Safety Recall V06 / NHTSA 19V-021 Steering Linkage - 2013-2017 Ram 2500 & 3500

January 25, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V021000

Steering Linkage May Separate

A drag link separation can cause a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V021

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 795,575

 

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2013-2018 Ram 3500 and 2014-2018 Ram 3500 Chassis Cab and Ram 2500 vehicles. The outboard steering linkage jam nut may loosen, allowing one end of the drag link to separate.

 

Remedy

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will check the steering linkage jam nut tightness, replacing the drag link assembly or welding the nut to the adjuster sleeve, free of charge. The recall began March 22, 2019. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is V06.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

Check if your Vehicle has a Recall


Revised (2) April 2019

Dealer Service Instructions for:

Safety Recall V06 / NHTSA 19V-021 Drag Link

NOTE:  Added 2013 MY D2 vehicles to Remedy Available section.

NOTE: Only 2013, 2017 and 2018 MY vehicle remedies are available at this time.  Part requests for 2014 through 2016 MY vehicles will be rejected until further notice.

SPECIAL NOTE: For 2014-2016 MY vehicles towed in and/or separation has occurred, a STAR Case must be submitted, then contact the STAR Center to request parts.

 

Remedy Available

 

2017-2018 (DJ) RAM 2500 Pickup
2013, 2017-2018 (D2) RAM 3500 Pickup
2017-2018 (DD) RAM 3500 Cab Chassis
2017-2018 (DF) RAM 3500 10K LB. Cab Chassis

 

Remedy NOT Available

2014-2016 (DJ) RAM 2500 Pickup
2014-2016 (D2) RAM 3500 Pickup
2014-2016 (DD) RAM 3500 Cab Chassis
2016 (DF) RAM 3500 10K LB. Cab Chassis

NOTE:  Some VINs in vehicles above may have been identified as not involved in this recall and therefore have been excluded from this recall.

 

IMPORTANT:  Some of the involved vehicles may be in dealer new vehicle inventory.  Federal law requires you to complete this recall service on these vehicles before retail delivery.  Dealers should also consider this requirement to apply to used vehicle inventory and should perform this recall on vehicles in forservice.  Involved vehicles can be determined by using the VIP inquiry process.

 

Subject

The drag link on about 795,000 of the above vehicles may have been built with an outboard steering linkage jam nut that could loosen allowing one end of the drag link to separate from the adjuster sleeve.  A drag link separation can result in a loss of directional steering control, which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.

 

Repair

Inspect the torque values.  If the torque values meet requirement, the nuts will be welded to the adjuster sleeve. If the torque values do not meet requirement, the threads will be measured.  If thread engagement is acceptable, the link will be reassembled, the vehicle will be aligned, and the nuts will be welded to the adjuster sleeve.  If the thread engagement is not adequate, the drag link assembly will be replaced.

 

Alternate Transportation

Dealers should attempt to minimize customer inconvenience by placing the owner in a loaner vehicle if inspection determines that a drag link assembly is required and the vehicle must be held overnight.

 

Parts Information

No parts will be distributed initially.

If a replacement drag link is needed, after performing Sections A and B, please contact the STAR Center for additional directions. Part numbers listed below are for reference only. 

Very few vehicles are expected to require drag link replacement.

Description Part Number
Assembly, Drag Link CSZHV061AA
Hex Lock Nut, Tie Rod (2 required) 06505623AA
Paint, Black (MS-PF-1-25)

(Each container of paint will repair approximately 25 vehicles)

68317791AA

NOTE:  If any part of this procedure cannot be performed during disassembly or assembly, a STAR Case must be submitted.

NOTE: A STAR Case must be submitted, then contact the STAR Center to request parts. Please provide the VIN, Model Year, Mileage, PN, Dealer Code and measurements from Steps 4 and 5 in section B.  If approved, STAR will place the order for the Drag Link part.  The Drag Link part will be shipped from your facing PDC

Once STAR has confirmed parts can be ordered, Dealers must place order for the Hex Lock Nut and black paint, as necessary.  Hex Lock Nut will be shipped from your parts distribution center and the black paint will be shipped SSD.

 

Parts Return

Do not scrap the part, if the Drag Link Assembly is replaced, the Star Center will initiate the process for returning to the Quality Engineering Center for review.

All returned parts and associated claims will be reviewed and are subject to charge back.

