Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
POWER TRAIN
210120507/23/200510016026New 42rle variable line pressure transmission (vlp). *tt08/18/2005

Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
EA04025CHRYSLER GROUP LLC08/26/200412/22/2005FALSE PARK05V462000
 The subject vehicles are heavy duty pickup trucks with diesel engines and automatic transmissions commonly used for commercial and work purposes.a column mounted shift lever is used for gear selection and an electronic prndl on the instrument panel provides gear position information to the driver.the subject vehicles are also equipped with a brake-transmission shift interlock that prevents the shift lever from being moved from the park position (when the engine is on) unless the brake pedal is depressed and an ignition-shift interlock that prevents key removal unless the transmission is in the park position.complainants generally report that the vehicle was being operated in a forward gear and brought to a stop through brake application on alevel surface, at which time the operator moved the shift lever to engage the park position.the operator then opened the driver side door and, without verifying park engagement (e.g., prndl gear indication), securing the park brake, or turning the engine off, exited the vehicle.initially, no vehicle movement was apparent, however, a short time later, typically reported as 10 to 30 seconds, the vehicle moved rearward under engine power.the incident often ended in a vehicle crash, and sometimes involved serious injury.two fatalities are alleged.odi
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
PE05027CHRYSLER GROUP LLC05/16/200511/03/2005ENGINE STALL
 On may 16, 2005,odi opened preliminary evaluation pe05-027 to investigate complaints of engine stalling in model year 2004-05 dodge durango suvs and ram 1500 series pickups equipped with the 5.7l v8 engine.information provided by daimlerchrysler during pe05-027 indicated that a large percentage of the complaints are related to an idle undershoot condition that may cause the engine to stall during turning maneuvers.in february 2005, daimlerchrysler revised the powertrain control module software in production vehicles and issued a technical service bulletin (tsb 18-013-05) releasing the new software as a service remedy for the idle undershoot condition.the bulletin was superceded by tsb 18-013-05a in april 2005.daimlerchrysler believes that the failure rate for stalling while driving due to the idle undershoot condition is low and that the bulletin has adequately addressed the problem. since pe05-027 was opened, odi has continued to receive complaints from owners of the subject vehicles who allege experiencing engine stall incidents under all types of driving conditions.in some instances the stalling has continued after the vehicle received the service bulletin repairs.this investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis (ea05-018) to further assess the scope, frequency, and safety consequences of the alleged defect in dodge durango and ram 1500/2500/3500 series pickup trucks.
EA05018CHRYSLER GROUP LLC11/02/200508/29/2007ENGINE STALL
 Analysis of the complaint, field report and warranty data shows that the majority of stalling incidents in the subject vehicles appear to be related to the engine calibration concerns that daimlerchrysler addressed with service bulletins releasing revised pcm software.analysis of the complaints and odi's survey of owners of vehicles that received engine management software updates under tsb #18-013-05 show that these stalling incidents have the following characteristics: - they occur at low speeds, often during parking lot ordriveway maneuvers; - they occur during decelerations, such as braking for a stop sign or traffic signal; and - the operator is almost always able to immediately restart the vehicle.when compared with other safety defect investigations and recalls of conditions that result in stalling during low-speed deceleration with immediate engine restart possible, the failure rate in the subject vehicles is low.analyses of complaint and warranty data also show a declining trend.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by nhtsa that a safety-related defect does not exist.the agency will continue to monitor complaints and other information relating to the alleged defect in the subject vehicles and take further action in the future if warranted.see document file for additional information regarding this resume.
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)
EA04025CHRYSLER GROUP LLC08/26/200412/22/2005FALSE PARK05V462000
 The subject vehicles are heavy duty pickup trucks with diesel engines and automatic transmissions commonly used for commercial and work purposes.a column mounted shift lever is used for gear selection and an electronic prndl on the instrument panel provides gear position information to the driver.the subject vehicles are also equipped with a brake-transmission shift interlock that prevents the shift lever from being moved from the park position (when the engine is on) unless the brake pedal is depressed and an ignition-shift interlock that prevents key removal unless the transmission is in the park position.complainants generally report that the vehicle was being operated in a forward gear and brought to a stop through brake application on alevel surface, at which time the operator moved the shift lever to engage the park position.the operator then opened the driver side door and, without verifying park engagement (e.g., prndl gear indication), securing the park brake, or turning the engine off, exited the vehicle.initially, no vehicle movement was apparent, however, a short time later, typically reported as 10 to 30 seconds, the vehicle moved rearward under engine power.the incident often ended in a vehicle crash, and sometimes involved serious injury.two fatalities are alleged.odi
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - LEVER AND LINKAGE - COLUMN SHIFT
EA04025CHRYSLER GROUP LLC08/26/200412/22/2005FALSE PARK05V462000
 The subject vehicles are heavy duty pickup trucks with diesel engines and automatic transmissions commonly used for commercial and work purposes.a column mounted shift lever is used for gear selection and an electronic prndl on the instrument panel provides gear position information to the driver.the subject vehicles are also equipped with a brake-transmission shift interlock that prevents the shift lever from being moved from the park position (when the engine is on) unless the brake pedal is depressed and an ignition-shift interlock that prevents key removal unless the transmission is in the park position.complainants generally report that the vehicle was being operated in a forward gear and brought to a stop through brake application on alevel surface, at which time the operator moved the shift lever to engage the park position.the operator then opened the driver side door and, without verifying park engagement (e.g., prndl gear indication), securing the park brake, or turning the engine off, exited the vehicle.initially, no vehicle movement was apparent, however, a short time later, typically reported as 10 to 30 seconds, the vehicle moved rearward under engine power.the incident often ended in a vehicle crash, and sometimes involved serious injury.two fatalities are alleged.odi

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
POWER TRAIN
05/20/20053195301/27/2005
 I have an 05 ram 2500 quad cab hemi truck with 3,200 miles on it. since new the truck has had an erratic idle and would occasionally die when shifting from reverse to drive. the pcm has been flashed, the throttle body is projected to be replaced next. this problem is getting progressively worse as the truck recently stalled in traffic three times in a ten minute period. i will also be filling a similar complaint for my 05 hemi durango limited.
