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Recall: Ram driveshafts

by David Zatz on

FCA is recalling certain 2018-2019 Ram 1500 4×4 pickup trucks because the driveshaft may have an incomplete weld fusion between the tube and tube yoke, which can lead to driveshaft failure. That would cause loss of power (if the pickup is in RWD-only mode) and debris on the ground. Buyers may or may not be warned by noise or vibration before the weld completely separates.

2019 Ram 1500 North

The issue only affects 4x4s made from March 16, 2018 through April 20, 2018, based on research into the part number and part build dates. That means just 10,160 vehicles sold in the United States are affected, along with a few thousand trucks sold elsewhere. The NHTSA campaign number is 19V-324 and the FCA recall is V48.

The driveshaft was made by Dana, under contract. FCA first discovered the issue in August 2018, when six warranty claims for broken driveshafts came in; all were for vehicles with low mileage and built in the same month. The driveshafts were analyzed by the supplier, and the problem discovered. For the next few months, there were no more issues; but two more occurred in January,  and in February, the supplier analyzed one of the driveshafts and found the same problem, but in a higher mileage truck.

So far, FCA has found ten warranty claims and 3 CAIRs related to the issue; there do not appear to have been any crashes as a result. The part number is 52123638AA, and the recall involves dealer inspection of the driveshaft followed by replacement, if needed.

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