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Recall: V6 alternators

by David Zatz on

Chrysler is recalling 2011-14 large cars and SUVs with the V6 engine and 160 amp alternator due to sudden alternator failures which can cause stalling.

Around 434,581 cars and SUVs are affected; these are the Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler 300/300C, made from June 17, 2010 to December 23, 2013, with the 3.6 liter V6 engine and 160-amp alternator. Customers will be notified of the campaign, designated P60, starting on November 28, 2014.

Chrysler started investigating complaints of stalling in August 2014, on 2011-12 Dodge Chargers. They found thermal fatigue in the alternators’ silicone diodes, and then looked at other vehicles with the same parts. The electric-hydraulic power steering system’s demands appeared to be causing the issue, which can cause the 20-amp silicon-rubber potted diodes to fail. This results in reduced or no output, or a complete short. In some cases, the engine may immediate stall; in other cases, the charging system warning light may appear first, and as the battery drains, the car becomes more likely to stall or fail to start.

The issue has affected an estimated 377 cars and SUVs so far, out of 434,581 sold, making the odds of a failure to any individual car (before the recall is carried out) slim indeed.

A single accident is believed to be related to the problem. The recall was fully voluntary.

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