2013 Ram 1500 Recalls
The software for the vehicle radio can be exploited by unauthorized parties who can make changes vehicle system software remotely, possibly endangering vehicle operation. Chrysler will mail owners of affected vehicles a USB drive that includes a software update that eliminates the vulnerability free of charge to resolve the concern. Alternatively, owners may download the software from Chrysler directly to their own USB device to update the vehicle software.
The side air bag curtains and seat air bags may deploy unintentionally due to the side impact sensors being calibrated improperly. Dealers will update the occupant restraint control module calibration free of charge to resolve the problem.
A wire in the steering wheel harness can rub through against the air bag module retainer spring, causing a short that may deploy the driver's front air bag without warning, unintentionally. Dealers will inspect, repair and secure the steering wheel wire harness and install protective caps on the air bag retainer spring ends free of charge to resolve the concern.
Certain All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles equipped with a ZF 8HP45 transmission are being recalled. In the affected vehicles, the transmission output shaft can break unexpectedly. This could result in loss of power to the drive wheels, increasing the risk of a crash. The vehicle could also unexpectedly roll away with the transmission shifter in the park position. Dealers will replace the transmission in affected vehicles to correct this concern.
These vehicles are equipped with a stability control system which can help the driver maintain control of the vehicle if the tires begin to loose traction when cornering. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) may become disabled when the vehicle is started due to a software issue. Dealers will update the ESC module software to correct this concern.
If there is a problem with the turn signal system the signal indicator on the dash should flash at double its normal rate. These 2013 Ram trucks are being recalled because this may not occur and the driver could unknowingly continue to use the turn signals believing the system was operating normally. Dealers will reprogram the Central Body Controller software to correct this concern.
Coolant flow through the heater core provides heat to the interior of the vehicle when necessary. This heat helps the windshield defrosting system keep the windshield free of excess moisture and ice. A buildup of moisture or ice could limit visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. These vehicles are being recalled because the coolant bypass valve may stick in a position that does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core. Dealers will replace the suspect coolant valve and update the vehicle calibrations to correct this concern.
Federal regulations mandate the vehicle parking brake must hold on a 20% grade. These vehicles are being recalled because the parking brake cable equalizer may have been set incorrectly and the parking brake system will not hold the vehicle as required. Failure of the parking brake could cause the vehicle to roll unexpectedly. Dealers will reset the parking brake equalizer as required to correct this concern.