Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pop/Clank in Your M10 Suspension?

As a devout Mopar enthusiast and one who drives their Mopar 10 almost daily, I found it odd when I started having an issue...after all, this is Challenger, not a mustang.

It seems in cold weather, while backing and cutting the wheel, I get a really loud clank and jolt in the seat...



I went online and found this is a common issue...

I checked with other late model Mopar owners locally and found they had the same problem.

What amazed me is that no one has reported a definitive solution.  This isn't just applicable to our Mopar 10s, or even Challengers for that matter, but rather the entire LX and LC lineup!  That is a TON of cars stretching from 2005 to present!

How has a TSB not been issued?  People either get blown off by dealers, or throw money on their own at something they can't seem to remedy.

No worries right?  The folks with warranties will get it taken care of and report back the fix...Wrong!

Those fortunate enough to have a great dealer coupled with an outstanding service department come back empty handed!  It certainly isn't for a lack of trying...In fact while some that report this issue are turned away by a dealer who "can't replicate it" some dealers break their back trying to find the problem.

The sad thing is that among all the online threads relating to this issue seemingly every likely part has been swapped, replaced, changed, or upgraded and the people still have the issue!  Why is that happening?  Something this common should be addressed by corporate, studied, resolved, and then a TSB should be sent out telling dealers what is causing it, if it is of detriment or perfectly acceptable, and of course, how to remedy it.

If Chrysler wants to just tell me the bushings get cold, constrict, and the resultant noise and jolt won't do any damage...fine.  But I do expect the effort on their end to 1-Acknowledge the Issue and 2-Provide us with an explanation.

I get that warranty work is expensive and that recalls can make you look bad, but how does IGNORING an issue and then having thousands of angry enthusiasts help matters?  Just investigate it, find the cause, and tell people...That is the best way to handle the situation.

Even if you cop out and say there is no impending damage, we won't cover it, and quit worrying about it...At least tell people what it is the root cause.  For some of us, the sensation of feeling like we are driving over railroad tracks in a war zone isn't very comforting...I would rather be at peace knowing that my control arm bushings just get cold or that the end links get hard and cause it to happen.

As a diehard, I don't post this stuff to blaspheme Chrysler/Dodge/Mopar, but I post it for the opposite.  If I was in a camaro I would expect this crap.  I buy Mopar for a reason...quality, durability, performance, and aesthetics...All I ask for is an acknowledgment of this issue and the culprit.

If you tell me control arm bushings but toss in that it isn't a warranty issue as there is no impeding damage,  I am fine with that.  I will replace the components with aftermarket parts.  I, like so many others, just want to know WHAT is causing this and HOW to remedy it.

I am not going to blindly throw money replacing the front suspension in hopes of stopping it and I certainly do not trust my local dealers to do so...provided they would even acknowledge the issue.

So, if you have this issue or know someone that does...Please spread the word and help everyone get to the bottom of this situation.

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