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Yep...as posted by others in other forums I found my drivers side front rocker panel cracked today.

Plus a big gouge in the rear passenger side aluminum wheel. At least it was right at the edge where it meets the tire and is not very visible. Still made me sick
 

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Yep...as posted by others in other forums I found my drivers side front rocker panel cracked today.

Plus a big gouge in the rear passenger side aluminum wheel. At least it was right at the edge where it meets the tire and is not very visible. Still made me sick
this is a major problem and somepeople are on their second and third from what i have read on other sites.

i would think chrysler would try to get a handle on soon otherwise i think enough complaints could cause a recall, there has to be a reason for it but i dont think the effort is going in to looking for what it is.
 

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I would have thought they would have redesigned the part by now. There is obviously a design issue here.
 

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got a pic of this so I know where to look on mine?
 

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mine on the right side at the rear wheelwell is cracked. it isn't noticable unless you're looking for it. i'm not going to worry about it. a replacement will end up the same way in time.

you will never see a recall for this. recalls are only because of saftey issues.
 

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mine on the right side at the rear wheelwell is cracked. it isn't noticable unless you're looking for it. i'm not going to worry about it. a replacement will end up the same way in time.

you will never see a recall for this. recalls are only because of saftey issues.
any idea what could be causing it? maybe screws too tight or possibly need rubber washers to dampen the vibration at that point?
 

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i would say it is the material used. it is too hard and brittle. the rocker cladding on my magnum is softer and more rubbery than plasticy. they can't change the design anymore, but they can start to use a softer more pliable plastic.
 

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got a pic of this so I know where to look on mine?
My splash guards obscures the view so a pic (of mine) won't help much
Look at where the rocker panel angles into the wheel well.
There are two large screws at each end holding it in place inside the well. My crack has started at the front wheel well, at the angle where it turns in to the well and is cracking from the top down.
If you have good light and the crack is there you can't miss it.
 

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guess what I found on mine today, drivers side front part of rocker has about a 1 1/2" crack in it. :;:) will be Jessie Monday.
 

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Just happened to see my service manager in Wally World tonight, I told him about it and he said he had never seen one, so When I get the time I am running by to show him. He doesnt seem to worried about replacement.
 

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Just happened to see my service manager in Wally World tonight, I told him about it and he said he had never seen one, so When I get the time I am running by to show him. He doesnt seem to worried about replacement.
another forum has a poll with over 50% of 150 respondents claiming cracked panels.
I'm going to print it and take with me on Saturday since the service manager wants to inspect and make sure it's not road damage
 

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went by my dealer today and it looks like I am getting 2 new rocker panels. Jessie looked at the one that I knew was cracked and then he went around to the passeger side ad saw a small one starting to develope.
now one thing he mentioned that might be making these things crack is they way they are being jacked up, some might be putting the jack on the plastic too. well as long as I have had mine, I havent jacked it up. Its only been on a lift and I have seen it lifted by the use of the rubber snubbers on the frame. Mine was used when I bought it so the previous owner may have had to jack it up without a lift.
 

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went by my dealer today and it looks like I am getting 2 new rocker panels. Jessie looked at the one that I knew was cracked and then he went around to the passeger side ad saw a small one starting to develope.
now one thing he mentioned that might be making these things crack is they way they are being jacked up, some might be putting the jack on the plastic too. well as long as I have had mine, I havent jacked it up. Its only been on a lift and I have seen it lifted by the use of the rubber snubbers on the frame. Mine was used when I bought it so the previous owner may have had to jack it up without a lift.
could be this is the case except many peeps with cracked panels, including mine, had never been jacked up.
 

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got a call from the dealer yesterday, my rocker panels are in, now just got to make an appointment when Jessie gets back from vacation next week.
 

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new rocker panels installed today. all looks nice in the galaxy :eek:ldtimer:
 

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Both mine are cracked at the rear wheel well. I am going to 'report' it to the dealership in my next trip in but I am not going to have them fix it until I am satisfied they have some type of permanent fix. I don't want them monkeying with my car to where they can scratch it. Plus I have seen pics of some others that were done by the dealer and the trim is now visibly uneven.
 

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My drivers side one was cracked, took it to the dealership and it was the first one they had seen. Ordered replacement and it is fixed. I know of another SE Challenger everyday driver that has both sides cracked.
 
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