 

Special Tools

The following special tools are required to perform this repair:

  • NPN
Flux Cored Arc Weld (MIG) or equivalent

GMAW (MIG) welding machine (140-150 amps)

  • C-3894-A
Puller, Tie Rod
  • 2069400190
Crowsfoot Wrench, 41mm (SCOM41)

 

Service Procedure

A.  Inspect Drag Link Assembly

  1. Inspect the drag link assembly for drag link to turnbuckle separation.
  • If no separation is observed, continue to Step 2.
  • If the vehicle was towed in and separation has occurred, continue to section Replace Drag Link Assembly.
  1. Using a .020” feeler gauge, confirm jam nut contact to drag link turnbuckle. If no contact is noted, proceed to section   Measure Drag Link Assembly Threads (Figure 1). Jam nut to turnbuckle gap is not considered separation.
  1. Using a paint pen or equivalent, mark both jam nuts and turnbuckle with lines (Figure 1).
  1. Hold the drag link turnbuckle with back-up wrench (Figure 2).
  1. Using a 41 mm crowsfoot, such as Special Tool 2069400190 (Snap-on SCOM41) or equivalent, set a torque wrench to 20 N·m (15 ft. lbs.) (Figure 2).

Figure 1 – Mark Jam Nuts and TurnbuckleFigure 1 – Mark Jam Nuts and Turnbuckle

 

NOTE:  If using a digital torque wrench during the inspection, observe the torque wrench digital reading to determine if minimum torque of 20 N·m (15 ft. lbs.) is achieved.

 

NOTE: Some jam nut movement may occur when tightening from 20 N·m (15 ft. lbs.) to 148 N·m (109 ft. lbs.).  DO NOT replace the drag link if initial 20 N·m (15 ft. lbs.) is achieved.

 

  1. Rotate each jam nut in direction as shown (tightening direction) until wrench clicks or 20 N·m (15 ft. lbs.) is achieved (Figure 2).
  • If paint lines do not show nut rotation, continue to section Weld Turnbuckle Jam Nuts.
  • If either paint line shows nut rotation, continue to section Measure Drag Link Assembly Threads.

Figure 2 – Inspect for Jam Nut MovementFigure 2 – Inspect for Jam Nut Movement

 

B.  Measure Drag Link Assembly Threads

  1. Back off both jam nuts enough to paint mark threads.
  1. Paint mark threads of outer drag link at turnbuckle (Figure 3).

Figure 3 – Paint Mark on Threads

Figure 3 – Paint Mark on Threads

 

NOTE:  Turnbuckle end with notch marks on hex goes toward the outer drag link.

 

  1. Remove the turnbuckle from the inner and outer drag links (Figure 4).

Figure 4 – Remove TurnbuckleFigure 4 – Remove Turnbuckle

 

  1. Using Vernier Calipers, measure and record the inside diameter of the turnbuckle (end with notch marks on hex) (Figure 5).

 

NOTE:  Measure the inside diameter at two different locations (90° from each other).  Use the largest measurement.

Figure 5 – Measure Inside Diameter of Turnbuckle at Notched EndFigure 5 – Measure Inside Diameter of Turnbuckle at Notched End

 

  1. Using Vernier Calipers, measure and record the major outside diameter of the outer drag link threads 5mm (0.20 in. - approx 3 threads) from paint mark denoting end of turnbuckle (Figure 6). Be sure to measure using the flats on the calipers, do not measure inside the thread pitch (Figure 6).

 

NOTE:  Measure the outside diameter at two different locations (90° from each other).  Use the smallest measurement

 

Record smallest outer thread diameter (Step 5):                                            

 

Record largest inner thread diameter (Step 4):                                              

 

Subtract (smallest outer – largest inner):                                                      

 

  • If the result of the subtraction is 0.6 mm (0.024 in) or less, continue to section Replace Drag Link Assembly. 
  • If the result of the subtraction is greater than 0.6 mm (0.024 in), assemble the turnbuckle and continue to section Weld Turnbuckle Jam Nuts.

Figure 6 - Measure Outside Diameter of Outer Drag LinkFigure 6 - Measure Outside Diameter of Outer Drag Link

 

C.  Weld Turnbuckle Jam Nuts

 

NOTE: DO NOT WELD COLD, allow the parts to warm to room temperature, above 65° F (18° C).

 

NOTE: DO NOT LOOSEN JAM NUTS if steering wheel is centered and toe adjustment is not required.

