(Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC said on Friday it is recalling 1.2 million Ram pickup trucks, mainly in the United States, to check for a chassis defect that could cause loss of steering.
The automaker, a unit of Italy's Fiat SpA, said steering tie rods may have been misaligned during assembly or service and could fracture on an estimated 453,500 of those trucks. The tie-rod assemblies will be replaced at no charge, beginning in January.
Three groups of trucks are being recalled. The largest recall covers an estimated 842,400 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from model years 2003-2008, of which an estimated 116,000 may have defective tie rods.
The two smaller groups include 294,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups from model years 2008-2012 and Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs from 2008, as well as 43,500 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs from 2008 to 2012.
Chrysler said it is aware of six accidents and two injuries on Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from model years 2008-2012, and one additional accident with no injuries on the other models.
Replacement parts for the Ram 4500 and 5500 models may not be available until late 2014, Chrysler said. Dealers in the meantime will inspect those vehicles and realign the steering components if necessary, it said.
Most of the trucks being recalled - an estimated 968,000 - are in the United States. Another 157,000 are in Canada, 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 outside North America.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert; editing by Matthew Lewis)
10 Back Issue 40 Review - The New 2003 Turbo Diesel Engine • Braking Systems in Plain English
Member2Member Third Generation Clearance Lights
First Generation 13 Years in a '92 First Gen • Fast Idle • Replacement Flex Plate • Throttle Return Springs • Headlight Relay Kit • Engine Oil Fill Tube Leak
12-Valve Engines No Start • Head Gasket Leak • Transmission to Transfer Case ATF Leak • Water In Fuel Light
24-Valve Engines Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor • Back To The Basics - Engine Will Not Start • Leaking Fuel Filter Canister • Rear Axle Pinion Seal • P7100 Injection Pump Modifications • Lift Pump Runs With Key Off
5.9 HP CR Range Position Sensor/Neutral Safety Switch Backup Switch • Crankcase Vent Filter • No Fuel Pressure • Puff of White Smoke • Intermittent No Start • Limited Slip Differential • I Solved the "Check Gauges" Problem
6.7 HP CR Special Tools for EGR Service • Serpentine Belt • Transmission Service Problem • No Fourth Gear and Code P0734 • Spin-On Transmission Filter
Fourth Generation Remove the Integrated Brake Controller • U-Connect Disconnects • Auto-Start Horn Chirp • Driving/Towing Questions • Lubricating the Front Driveshaft Carden Joint Tip • No Overdrive When Cold
Cummins' Column Cummins Online Newsletter • Paper vs. Gauze Filters • The 1952 Cummins Diesel at the Indianapolis 500 • TSBs
Blowin' In The Wind RAM 1500 Diesel • B-Series Engine Celebrates 30 Years of Production • GM's Small Diesel - Price Premium $3000 • Towing Standards • Towing Standards - Part Two, Why Do We Care? More Confusion • Emissions, Again - Letter To The Editor • Impressions of the Jeep 3.0-Liter Diesel
Chrysler Group will announce Thursday that it will offer a diesel in the standard-duty Ram 1500 pickup in the third quarter this year, making it the first modern half-ton pickup in the U.S. market with a diesel power option.
That should attract a significant number of buyers, because while a diesel typically costs more than a gasoline engine up front, it uses less fuel, has greater pulling power, often lasts longer and has higher resale value — dollars-and-cents issues important to business users who account for many pickup sales.
Ram's internal studies show that "customers have been emphatically asking for this, thirsting for it, craving it," said Fred Diaz, CEO of Chrysler's Ram brand in a phone interview from Mexico (Diaz is also CEO of Chrysler de Mexico).
First Generation Replace Front Rotors • Rear Crankshaft Seal Kit • Low Engine Oil Pressure
12-Valve Engines Exhaust Gas Recirculation • Accelerator Pedal Cable Pops Off Ball • Change Gear Ratio • Front Crankshaft Seal • P7100 Injection Pump Governor Housing Seal Leak
24-Valve Engines Seized Water Pump Bearing • Metal Sleeves on Injector Lines • Replace Shift Rod Seal on Transmission • Fuel Sender/Pickup Unit Screen • NV5600 Rebuild Cost
5.9 HP CR Starter Failure • Automatic Transmission Shifting Into Third Gear • NV5600 Oil Leak at Gear Shift • Broken Water Pump Vane • Power Steering Pump • Sensor Located on the Block Below the Fuel Filter • Rough Idle at 750 RPM • Using a 1998.5 24-Valve Engine in a 2005 Truck? • Water Pump Replacement • A/C Compressor Oil
6.7 HP CR Comments on 6.7-Liter Engine Injectors • How Hot is Too Hot? • Transmission Temperature • Turbocharger or Torque Converter • Slow to Start Cranking
Fourth Generation Tow-Haul • Tailgate Removal • How to Replace the Convex Mirror • Lights and Electrical Accessories • Daytime Running Lights • Dead Batteries • Automatic Transmission Jerk/Clunk • Intake Baffle
Blowin' In The Wind The New 2013 RAM Heavy-Duty Trucks
TDReview Book Review - Red, Black and Global; A Cummins Corporate History, 1995-2010 • Excerpts from DIESEL ODYSSEY
Blowin' In The Wind The 2013 RAM Debuts at the New York Auto Show
TDResource This Year's Technical Service Bulletins
Four Whaling Coming to a RAM Near You?
