2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Recalls
In a crash that deploys the passenger front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator free of charge to correct the concern.
This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator to correct this concern.
The left and right tie rod assemblies are part of the front steering linkage, Certain trucks are being recalled because the left tie rod can break unexpectedly. This can result in loss of steering control. Dealers will inspect the steering linkage and install a new left tie rod assembly as necessary to correct this concern. This recall supersedes a previous recall, some vehicles repaired under the first recall may require an additional repair.
Certain vehicles may have been assembled with a left outer tie rod ball stud that may fracture; others may have received the affected tie rod assembly as a replacement part during normal service. This condition tends to occur during low speed parking lot type maneuvers when the driver is making a tight turn. This condition could result in a loss of directional stability in the left front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the tie rod ends, replace the left outer tie rod end as required, and perform a front end toe alignment as needed. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. The Chrysler recall number is L16.
Chrysler has recalled certain 2002-2009 Dodge Rams (1500/2500/3500) because the wiper module assemblies may be susceptible to water intrusion, which may result in partial or complete loss of windshield wiper capability. This may cause reduced visibility for the driver, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the wiper module assemblies with vented wiper motor housings.
Chrysler is recalling 18,000 aftermarket steering linkages used for service on 2003–2008 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Pickup models. The affected assembly part numbers are 52122362AA through 52122362AD. The linkages may drag or fracture, causing a loss of steering control, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering linkage drag link inner tie rod end assembly and inspect the steering linkage damper bracket free of charge.
On trucks with diesel engines, when attempting to quickly exit the vehicle with the engine running, the driver may accidentally leave the automatic transmission in reverse. This could allow rearward movement of the vehicle. Dealers will perform a software modification to equip these vehicles with an out-of-park alarm. This is not a recall, but is a safety campaign and the work should be covered free of charge. The Chrysler campaign number is E17.
The aluminum wheels equipped on some trucks may crack, causing wheel failure. Dealers will inspect the wheels and replace them as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.
Chrysler has recalled certain 2003 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 models with Cummins Diesel engines and manual transmissions because they may experience an elevated idle speed after extended cruise control use. This can result in unintended acceleration and a reduction in braking effectiveness, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the software in the Cummins engine controller.