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It’s a drag: Ram and Jeep recalls

by David Zatz on

Dragging Rams. FCA is recalling around 6,000 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and Ram 3500 chassis cabs in all markets, because the brake calipers may have been made with contaminated fluid. That can cause the caliper’s seals to swell, which would make the brakes drag; it could cause the brakes to overheat.

The repair is, not surprisingly, replacing the front brake calipers and related hoses. Dealers will also bleed the system. There’s no cost to customers for this recall, tagged #98 by FCA and 19V635 by the NHTSA.  It only affects pickups made from July 9 to August 1, 2019, and chassis cabs made from July 23 to August 1. The chassis cab recall only affects vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating under 10,000 pounds.

The problem was not caused by FCA itself; the suppler, ZF North America, created and then found the problem, which appears to have been the use of the wrong assembly lubricant. So far, as far as FCA knows, not a single vehicle has had serious problems as a result of the issue.

Uncontrolled Jeeps. Over 5,000 2019-2020 Jeep Cherokees were made with a steering rack that could break and cause loss of steering control over the car. Around half of the vehicles targeted by the recall actually have the problem, which is a servo pinion hardness below specification; that could result in a fracture which can jam the steering rack with a metal shard.

In this case, the problem was caused and discovered by Bosch’s steering division in Kentucky.  Once again, there have been no actual known cases of the problem occurring, and the recall is purely preventive.  FCA’s number is V99 and the federal number is 19V-637.



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