Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chrysler recalls over 76,000 Ram Trucks over Flawed Power Steering Reservoir Cap
December 15, 2010
By Joel Arellano

2010 Ram 2500 HD Laramie Crew Cab Engine
A design flaw in the cap of the power steering reservoir has Chrysler recalling around 76,000 of its 2010-2011 Ram pickups.

2010-2011 Ram Pickup Truck

The Problem: Certain diesel-equipped 2010 – 2011 Dodge Ram trucks use a hydroboost braking design that taps additional power from the power steering system. According to Chrysler, a design issue in the cap of the power steering fluid reservoir could result in excessive pressure and affect the brake pedals, making them slow to return after use. Slow brake return leaves brake lights on longer which, according to the NHTSA, may result in a crash.

2010 Ram 2500 HD Laramie Crew Cab Front Three Quarters Static Driver
The Fix: Chrysler states it will notify all Ram owners of the recall starting in February to bring their truck in for examination. If the vehicle has the defective power steering reservoir cap, the automaker will replace it free of charge.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 76,122 Dodge Rams, all built from March 2009 through October 2010, may be affected.

Source: NHTSA