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
08/05/200510000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2005 dodge ram 2500 quad. while parked the contact noticed there was power steering coolant leaking from underneath the vehicle. the vehicle was taken to the dealer diagnostics. the technicians stated the power steering line needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired. also, the transmission lines were cracked and needed to be replaced prior to the repair of the power steering. the computer in the transmission was reprogrammed. the vehicle was repaired. the contact stated upon purchasing the vehicle there were many failures. the manufacturer was made aware of the failures. the approximate failure mileage was 10,000. ds
08/05/200510000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2005 dodge ram 2500 quad. while parked the contact noticed there was power steering coolant leaking from underneath the vehicle. the vehicle was taken to the dealer diagnostics. the technicians stated the power steering line needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired. also, the transmission lines were cracked and needed to be replaced prior to the repair of the power steering. the computer in the transmission was reprogrammed. the vehicle was repaired. the contact stated upon purchasing the vehicle there were many failures. the manufacturer was made aware of the failures. the approximate failure mileage was 10,000. ds
09/03/2009220001
 Reverse gear did not engage when backing in drive way. dodge dealer service unable to determine cause during service performed on sep 3-4, 2009. *tr
03/20/200612000112/01/2004
 Dt*: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked, the gear shifter indicator jumped into reverse and ran over the contact and crashed into a fence. the contact received minor injuries; however, the police were not contacted since this happened on private property. the damage to the fence was additional property damage. two days later, the contact received a recall notification on nhtsa # 05v462000, concerning the automatic transmission. the manufacturer was alerted about the accident and sent a representative to investigate. the investigator determined the transmission had gone in reverse and was the cause of the failure. the investigator rechecked the vehicle after this recall work was performed and deemed the vehicle unsafe. the investigator stated the alarm patch that was placed on the transmission to alert the contact that the transmission was again going into reverse, was a short term repair and the vehicle would have the same problem again. the contact is unpleased with the repair that was made and very afraid to drive the vehicle for fear of safety.
05/28/2005103/26/2005
 Dt: the vehicle is a 2005 dodge ram 2500 quadcab 4x4 swb. the contact stated that the vehicle jumped gears. it jumped from park to reverse while the engine was running.*ak
04/12/20052000103/11/2005
 Dt: with the car running, the gear went out of park. without warning the transmission interlock with brakes is satisfied and allows the transmission to shift to another gear. the consumer had an accident. the dealer said he could not find a problem. manufacturer could not find a problem. parking interlock logic is faulty. truck is a ram 2500 quad cab 4x4. chrysler complaint file #13477159 emma martel at 248-944-7038
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - LEVER AND LINKAGE - COLUMN SHIFT
09/10/20051000208/23/2005
 We have a 2005 dodge ram quad cab pickup, my husband put the truck in park and left it running to get out and check some hay in the field, he no sooner got out and the truck went into reverse and almost ran him over, it kept going and almost hit a utility pole. he got in to check another field and it did the same thing again, this time he almost got ran over again and in running to stop the truck pulled a muscle in his leg. my husband is 60 years old and it scared the bejesus out of him. i will be calling my dodge dealer on monday about this problem. *jb
08/01/2005104/01/2005
 Dt: contact owns a 2005 dodge ram 2500 quad cab lwb. the contact stated when the indicator was in park it went into reverse. this resulted in an accident. the consumer stated about 35 seconds after the vehicle was parked it went into reverse and hit an asphalt paver. the vehicle has not been to a service dealer to be inspected to determine the cause of the problem. *ak
POWER TRAIN - TRANSFER CASE (4-WHEEL DRIVE)
08/31/200758000110/15/2005
 Tl*the contact owns a 2005 dodge ram 2500 regcab 4x4 swb. while driving 70 mph, the contact heard a humming noise followed by a loud explosion. he looked in the rearview mirror and noticed metal pieces of the transfer case coming from under the vehicle. the contact attempted to apply the brakes, however, they failed to engage. the contact coasted the vehicle into the grass and it came to a stop. the dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. . the current and failure mileages were 58,000. received 12/12/07. 4200 updated 12/12/07. *jb