Idle Clatter Buying Cheaper Fuel • The Forgotten Hoses • Air Conditioner • Transmission Fluid • Batteries • Check Fuses First! • Dodge Brake Controller • Changing the Water Pump
Ranch Dressing Magazine Review of Electromagnetic Compliance • New Truck Update • Transmission Temps • Adding Brakes to a Utility Trailer • Drop Axle Question • Fifth-Wheel Hitch Choices • Michelin XPS Rib Versus XPS Traction • Lance Truck Campers
Have Ram, Will Travel Starter Contacts • WiTech and DRB-3 Scan Tool Features • Driveshaft, Bushings, Joints and Center Bearing • Typical Maintenance and Repair Items For a High-Mileage 12-Valve Turbo Diesel
Back In The Saddle Bigger Boost on a Budget - Turbo Re-Source GT 3788 • Spearco Intercooler • Dana 60 Upgrades
TDRV Trailer Tow Wiring Harness • Extra Filtration • Trailer Safety Chain or Cable?
In Issue 77, I wrote that there is a 9-minute video that Cummins Corporate communications put together for the CMEP 20th anniversary celebration. The TDR has been granted permission to share the video with you. The video is titled “Where Legends are Made.”
While the title initially struck me as perhaps trite, the more I thought about it, the more the label seemed fully appropriate. Need evidence? See TDR Issue 77, page 6 and the letter from the kids at Rockwell Summit High School. See page 7 and the 1.5 million mile testimonial from Scott Bartelson. Then listen to the truck owner on the video with 2 million miles on his pickup.
CMEP – Where legends are made. Our congratulations and thanks to the staff at CMEP for 20 years of bustin' their tail for owners like you and me.
10 Back Issue 36 Review - May/June/July 2002 • Industry News - Third Generation 2500 and 3500 Truck Revealed • Feature Articles - Oil Filters, Again • Topics of Interest - Is Premium Diesel Fuel Worth the Premium Price?
Member2Member What Do You Do About the Fuel Transfer Pump on Your '03-newer Truck?
First Generation Adding Extra Oil to a Getrag Transmission? • Replacement Cab Carpet • Intermittent Speedometer Reads Fast • NV4500 Replacement • No Cold Start • VE or P-Pump and Which Camshaft?
12-Valve Engines Four-Wheel Drive Vacuum Leak • Replace Brake Master Cylinder • Normal Vacuum at Vacuum Pump • IAT Sensor • No Overdrive and No Tach • Camshaft Specifications • NV4500 Lubricant
24-Valve Engines Fuel Leak • Oil Pan Gasket • No Gauge Cluster, No Start • VP44 Injection Pump and Tappet Cover Replacement • Lift Pump Won't Run When Key Is Turned On
5.9 HP CR OD Off/Transmission Temperature Warning Light Flash • Hard To Shift My NV5600 Into Reverse • Crankshaft Position Sensor Problems • Battery Terminal Corrosion • Torque Converter Coolant Line • Varying Engine Idle Speeds • Power Steering Pump Fitment
Fourth Generation Service 4-Wheel Drive Light On • Engine/Transmission Lurch At Start Up • Power Steering Problem • Exhaust Brake • Diesel Exhaust Smell In The Cab • Change The Fuel Filter On A '10? • No Left Side Headlights
Your Story Issue 73 Follow-Up - Under The Hood (2010 Ram ST)
10 Back Issue 35 Review - February/March April 2002 • Industry News - Small Diesel Engines/Incorrect Reporting and Lube Oils • Feature Articles - The Turbo Diesel's Fuel Injection System/Bill Swail's Adventures/The Way We Were • Topics of Interest - That Sinking Feeling • Service Articles
Member2Member Second Generation Fuel Level Sending Unit Repair • Replacement Front Seats • Replacement Front Seat (Part II) • Shock Absorber Replacement/Bilstein Shocks
First Generation Intermittent Engine Starting and Transmission Won't Go in Gear • Fuel Gauge and Low Fuel Light • Serpentine Belt Tracking Off Fan Pulley • Gear Case Locating Dowel, aka "Killer Dowel Pin, aka KDP • Grid Heater Relay • Hard To Start • Tow Ratings
12-Valve Engines Engine Oil Filters • Crankshaft Sensor • Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge • Crack in Door at Latch • Cruise Control Won't Hold Speed • Loose Fan Pulley • Engine Oil Pump • Engine Block Illustration • NV4500 Problem • Uprating the EGR 12-Valve Engine • Performance Re-Programming • EGT Difference Among Cylinders • Converting From Five-Speed to Six-Speed Transmission
24-Valve Engines Unidentified Part in the Transmission Pan • Overdrive Off • Dead Accelerator Pedal and Trouble Codes • Replace the Engine Block Heater • Harmonic Damper • Bosch 275 HP Injectors • Pressure Drop Across Fuel Filter
