Head gasket leak at 8000 miles.

Jamrock

Well-Known Member
First Name
David
Joined
Aug 14, 2019
Messages
323
Reaction score
300
Location
Jamaica
Vehicle(s)
Suzuki
Cool... Good to see that FCA is standing behind its product and working with you on this.

With vehicles, slow leaks become big leaks over time. Ask me how I know.

The cylinder head cover? Was the surface uneven allowing oil to leak out?





Advertisement

 
OP
JudgeTread

JudgeTread

Member
First Name
C
Joined
Apr 8, 2021
Messages
7
Reaction score
2
Location
Baltimore MD
Vehicle(s)
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #17
Cool... Good to see that FCA is standing behind its product and working with you on this.

With vehicles, slow leaks become big leaks over time. Ask me how I know.

The cylinder head cover? Was the surface uneven allowing oil to leak out?
I never got a satisfactory answer to this. The leak was near the cylinder head bolt to the driver’s side rear if that makes sense. They were only able to figure out exactly where after adding dye. So they saw it was leaking from up high, and right around where the head gasket is at that DS back corner. But they didn’t know why because as slow as the leak was. Or that was at least the best explanation I could get. I’m still not entirely convinced it won’t manifest itself again down the road. Thus the ongoing involvement with FCA.
 

Jamrock

Well-Known Member
First Name
David
Joined
Aug 14, 2019
Messages
323
Reaction score
300
Location
Jamaica
Vehicle(s)
Suzuki
I understand. Keep us posted. This is an interesting case.
 

viper88

Well-Known Member
First Name
Nick
Joined
Apr 22, 2018
Messages
3,817
Reaction score
3,611
Location
IL
Vehicle(s)
'19 JLR 2.0T
Many States have a 3 attempt to repair requirment for Lemon Law Demand. I would check with your AG about your Lemon Law Rights. And don't let them try giving you a free extended warranty. Push for a like MSRP to MSRP replacement under Lemon Law if you can. Good luck with this.
 
OP
JudgeTread

JudgeTread

Member
First Name
C
Joined
Apr 8, 2021
Messages
7
Reaction score
2
Location
Baltimore MD
Vehicle(s)
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #20
Many States have a 3 attempt to repair requirment for Lemon Law Demand. I would check with your AG about your Lemon Law Rights. And don't let them try giving you a free extended warranty. Push for a like MSRP to MSRP replacement under Lemon Law if you can. Good luck with this.

Unfortunately it’s 4 attempts within 2 years 18k miles in my state. Or 30 days total of the vehicle being in the shop. But its definitely important going into these situations knowing what legal rights you have and documenting everything. Dates/times/names etc.
 
Last edited:

mwilk012

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2018
Messages
3,800
Reaction score
3,210
Location
Oklahoma
Vehicle(s)
2018 Ocean Blue JLU Rubicon
That’s a valve cover leak and anyone who tried to lemon law a valve cover leak is just wasting their own time.
 
  • Like
Reactions: VNT

zrickety

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2020
Messages
541
Reaction score
620
Location
USA
Vehicle(s)
2020 Rubicon Sarge 3.6L 6MT
Occupation
Technician
I never got a satisfactory answer to this. The leak was near the cylinder head bolt to the driver’s side rear if that makes sense. They were only able to figure out exactly where after adding dye. So they saw it was leaking from up high, and right around where the head gasket is at that DS back corner. But they didn’t know why because as slow as the leak was. Or that was at least the best explanation I could get. I’m still not entirely convinced it won’t manifest itself again down the road. Thus the ongoing involvement with FCA.
Documenting everything is smart. It could have been anything in the assembly process that caused the small leak. Hopefully you had a tech with good eyes clean it up and put it back together.
I was going to say you should buy some ARP head studs to give the dealer for when they do the gasket. Reusable and superior to stretch bolts, or whatever oem is in there.
 

blnewt

Well-Known Member
First Name
Brad
Joined
Oct 8, 2018
Messages
4,262
Reaction score
4,194
Location
New Mexico
Vehicle(s)
2019 Jeep JL Sport S, 03 Toyota 4Runner, Infiniti G37, Toyota T100 (Retired 74 CJ-5, 80 CJ-7)
After 2 failed attempts to repair at the dealership that I purchased the vehicle from I took it elsewhere. On a side note, the first dealership also made sure to add 7 quarts of oil to an engine designed to hold 5.8? On its first oil change. So I had zero confidence left in them. Now 3 repair attempts later it was determined that the cylinder head cover itself was the cause of the leak. It was replaced as well as the head gasket. It’s been two weeks since the last repair and so far, I haven’t noticed any more oil leaks. It’s also worth noting that it was an EXTREMELY slow leak. I never would have noticed it if I hadn’t been underneath my Jeep.

lucky I’ve been documenting everything, and already sent a certified letter to FCA basically stating the issues I’ve been having to this point and unless resolved I’d be pursuing this as a lemon law case under my states laws. FCA has reached out to me but I can’t go into details on their response since it’s potentially pending legal action. But so far FCA has been great to deal with.
Glad to hear things are looking up, hopefully that leak is a thing of the past, and FWIW the current 3.6 is a 5qt fill, so if they indeed put 7 qts in that's quite a bit vs. all the dealers that were only giving a 1 qt overfill "gift" :(
 

Advertisement




Hothead Headliners
 



Advertisement
Top