Dodge is recalling nearly 250,000 of its Ram pickup trucks over issues with tie rods, which could result in fractures during low-speed maneuvers, loss of directional stability, and cause a crash.
Tie Rod Assembly on Dodge Ram Pickup Trucks
The Problem: Dodge is recalling Ram pickup trucks that utilize the “cross car” reverse pin tie rod assembly. It includes the 2008 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4×4, the 2008-2011 2500 and 3500 4×4, the Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4×2, and any 2003-2008 Ram 2500 or 3500 models that received the new linkage as a result of servicing.
The vehicles can experience a fracture of the left tie rod ball stud, which would most likely happen during low-speed, high-stress maneuvers such as driving around a parking lot. A fracture would result in the left front wheel losing directional stability, which could lead to a crash.
The Fix: Dodge will inspect tie rod orientation, replace the left outer tie rod if needed, and potentially perform a front-end toe alignment. Dodge has not yet released its plans to contact Ram owners, but owners are free to contact Dodge at 1-800-853-1403.