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Chrysler Introduces Second Software Fix For Beleaguered Nine Speed Transmission

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On: Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 12:19PM | By: Carl Malek

Chrysler Introduces Second Software Fix For Beleaguered Nine Speed Transmission

FCA has allegedly prepared a second software update to address lingering problems with its troubled nine-speed automatic transmission. The latest fix is another troubling chapter in the life of Chrysler's revolutionary nine-speed automatic transmission which has been the focus of several software tweaks to eliminate various defects.

This latest effort is the third time that the software has been revised since the ZF-derived nine-speed arrived in the Jeep Cherokee CUV. The first software tweak put a crimp in Jeep's initial launch plans for the vehicle, forcing the brand to delay its retail debut by several months to address the initial electrical gremlins that plauged the transmission. With the nine-speed now seeing duty in the recently launched Chrysler 200, as well as the upcoming Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade, the company is scrambling to get the transmission dialed in once and for all before those vehicles make their respective debuts.

According to a statement released by an FCA spokeswoman to Automotive News, the latest round of updates is "intended to keep the vehicle performing as intended, and to prevent durability issues from occuring in the future." The company has not disclosed technical details regarding the latest software fix, but prior reports have cited problems with lurching, inadverdent disengagement, hard shifts, and illumination of warning lights on the dashboard. These lingering problems come at a bad time for the company especially since it is in the middle of a product blitz and just recently reemerged in the stock market.

Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200 owners can currently bring their vehicles to a Chrysler dealership to have the new software installed into their transmissions. A formal notice to all owners is expected to be distributed tby FCA in the near future, giving them the option to bring their vehicles in for service if they choose to do so. WIth the nine-speed expected to play a key role in FCA's long term business plans, let's hope that the company can finally get the last of the transmission's teething problems sorted out so it can emerge as a star player in FCA's ever growing technological arsenal.


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