The page reloaded before I was finished typing my short story. In short, I’m running the correct weight oil and it was changed before making the journey home. I haven’t changed the spark plugs, but it hasn’t displayed a foul plug like symptom 98 percent of the time. The engine light didn’t come on, just the abs, traction control , and service awd message. Then it quickly disappeared before I got the chance to pull over to look it over.
I’ve replaced all the fluid minus the transmission since I took ownership. I’m waiting on the oem filter as I was told the aftermarket trans filters are hit and miss for Chrysler products. I’d rather not take the chance to verify on my own.
I’d be thrilled if I only needed 16 spark plugs to cure my concern. I appreciate you taking the time to help!
Perhaps this could be related to the ignition switch. I know there was a recall related to that, so may want to make sure that was complied with, although I'm not sure that would cause your issue. Seems possible the ignition switch may be the culprit though, but that's just a guess. It's not as scary as it sounds, like a $25 part and from what I've read, not very difficult to replace... maybe a 30 minute job.
I have an open recall according to carfax, but I read on this very forum that people complained about service awd light appearing afterwards. I’d rather avoid that can of worms. I will look into replacing the ignition switch after I drive another Hemi and swap out the plugs. Majority of the Commanders I test drove had the 4.7l and my favorite one to date was the updated 4.7l in the 2008, but the deal fell through. I think majority of my concerns with the 5.7l is not having enough seat time behind the wheel mixed with that one issue I reported above.
I haven’t changed the spark plugs yet, but that’s next along with the rear differential/transmission drain and fill. I’ve serviced everything else including draining out the old coolant for new as most people I know never perform that service. A lot neglect to change their transmission fluid as well, but I've had good luck keeping the transmission fluid clean to date.
I know my Jeep has high miles, so I should prepare for small and major issues. I just need to determine if I should drive through these issues or fix them right away. The bang per buck value starts to decline the more money I throw towards the Commander. The slight stutter triggering the abs,traction control , and services 4wd light needs to be figured out ASAP when I have more time to trouble shoot. I’ve put an additional 200 miles since that first encounter with the random warning lights and thought it was going to happen today after a felt a slight studder, but I let out of the throttle quickly this time and it cleared up right away without lighting up the cluster full of warnings.
#1 goal is to get rid of any vehicle payment until my kids are adults, so I sold my brand new truck and plan to sell our car to put funds towards educational trips with the occasional Disney trip thrown in with our children as they're only young once. I probably should’ve bought a minivan, but I’d like to avoid an early midlife crises. Haha
Off Topic: I hate to invest in a balance job, but the people before me had the dealer to add weights on the outside of the wheel. Drives me insane anyone would do this in 2018, and I can’t imagine the damage on the wheel once the weight are removed.
Luckily, I was able to do this from my phone instead of a desktop. I was getting a little worried their for a moment as I only use a desktop for work. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forums/images/JeepCommander_2016/smilies/tango_face_glasses.png[/IMG]
Very good, thank you & welcome to the forum.
Check for codes for sure. I had the same issue with lights and the codes indicated a wheel speed sensor.