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Old 09-06-2010, 10:50 PM
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Well in my short time of owning my truck thus far, i've started to notice 2 noises that worry me.

1. Going over some speed bumps ive noticed a noise coming from the front that sounds like a bad strut/shock, as its a squeek as long as the front is coming down the bump, sort of like its related to the compression being placed on the shock.

It could very well be a shock or the mount. Shocks are generally not something covered by used car warranties as they are a maintenance item. If you bought the truck new and are still covered by the bumper to bumper warranty, then there should not be any issues with getting it fixed.

2. What I think is either the infamous hemi tick, or an exhaust leak. Lots of people say they mostly hear the tick at idle and start up, but mine happens mostly during acceleration. I can hear a very faint ticking at idle, but like I said very faint, and i've had other cars that are way worse then that, so its probably just normal drivetrain noise. When I do hear the ticking, it's during accel, and you can hear it quite obviously, and its extremely easy to hear if you're driving down a road and there is some sort of median between you and the other side of the road. As an example, I was turning out of my neighborhood driving normally, and as i was passing trees on my direct left I could hear a ticking very clearly, and as soon as I let off the gas it was gone, and the harder I pressed the more audible it was, hence why I believe it is an exhaust leak.

This one would be hard to find. I suggest taking the service advisor or a tech for a ride so you can show it to them. Don't just drop it off and tell them about the problem. If they can't duplicate it, they can't fix it.

Now as we all know, most stealerships will look for a way out of doing any service. My truck is an 08 with just under 48k kilometers 100% stock. What are some things I can do and say to the tech when I show up?

Don't refer to them as a "stealership" would be a good start. Warranty wise they are limited by what is written into the warranty. If you are still covered by the new car bumper to bumper you've got nothing to worry about. If you bought an after-market extended warranty, you will have serious limitations unless you bought the Chrysler Maximum care warranty. My dealer sells their own warranty and I am in the process of canceling it and getting the Chrysler extended warranty.

My visit should consist of transferring the warranty to my name, and bringing these problems to light. I expect the tech to say its "normal" but i'm not really the kind of guy to take these noises as normal, so what should I have ready in response to this?

If you go in with the attitude you have expressed here, you're going to get that same attitude handed back to you. As for getting the warranty transferred to your name, you're going to have to take care of that first before you go to the service department.
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