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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.

By Exhaust Notes Nov 11, 2013 7:24AM
Chrysler is recalling about 1.2 million Ram trucks to fix steering problems, the company said on Friday.

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]
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Nov 11, 2013 9:00AM
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Maybe someone could explain why there are so many late model GMC and Chevy trucks out there that have just one daytime running light working.  Never Ford or Chrysler products, just GM.  I recently asked a GM salesman about it, and he played dumb and said he never noticed it. 
Nov 11, 2013 9:17AM
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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. 

 

 

Nov 11, 2013 8:59AM
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I'M A CAR NUT, SOME ARE BETTER THAN OTHER'S, IN MY BELIEF'S, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE. THAT SAID THEY ALL HAVE PROBLEM'S, & IT HAS BEEN THAT WAY FOR THE AUTO FROM THE BIGINING, BUY WHAT YOU LIKE & TAKE CARE OF IT & FOR THE MOST PART IT SHOULD LAST & DO WHAT YOU BOUGHT FOR A LONG TIME.
Nov 11, 2013 9:44AM
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They're coming out with a new vehicle called the amnesia, it's a car they can't recall.................
Nov 11, 2013 9:02AM
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Really? You think this problem is just a Chrysler problem?  Government Motors and Ford have had some pretty good sized recalls this year.  As well as Toyota and Honda.  As far as parts made in America?  That has not happened in years.  There are NO CARS made in America.  A few are  assembled in America with parts made elsewhere. 
Nov 11, 2013 8:37AM
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 11, 2013 8:51AM
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I WENT INTO A LOCAL FORD  TO LOOK  A  SHELBY SNAKE, PRICE  WAS AROUND $55,000 & THE BUILD SHEET SAID MORE THAN 1/2 THE PART'S FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY (WTF)
Nov 11, 2013 9:19AM
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So what does a truck owner do until Jan.? Park their vehicle until the problem is corrected? That's nine years of assembling defective parts. What's wrong with this scenario??????????? It took Chrysler this long to figure out it had a problem?
Nov 11, 2013 9:36AM
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I think the media just loves this kind of news.....The headline I would like to see....Media admits to 1.2 million lies and exagerations.
Nov 11, 2013 9:17AM
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Cheep Labor, Cheep parts = Lots of Recalls
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