Jeep has recalled about 161,450 2007-2008 Jeep Wranglers with an automatic transmission due to a problem which may cause transmission overheating.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that Wranglers manufactured between June 2006 and July 2008 with automatic transmissions were not fitted with a transmission fluid temperature warning system. If the fluid overheats, it may boil and come in contact with hot engine and exhaust components, which could lead to a fire.
To help stop this from happening, all the affected Jeeps will have a “Hot Oil” visual message installed in the instrument cluster, as well as an audible chime to go with it. Dealerships will start performing this service free of charge starting in December.
If you own a 2007-2008 Jeep Wrangler with an automatic transmission, contact your dealership about it and arrange to get the fix installed as soon as it is available. Also refrain from doing anything which could cause the transmission to overheat until you have the fix installed.