2500 Dodge Diesel Truck Problemsby Steve Johnson
In 1921, Horace and John Dodge introduced a revolutionary concept, the pickup truck. The first pickup truck developed had a total of 35 horsepower. Although the company has been manufacturing vehicles for almost 90 years as of 2010, manufacturing problems do occur, especially with the advent of new technologies. Every year, many recalls take place---such as those in the Dodge Ram 2500 diesel.
2009 Dodge Ram Steering
In January of 2009, Dodge issued a recall of 32,782 Ram 2500 diesels due to an issue with the steering. The problem lay in the steering linkage, where a faulty inner tie rod connected to the arm ball stud could potentially fracture, resulting in a complete loss of steering control.
2008 Dodge Ram Engine Cooling
In December of 2008, over 108,000 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500s, equipped with 6.7-liter diesel engines, were recalled. The factory-installed silencer pad had a tendency to drag, potentially coming into contact with the exhaust cooler. This posed a fire hazard in the engine compartment.
2007 Dodge Ram Equipment Labeling
Some 4x4 Dodge trucks with diesel engines failed to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 120. This code requires that the tire and loading information---specifically in regard to tire pressure---be accurate. Incorrect information could cause truck owners to fill their tires to the wrong inflation point, causing irregular wear and making a blowout more likely. The recall took place in March of 2007, affecting an estimated 3,282 Dodge Ram diesel trucks.