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Jeep Compass Problems and Solutions



  • After replacing both front wheel bearings on a 2007 compass the abs and esp light are on. how do you reset them? Thanks
  • tlantztlantz Posts: 1
    I own a 2007 Jeep Compass and am having the same/similar issue. I put the key in to start it and there is about a 2 sec delay. Then it starts. It also dings at me when I open the door even though the keys are not in it and the lights are off.
    A few days before this, my electronic locks quit working and now my dome lights do not light up now.
  • arcanum71arcanum71 Posts: 1
    Hi Nukechaser,
    I'm looking at picking up a 2007 Compass and I am wondering if you still have yours and if you have encountered any further trouble with it. It appears that most problems listed on the forum seem to have occured relatively early on in the life of the vehicle. I understand the issue of the "leaky sunroof" which seem to be the bulk of the concerns, but I am wondering if you have encountered any other issues with the Compass now that you have really broken it in.
  • I leased mine Sept 2007, had no issues and re financed in June 2011. The month after I did it I began having all the same issues as you. The lawnmower alternator noise (replaced it twice in 3 weeks). My map light leaks, have to now replace two lower ball joints, and I already replaced control arms. Oh and duue to the ball joints I have to re purchase tires that were only 1 year old...
  • andrewandersonandrewanderson Posts: 2
    edited August 2011
    My Girlfriend has a 2009 Jeep compass with stalling problems and has taken it into the dealer for the 3rd time. It loses acceleration during highway speeds when she goes to pass and it bucks and stalls out. 1st time they said it was bad gas. $500 to clean out tank. I asked and they did not scope the tank to make sure it was clean. Really? Is this even normal? They don't have $250 for a camera scope? So, they did not look inside to see if they got everything.

    Second time they said it was bad fuel pump. $100 warrant deductible. Waited over 2 weeks to get a new one? (is there a recall on these?)

    Third time 12 hours later the same thing happened while driving on the highway. Had to wait 2 hours for a tow truck. (from the dealer, should have called AAA) This last time they are saying someone dumped something in the fuel tank.

    And yet all three had the same symptoms. Any ideas or assistance would be very helpful. I am not getting a warm fuzzy from these guys at all. She is a single Mom and can't afford to get screwed over.

    So is this plausible or is it just a Jeep? :) :(

    Thanks for any ideas here.
  • Hi! Sorry for the delayed response...

    Yes, I still have my '07 Compass (bought Sept. '06) and I just rolled through the 110,000 mile mark.

    My one and only issue was the alternator bearing going bad. I replaced the alternator and the tensioner/idler and have not had an issue since. Perhaps I got lucky with my Compass, because mine has been a great car with none of the other problems described here on the forum.

    During my recent oil change I discovered that both front struts are leaking, which isn't a surprise, given the miles driven, the condition of California roads, and that fact that I have been off-road to many a mountain top in it.

    I plan on spending a little over $400 at Les Schwab Tires to replace both front struts with Koni struts, and they have a lifetime warranty.

    I ask a lot of my Compass and consider myself a happy customer. :) However, reading some of the posts here would make me think twice about buying another without checking out the vehicle very thoroughly, as quality control seems to be hit or miss on this model.
  • About 2 weeks ago my car started to make a clicking noise everytime I start to accelerate and when I take my foot off the gas pedal. Does anyone knows what these could be?
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Believe it or not rocks in the rims can make that. We live on a 1 mile gravel-dirt road. We have had a rock jam between the rim and the rotor it sounded like we lost a brake pad. Does it make the same clinking when you back up? It very well could be something quite simple, a tec could find in no time on a lift rack.
  • Thanks for the recall info. Will have them check it out.

  • First off: 2007 Jeep Compass. 2wd, 2.4L. 104K

    About 2 months ago, the day after about an 800 mile road trip, my ETC light came on as I was leaving my driveway. Complete loss of power and could not accelerate past 20 mph. I turned the car off, let it sit for a mintue and restarted and everything was fine. I attributed the issue to the long road trip and didnt pay it much mind.

    About 2 weeks ago, upon starting the Compass, the ETC light would flicker and be gone and everything drove just fine. I had the codes pulled just to get an idea of what might be going on and the code came bacl "running too rich" (dont know the code number, just what the guy told me) At this point I had the computer "flashed" and the car ran great after that.

    Then, just yesterday while I am driving with my 6 month old daughter, the Compass completely gives out on the road. ETC light on, flashing ESP light on. NO acceleration, and when I came to a stop, the engine was running so rough it felt like it was going to die. I turned the car off, restarted it and same thing happens. Luckily I made it home and decided to have car towed as it was pretty much undrivable.

