Chrysler 2.4 Tigershark World Gas Engine

Chrysler 2.4 Tigershark Engine Problems

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The 2.4L World Gasoline Engine made its debut in 2007 and remains in production in a slightly different variant. It’s now known as the 2.4 Tigershark. These engines offer anywhere from 172-285hp, which is reasonable performance for the small design. They also offer solid efficiency and reliability. However, the engine still has a few problems including oil consumption and oil leaks. In this article, I discuss these Chrysler 2.4 Tigershark problems and reliability.

FCA 2.4 Tigershark Engine Problems

  • Oil consumption
  • Oil leaks
  • General issues

Throughout this article we discuss the above Chrysler 2.4 engine problems in-depth. However, it’s a good time to add a few quick notes before. We’re considering these the MOST common problems. It doesn’t exactly mean they’re common in the true sense that they affect a large percent of engines. Rather, when problems occur on the 2.4 Tigershark World Gas Engine these are a few common areas.

That said, this also isn’t an exhaustive list of everything that can or might go wrong with each individual engine. All engines are prone to problems and can run into many various issues. Anyways, let’s dive in and discuss the above issues and failures on the Chrysler 2.4 inline-4 engines.

Chrysler 2.4 Tigershark World Gas Engine

1) Oil Consumption

Oil consumption problems are specific to the newest 2.4 Tigershark engine and isn’t a major issue on the older 2.4 World Gas Engine. A quick Google search of oil consumption issues on the 2.4L inline-4 will yield endless results. There is even a class action lawsuit floating around regarding excess oil consumption on the FCA 2.4 engine. Many claim their MultiAir ll engine consumes about 1 quart of oil – or more – every 1,000 miles.

The likely cause of excess oil consumption is piston and/or piston rings. Too much oil passes the rings, enters the combustion chamber, and is burned away. That alone shouldn’t have any major affects on longevity or reliability of the FCA 2.4 Tigershark. However, running the engine too low on oil does present an opportunity for serious problems.

It’s important to check the oil often as some state the 2.4L MultiAir engine doesn’t provide any warnings when oil pressure drops too low. Rather, the engine suddenly shuts down to prevent damage. That can be a potential safety hazard. Additionally, running the engine too often with low oil and oil pressure can result in shorter engine longevity.

This problem shouldn’t be a major concern for anyone willing to check the oil often. Of course, adding a quart of oil every 1,000 miles can add up to a decent chunk of money in the long-term. It’s a much better option that running the FCA 2.4 Tigershark low on oil, though.

Oil Consumption Symptoms

  • Low engine oil
  • Low oil pressure
  • Burning 1+ quart per 1,000 miles
  • Engine stalling

Symptoms of oil consumption are pretty basic. How much oil does your FCA 2.4 Tigershark consume? Anything around or over 1 quart of oil lost per 1,000 miles may be considered excessive. Low oil pressure may also indicate the 2.4L MultiAir engine is low on oil. Finally, stalling is a potential symptom of low oil pressure as the engine apparently shuts down in this situation.

Oil Consumption Fix

Assuming 2.4 Tigershark oil consumption problems have to do with piston and/or piston ring design flaws there isn’t really a simple fix. Sticking with thicker oils (with FCA specs) may help minimize consumption. The primary solution remains checking the oil often and topping off as necessary.

Time will tell if FCA addresses the oil consumption further. We’re not sure where the lawsuit stands now, or where that may possibly end up. Anyways, oil consumption shouldn’t be a major cause for concern. Just always ensure you have the proper amount of oil in the engine, and consider carrying some extra in the car.

2) Engine Oil Leaks

Oil leaks are a common issue on many engines, especially as they age. There are countless gaskets and other parts that become brittle with age, mileage, and heat cycles. In other words, the 2.4 World Gasoline and Tigershark engines aren’t alone here. There don’t appear to be any serious flaws with the 2.4L inline-4 that cause oil leaks.

Things like valve cover gaskets, oil pan gaskets, and main seals are a few common areas for leaks. We’ll mostly focus on the valve cover gasket (VCG) since that’s likely the most common. The VCG lies at the top of the engine and takes a lot of abuse over the years. It’s a rubber-like gasket that’s prone to degrading with age and mileage. Age can be just as tough on gaskets as mileage.

Early model 2.4L World Gas Engines are more prone to this problem – at least in the shorter-term. All else equal, newer engines are less likely to develop leaks. That’s not to say oil leaks can’t or won’t happen on newer 2.4 Tigershark engines.

Oil Leak Symptoms

  • Visible leak
  • Burning oil smells
  • Light smoke
  • Low engine oil

A visible leak is the most common and obvious symptom of an oil leak. However, oil leaks often start small as gaskets degrade and begin cracking. It can be hard to notice any visible leaks on the ground from something like a valve cover gasket. It sits up top and small drops of oil are likely to burn off or get caught on other parts. In this case you might notice the Chrysler 2.4 Tigershark smells like burning oil or see a little smoke.

Finally, low engine oil can indicate a potential oil leak. Although, some oil consumption is natural and small oil leaks won’t result in significant loss. You’ll likely notice a visible leak well before it causes low engine oil.

Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

Fortunately, VCG’s are very cheap parts as the gasket set usually comes in around $10-30. This makes it an inexpensive issue for the DIY crowd. However, replacing a valve cover gasket does take some time and patience. Labor bills can add up quite a bit for those who go to a repair shop or dealership.

These same concepts apply for most oil leaks. They usually start with inexpensive gaskets, but they can be challenging repairs that add up in labor costs.

3) General Issues

Well, there isn’t really much else to discuss common problem wise for the 2.4 World Gas Engine and Tigershark. For the most part they’re reliable engines that don’t suffer from many major design flaws or issues. As such, we’ll just touch on some general stuff here before wrapping up this article.

There are thousands of parts on a car. Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, etc only physically manufacture so many parts, so many of them are externally sourced. Then, there’s the fact that cars are assembled at different plants, on different days, by different people, etc. All of this can be said about any engine or car manufacturer. Point is – there’s a lot of margin for error with so many moving parts.

All engines are prone to problems, and there aren’t any exceptions with the 2.4 Tigershark and 2.4L World Gasoline Engine. There are few design flaws or serious issues with the engines. However, plenty of random less common problems occur. Some things are just out of our control and luck of the draw comes into play.

However, we can control how we maintain our engines and cars. Use high quality oils, check the oil often, change fluids on time, and fix problems when they do happen. Do all of this and chances are you’ll have a good, reliable experience with the Chrysler 2.4 Tigershark engine. It’s not uncommon to see examples with 200,000+ miles that had few issues along the way.

Overall 2.4 Tigershark Reliability

Chrysler 2.4 Tigershark engines are solid engines, overall. They might not offer much power or performance (apart from SRT-4 versions), but they do offer a good blend of reliability, efficiency, and longevity.

The main issue and complaint is regarding the newest 2.4L MultiAir engine consuming excessive amounts of oil. It definitely can be a concern due to potential hazards if engine oil runs too low. However, the oil consumption by itself shouldn’t cause any big concerns regarding Chrysler 2.4 longevity. Just check the oil frequently to ensure it’s not too low.

Otherwise, as these engines age they’re prone to some common oil leaks. Fortunately, they’re cheap and fairly simple repairs for the DIY crowd. All engines are prone to issues, so there are other things that can and will go wrong on some. Regardless, the 2.4 World Gas Engines offer solid reliability. Stay on top of maintenance and you’ll likely have a long, reliable life out of one.

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7 Comments

  1. My wife has had the same 2011 jeep patriot since i met her. Im actually really impressed with how reliable that engine has been. Currently has 119xxx on the clock. No issues, just keep up the maintenance.

  2. I have a promaster city with the tiger shark engine and 9 speed tranny. It’s amazingly snappy. Only have 25k on it so far but still seems like new. Mine doesn’t use oil yet, but I check often just in case. So far I love the van.

    1. Have a 2.4 Dart, had it since 10k mi. Currently at 109k mi, happy with it. Only do routine maintenance, runs smooth without issues.

  3. I have a 2015 Chrysler 200 and no oil leaks on mine. Apparently, if they don’t burn oil when new due to manufacturing tolerances, they don’t burn oil for life. So, all good there. Plenty of subarus, audis, and BMWs have worse oil burning issues I’ll note. Chrysler did issue a dealer update to reprogram the engine controller. I believe it leaves the intake valve open longer, thereby reducing the vacuum pulled in the part of the cycle where the cylinder isn’t firing, which then pulls less oil up from underneath the piston, where it comes from. I think this will be perceived by the driver as less drag on lift throttle when approaching a light. I wonder if it’ll improve fuel economy as well as it will reduce parasitic losses.

  4. I have a Jeep Renegade, 2015, with 128,000 miles. Oil consumption started about 4000 miles ago, at a rate of 1 quart per 1100 miles. This seems to only occur with city driving, not highway driving. The dealer has not been able to confirm the problem since the oil test was done with highway, not city driving. I was not aware of this dependance until reading more information recently on the observations of other drivers and FCA reports.

  5. My 2017 Ram Promaster City had typical oil lock up issues and I took (actually towed) to dealer for testing and they confirmed it needed a new engine. It has been sitting at the dealer for over a month because they say they cannot get the gasket set needed for replacing the engine. I’ve had to pay out of pocket over $1,000 for rental car so far and there is no sign of when if ever they will get the needed part.

  6. I have a 2015 Dodge dart…Bought it used w/130k from Auction. And run’s great especially after the dealership did two recalls, the most lastest was another tune, and a replacement catalytic converter. Ever since I have not had been losing any oil. Until recently I installed a taller oil filter for a v6 or v8 engine, as it had more filtering media. But, sticks out more, and after a dent, and scratches…I had a track of oil from my apartment to about 30 miles away on a highway, my engine turned off….And later, doing an oil change on the freeway…my engine had sprayed/misted the trunk lid of my car…there was still 2-3 quarts left…I replaced the filter, and oil, upon priming the multi-air actuator…it started up fine, and appears to of had a fail-safe I’m ever so greatful, and thankful for.

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