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Ram Tie Rod Recall
Ram Recalls more than 250,000 Pickups
Chrysler is recalling between 250,000 to 286,000 Ram trucks due to potential issues with the factory tie rods. Reports on the actual number of trucks affected by the recall varies. The tie rod assemblies may wear prematurely and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle, greatly increasing the chances of collision. The trucks affected include 2008 - 2011 Ram 4x4 2500 & 3500 trucks, 2003 - 2008 Ram 2500 & 3500 trucks (4x4 and 4x2 models), 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 trucks, and 2008 - 2011 Chassis Cab Ram 3500 4x2 model trucks.
Though Chrysler claims there have been minimal incidents regarding the problem, Dodge owners have been dealing with the dreaded "Dodge Death Wobble" as far back as 1994. Despite a prior recall ( Chrysler H46 Recall, 2003 - 2009 Ram trucks) and several steering design changes over the years, Chrysler has failed to eliminate the problems that have been characterized by owners as the Dodge Death Wobble. While the roots of the steering problems have changed over the years, the symptoms are all too familiar.
While Chyrsler has been slow to respond to consumers complaints with the steering on a large percentage of Ram trucks, the Diesel Power Network is glad to see the problem is currently being addressed. Owner's whose vehicles are affected by the recall should receive a notice in the mail. If you have further questions about the recall or would like to check if your truck is affected by the recall, you may visit the Dodge Owner's Website (have your truck's VIN # ready).
Published July 2011.