Ram HD Truck Alternators Providing a Charge and Then Maybe a Flame, Too

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#recall #engine #fire
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Scott McCracken
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carcomplaints.com
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When the engine is running, your vehicle's alternator helps charge the battery and supplies additional power to the vehicle's electrical systems. But for 86,000 Dodge Ram (and RAM) trucks it's also supplying something else – electrical shorts and fires. #notafeature

"Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) says the problem occurs with the alternator near maximum amperage in hot temperatures, conditions more likely to be experienced with corporate fleet vehicles compared to typical consumer driving."

FCA says the alternators will need to be replaced but they don't have enough parts. So ... hooray for winter?

More information on carcomplaints.com

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    Years
    1994–2002
    Reliability
    24th of 54
    PainRank
    5.9
    Complaints
    519
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    Years
    2003–2009
    Reliability
    39th of 54
    PainRank
    19.54
    Complaints
    358
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    Years
    2010–2011
    Reliability
    32nd of 54
    PainRank
    14.8
    Complaints
    53
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    Years
    2008–2011
    Reliability
    1st of 54
    PainRank
    0.22
    Complaints
    3
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