General Motors is recalling 369,000 heavy duty diesel trucks worldwide due to 19 different reports of engine fires caused by the engine block heater. The affected trucks include 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 trucks. Plus, 2017 through 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 pickups. Every affected vehicle has the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel, optioned with the engine block heater.
Is there a Fix?
According to GM, both the electric heater cord and the terminals connecting the cord can short circuit, causing a system failure and potential fire. Unfortunately, GM does not yet have a fix in place. Until they find something, GM is asking customers to avoid using the engine block heater.
What to do:
Since there is no fix currently available, owners may be waiting for some time. GM says owners may contact GM customer service at 1-586-596-1733. GM’s number for this recall is N182206310.
New Trucks Coming Soon!
Chevy has already unveiled the 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty and Medium Duty pickups. We know that the same 6.6-liter Duramax V8 with a few updates will be an option on the 2020 trucks as well. However, GM did not say whether these trucks are affected by this problem as well. We expect the 2020 HD Silverado & Sierra to go on sale sometime in the summer of 2019. Should GM release more information about this recall, we will be sure to post updates.
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