Check engine light 1 month before lease return!

jarkjark Member Posts: 90
edited December 2018 in Jeep
2016 Cherokee with 21000 miles. Lease is over in 1 month with check engine light now showing. Ran OBD check, showing thermostat P0128. Obviously I don’t want to pay for this repair with my lease almost up. Do I have any options? Had my end of lease inspection already and everything was clean then. Think I can just clear the code and return the car? Any advice or shared experience would be greatly appreciated

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  • MichaellMichaell Moderator Posts: 238,005
    jark said:

    2016 Cherokee with 21000 miles. Lease is over in 1 month with check engine light now showing. Ran OBD check, showing thermostat P0128. Obviously I don’t want to pay for this repair with my lease almost up. Do I have any options? Had my end of lease inspection already and everything was clean then. Think I can just clear the code and return the car? Any advice or shared experience would be greatly appreciated

    Aren't you still under the factory warranty? Why would it cost you anything to have the car evaluated and/or repaired?

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  • jarkjark Member Posts: 90
      Everything Michaell said:
    2016 Cherokee with 21000 miles. Lease is over in 1 month with check engine light now showing. Ran OBD check, showing thermostat P0128. Obviously I don’t want to pay for this repair with my lease almost up. Do I have any options? Had my end of lease inspection already and everything was clean then. Think I can just clear the code and return the car? Any advice or shared experience would be greatly appreciated
    Aren't you still under the factory warranty? Why would it cost you anything to have the car evaluated and/or repaired?

    That's what I thought too.  I assumed that everything would be be covered under warranty .when I  contacted a dealership, they told me that thermostat was not covered under the warranty. It was considered regular maintenance, like an oil change!?  They quoted $600.  
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    I think the thermostat itself should be covered. If a "service adviser" told you this, then maybe they just don't know. It is possible you'd have to pay for coolant however.

    You could clear the code and see if it comes back or not. Sometimes it's just a one-time thing. What's happening is that your computer has determined that your engine coolant temperature is not reaching warm up temp in the allotted time frame.

    You might check your coolant level. If it's way down, then you have a problem you have to fix before you damage something. That problem, too, might be covered by warranty. What you don't want to do is get into any area that might be determined as "owner negligence".
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