TIPM Related Power Problems. Funny Sounding Part. Not So Funny Problems.

Key Points

  • Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) problems cause a wide array of electrical nightmares in Dodge vehicles.
  • Complaints include the the fuel pump failing to send fuel to the engine, the horn randomly going off, and airbags that randomly deploy.
  • Dodge has released a number of TIPM-related recalls but owners continue to have problems.
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If you've heard of a Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM), chances are you probably own a 2007-2014 Dodge or other vehicle from Fiat-Chrysler (FCA). From ChryslerProblems.com:

_ Think of the TIPM like a command center for all the electrical functions of your car. Want to turn on your wipers? That has to go through the TIPM. Need the fuel pump to turn on after you turn the key? You’ll have to run it through TIPM first._

It’s widely believed that hundreds of thousands of 2007–2014 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles have defective TIPMs that are putting owners in dangerous and sometimes just strange situations.

When a TIPM Starts to Fail

  • The airbags won't deploy in a crash but will deploy at random
  • The starter cranks until it burns out
  • The HORN goes off at random TIMES
  • Power windows won't work or randomly open themselves
  • The fuel pump doesn't turn off after you turn the engine off

Learn more about common TIPM symptoms.

Vehicles Affected

CAS Petition

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) filed a petition asking NHTSA to investigate alleged problems with Totally Integrated Power Modules (TIPMs) installed in Chrysler vehicles since 2007. Nearly a year later, that petition was denied.

”My wife uses this car to transport my children. Van is constantly stalling with no power to start back up. Sometimes this happens in the middle of busy intersections. Called Dodge and there is no recall on this even though there is extensive information regarding this problem on-line including on-going law suits. What is going on? This is a dangerous problem and a recall needs to be issued soon before someone gets hurt.” – 2012 Grand Caravan Owner

Small Recalls

Overall, a very small percentage of vehicles believed to have faulty TIPMs have actually been recalled for the issue:

MakeModelYearManufacturedRecalled
DodgeDurango201101/05/2010 – 07/20/2011September 2014
Durango2012February 2015
Durango2013February 2015
Nitro2007July 2007
JeepGrand Cherokee201101/05/2010 – 07/20/2011September 2014
Wrangler2007July 2007

FCA TIPM Settlement for Dodge Owners

If you own a 2011-2013 Dodge Durango, there’s good news. Girard Gibbs, LLP reached a proposed settlement with FCA to end a pending TIPM lawsuit. The settlement includes:

  • Free fuel pump relay repairs
  • An extended warranty on fuel pump repairs up to 7 years / 70,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • Reimbursement for previous TIPM replacements, diagnostics, and rental car expenses.

Generations Where This Problem Has Been Reported

This problem has popped up in the following Dodge generations.

Most years within a generation share the same parts and manufacturing process. You can also expect them to share the same problems. So while it may not be a problem in every year yet, it's worth looking out for.

  1. 2nd Generation Avenger

    Years
    2008–2014
    Reliability
    47th of 54
    PainRank
    24.31
    Complaints
    864
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  2. 1st Generation Caliber

    Years
    2007–2012
    Reliability
    45th of 54
    PainRank
    23.05
    Complaints
    630
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  3. 3rd Generation Challenger

    Years
    2008–2021
    Reliability
    26th of 54
    PainRank
    7.18
    Complaints
    264
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  4. 3rd Generation Durango

    Years
    2011–2021
    Reliability
    35th of 54
    PainRank
    16.85
    Complaints
    634
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  5. 5th Generation Grand Caravan

    Years
    2008–2020
    Reliability
    49th of 54
    PainRank
    28.5
    Complaints
    1836
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  6. 1st Generation Journey

    Years
    2009–2020
    Reliability
    46th of 54
    PainRank
    24.02
    Complaints
    1884
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  7. 1st Generation Magnum

    Years
    2005–2008
    Reliability
    38th of 54
    PainRank
    19.1
    Complaints
    273
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  8. 3rd Generation Ram 1500

    Years
    2002–2008
    Reliability
    52nd of 54
    PainRank
    57.14
    Complaints
    3501
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  9. 4th Generation Ram 1500

    Years
    2009–2011
    Reliability
    53rd of 54
    PainRank
    58.97
    Complaints
    629
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  10. 3rd Generation Ram 2500

    Years
    2003–2009
    Reliability
    41st of 54
    PainRank
    20.39
    Complaints
    827
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  11. 4th Generation Ram 2500

    Years
    2010–2011
    Reliability
    27th of 54
    PainRank
    9.33
    Complaints
    69
    Continue
  12. 3rd Generation Ram 3500

    Years
    2003–2009
    Reliability
    39th of 54
    PainRank
    19.54
    Complaints
    358
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  13. 4th Generation Ram 3500

    Years
    2010–2011
    Reliability
    32nd of 54
    PainRank
    14.8
    Complaints
    53
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OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, here's a handful of things you can do to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint

    CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint
  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify The CAS
  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA