Chrysler has recalled certain 1998-2003 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with four-wheel ABS because aftermarket batteries may leak electrolyte onto the ABS control module connector, which can compromise the sealing integrity. This may allow development of a short circuit in the connector, which could eventually lead to a fire. Dealers will inspect the ABS control module connector for electrolyte damage and replace it if necessary.
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Recalls
Chrysler has recalled certain 1997-1998 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with Diesel engines because the throttle linkage joints can corrode and cause the throttle to bind or stick. This may result in a loss of throttle control, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rod ends and ball studs.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1999 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models in areas that use road salt because corrosion of the return spring on the hood secondary latch could cause the mechanism to bind in the "release position." This may cause the hood to open unexpectedly. Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch.
Chrysler is recalling certain 1997-2000 Dodge Dakota, 1998-2000 Dodge Durango, and 1997-2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because sound deadening material inside the steering wheel may become dislodged and interfere with the clock spring ribbon, which can cause an open electrical circuit. An open circuit in the clock spring will illuminate the air bag warning light and disable the air bag system. With the air bag system disabled, there is an increased chance of injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the clock spring to correct this concern.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1998-2000 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 trucks equipped with the optional trailer hitch. The trailer hitch side brackets are composed of a material with insufficient strength, which could fatigue and fracture in the area where the trailer hitch mounts to the frame. Dealers will inspect the trailer hitches and replace any trailer hitch showing signs of fatigue cracking. If no evidence of cracking exists, the dealer will install two reinforcement brackets.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1999 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with manual transmissions, V-10 engines, and 4WD transfer cases. Under max load while climbing a steep grade in hot weather, the hydraulic clutch line may overheat and possibly rupture. This may cause the fluid to ignite, which may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the hydraulic clutch assembly.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1998 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 vans because if a heavy object hits the air bag electronic control module (AECM) under the driver's seat, the air bags may deploy. This can injure the driver. Dealers will replace the AECM with a module that incorporates revised hardware and software.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1998 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 trucks equipped with 5.9L 24-valve Diesel engines. Due to a malfunction of the vehicle speed sensor, an intermittent high engine idle condition may occur. This can create a signal that will be misinterpreted by the engine control software, which may cause a high idle speed condition. Dealers will replace the engine controller software to correct erroneous speed sensor signals.
Chrysler is recalling certain 1998 Dodge Dakota, Ram 1500, and Ram 2500 models because the bolts used to attach the cab and core support to the frame may fail. This may cause the cab to separate from the frame and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the affected bolts with properly hardened ones.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1998 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with 5.9L 24-valve Diesel engines because the low pressure Diesel fuel supply tube located in the engine compartment between the filter and the high pressure pump can fracture, which may cause a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the low pressure diesel fuel supply tube.