A Ram truck engine fire recall includes more than 32,000 model year 2019-2020 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks equipped with Cummins 6.7L engines, reports carcomplaints.com.
Ram engine compartment fires caused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to ascertain that the engine calibration software wasn’t warning a driver when oil levels dipped too low. The automaker then opened an investigation.
If a driver isn’t aware of low oil levels there won’t be enough of an oil film on the main bearings, which will then wear and cause engine damage. Owners of the recalled models should listen for any strange engine noise that can occur immediately before the connecting rods fail.
As of June 3, FCA is aware of four customer assistance records, 56 warranty claims, and 56 field reports between Aug. 27, 2019, and March 29, 2021. FCA didn’t note how many Ram engine compartment fires have occurred, but no crashes or injuries have been reported.
Recall notices will be mailed July 30, 2021. Ram truck dealerships will update the engine calibration software to prevent engine fires. Concerned owners of recalled Ram trucks may call 800-853-1403; the Ram truck engine fire recall number is Y21.