 

  1. Adjust the toe if required and center the steering wheel.
  1. After adjustment, using a backer wrench and a 41 mm crowsfoot, such as Special Tool 2069400190 (Snap-on SCOM41) or equivalent, tighten the drag link turnbuckle jam nuts to 148 N·m (109 ft. lbs.). Make sure the toe setting does not change during tightening (Figure 2).
  1. Road test to verify the steering wheel is straight prior to welding.
  1. Disconnect the battery negative cable(s).

 

WARNING: 

  • When Welding or working with Adhesives always wear safety goggles and gloves to prevent contact with chemicals and to prevent weld spatter, sparks, and sharp metal from causing bodily injury. 
  • Wear an approved respirator while welding and during the application of adhesives to prevent inhalation of harmful vapors. 
  • Always remove NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) foam from welding repair area, as material is flammable.

 

WARNING:  Failure to follow these instructions may result in possible serious or fatal injury.

 

Welding

  • Comply with all federal, state and local regulations to avoid any injuries due to shock, fires, fumes, sparks and liquids. 
  • All flammable materials or liquid should be stored in tightly sealed and labeled containers, and used only in well ventilated areas. 
  • No spark producing equipment should be permitted in any area where flammable materials are being handled or stored.

 

  1. Clean the areas to be welded. Areas must be free of dirt, oil, water, salt, undercoating, moisture or any other contaminant that would affect the weld, then wire brush the area (Figure 7).

Figure 7 – Clean the Areas to be WeldedFigure 7 – Clean the Areas to be Welded

 

  1. Following the weld procedure values in chart below (Figure 8).

Figure 8 – Weld Procedure ValuesFigure 8 – Weld Procedure Values

 

  1. Using a Lincoln Powerwave 350 Flux Cored Arc Weld (MIG) or equivalent GMAW (MIG) welding machine (140-150 amps), apply a 17mm long weld the length of one turnbuckle flat on each jam nut (Figure 9).

Figure 9 – Weld Both Jam Nuts to the TurnbuckleFigure 9 – Weld Both Jam Nuts to the Turnbuckle

 

  1. Wire brush the slag from the surface of the welds (Figure 10).
  1. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Figure 10 – Prepare areas for PaintFigure 10 – Prepare areas for Paint

 

NOTE:  Each jam nut must hold a breakaway torque of 105 N·m (77 ft. lbs.).

 

  1. Using a backer wrench and a 41 mm crowsfoot, such as Special Tool 2069400190 (Snap-on SCOM41) or equivalent, set a torque wrench to 105 N·m (77 ft. lbs.) and attempt to loosen each jam nut (ref: Figure 2 for set-up). 
  • If both jam nuts do not rotate (breakaway), continue to step 11.
  • If either jam nut rotates (breakaway), repeat Steps 5 through 10 on a different turnbuckle flat. 
  1. Paint the area to prevent rust using MS-PF-1-25 black paint or equivalent.
  1. Remove the supports and lower the vehicle.
  1. Connect the negative battery cable and return the vehicle to the customer.

 

D.  Replace Drag Link Assembly 

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  1. Remove the right front tire and wheel assembly.
  1. Remove and DISCARD the outer drag link to tie rod nut (Figure 11).
  1. Remove the outer drag link tie rod from the knuckle using C-3894-A (puller shown in Figure 12).

Figure 11 – Outer Tie RodFigure 11 – Outer Tie Rod

 

  1. Remove and DISCARD the inner drag link to pitman arm nut (Figure 12).
  1. Remove the inner tie rod end from the pitman arm using special tool C-3894-A (Figure 12).
  1. Remove and RETURN the drag link assembly. See Parts Return section.

 

NOTE: Prior to installing tapered end suspension components, clean male and female surfaces with brake clean.

 

Figure 12 – Inner Tie RodFigure 12 – Inner Tie Rod

 

  1. Position the NEW drag link assembly to the vehicle.
  1. Install the inner drag link tie rod end to pitman arm using a NEW nut and tighten to 37 N·m Plus 180° (27 ft. lbs. Plus 180°).
  1. Install outer drag link tie rod end to the knuckle and tighten the NEW nut to 60 N·m Plus 105° (44 ft. lbs. Plus 105°).
  1. Install the right front tire and wheel assembly and tighten to proper torque specification (Figure 13).

Figure 13 – Wheel Assembly Torque SpecificationsFigure 13 – Wheel Assembly Torque Specifications

 

  1. Remove the supports and lower the vehicle.
  1. Adjust the toe and center the steering wheel.
  1. After adjustment tighten tie rod adjustment sleeve clamp bolt to the 75 N·m (55 ft.) (Figure 14).

