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Dodge Ram 1500 recall 03V078000

Chrysler Recalls 2002 Dodge Rams Due to HVAC Blower Motor Problem
Suspension & Steering, April 10, 2003

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Chrysler has recalled certain 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 models because the electrical connector at the bottom of the steering column contains an under-sized terminal for the HVAC blower motor circuit. The resulting heat can cause the terminal contacts to relax and lose electrical contact, which can cause the HVAC blower motor to stop working. This can impair visibility in inclement weather, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a wiring harness overlay.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2002

Mfr's Report Date:
April 10, 2003

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V078000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STEERING:COLUMN

Potential Number of Units Affected: 287725

Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEERING COLUMN CONTAINS AN UNDER-SIZED TERMINAL FOR THE HVAC BLOWER MOTOR CIRCUIT. LOCALIZED HEATING FROM CURRENT FLOW WITH THE BLOWER SPEED SET ON HIGH MAY CAUSE THE TERMINAL CONTACTS TO RELAX AND LOSE ELECTRICAL CONTACT. THIS CAN CAUSE THE HVAC BLOWER MOTOR TO BECOME INOPERATIVE.

Consequence: THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE IMPAIRMENT OF VISIBILITY IN INCLEMENT WEATHER, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSTALL A WIRING HARNESS OVERLAY TO CORRECT THIS CONDITION. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 15, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLER CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes: DAIMLER CHRYSLER RECALL NO. C11.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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