Michael SimariCar and Driver
Jeep has issued a recall for 42,887 of its vehicles, including the 2018 to 2021 Wrangler and 2020–2021 Gladiator with manual transmissions.The clutch pressure plate in these vehicles can overheat and fracture, leading to an increased risk of fire.Jeep said that the recall will be remedied through a software update.Jeep has issued a recall for 42,887 2018–2021 Wrangler and 2020–2021 Gladiator vehicles with manual transmissions over a pressure clutch plate problem. The clutch pressure plate, which transfers power to the clutch, can overheat as a result of friction and then fracture, ultimately leading to the possibility of the transmission case cracking and expelling heated debris. This could cause fire.Jeep said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that this isn’t the result of a faulty part. Rather, it’s a design issue and will be remedied with updated software to reduce engine torque when the clutch assembly’s temperature rises too high. If the problem develops in one of the affected trucks, drivers may smell a burnt odor before it fails.The automaker also said that it is aware of one accident and no injuries as a result of the faulty parts. Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator owners from those model years can check the NHTSA recalls website to see if their vehicle is included.
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