Hey, everyone. I was on the Ram Owner's site yesterday and found a recall on my Rebel.
The R59 recall is for the rear axles, 1500s born between June and Sep of 2015. Apparently a supplier didn't heat treat some of them and they're prone to failure. It can cause excess wear on the axle, and damage to both the axle and the housing. Or worse.
I called the local dealership this morning and made an appointment for tomorrow. They said it would take about half an hour to inspect the axle shaft to determine if it needs replacement. Replacement could take another half hour. If the damage is bad enough, they might have to replace the entire axle, which is an hour or more. They have the replacement axle shaft in stock, but not the entire axle assembly.
Better to find out now and get it fixed sooner than wait for paper info to arrive. Earlier fix means reduced chance for larger repair and delays.
All of you should check the site to see if your truck is affected. You can also call your dealer and give them the last 8 digits of your VIN, and they can tell you if your truck's affected by the recall.
Chrysler Recall #
NHTSA Recall #
Safety Defect/Non Compliance Description and Safety Risk
THE LEFT AXLE SHAFT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN HEAT TREATED PROPERLY AT THE AXLE SHAFT BEARING JOURNAL. AN IMPROPERLY HEAT TREATED AXLE SHAFT MAY CAUSE THE BEARING TO CREATE A GRINDING NOISE DURING OPERATION, ILLUMINATE THE ANTI LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) WARNING LAMP AND EVENTUALLY AN AXLE SHAFT FRACTURE. IF THE AXLE SHAFT FRACTURES, WHEEL SEPARATION FROM THE VEHICLE MAY OCCUR. THIS COULD CAUSE A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING, INJURE PEDESTRIANS AND/OR DAMAGE PROPERTY.
THE LEFT REAR AXLE SHAFT MUST BE INSPECTED ON ALL INVOLVED VEHICLES. VEHICLES FOUND WITH A SUSPECT AXLE SHAFT, BUT NOT A FAILED AXLE SHAFT, WILL HAVE THE AXLE SHAFT REPLACED.IF THE REAR AXLE INSPECTION DETERMINES THAT THE AXLE SHAFT HAS FAILED, THE REAR AXLE ASSEMBLY MUST BE REPLACED.