2010 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX4

Chrysler recalls Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota over rearend lockup risk

The Chrysler Group has issued a recall for select Dodge Ram 1500/Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota models from the 2009 and 2010 model years over a concern that a fastener in the rear differential could work itself loose – possibly leading to the rear differential locking up.

This new Chrysler Group recall pertains to the 2009 and 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 full sized pickups and the smaller Dodge Dakota pickups built between July 1st 2009 and November 30th 2009. In these trucks, there is an internal axle nut that may not have enough adhesive so over time, the nut could work itself loose. When the nut in the rear end of the Ram 1500 and Dakota gets loose enough, there can be interference among rear differential components that could lead to the rear axles locking up. Having your rear wheels suddenly lock up poses a very significant safety issue so the American automaker is acting quickly to get these trucks back to dealerships for repairs. There was also one incident where the rear end locking up was so violent that it broke the driveshaft which in turn punctured the fuel tank. In short, having your rear diff lock up is all bad so Chrysler is making the good choice to get these trucks back.

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