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Recall 01V008000

Chrysler Recalls 2001 Dodge Rams Due to a Soft Joint on the Rear Axle

Recall Details

Chrysler has recalled certain 2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with a camper package and overload springs because the rear axle spacer plate could lead to deformation of the upper spring plate during assembly of the axle to the vehicle. This can cause a soft joint, which may cause the rear axle U-bolts to lose clamp load. This may result in displacement of the rear axle and a loss of vehicle control. Dealers will remove the spacer plates and replace the spring plates.

Suspension & Steering, February 05, 2001

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 05, 2001
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
2,400
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
01V008000
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR
Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: QUAD CAB PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH A CAMPER PACKAGE AND OVERLOAD SPRINGS. THE REAR AXLE SPACER PLATE COULD LEAD TO DEFORMATION OF THE UPPER SPRING PLATE DURING ASSEMBLY OF THE AXLE TO THE VEHICLE RESULTING A SOFT JOINT.
Consequence
THE SOFT JOINT COULD CAUSE THE REAR AXLE U-BOLTS TO LOSE CLAMP LOAD, RESULTING IN DISPLACEMENT OF THE REAR AXLE AND A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL. THIS COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE SPACER PLATES AND THE SPRING PLATES WILL BE REPLACED. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN FEBRUARY 5, 2001. 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.
Notify
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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