Mankind’s biggest foe — street salt — can by no means be absolutely vanquished, and the newest proof of its malevolence simply cropped up in 20 northern states. Salt, although important to human life, turns water brackish and wreaks havoc on automobiles — simply ask the house owners of earlier-decade Toyota Tacomas, Nissan Frontiers, and Mazda 3s.
We will now add the 2009-2012 Ram 1500 pickup to the record of automobiles with salt-sullied undercarriages, although this challenge, for which Fiat Chrysler is recalling 270,254 automobiles within the U.S., doesn’t result within the vehicle breaking in half (or, within the case of the Mazdas, disappearing into brown mud).
After an investigation, FCA decided corrosion of a bracket may cause the truck’s fuel tank to sag. Whereas this conjures up photographs of Rams dropping their fuel tanks on the street, or a minimum of springing a vital leak, the automaker says it isn’t doubtless.
“FCA US testing signifies the remaining structural elements would assist forestall separation,” the automaker said. So far, the automaker says it isn’t conscious of any accidents, accidents, or fuel leaks stemming from the saggy tanks. All fashions bought from 2009 to 2012 feature tanks produced from excessive-density polyethylene, it added.
In contrast to different recollects, similar to Ford’s free-floating steering wheels, this recall is just occurring “out of an abundance of warning,” FCA claims.
Included within the recall are Rams bought in 20 U.S. states with frequent bouts of wintry climate: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. In Canada, the place not a single sq. inch of land is immune from frigid climate, some 26,676 Ram 1500s from the identical mannequin years have been referred to as again for fuel tank bracket alternative.
The work is free of cost, and FCA encourages house owners to take a peek beneath the rear bumper for apparent indicators of bracket separation. If it lets go, the fuel tank strap will hold down very clearly. It may additionally seem like your truck is pregnant.
By the sounds of it, Rams of that period didn’t boast the beefiest brackets. Right here’s one grievance from 2013, regarding a 2009 mannequin.
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