Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
07059711/14/19976088789Concerns with high coolant tamperatures or overheating with snowplow attached. *nlm01/07/2000
07039705/09/199707-05-936088786Concerns with engine coolant usage. *nlm01/07/2000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM
07059711/14/199754180Concerns of high coolant temperatures or overheating with snowplow attached. *yc03/30/1998
07039705/09/199752963Various car owner's have expressed interest in using engine coolants made with propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol. *yc11/13/1997
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
09050002/25/2000610005Experiencing spark knock and engine oil consumption due to intake manifold pan gasket oil leak. *tt04/13/2000
09049705/09/19976088852This bulletin involves moaning noise coming from the accessory drive. *nlm01/10/2000
18079802/27/1998600345Customer may be concern of incorrect idle adjustments. *yc05/11/1998
18299710/17/199754220Some vehicles may exhibit a bucking or jerking condition while under light acceleration or while driving at steady state speeds. *yc03/30/1998
09079706/27/199752529Timing chain noise. *tw08/14/1997
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
090040105/18/2001628237Customer may complain of high oil consumption, grey oil smoke coming out of the exhaust or breather tube, or mechanical knocking. *tt03/06/2002
18259708/15/19976088930Concerns with egr system failure with hex code $2e on 5.9l diesel. * nlm01/11/2000
09069909/10/1999607913Subject regarding spark knock and engine oil consumption due to intake manifold pan gasket oil leak. *tt10/18/1999
18249807/31/1998602322Some vehicles may exhibit light spark knock with a warm engine under load. *yc10/26/1998
08219705/23/199752970When vehicles in the start position, engine will not crank over. *yc11/13/1997
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE - BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
09049809/25/1998602441Some vehicles may exhibit a condition where the accesory drive belt becomes damaged on the inboard edge. *yc11/04/1998
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE - TURBO-CHARGER
11089809/25/1998602434A new kit has been released that will allow technicians to repair turbochargers with failed wastegate actuators. *ak11/04/1998
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM
110060512/21/200510018993Illuminated mil as the result of a diagnostic trouble code (dtc) p0420 - catalyst efficiency, or may have failed a california smog or state i/m test but without an illuminated mil, or a rattling sound from the underside of the vehicle. cat01/26/2006
25029810/23/1998602881Subject regarding i/m ( inspection maintenance ) testing - obd ii carb readiness monitor information. *yc01/20/1999
18069802/27/1998600346Complaints of hard or no start conditons. *yc05/11/1998
25019704/18/199751937Hissing/suction noise coming from the inlet air tube of the injection pump filter. *tw07/17/1997
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL
7631/763206/01/1998601479Information concerning emissions recalls 7631 and 7632--vapor canister and purge solenoid. *ak06/15/2000
25039710/17/19976089139Conditions on fuel doo and/or fuel discharging from the evaporative emissions canister. *nlm01/13/2000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
11019705/16/19976088863Concerns with whine or wowl while driving at hignway speeds. *nlm01/11/2000

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
07/15/20030
 Air condition works off and on the paint on the truck is blue .it has been coming off for some time .first in small areas and now longer. looks like a bad sun burn.don't think it was done right at the manufactors.
07/15/200388992
 Cylinder head's are cracked, causing truck to damage head gaskets. overdrive on the truck went out so truck wouldn't shift.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM
06/01/1996105/01/1996
 Freeze plugs are leaking and after repairs they are still leaking. was told by dealer that it was caused by sand left in the block after casting and the plugs are corroding. last time in they put a stop leak in the system and it has slowed down the coolant consumption to about a pint every 3 months. i feel they have not corrected the problem but delayed it until there is a problem at a future date.
02/07/1999110/01/1997
 The brakes have not been 100% since i purchased this vehicle. i took the vehicle to the dealer at41,000 miles and complained about low pedal . i was told that the pads and shoes were fine. at about 50,000 miles, the brake booster failed and the vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. squealing noise from under the hood was found to be the water pump.
