you can't get your hands on a shampooer. After cleaning them, take extra care when refitting the mats. If you also cleaned the carpet at the same time, air out the interior and allow the carpet to dry. Finally, dust the dashboard and console.