Consumer goods, including automobiles, get recalled week-in and week-out. This week is no exception, as General Motors issued a recall for 2010-2011 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne sedans due to some problematic battery cables, while Jeep aims to fix faulty wiper motors on the 2008 Liberty.
The Problem: DTS and Lucerne models equipped with V-8 engines may sport battery and alternator cables that could come in contact with the power steering return line. If so, the cables could wear a hole in the lines, possibly allowing power steering fluid to leak into the engine compartment. at risk of developing a power steering fluid leak. Additionally, insulation on the cables themselves could be worn down, allowing the cables to arc, potentially creating an engine fire compartment. GM says two fires have been reported.
The Fix: In order to prevent excessive wear and the corresponding leak, dealerships will reroute and secure the cables away from the power steering return line. GM will begin contacting owners of affected vehicles by November 19 at the latest, asking them to bring their vehicles into dealerships for service.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 13,780, all of which were built between February 16 and November 14.
2008 Jeep Liberty
The Problem: A certain batch windshield wiper motors, which lack venting and sport excess adhesive on the motor magnets, could trap water within the casing, potentially creating a short circuit. Should this occur, drivers may experience sporadic or inoperative windshield wipers.
The Fix: Chrysler will replace all of the affected vehicles’ windshield wiper motors in order to prevent failure. Recall service will begin later this month. Owners who may have previously paid to fit a replacement motor may also be eligible for reimbursement.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 16,229