09/20/19961
 Loose vaccum pump.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - HOSE
04/27/2000
 Consumer called manufacturer in reference to recall # 97v084000. recall only involved v10 engines, not diesel engines. therefore, this vehicle was not included due to vin., and exhaust pipe located on the other side of transmission. even though dealer refused to perform the recall, they still recommended that the upgrade be performed at the owner's expense. *ak *ml
12/23/19961
 Vacume hoses sucks oil through vacuum lines.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
12/17/19981
 Thermostat failed resulting in leakage, serpentine belt replaced. *mjs
08/15/1998410/02/1997
 Transmission shudders at 45 mph, does not shift and shakes when going into 3rd or overdirve, and jerks and slips, dealer has replaced the valve body and reconditioned transmission and replaced convertor, transmission continues to lock up and jerk. driver and passenger side mirrors were both replaced due to being loose. emergency brake handle came off and was replaced. fuel gauge read empty with 12 gallons in tank, dealer replaced fuel pump module. wiper blades weren't cleaning windshield, dealer replaced both wiper blades, windshield washer was inoperable, dealer replaced washer motor. vehicle has experienced many problems with the interior and dome lights failing, dome light keeps blowing fuse and dealer has replaced the strip lighting and fuse box door and repaired the open circuit to junction block. radiator cap was replaced due to low coolant. there was a brake fluid leak, dealer replaced caps for the master cylinder, the brake and abs light were illuminated, dealer replaced rear wheel speed sensor and wiring. passenger side vent window would not open and leaked air. vehicle only gets 13mph on highway, consumer states this is poor gas mileage. *slc
04/17/19971
 Thermostat failed.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
09/14/2003
 Engine caught on fire without warning. *ak
02/07/20032
 I have a 1996 dodge ram van 2500 with a 3.9 liter engine in 117000 miles i had to have 2 timing chains installed and now it is on its 3rd timing chain why? *jb
2
 While driving, consumer discovered that crankshaft was misaligned and knocked bearings out of the rods. *ak dealer installed remanufactured engine in truck at 54,000 miles, the remanufactured engine had a knock in it from day one of installation, consumer took truck back to dealer, dealer replaced pan and bearings. *tt
03/01/2001105/01/1996
 While changing the motor oil, i noticed the rear of the motor wet with oil. traced oil leak via mechanic back to the rear of the heads on both sides. losing approx 1/2 qt of oil between changes.*ak
01/01/19980
 While driving vehicle completely stopped without warning, none of gauges went out. took vehicle to dealer, and they said it was sludge that build up. 10 months later, campshaft went out. *ak
02/14/2000312/01/1995
 Original failure took place on nov 26, 1997. the oil light came on and oil pressure droppped to zero. the oil pump was replaced under warranty. then, on jan 21, 1999 the same scenario happened again. this time the oil pump, connecting rod,crankshaft and gaskets were replaced at my expense as the vehicle was no longer under warranty nor were the parts that had been replaced. finally, on february 14, 2000 the entire scenario took place again. the oil light came on and oil pressure dropped to zero. it appears that the oil pump will agin need to be replaced. at this point, the dealership is trying to say it is a lack of maintenance and should be repaired at my expense. my concern is that the vehicle has been maintained and that after 3 failures there is a definite problem with the vehicle. the vehicle is currently at the previously mentioned dealership awaiting repairs and the response from chrysler corp as to whether or not they will do so at their expense. any help you can provide would be greatly a
02/14/2000312/01/1995
 Original failure took place on nov 26, 1997. the oil light came on and oil pressure droppped to zero. the oil pump was replaced under warranty. then, on jan 21, 1999 the same scenario happened again. this time the oil pump, connecting rod,crankshaft and gaskets were replaced at my expense as the vehicle was no longer under warranty nor were the parts that had been replaced. finally, on february 14, 2000 the entire scenario took place again. the oil light came on and oil pressure dropped to zero. it appears that the oil pump will agin need to be replaced. at this point, the dealership is trying to say it is a lack of maintenance and should be repaired at my expense. my concern is that the vehicle has been maintained and that after 3 failures there is a definite problem with the vehicle. the vehicle is currently at the previously mentioned dealership awaiting repairs and the response from chrysler corp as to whether or not they will do so at their expense. any help you can provide would be greatly a
12/27/1998101/01/1996
 Initial transmission problem started @ 38000 just out of warranty. dealer said they couldn't help. i never thought of contacting manufacturer. trans. diagnosis complete at 72500 mis, dealer say rebuild, r+r at 89300mis. brake mastercylinder lid was leaking causing insufficiet fluid level lead to pad and shoe failure. transmission failure led to lifter failure in the engine. trans would long shift putiing strain on engine causing a higher rev. ultimately weakening 2 lifters. i am now hearing a noise and feeling jolts on the steering wheel turning left . problem is unknown at this time. *ak
 Driving at approximately 70 mph engine piston rings, failed causing vehicle to stall on the highway. *ak
04/16/19981
 The engine oil pan had burned due to a lack of oil. vehicle had stopped running. took to dealer. mechanic had to replace old engine bearings with new engine bearings. *ak
07/06/1998202/07/1996
 There are 2 extra pieces on camshaft on engine. no plate (lifter keeper). this causes the engine to sound/run like a diesel. rockale assembly rods cut into camshaft, leaving 1/2 groove. taken to dealer for repairs. the mechanic change oil & filter which was full of shaving 3 times but the engine not right.*ak.et.
