Front Suspension Issue for Jeep

Feb. 16, 2022

This bulletin applies to some 2011-2014 Jeep Compass/Patriot or 2011-2012 Caliber vehicles.

Owners of 2011-2014 Jeep Compass/Patriot or 2011-2012 Caliber vehicles built on or after Jan. 24, 2010, and on or before Feb. 28, 2014, may describe a creak or squeak noise from the front suspension. The noise is typically heard during cold temperatures below 40 degrees F. The fix involves applying Nye lubricant to the front lower control arm rear bushings.

Lift the vehicle and remove the lower control arms. Clamp each arm in a vise with the bushing accessible. Using an appropriate tool, insert the tool through the bushing sleeve, then rotate the bushing to expose the sides of the bushing for lube application. Apply Nye lube liberally to the bushing sides where internal bushing contact is made. Move the bushing through a range of motion in order to distribute the lube. Make sure that the lube is evenly distributed within the bushing slots. Reinstall both control arms and road test.

With an arm secured in a vise, apply Nye lube while prying with a tool through the bushing eye to expose the bushing. 1) lower arm; 2) vise; 3) pry tool; 4) bushing side surface.

Move the bushing through a range of motion to distribute the lube.

Inspect the make sure the lube is evenly distributed.

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Mike Mavrigian | Motor Age Editor

Mike Mavrigian has written thousands of automotive technical magazine articles involving a variety of  specialties, from engine building to wheel alignment, and has authored more than a dozen books that crisscross the automotive spectrum. Mike operates Birchwood Automotive, an Ohio shop that builds custom engines and performs vintage vehicle restorations. The shop also features a professional photo studio to document projects and to create images for articles and books.

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