Figure 14 - Adjustment Sleeve ClampFigure 14 - Adjustment Sleeve Clamp

 

  1. Return the vehicle to the customer.

 

Completion Reporting and Reimbursement

Claims for vehicles that have been serviced must be submitted on the DealerCONNECT Claim Entry Screen located on the Service tab.   Claims paid will be used by FCA to record recall service completions and provide dealer payments.

Use one of the following labor operation numbers and time allowances:

Labor Operation
Number
Time
Allowance
Inspect Drag Link for Separation, Replace Drag Link and Set Toe 19-V0-61-82 1.1 hours
Inspect Drag Link and Jam Nut Gap (Not OK),
Measure Drag Link Assembly (Not OK),
Replace Drag Link and Set Toe
19-V0-61-83 1.5 hours
Inspect Drag Link and Jam Nut Gap (Not OK),
Measure Drag Link Assembly (OK),
Set Toe and Weld Jam Nuts
(weld time not included, see related LOP)
19-V0-61-84 1.1 hours
Inspect Drag Link and Jam Nut Gap (OK),
Jam Nut Torque (Achieved 20 N·m (15 ft./lbs.)),
Set Toe and Weld Jam Nuts
(weld time not included, see related LOP)
19-V0-61-85 1.0 hours
Inspect Drag Link, Jam Nut Torque (20 N·m (15 ft./lbs.) Not Achieved),
Measure Drag Link Assembly (OK),
Set Toe and Weld Jam Nuts
(weld time not included, see related LOP)
19-V0-61-86 1.2 hours
Inspect Drag Link, Jam Nut Torque (20 N·m (15 ft./lbs.) Not Achieved),
Measure Drag Link Assembly (Not OK),
Replace Drag Link and Set Toe
19-V0-61-87 1.5 hours
Related LOP:
Weld Jam Nuts 19-V0-61-50 0.5 hours
NOTE: If your dealer is not equipped with the proper welding equipment to complete this recall, please refer to the Warranty Administration Manual (WAM) for standard sublet procedure and sublet LOPs to utilize in addition to the recall specific LOPs listed above.
Floor Plan Reimbursement 95-95-95-97 Calculate
See Below

Floor Plan Reimbursement represents the vehicle’s average daily allowance (see table below) multiplied by the number of days the vehicle was in dealer inventory and not available for sale.  This reimbursement is limited to the number of days from the date of the stop sale to the date that the remedy was made available.  Note:  If the vehicle was received by your dealership (KZX date) AFTER the stop sale date, you will use the KZX date instead of the stop sale date.  For this Recall, the stop sale was initiated on 02/01/2019 and the remedy was made available on 03/20/2019, therefore, the number of days cannot exceed 47 days.

Vehicle Average Daily Allowance
2017 (DJ) RAM 2500 Pickup
2017 (D2) RAM 3500 Pickup
2017 (DD) RAM 3500 Cab Chassis
2017 (DF) RAM 3500 10K LB. Cab

Chassis

NOTE:  See the Warranty Administration Manual, Recall Claim Processing Section, for complete recall claim processing instructions.

 

Dealer Notification

To view this notification on DealerCONNECT, select “Global Recall System” on the Service tab, then click on the description of this notification.

 

Owner Notification and Service Scheduling

All involved vehicle owners known to FCA are being notified of the service requirement by first class mail.  They are requested to schedule appointments for this service with their dealers.  A generic copy of the owner letter is attached.

 

Vehicle Lists, Global Recall System, VIP and Dealer Follow Up

All involved vehicles have been entered into the DealerCONNECT Global Recall System (GRS) and Vehicle Information Plus (VIP) for dealer inquiry as needed.

GRS provides involved dealers with an updated VIN list of their incomplete vehicles.  The owner’s name, address and phone number are listed if known.  Completed vehicles are removed from GRS within several days of repair claim submission.

To use this system, click on the “Service” tab and then click on “Global Recall System.”  Your dealer’s VIN list for each recall displayed can be sorted by: those vehicles that were unsold at recall launch, those with a phone number, city, zip code, or VIN sequence.

Dealers must perform this repair on all unsold vehicles before retail delivery. Dealers should also use the VIN list to follow up with all owners to schedule appointments for this repair.

Recall VIN lists may contain confidential, restricted owner name and address information that was obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles of various states.  Use of this information is permitted for this recall only and is strictly prohibited from all other use.

 

Additional Information

If you have any questions or need assistance in completing this action, please contact your Service and Parts District Manager.

