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2muchcoffeeman 01-06-2012 02:42 AM

2008-11 Dodge Ram recall --- bad tie rod
Was looking for something for another thread, found this, noticed no discussion and figured it was important to get the word out. If you didn't know, now you know, you know?

This went out last July, so first owners have probably all been notified. People who bought their trucks used might not have been in that information loop.


Chrysler recalled 242,780 Dodge Ram pickup trucks because the left side tie rod can break when the driver is making a tight turn at slow speeds, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Once the tie rod breaks, the left front wheel could move independently without being controlled by the steering wheel, creating a loss of directional stability and increasing the risk of a crash. The NHTSA knows of 12 complaints from consumers about the tie rod breaks and opened a preliminary investigation into the issue in April.Included in the Dodge recall are:
  • Dodge Ram 2500s and 3500s 4X4, model years 2008 to 2011, made between Feb. 14, 2008, and March 28, 2011;
  • Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4X2, model years 2008 to 2011, made from Feb. 14, 2008, through March 28, 2011;
  • Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4X4, model year 2008, made from Feb. 14, 2008, through Aug. 15, 2008.

But even if your Dodge Ram truck wasn't made within those manufacture dates, it still could be part of the recall. The NHTSA said model years 2003 and 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks may have received the defective tie rod assembly as a replacement part during normal garage service.

Dealership will inspect the tie rods and replace them as needed for free.
Chrysler Recalls 242,780 Dodge Ram Trucks Over Steering Issue - DailyFinance

Chrysler and tie rods ... yeesh. :-x [/VoiceOfExperienceAndItWasNotFun]

2muchcoffeeman 01-06-2012 03:12 AM

And another thing ...
In looking around some Dodge-related web boards, I discovered a general air of surprise that the Ram 1500s aren't also being recalled for this.

So please have it checked. Chrysler and tie rods ... yeesh.

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