This bulletin applies only to a small number of Chrysler vehicles (2011 200 Convertibles/Avengers) equipped with the 3.6L engine built between March 5, 2011, and April 1, 2011.
Suspect vehicles must have their right camshaft phaser oil control valves inspected for proper torque. Engines with loose oil control valves must be replaced. According to Chrysler, if either oil control valve is loose, the engine must be replaced. Contact STAR at 800-850-7827 to obtain a replacement engine. Once the engine has been replaced, the vehicle must be diverted to auction with full disclosure. This appears to apply only to vehicles that have not been previously sold.
- Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
- Remove the right cylinder head cover.
- Once the valvetrain is exposed, rotate the crankshaft clockwise by wrenching on the damper bolt until the two datum holes in the camshaft are pointing straight up.
- Ensure that the number one piston is at TDC on the exhaust stroke. The right side camshaft phaser arrows should point away from each other and the scribe lines should be parallel to the valve cover sealing surface.
- Verify that the oil control valve is set to the proper torque by securing the camshaft on the cast flats with an open end wrench and torquing the oil control valve to 110 ft.-lbs. Repeat on the other camshaft.
- If the oil control valve was properly torqued, proceed to the next step. If either oil control valve is loose, the engine must be replaced.
- Install the right cylinder head cover and reconnect the battery negative cable.
The two camshaft datum holes should point upwards (Figure 1). The right side camshaft phaser arrows should point away from each other and scribe lines should be parallel to the valve cover sealing surface (Figure 2).