I thought that my Nitro was supposed to come with some sort of mesh to protect the oil / PAS cooling fins from stone chips. I cant believe that they left this area exposed!
I would appreciate a write up if possible on how I can retro fit a mesh onto mine. Thanks
There are some after market grills you can purchase but I used the wire mesh that is used as gutter cover. It is cheap, easy to work with and actually protects better than the grills I have seen. I just cut mine to a little larger than the hole, flexed it into place and used some black wire ties to give is some extra security. It has been in place for nearly a year and still works great.
You really want to get this fixed soon so that you don't have the same experience I had. Right after I got my Nitro, the AC quit working all of a sudden. I took it into the dealer and they found small rock had imbedded itself in the AC condensor and cause it to leak the freon. Of course this was not covered under warranty because it was damage, not a faulty part. I tried arguing the fact that this was really a poor design and Dodge should stand behind it but to no avail. They wanted nearly $800 to replace it. I took it to my local mechanic who did the job for $365. That was when I put the mesh in.
Also, while he had the front grill assembly off, I noticed that some the fins on the radiator were bent up pretty badly. I assumed it was from rocks, bugs, road debris, etc. so I also installed the mess behind the grill. It actually looks great and protects the radiator as the lower one protects the PS cooler and condenser.
Good luck in whatever direction you decide to go!