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I have a 2014 200S that started leaking oil. I took it to a Chrysler dealership yesterday for a scheduled oil change and informed them that my check engine light turned on on the way to the dealership. They looked up the code and told me the oil housing was cracked, that Chrysler is not at fault, and that it was because the other dealership that changed my oil must have tightened it too tight. I barely had any oil left in my car. They are quoting a total of $683. Do I have any recourse?
 

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Did you bring this to the attention of "the other" dealer? If not I would, then send them the bill.
 

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I have a 2014 200S that started leaking oil. I took it to a Chrysler dealership yesterday for a scheduled oil change and informed them that my check engine light turned on on the way to the dealership. They looked up the code and told me the oil housing was cracked, that Chrysler is not at fault, and that it was because the other dealership that changed my oil must have tightened it too tight. I barely had any oil left in my car. They are quoting a total of $683. Do I have any recourse?
Hi sdw,

I’m sorry to hear about this. I can look into this further for you if you’d like to send a private message with your VIN and contact information.

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after 2 oil changes on my 2015 S model 3.6 I found a cracked oil filter canister after smelling burnt oil for about 2 weeks,,tool back to dealer and they replaced under warrenty
 

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Hello, I’m hoping someone could help me here. I have the same problem, my engine light came on and all the code says is change oil filter OEM and oil. My son and I did this together and upon changing the oil we noticed a lot of oil on that felt cover and once we removed it, seen lots of oil on drivers side underneath. We changed oil and filter and the light is still on, went back and code says same thing. I called to see if I still had a warranty and it ended in freaking September. I don’t have the money to have it professionally looked at but I know my son and I could repair it ourselves if the problem isn’t too big. I’m thinking of buying a bottle of the stops leak stuff and praying it works but I’m also worried it will do more damage. It has 92000 miles and she is my baby. I take good care of her, this was something I bought for myself and the 1st thing I got after my divorce that is all mine. It’s a Chrysler 200s 2015.
 

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NEVER put that stop leak stuff in anything...it makes matter worse. Make sure you put in the correct filter: you need the one with the nipple, and that goes in pointing downward. Also do not over tighten the oil filter cap, just a good snug, If you over tighten it you can crack the filter housing and cause a major leak that requires changing out the entire filter /cooler housing (about $175 for the part)
 

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Hi sdw,

I’m sorry to hear about this. I can look into this further for you if you’d like to send a private message with your VIN and contact information.

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I have this same issue. At this exact moment, my 2015 200s is at the dealership getting a new oil housing put on because of the overtightening of the oil filter cap. Is there any coverage from the warranty? I can provide PIN thank you!!
 

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Crappy design, couldn't they have used a regular screw on filter type under the car like it's been done for a century. Always trying to be innovative I guess, at the detriment of common sense and reliability.
My cooler had to be replaced too around 30,000 miles.
Just like the lower coolant hose, have to remove the belt to remove the hose, idiots! And they slip on, instead of having clamps that actually provide a good seal.
 

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I have this same issue. At this exact moment, my 2015 200s is at the dealership getting a new oil housing put on because of the overtightening of the oil filter cap. Is there any coverage from the warranty? I can provide PIN thank you!!
Hi seedmonds,

Thanks for reaching out! We're very sorry to hear of your vehicle concerns. Please feel free to send us a private message with your VIN as we would be glad to look into this for you.

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I welcome all participants of this forum and other owners of cars. I want to share the experience uses of my Chrysler Town & Country 2016 car with the Pentastar 3.6 engine.

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Once I’ve gone to travel on our minivan with the family and dog. We had to pass about 3500 miles. Approximately through 500 miles we’ve stopped for rest and I’ve noticed oil pool under car.

The engine has been switched off, but oil continued to drip on the road. I’ve opened hood and was just in state of shock — oil seemed everywhere! Level of oil was crucially small.

I’ve understood that to continue the movement already it won’t turn out in any way and it is necessary to evacuate the car to the place of repair.

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Car mileage before trip was only 59000 miles. Replacement of oil was on 53000 miles.

Before repair I’ve decided to look for the possible reason of such strong leak on the Internet. Search of the damaged knot has also brought me on this forum. Here I’ve also learned about that, with this problem meet just huge number of users of cars similar engines.

This problem is solved by replacement of oil strainer housing assembled. Unfortunately, reliability of knot is insufficient and this decision – temporary and doesn’t guarantee disposal of oil leak forever. Also there are very frequent breakages of this housing when tightening or untwisting plug of the oil filter housing. The case can leak at any moment and at any run. And you won’t know when it’s necessary to change this knot again and on how many far you will be from the service station. The leak can be so strong that the engine will lose very quickly oil and it will be impossible to continue the movement. Your trip can suddenly stop because of this breakage.