    Mechanic could not find the issue for the longest time. First the changed the spark plugs (as one was loose) and that has not fixed the issue. Now they tell me I need a NEW pcm, with parts and labor will run me $850. I called my dealership and they can do the same procedure for almost half the cost. SO needless to say, I need to shop around here.

    After all this, my question is: what the heck can I do about this ETC? Just reading on this forum it seems like the kiss of death. Do I really need a new PCM or just a software update? Any feedback is much appreciated and I can give you more of the car's symptoms if you need.

  • just recently purchased 07 compass manual 4wd. loved it til today! all gauges, speedometer, signals, hazards, power locks, ac fan not working!!! runs fine radio works power windows work?? checked fuses dont know what could cause this!!?? anyone else experienced this type of problem or heard of this happening! :confuse: :mad:
  • Being that it's fall I think some debris may have clogged something, when I'm driving it sounds like there is water behind the dashboard and the passenger side floor is wet.. How can I unclog what ever it is that is clogged?
  • I just bought a 2012 Jeep Compass 4x2 CVT here in Vegas, the #2 city in the USA for car thefts; so obviously I'm a bit paranoid about it. Got a great end of October discount, $20K out the door, even my color choice. Dealer claims he took a $2K loss just to make factory sales incentives. Maybe, but I could not get this price just a week ago when I was shopping around.

    Anyway, local comprehensive insurance rates are sky high so I'm looking to cut costs. After a lot of internet research, I've read about the RAVELCO engine immobilizier which claims to have a perfect record over 30 years of NEVER allowing a car to be stolen by driving it away! No protection against towing, obviously.

    Does anyone with this Ravelco system care to offer any feedback about it? I also plan to use a deadbolt hood lock and heavy duty Unelko brake pedal jack lock to layer my security.

    Typical car alarms are ignored. Lojack and GPS tracking don't prevent theft, just track down what may be a stripped or destroyed car, and very expensive. The Jeep comes with a coded ignition key that I've read can be bypassed by thieves using laptop computers and car remote decoders.

    Does anyone have a better solution, short of a 24-hour armed guard, to secure their car?
  • snv51snv51 Posts: 1
    I've had the same problem. The technician said that it's a transmission problem. However, the tear down is $1200 and if they don't find anything wrong with it then I'll have to pay the $1200. The extended warranty would not cover it. After going back and forth with the dealership and warranty company. The dealer admitted that their technician can only tear down the transmission part way and they couldn't complete the tear down. The Jeep's transmission is different from other transmission. The CVT doesn't have replacement parts and would need to be replaced. Luckily the warranty company will cover the cost ($3800) and provide a warranty on it until I reach 100,000 miles. Otherwise I would have been without a car and the war would have begun. I'm kinda regretting that I bought the car 4 months ago. At the time a 2007 Jeep Compass with 34,250 miles on it sound great.
  • My 1st transmission failed at 75,000Km, the 2nd one failed after 38,000Km now with 128,000Km
    on my car I am very nervous, I needed a new computer module ( $1,400 ) at 125,000Km.
    I have spent over $2,000 on ball joints, tie rods and struts and to top it off I now need a muffler
    available from Chrysler only for a mere $725.
    I have spent more money on this car than I have spent in the last 60 years of driving.
    Having driven Jeeps without problems I can honestly say this is the worst car ever made !!!.

  • Im working on a jeep with the same problem, when i took off the tranny pan there was a huge amount of shavings in the pan and on the magnets. the metal belt inside is grinding on the pully and you need to take apart the tranny and fix it. the fluid alone is 22 bucks A QUART AT CHRYSLER. GOOD LUCK.
  • Any one else had to replace LOWER CONTROL ARMS (lower ball joints) with less than 50,000 miles on their vehicle? It's very disgruntling when 3 Chrysler/Jeep service departments are concerned but "it doesn't make sense" but without the extended warranty the company is not willing to stand behind their product. (Fine) I have lodgded an official complaint with Chrysler/Jeep. I urge others to do the same.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    I 'll bet you next time you might consider buying a extended warranty...right?
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    I think you were sucked in. That is an outragious price. The reason Jeep uses the cvt is its very inexpensive in the dirst place.
  • mlgeemlgee Posts: 1
    I don't have an answer for you except to tell you that I am currently experiencing the same thing with my 2007 Compass. I have about 35K miles and took a trip in my car. On the way home, I experienced the same thing, ETC light, blinking traction lights, high idle noise and loss of power. I rolled through the intersection I was at, turned the car off, waited a few minutes, turned it back on and it was fine. I made it to my driveway (thank goodness) and it happened again. I've had it towed to my mechanic and tomorrow I take it to the dealership because the mechanic found a technical warning or something of the sort in his researching the issue. Can I ask what you finally did?
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