Recall: 1.2 million Ram trucks for steering failures
The left tie rod assembly can fracture and lead to a loss of steering ability on certain 2003-2012 Ram models.
The 2003-2012 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup and chassis cab, along with the 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cab and 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs, have tie rod connectors on the driver's side that can fracture and lead to reduced steering ability and stability. Chrysler said it received reports of seven accidents and two injuries related to a loss of steering on 2500 and 3500 models. About 968,000 models are affected in the U.S., with the rest in Mexico, Canada and other countries. The vehicles are divided into three separate recalls.
Two of the recalls, which involve the 2008-2012 Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500 and the 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cab, expand on a 2010 and 2011 recall for the exact same problem. In those recalls, more than 264,000 trucks were affected.
Dealers will replace the tie rod assemblies with new parts beginning in January, although Chrysler said parts for 4500 and 5500 trucks may not be ready until late 2014. Owners can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
In May, Chrysler recalled 474,862 Jeep and Ram vehicles, including the 2013 Ram 1500 and 2005-2010 Grand Cherokee, to fix transmission, coolant and airbag problems. In June, Chrysler recalled about 37,000 Ram pickups from 2012 and 2013 to fix lighting problems and a front axle that could lose power.
In April, Chrysler recalled 9,300 Ram 1500 trucks, also from the 2013 model year, for parking brakes that could fail. An additional 7,000 heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups were recalled for engine covers that could melt.
[Source: Chrysler, NHTSA]
The daylight running lights on all General Motors and Chevrolet pickups and Sports Utility models have the same problem since the model year 2000. The bulbs overheat and burn out prematurely. I have a suburban that has needed replacement bulbs about every six months since I bought it. I talked to a auto parts dealer about it, and he said those bulbs are his best selling item for years. So much for General Motors quality -- not to fix a well known problem for thirteen years.
Thought I was buying a domestic truck when I bought my 2004.5 Ram 3500.
Made in Mexico and wish it were up someone's culo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EXPLORE NEW CARS
MORE ON MSN AUTOS
ABOUT EXHAUST NOTES
Cars are cool, and here at MSN Autos we love everything about them, but we also know they're more than simply speed and style: a car is an essential tool, a much-needed accessory to help you get through your day-to-day life. What you drive is also one of the most important investments you can make, so we'll help you navigate your way through the car buying and ownership experiences. We strive to be your daily destination for news, notes, tips and tricks from across the automotive world. So whether it's through original content from our world-class journalists or the latest buzz from the far corners of the Web, Exhaust Notes helps you make sense of your automotive world.
Have a story idea? Tip us off at email@example.com.