Ram 1500 Recall For Rear Axle Bearings, Tundra Too?
Chrysler-Fiat is recalling more than 50,000 Ram 1500 pickups because of a rear axle bearing problem that can eventually cause a rear axle failure. The symptoms of this problem are a growling, griding noise coming from the rear axle:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from September 2009 through December 2010. Some vehicles may have experience a noise (growl, grind) coming from the rear axle bearing which could eventually seize.
If this recall is not completed, a failure of the bearing could cause the vehicle to stall increasing the risk of a crash.
The interesting thing – to me at least – is that these symptoms match a Toyota Tundra TSB (#T-SB-015-10):
Some 2007-2010 model year Tundra vehicles may exhibit a howling or growling noise from the rear of the vehicle that increases with vehicle speed. Changes have been made to the rear axle bearing to correct this condition.
The Toyota TSB says to remove and replace the rear axle shaft bearing to correct this condition.
While I’m reasonably certain Toyota would recall this bearing if there was a problem (Toyota is recall paranoid after paying nearly $50 million in NHTSA fines last year), the symptoms that necessitated a Ram recall sound fairly similar to the symptoms Toyota has identified in their TSB.
Anyone have first-hand knowledge of this TSB repair for the Tundra and/or the issue with the Ram?
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