Replacement of knot beforehand also won’t give any guarantees.

It’s sure that the producer knows the plant about this problem, but in 10 years of release of Pentastar hasn’t proposed the solution.

The design of housing of the filter, which was changed by the producer in 2014, hasn’t helped with reliability in any way. I will remind that my case has spontaneously leaked at 59000 miles. The decision is possible only one here - replacement of material of production of this detail. Only it will give the necessary strength, ruggedness, thermal stability and durability to knot in general. Only thus it is possible to provide the necessary reliability and forever to forget about this problem.

As I very much like my car, and will continue to operate it further, I want to make aluminum detail instead of plastic one.

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The housing will be manufactured of massive aluminum plate by method of milling and will be compatible to other details making knot.

Works have already been conducted and somewhere by the beginning of spring I will be able to carry out tests on the car. If tests are successful, this problem will be solved completely and for a long time.

It’s interesting to get know your opinion on my option of increase in reliability Pentastar.
 

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Several people including me, and including one person in this thread other than you have stated that this should be made of a material other than plastic.

"Huge number of cars" - I try not to draw conclusions unless there is some hard data as to how many vehicles have had this issue compared to number of vehicles sold, 12 people on a car forum hardly represents the majority of owners of a specific vehicle or engine. I am not "defending" anything, but I am also not jumping to conclusions - the natural thing to do based off of ones own personal experience. "My car did this = they ALL are like this, I am going to begin the take down of Chrysler!"

Mine failed once - and because of what I read on here (admitted panic/frustration) I thought it failed again when I smelled oil again, but the oil smell was coming from something I modified - my PCV hose had a small leak causing it to smell like oil. 110K miles and no leaks for me ever since it was replaced under power train warranty.
 

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Several people including me, and including one person in this thread other than you have stated that this should be made of a material other than plastic.

"Huge number of cars" - I try not to draw conclusions unless there is some hard data as to how many vehicles have had this issue compared to number of vehicles sold, 12 people on a car forum hardly represents the majority of owners of a specific vehicle or engine. I am not "defending" anything, but I am also not jumping to conclusions - the natural thing to do based off of ones own personal experience. "My car did this = they ALL are like this, I am going to begin the take down of Chrysler!"

Mine failed once - and because of what I read on here (admitted panic/frustration) I thought it failed again when I smelled oil again, but the oil smell was coming from something I modified - my PCV hose had a small leak causing it to smell like oil. 110K miles and no leaks for me ever since it was replaced under power train warranty.
Thank you for your experience. I like my car and I want to make it even better. I don’t want to say bad things about Chrysler, but I want to change something myself. The problem of oil leaks on Pentastar faces many. Many people think that the problem is with o-rings. Their replacement does not guarantee that the oil leak will not go on the road again and the rest will be over. Have you had such a problem?
 

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I like my oil filters underneath the engine where it uses screw on metal filters, KISS principle works.
You should check for that type of thing before you purchase your next vehicle, and I agree, actually it's fine on the top like Subaru screw on kind in my opinion.

If it's a G80 you are looking at.... - it's not what you want. Not sure it's a deal breaker for you I imagine but just saying.

I am not being a jerk, I am just trying to help - everything you don't like about your 200, make sure what you are looking at isn't the same thing in a different package... I know that's what I am doing, my car has 110K miles on it now and I am looking for a replacement.
 

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Sorry for the long absence. Work and business trips.

During this time I prepared a 3D model. There was an idea to make a prototype in plastic first. I do not know if this is correct. What do you think? Or in the metal?
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I spoke with my buddy at the dealership I used to work for about this and I asked if it might be caused by overtightening the filter cap?
He didn't think so. Apparently Chrysler was using 2 different vendors to supply this plastic housing. The leakers all seemed to be from the one vendor and not all of them will fail at that. It may be more of a suspect date range for this quality issue.
The other vendor didn't have the problem.
 

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I spoke with my buddy at the dealership I used to work for about this and I asked if it might be caused by overtightening the filter cap?
He didn't think so. Apparently Chrysler was using 2 different vendors to supply this plastic housing. The leakers all seemed to be from the one vendor and not all of them will fail at that. It may be more of a suspect date range for this quality issue.
The other vendor didn't have the problem.

Interesting story from the dealer. How to find out the year and make of cars on which various filter housings are installed?
 

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Interesting story from the dealer. How to find out the year and make of cars on which various filter housings are installed?
Not sure it's just a "story". Same process as any part with any manufacturer... find out the date they made the revised part and what year they started it - (probably early 2016 late 2015?), look at the date stamp on the door panel of the vehicle, find the part number revision number to see if yours has been replaced with the new one... probably contact a dealer or Chrysler for specifics. Mine has been solid ever since it has been replaced.
 
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