Customer Services / Field Operations

FCA US LLC


This notice applies to your vehicle,

 [Model Year and Model]  VIN XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX V06/NHTSA 19V-021

 

LOGO

VEHICLE PICTURE

YOUR SCHEDULING OPTIONS

 

  1. RECOMMENDED OPTION Call your authorized Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep® / RAM Dealership 
  1. Call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-866-220-6747. An agent can confirm part availability and help schedule an appointment 
  1. Visit recalls.mopar.com, scan the QR code below, or download the Mopar Owner’s Companion App.

 

QR Code            

 

Get access to recall notifications, locate your nearest dealer, and more through this website or Mopar Owner’s Companion App. You will be asked to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to protect and verify your identity. The last eight characters of your VIN are provided above.

 

DEALERSHIP INSTRUCTIONS

Please reference Safety Recall V06.


IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL

Drag Link

 

Dear [Name],

 

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. 

FCA has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain [2014-2018 (DJ) RAM 2500 Pickup, 2013-2018 (D2) RAM 3500 Pickup, 2014-2018 (DD) RAM 3500 Cab Chassis and 2016-2018 (DF) RAM 3500 10K LB. Cab Chassis] trucks.

It is extremely important to take steps now to repair your vehicle to ensure the safety of you and your passengers.

 

WHY DOES MY VEHICLE NEED REPAIRS?

The drag link on your truck [1] may have been built with an outboard steering linkage jam nut that could loosen allowing one end of the drag link to separate from the adjuster sleeve.  A drag link separation can result in a loss of directional steering control, which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.

 

HOW DO I RESOLVE THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUE?

FCA will repair your vehicle [2] free of charge (parts and labor).  To do this, your dealer will inspect the torque values.  If the torque values meet requirement, the nuts will be welded to the adjuster sleeve. If the torque values do not meet requirement, the drag link assembly will be replaced.  In addition, your dealer will require your vehicle for proper check-in, preparation, and check-out during your visit.  Your time is important to us; please be aware that these steps may require more time.  The estimated repair time is two hours.  We recommend that you schedule a service appointment to minimize your inconvenience.  Please bring this letter with you to your dealership.

 

 

VISIT RECALLS.MOPAR.COM/HELP FOR MORE INFORMATION AND
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IF I ALREADY PAID TO HAVE THIS REPAIR COMPLETED?

If you have already experienced this specific condition and have paid to have it repaired, you may visit www.fcarecallreimbursement.com to submit your reimbursement request online. [3] Once we receive and verify the required documents, reimbursement will be sent to you within 60 days.  If you have had previous repairs performed and/or already received reimbursement, you may still need to have the recall repair performed.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience, but are sincerely concerned about your safety.  Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

 

Customer Assistance/Field Operations

FCA US LLC


Mr. Mrs. Customer
1234 Main Street
Hometown, MI 48371

[1] If you no longer own this vehicle, please help us update our records. Call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403 to update your information.

[2] If your dealer fails or is unable to remedy this defect without charge and within a reasonable time, you may submit a written complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC  20590, or you can call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-4249153), or go to safercar.gov.

[3] You can also mail in your original receipts and proof of payment to the following address for reimbursement consideration: FCA Customer Assistance, P.O. Box 21-8004, Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8007, Attention: Recall Reimbursement.

 

Note to lessors receiving this recall notice: Federal regulation requires that you forward this recall notice to the lessee within 10 days.


This notice applies to your vehicle,

[Model Year and Model]

 

VIN XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

V06/NHTSA 19V-021

LOGO

VEHICLE PICTURE

YOUR SCHEDULING OPTIONS

  1. Visit mopar.com to sign up for email or SMS notifications for when remedy parts become available. You will be asked to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), provided above
  2. Scan below using your smartphone or tablet to sign up to be notified when remedy parts become available

 

QR Code

 

  1. Wait for FCA US to contact you again, by mail, with a follow-up recall notice when remedy parts are available
  2. Call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403. An agent can sign you up to be notified when remedy parts become available, or answer any other questions you may have

DEALERSHIP INSTRUCTIONS

Please reference Safety Recall V06.


IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL

Drag Link

 

Dear [Name],

 

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

FCA has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain [2014-2016 (DJ) RAM 2500 Pickup, 2013-2016 (D2) RAM 3500 Pickup, 2014-2016 (DD) RAM 3500 Cab Chassis and 2016-2016 (DF) RAM 3500 10K LB. Cab Chassis] trucks.