07/10/1996104/01/1996
 Cylinder head cracked resulting in failure.
10/07/19961
 Oil was leaking.
1
 Gasket split.
09/29/1996109/27/1996
 Outer ring of balancer came apart, causing water pump/water hose to break and blow out front left tire.
06/29/1996102/17/1996
 Crankshaft sensor failed.
11/09/1996
 During vehicle operation at 10 mph the crankshaft pulley& belt fell off, causing a loss of power steering. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was repaired. the same problem took place a 2nd time. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - DIESEL
09/15/1999
 The diesel engine had lost oil. the oil sprayed over the exhaust manifold. no smoke or fire was observed. had contacted 3 different dealers & was informed the engine was not gas, but diesel & was not under recall. had used the same seal as the transmission line. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
10/24/2001105/30/2000
 Consumer states engine stalled while traveling down a mountain, consumer lost all control of vehicle and went off a 300 ft revene, vehicle finally stopped after striking a tree head on, air bag did not deploy, consumer sustained injuries, a month after purchasing vehicle, recall repairs were completed on vehicle regarding blower and igntion, consumer was later informed of additional recalls that needed to be repaired on vehicle, however consumer was never given any specific details about what was repaired/replaced. *jb
07/01/2000
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
06/09/1999
 While driving vehicle locked up, and consumer lost control of vehicle, causing a major crash, which resulted in vehicle totaled, and 1 fatality. no one determined the cause of the crash.*ak
06/17/20000
 After having trouble with the starter could hear noise coming from the engine. then vehicle caught on fire without a warning. *ak
 While traveling vehicle would stall without indicaton. dealer has been notified. also, oil pump needed to be replaced. vehicle is on its third replacement. please provide further information. *ak
02/14/2000312/01/1995
 Original failure took place on nov 26, 1997. the oil light came on and oil pressure droppped to zero. the oil pump was replaced under warranty. then, on jan 21, 1999 the same scenario happened again. this time the oil pump, connecting rod,crankshaft and gaskets were replaced at my expense as the vehicle was no longer under warranty nor were the parts that had been replaced. finally, on february 14, 2000 the entire scenario took place again. the oil light came on and oil pressure dropped to zero. it appears that the oil pump will agin need to be replaced. at this point, the dealership is trying to say it is a lack of maintenance and should be repaired at my expense. my concern is that the vehicle has been maintained and that after 3 failures there is a definite problem with the vehicle. the vehicle is currently at the previously mentioned dealership awaiting repairs and the response from chrysler corp as to whether or not they will do so at their expense. any help you can provide would be greatly a
 Intermittently when vehicle makes a left or right turn vehicle will stall out and die. dealer has been notified. *ak
08/01/1996
 I am a mechanic and have talked to other mechanics about my problem. the motor in my truck is 3 years old and is rusting from the inside out. i am told that chrysler has had previous problems like this for many years. i know that many other people like me are having to fix there problems out of our own pockets. my problem is only fixed temporaly it can not be fixed. the next solution would be a new motor . i feel that this is a problem that chrysler should attend to.
