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November 2, 2009

Chrysler LLC is recalling several rear-wheel-drive Chrysler and Dodge models because they may been built without a front wheel spindle nut. That could cause a tire-wheel separation when the vehicles were being driven, possibly leading to a crash.
The affected models and model years are:

• CHRYSLER / 300 2009-2010
• DODGE / CHALLENGER 2009-2010
• DODGE / CHARGER 2009-2010

Chrysler has issued a recall for 12,674 vehicles, including the 2009-2010 Chrysler 300, 2009-2010 Dodge Challenger, 2009-2010 Dodge Charger, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These vehicles may have been built without a front-wheel spindle nut.

The spindle nut is a rather large and obviously important part of the wheel assembly that keeps the wheel attached to the axle. Without one, it's possible that the tire and wheel could separate while driving, endangering the vehicle and others on the road. Chrysler made the determination after a new supplier, SMW Automotive, began supplying the front corner modules for the 2010 model year, according to the automaker. The previous supplier went bankrupt.

Less than a hundred 2009 models are included in the recall. Affected models were built between Aug. 4 and Sept. 28, 2009.

Dealers will inspect the tire and wheel assembly and, if necessary, repair the spindle nut installation free of charge.
Owners may contact Chrysler about Recall No. J27 at 1-800-835-14034.


WTF!!!! Probably caused some extra wear on the outboard brake pads too.

To be fair, it's all the suppliers fault...
 

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I guess some of us will be getting a letter in the mail!

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Hmmm....wonder why the previous supplier went bankrupt? Again, HOW does a vehicle make it down the line without being inspected?? QC, Quality Control, care and concern....PRIDE?? anyone? geez... I am waiting for the one where they forget to install a fuel tank, resulting in a no start condition.
 

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Now I am a front end mechanic from the 70's but to me..... if it is missing a spindle nut, wouldn't it be hard to drive since the dang spindle would be falling off??
 
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this is what I am sure we would hear, "Not my job, man."
I know one thing, It wouldn't be long before it became very obvious somebody done screwed up.....
 

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Hmmm....wonder why the previous supplier went bankrupt? Again, HOW does a vehicle make it down the line without being inspected?? QC, Quality Control, care and concern....PRIDE?? anyone? geez... I am waiting for the one where they forget to install a fuel tank, resulting in a no start condition.
The way I understood it, the previous supplier went bankrupt, and it was the new supplier that screwed up.

What I find hard to accept is that, for nearly two months, no one thought to perform some serious quality checks on parts coming from a new supplier. Looks like they just blindly accepted the parts on faith.

Now I am a front end mechanic from the 70's but to me..... if it is missing a spindle nut, wouldn't it be hard to drive since the dang spindle would be falling off??
The spindle stays put, but if it weren't for the brake calipers, the tire, wheel and rotor would all go for a ride on their own.
 

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No wonder i cant drive straight!:?:
 

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i find it hard to believe the car would make it out the door without the spindle nut. every suspension bolts is check at inspection time.
 

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got my notice 2 days before I picked up my car, because I signed the deal 2 weeks earlier. But my car had her nut!!
 
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