RECALL R51 - FCA Recommends a Winter Front Cover for Colder Climates with EcoDiesels

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BoostN

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The problem is... The Charge Air Cooler (CAC) on your vehicle may develop internal icing in cold temperature regions. This condition may cause the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) to illuminate and cause the vehicle to experience a 35 mph limp in condition.

What you should do… We ask that you install the provided winter front cover, when sustained day and night time temperatures drop below 30° F (-1° C), using the installation instruction sheets provided in the kit. The winter front cover is included in this mailing
See the attached document for more information.
 

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RamDr

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I asked this question, through my dealer to Fiat a year ago and they overwhelmingly said no. Is this a new problem discovered?
 

diesel power 2014

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The shutters are more designed for letting air flow down under the truck,call any dealer in service dept and will tell
you the same.I you look closely inside front grill you will see that the shutters do not close over the intercooler as there
should always be air flow going through the intercooler as too much heat and can crack.I work on truck/trailers and drive
truck and if you ever notice the front grill if winter front is on the grill the center is not blocked off to allow airflow.Everone
please keep this in mind as warmer winter days may have to take cover off.
 
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kd1yt

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Is there any sort of compendium or portal of these sorts of notices and/or recalls? Thanks
 
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I live in southern Indiana. And received one of these covers in the mail today. I didn't even know it was coming. I saw a post somewhere, where someone was surprised they needed it in Missouri. The info that came with it said any consistent weather below 30° needs to have the cover on to keep from throwing the code, and going into limp mode. Even living in southern Indiana our lakes, and ponds freeze over. I would say that's constant enough cold weather to warrant the cover.
 

Readam

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I just got done with a live chat session with Matthew at FCA's recall site and he stated that the recall 51 was for Ecodiesel's with an engine block heater. Apparently I am ineligible since I do not have a block heater. Not quite sure what that has to do though with driving in cold weather.
 

Shane

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I was told I wasn't eligible because I DID have a block heater!? What the hell is going on?
 

Readam

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I just called FCA customer service # and there response is that my vin # does not qualify for this recall.There response was that these trucks are made in multiple locations and that this issue must have been addressed at manufacture. I assume the key is "certain 2014 and 2015 model " and mine must be not one of them. It is difficult to proceed as I am unclear where this recall document came from or dated. Boostn could you give a little help where this recall notice came from. My concern is I have a trip planned to cold areas. Thanks
 

TheB2B

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I was on the Ram owners web site, opened a chat window, asked if I qualify for a winter front. I was told my truck DID NOT have a block heater so I didn't qualify. I replied back my truck is sitting in the driveway PLUGGED IN! You know I would have bought I didn't qualify because of where I lived, what a bunch of BS! So at the risk of starting this whole debate again but all EcoDiesels manufactured have a block heater the difference is if the OEM installed a cord to plug them in with?
 

EcoSki

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I called FCA last night and they told me to call my dealer with my VIN. Today I called the dealer and they told me to wait for FCA to send me one.
 
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Hey guys. Supposed to get down in the low 20s this wkd in southern Indiana. I just put my cover on they sent me. Make sure if you install this, the side tabs have to slide in behind grill, and in between headlights. Lower tabs just slide in between grill and bumper. Then place hooks over top shroud.
 
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BruserD

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I got my notice in the mail today. I live in the interior of southern BC and -20 F is not uncommon and temperature are normally below 32F from Dec to mid March. Had my truck for 1 year and have about 26,000km on it. Never had any issues in cold weather but fuel mileage does drop in the winter. We don't have a lot of humidity in the air here which is why I assume I haven't had problems.
However:
Customer Satisfaction Notification! What a joke. How can I be satisfied if my truck isn't designed to operate in normal temperatures for most of Canada without having to manually go out an put a cover on it when it is cold. That is a faulty design! More than a little PO'd. They need a better fix than that!
 
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