 

WHY DOES MY VEHICLE NEED REPAIRS?

The drag link on your truck [1] may have been built with an outboard steering linkage jam nut that could loosen allowing one end of the drag link to separate from the adjuster sleeve.  A drag link separation can result in a loss of directional steering control, which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.

 

HOW DO I RESOLVE THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUE?

The remedy for this condition is not currently available. We are making every effort to finalize the remedy as quickly as possible, and will service your vehicle free of charge (parts and labor).

 

FCA US will contact you again, by mail, with a follow-up recall notice when the remedy is available. Once you receive your follow-up notice, simply contact your Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge or RAM dealer right away to schedule a service appointment [2]. Additional options for your next steps are included on the left side of this notification. We appreciate your patience.

 

 

WHAT IF I ALREADY PAID TO HAVE THIS REPAIR COMPLETED?

If you have already experienced this specific condition and have paid to have it repaired, you may visit www.fcarecallreimbursement.com to submit your reimbursement request online [3]. Once we receive and verify the required documents, reimbursement will be sent to you within 60 days. If you have had previous repairs performed and/or already received reimbursement, you may still need to have the recall repair performed.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience, but are sincerely concerned about your safety. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

 

Customer Assistance/Field Operations  FCA US LLC


Mr. Mrs. Customer
1234 Main Street
Hometown, MI 48371

[1] If you no longer own this vehicle, please help us update our records. Call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403 to update your information.

[2] If your dealer fails or is unable to remedy this defect without charge and within a reasonable time, you may submit a written complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC 20590, or you can call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

[3] You can also mail in your original receipts and proof of payment to the following address for reimbursement consideration: FCA Customer Assistance, P.O. Box 218004, Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8007, Attention: Recall Reimbursement.

 

Note to lessors receiving this recall notice: Federal regulation requires that you forward this recall notice to the lessee within 10 days.


11 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
RAM 2500 2014-2018
RAM 3500 2013-2018

17 Associated Documents

Chronology

RMISC-19V021-4680.pdf 200.399KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V021-2682.pdf 245.193KB

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Recall 573 Report-Amendment 4

RCLRPT-19V021-1064.PDF 214.704KB

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Recall 573 Report-Amendment 3

RCLRPT-19V021-6792.PDF 214.639KB

Download (PDF, 210KB)


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-19V021-8699.pdf 517.468KB

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ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-19V021-9519.pdf 303.409KB

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Recall 573 Report-Amendment 2

RCLRPT-19V021-8342.PDF 214.595KB

Download (PDF, 210KB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V021-8391.pdf 1529.388KB

Download (PDF, 1.46MB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V021-2187.pdf 1471.809KB

Download (PDF, 1.4MB)


Recall 573 Report-Amendment 1

RCLRPT-19V021-8787.PDF 214.628KB

Download (PDF, 210KB)


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) - 02/01/2019 New Safety Recall Advanced Communication – V06

RCMN-19V021-5572.pdf 100.48KB

Download (PDF, 98KB)


FCA US LLC Chronology 2013-17 MY Ram Steering Linkage Submitted on January 25, 2019

RMISC-19V021-4395.pdf 351.1KB

Download (PDF, 343KB)


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-19V021-6219.PDF 214.628KB

Download (PDF, 210KB)


Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2019-1

RCLQRT-19V021-9929.PDF 211.142KB

Download (PDF, 206KB)


Recall 573 Report-Amendment 5

RCLRPT-19V021-1298.PDF 215.306KB

Download (PDF, 210KB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V021-7805.pdf 1624.955KB

Download (PDF, 1.55MB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V021-9900.pdf 1394.685KB

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1 Associated Investigation

Steering loss due to linkage separation
NHTSA ID: PE18016
Dated opened: December 17, 2018

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has identified two complaints alleging the steering system failed on model year (MY) 2015 and 2016 Ram 2500s. Both vehicles were equipped with four wheel drive, and both failures occurred while the vehicle was in operation. The failures were allegedly due to the separation of the drag link, a steering linkage that connects between the right front steering knuckle and the pitman arm on the steering box output shaft. The separation occurred at a threaded coupler within the drag link intended to be used for adjusting the length of the linkage during maintenance (alignment) of the steering system. Once separation occurs, turning the steering wheel has no effect, and there is no way for the driver to control or maintain the direction of the vehicle.

