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Dodge recalls vacuum tubes — no, not that kind

by David Zatz on

FCA US is recalling around 130,000 2013-14 Dodge Darts sold worldwide to inspect and possibly replace vacuum hoses (“vacuum tubes” in their words) on cars with 2.0 and 2.4 liter engines. The 1.4-powered cars are not affected.

The vacuum hose routing may have been incorrect, resulting in oil migration that could cause hard pedal feel and longer stopping in emergencies; oil can degrade the brake booster diaphragm over time.

A tell-tale may be a popping noise, a hissing sound, or hard brake pedal feel. Any customers experiencing this should contact their dealer immediately. The service is done at no cost.

There have been seven accidents resulting in two minor injuries that might be related to this problem. If oil is found in the vacuum hose, dealers will replace the pump, brake booster, and master cylinder.  Owners can call 1-800-853-1403 for information.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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