5.9 HP CR Transmission Won't Shift Into or Stay in Park • Cruise Control Disengages Going Uphill • Radiator Removal Question • Remove and Replace the Engine Mounts • Injector Problems with Used Vegetable Oil as Fuel •Tires Versus Load Capacity
6.7 HP CR Diagnostic Trouble Code PO488 • J35 Recall (TSB18-024-09) Questions • EGR Service • Fuel Filter-Shell or No Shell • CCV Filter?
Fourth Generation Strange Ticking/Vibration • Key Fob Works Intermittently • Cab to Bed Seal and Possible Unintended Consequences • 68RFE Transmission Service • Air Conditioner Condenser Protection • How to Replace U-Joints
We have a event that Dodge just reached out and called our attention to!This coming weekend, in Dresden Ontario (about 1:30 from Detroit if coming from the US side), Dodge/Ram is trying to break the world record of the longest pickup parade!
So on Saturday, August 25, at 10:00 a.m., the Guinness World Record judges will be on hand to verify Ram attempting to break the record! Will it be broken? That depends on how many people show up in their Ram trucks! The old record, held by Chevy, is 250 trucks so I am sure the Ram Nation can trump that number!
If you have an interest in attending this record attempt, please come out and support the cause! Please also note the parade starts at 10:00 sharp! If you plan to attend, please be there before 10:00 a.m.! This event is open to ANY Ram pickup, gas or diesel. It must be a pickup though. SUVs and Ram Vans do not apply. There will be a grouping in a large field, then we will parade down a few roads, into the race track, do a loop, then park in the infield where there will be aerial photos taken for the record books as well as a official count.
Cost for the parade is $20 with donations going to the Canadian Mental Heath Institute. Should you decide to stay for the rodeo and festivities, your donation and participation will get you a $5.00 off coupon for the rodeo (the cost of entry would then be $15.00 and it covers all sorts of cool things! More info here:
It is that time of year again. No, you have not missed a birthday or anniversary. It is time to submit your best photograph for the Turbo Diesel Register’s 7th annual calendar contest.
Our annual calendar contest was introduced in 2007, and much to our surprise, the member response and photo quality were outstanding. We have seen enthusiasm for this competition grow each year since. And with the popularity of digital photography, the overall quality of the photographs continue to improve.
Here is your chance to have your truck featured in the 2013 TDR Calendar. Participation is easy. Just send us your photograph! No sweat. Clean up your rig. Take it out and position against a scenic backdrop, or put it to work. Then wait for cloud cover or for the daybreak/twilight hour so that there are not any dreaded shadows.
Capture your rig with a digital camera with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (the bigger, the better) or send us an old-fashioned print photograph.
Some tips from the judges:
Action shots are really hard to pass up.
Photographs with interesting backgrounds (oil rigs, vintage signs, breathtaking vistas) are popular with the judges too.
Photographs that represent a specific season or holiday seem to be winners. Who could pass up a photo of a truck loaded with pumpkins for the October or November spread? What about some fireworks in the background?
Extreme weather (snow, rain, lightning) adds action to the photograph.
Trucks at work (or play) almost always make it to the final round. That’s why we own our trucks anyway, right?
Take care to make sure photographs are clear and do not have any junk in the background. We frequently see power poles appearing to grow out of a truck bed and McDonalds Kids Meal boxes in the windows.
Submit the photo(s) by mail, e-mail or FTP to the TDR offices by Friday, September 14, 2012.
Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and some information on your truck with your submittion.
Mail your print photographs to: Turbo Diesel Register, 2013 Calendar Contest, 1150 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041.