In one report, the complainant alleges the linkage separated while the vehicle was negotiating a left hand curve on a highway traveling at a speed of 65 to 70 MPH. As a result the vehicle departed the right side of the roadway and was brought to a stop in an unimproved shoulder area. An injury is alleged due to the vehicle encountering rough surfaces (ditches) on the shoulder. The second report involved a separation that, based on complainant interview occurred while the vehicle was being driven (reversed) out of a parking space. The drag link and coupler assembly had to be replaced to repair both vehicles.

ODI is opening this investigation to evaluate the cause, consequence, scope and frequency of the alleged defect (drag link separation) in the subject Ram vehicles.

The reports cited above can be reviewed at NHTSA.gov under the following reference numbers: 11064516, 11083519 (which is also reported under 11053917).


Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V021&docType=RCL


 

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  • PORTABLE WELDER- Lightweight 19 lbs. easily carried to any Do-It-Yourself, Maintenance, Repair, Metal Fabrication and Hobbyist project
  • RUGGED- All metal case, Built to take the day to day. Big enough to handle 2 and 10 pound rolls of wire
  • WELDER INCLUDES- 8' MIG gun, 8' ground clamp, Integrated handle with torch wrap and a 20A-15A adapter. Backed by a 12-month warranty
Bestseller No. 2
SUNGOLDPOWER MIG Welder 140A Gas and Gasless Welding 110/220V Dual Voltage IGBT DC Inverter Welding Machine Including Flux Cored Wire
  • 1.Multifunction:110V/220V Dual Voltage DC IGBT Inverter MIG 140A welder
  • 2.Gasless flux-cored welding and Gas-shielded MIG welding are available for the machine
  • 3.0.023''-0.039'' Flux Cored Wire and Solid Core Wire. Suit for 2lb and 10lb wire spool
  • 4.MIG140 welder has adjustable wire feed speed and welding current, you can adjust it to suit your application and weld with different thicknesses
  • 5.Ideal for outdoor repairs, rusty metal, farm & road equipment and maintenance & repair, Suitable for welding stainless steel, mild steel, and other metal materials.
Bestseller No. 3
Hobart 500559 Handler 140 MIG Welder 115V
  • Welds 24 ga up to 1/4 in mild steel
  • Processes Recommended-MIG-Cast Iron,Copper,Brass,Titanium, Magnesium Alloys. Flux Cored- Aluminium, Cast Iron,Copper,Brass,Titanium, Magnesium Alloys
  • Operates off 115V standard household current.Wire Feed Speed Range 40 - 700 IPM. 50 - 740 IPM at no load
  • Amperage output: 25-140; 20% duty cycle @ 90 Amps, 19V
  • 5-position voltage control selector adds a smooth, stable arc at all welding thicknesses
Bestseller No. 4
Goplus MIG 130 Welder Flux Core Wire Automatic Feed Welding Machine w/Free Mask
  • 【Household Smart Welder】compact and exquisite MIG gas welder, made of heavy duty stainless steel body, painted with durable yellow paints, ensure its long-last serving life-span.
  • 【Flux-Cored Wire, No Gas Welder】uses convenient Flux-Cored wire, self release metal-inert gas while welding, prevent oxidation of the welded part.
  • 【4 Levels Adjustable Welding Speed】features 4 levels of current flow settings, by adjusting the 4 buttons for MIN/MAX,1/2. Also features a wire feeding speed adjust rotary knob. 10 levels of wire feeding speeds for your choice.
  • 【Portable Design & Wide Applications】it is perfect for welding normal thin steel and iron, perfect for home DIY and general repairing work. Mini size but also practical, it will obtain a professional finish in welding. Features a easy carrying handle, light weight, compact design, easy for translation and storage. Very convenient, can be used anywhere u need.
  • 【Many Complimentary Necessities】two air-vent on the machine to help heat dissipation. The welding gun with full on / off safety control. Standard American triangle ground cord and automatic thermal safety protection. Comes with a reel of 0.9mm, 0.55lbs welding wire, a protection mask and a brush/Chipping Hammer.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Lincoln Electric K2185-1 Handy MIG Welder
  • Compact, portable and lightweight construction
  • Continuous wire feed speed adjustment
  • Ideal for welding mild steel from 24 gauge to 1/8" thick
SaleBestseller No. 6
Super Deal PRO Commercial MIG 130 AC Flux Core Wire Automatic Feed Welder Welding Machine w/Free Mask 110V
  • SUPER DEAL MIG130 Welder is a top of the line household welder that is lightweight, powerful and intuitive. Made of high-class PVC material as well as delicate treatment, this welding machine integrates comfortable grip, easy operation and high precision.