04/16/1999110/01/1997
 Engine completely fell apart and was replaced by northe star dodge in san antonio. air conditioner has relay problems. transmission found to have clutch pieces in it by independant used car tester. all windows and doors have air leaks and rain leaks. vehicle leaks water up throught he floor board when driving in rain. vehicle also shudders dramatically when going over 40 mph. carberator has choke problems and is hard to start. most if not all of these problems were reported to dodge within 10,000 miles of purchase but due to stalling techiches by fiesta dodge nothing has ever been remedied.
03/28/1999211/17/1995
 No compression in the #6 cylinder may have caused the vehicle to loose power when going up grades.
 While driving 70 mph vehicle completely shut down without warning. vehicle has to be put into neutral to restart cause unknown. please give any further details. *ak
11/15/1998103/01/1998
 Spent $1200 to rebuild entire front end of car due to excessive clunking and looseness after only 40,000 miles of lite street use. factory installed componants obvoiusly inferior quality or defective. dailmer chrysler was willing to assist in the costs of the repair until the bills came in. daimler chrysler walked away from the issue. rear window water leak - suggest other owners to look on passenger side for water ponding adjacent to sill plate at rear of seat. rear factory sliding window defective. must replace with alternate selection. headliner will not fit properly on alternate selection - beware. dodge ram owners beware. this owner jumping ship from dodge/chrysler products. only owned this vehical for 11 months.
408/29/1996
 Vehicle stalling for no apparent reason.
102/16/1996
 Within the first 1000 feet of driving engine is very sluggish, usually after vehicle has sat overnight. (qcaw)
1
 Engine fire.
06/01/1996204/01/1996
 Engine failed.
03/29/19961
 Engine running rough, idle fast.
04/01/1996103/01/1996
 Continuous engine hesitation, causing accident/injury.
10/22/19971
 Owner was driving down the highway and the engine had fire coming from it. *ak
1
 Engine stalled.
05/01/19961
 Intermittent stalling.
 While idling, truck caught on fire ,cause unknown. left arm and leg were burnt. please describe details. *ak
05/24/1996
 The vehicle was in motion and the vehicle caught on fire. please describe in more details. *ak
 On seven occasions consumer was driving and truck locked up(cut off) . tt
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE - BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
12/17/19981
 Thermostat failed resulting in leakage, serpentine belt replaced. *mjs
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM
02/12/2000107/01/1996
 After trying to change foward oxygen sensor four times i find out i have 1995 sensors in my 1996 truck. the connectors on the 1996 sensors for the forward and aft oxygen sensors are opposite on 1995. how many other componets on this wiring harness will be affected? a 1996 forward sensor lists for $75.00 while a 1995 sensor lists for $130.00.
08/23/1996106/07/1996
 Canister solenoid failure and sensor loose causing engine light to stay on.
09/20/1996106/07/1996
 Exhaust system failed.
08/01/1996102/25/1996
 Exhaust gasket failed.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL
08/15/20021
 Consumer states that the vapor canister is filled with some sort of black substance and the vehicle is not running properly. contacted dealer and the dealer stated that the vehicle is not included in the recall. *mr
08/23/1996106/07/1996
 Canister solenoid failure and sensor loose causing engine light to stay on.
03/11/19961
 Due to design of tank, when tank is over filled, overflow runs onto ground. *dsh
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL - CATALYTIC CONVERTOR
12/08/2000
 While driving vehicle makes a clunking noise. consumer took vehicle to dealer, and they stated that cataylic converter needed replacement. please provide any further information.*ak
1
 Consumer states catalytic convertor failed and had to be replaced. *jb
104/06/1996
 Catalytic converter system failed.
12/30/1996104/01/1996
 Catalytic converter failed.
07/01/1996108/01/1996
 Catalytic converter failed.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
04/27/2000
 Consumer called manufacturer in reference to recall # 97v084000. recall only involved v10 engines, not diesel engines. therefore, this vehicle was not included due to vin., and exhaust pipe located on the other side of transmission. even though dealer refused to perform the recall, they still recommended that the upgrade be performed at the owner's expense. *ak *ml
 While the truck was parked it caught on fire near exhaust pipe. owner had just driven truck about 3/4 of a mile. owner was able to put out the fire. the dealer was notified about the fire. the truck has not been repaired. *ak