Chrysler Group is facing another recall for Dodge Ram MI vehicles as trucks are losing steering ability. More than 242K trucks may be affected.
DETROIT, M.I. – Dodge Ram MI trucks are being recalled in the most recent of Chrysler’s recalls. This is not the first steering-related recall Chrysler has announced for Ram model trucks. The last recall earlier this year also had been due to a problem with steering linkages.
· Feb. 2008: Chrysler changed Ram steering system architecture to improve steering
· Jan. 2011: Chrysler recalled 22,274 Ram 4500 and 5500 heavy duty trucks for possible fracturing of the left tie rod ball stud
· March 2011: Chrysler began an investigation into Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks as they may have similar steering issues
· June 2011: Chrysler decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall on Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks
Chrysler Group is recalling 242,780 Dodge Ram MI trucks and those across the country due to possible problems with the rod assembly. The trucks that may be affected include:
· 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
· 2003-2011 Dodge Ram 2500
· 2003-2011 Dodge Ram 3500
The rod may have been placed in the vehicle at the time of manufacturing or the affected tie rod assembly could have been added as a replacement during normal servicing.
The problem may be the possible fracturing of the left tie rod ball stud. During low-speed, sharp-turn maneuvers, such as those in a parking lot, the left tie rod ball has a higher possibility of fracturing. If the rod ball fractures, it is possible the drivers may lose directional stability in the left hand front wheel. Loss of steering may increase the likelihood of a crash.
Dodge Ram MI owners are able to bring their trucks into a Dodge dealer and have the tie rod ends inspected, and if needed, replaced while dealer will also perform a realignment of the front end toe. These services will be completed at no charge.
At this time there Chrysler has not set a time the company will be notifying their owners, but owners are able to contact Chrysler for more information in the meantime at 800-853-1403.
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[Source(s): U.S. News, The New York Times, NHTSA]