  • Uses convenient Flux - Cored wire, self release metal-inert gas while welding, prevent oxidation of the welded part.
  • User-friendly interface - Makes set-up a snap with easy to access advanced options. SUPER DEAL mig130 gives you the power to tackle the biggest jobs with ease and confidence. Ready to weld out of the box.
  • Variable Feed Speed Control - Easily adjust current flow by adjusting the 4 buttons for MIN/MAX,1/2. Also features a wire feeding speed adjust rotary knob. 10 levels of wire feeding speeds for your choice. Torch With Full On / Off Safety Control
  • Compact and powerful - Weighs only 38 lbs. deal for shop, home or field use. Perfect for welding mild steel and stainless steel. Comes with a reel of 0.9mm, 0.55lbs welding wire, a protection mask and a brush/Chipping Hammer. 2.5M Torch, xtra 2 Tips and Ground Cord. Just what you're looking for, right?
Bestseller No. 7
SUNGOLDPOWER MIG 150A Welder Flux Core Wire Automatic Feed Welding AC Welder Gasless Machine Free Mask NO Gas
  • 1. Voltage: 110V/60HZ single phase, Adjustable Power Settings Welding Current: 80-150AMP,Current: AC ,Max open voltage: 37V,AC Mains Plug with Fuse
  • 2. Flux wire Welding Machine For Flux (No gas) welding, With Thermal Protection
  • 3. Ideal for welding mild steel, Iron and other Metal. Gas Less Welder ,0.030'' to 0.035'' flux-cored (0.8mm-0.9mm)
  • 4. Feed Speed Control, Torch With Full On / Off Safety Control,Automatic Thermal Safety Protection,4 adjustable heating
  • 5.Stainless steel body, Perfect for welding steel, Gasless Operation, Comes with welding wire and mask, Ideal for Welding Outdoors
Bestseller No. 8
Lincoln Electric Easy MIG 180 Flux-Core/MIG Welder
  • Can set up for gas-free flux core welding or gas-shielded MIG welding for steel, stainless and aluminum
  • 50-500 IPM wire feed speed control
  • Fully adjustable drive system reduces wire tangle and crushing
  • Brass-to-brass gun connection for enhanced conductivity
  • Cast aluminum body with rigid drive aids wire alignment
Bestseller No. 9
MTS-205 205 Amp MIG/TIG-Torch/Stick Arc Combo Welder, Weld Aluminum(MIG) 110/230V Dual Voltage Welding New
  • MTS-205 capable of welding up to 1/2" aluminum, alloy, mild steel, weld steel, stainless steel, copper and cast Iron. It can work well with aluminum wire, solid wire and flux cord wire, it also has the TIG Torch and STICK function.
  • Advanced IGBT technology, featured wave-form control system, perfect waveform of volt and amp during, short circuits and arc burning cycles.
  • Synergic controlled, very clear wire melting droplet transfer, very few spatters. fast, precise, clean arc ignition and arc ending.
  • Using high quality wire feeding machine(iron) to ensure smooth wire feed, especially when using aluminum wire welding aluminum, automatic control gas solenoid valve has been installed inside the machine.
  • Automatic compensation for voltage fluctuation, over-voltage protection, under voltage protection, over current protection, over load protection, automatic temperature control, fan dormancy, steeples amperage control.
SaleBestseller No. 10
VIVOHOME Portable Flux Core Wire No Gas MIG 130 Welder Machine 110V
  • NO REACTION WELDER - Uses convenient flux-cored wire to self-release metal inert gas while welding, preventing oxidation of the welded part. A great choice for home repairs and hobby projects on light gauge steel
  • WELDING PROCESS - This welding machine is particularly suitable for mild steel and stainless steel. It will enable you to obtain a professional finish in welding, auto body work, and many other thin steel welding processes
  • ADJUSTABLE WELDING SPEED - Features 4 levels of current flow settings. By adjusting the 4 buttons for MIN/MAX,1/2 with the variable feed control which has 10 welding speeds, this welder makes it easy to tackle thin steel, stainless or aluminum sheet metal or thicker steel with flux-cored welding
  • PORTABLE DESIGN - Lightweight and compact design. Comes with a comfortable hand grip, making it easy for you to carry anywhere you want
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED - Package includes all the accessories you need to weld like a pro. 1 welding gun with on/off safety control, 1 grounding clamp, 1 welding helmet, 1 welding wire brush and several other small accessories

Last update on 2019-06-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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