This latest recall impacts 60,413 EcoDiesel vehicles built between May 2019 and May 2022.
FCA US launched a recall campaign this week covering Ram 1500 EcoDiesel trucks, as well as the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator with equipped with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine. According to the defect report sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Bosch CP4.2 high-pressure fuel pump could prematurely fail.
A pump failure may introduce component debris into the fuel system. If that happens, the resulting fuel starvation could cut the engine out while the vehicle’s moving, increasing the risk of a crash.
The automaker revealed the problematic fuel pumps were fitted to vehicles from May 29, 2019 through May 13, 2022, depending on the model. FCA US’ Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance organization began investigating failures in Ram and Jeep models from February of this year through August.
The affected production dates for each model vary by several months:
- 2020 – 2022 Ram 1500 (31,794 units) built between May 29, 2019 and January 21, 2022
- 2021 – 2022 Jeep Gladiator (7,375 units) built between June 4, 2020 and May 13, 2022
- 2020 – 2022 Jeep Wrangler (21,244 units) built between August 20, 2019 and November 2, 2021
What’s the fix?
Prior to a full-on failure, FCA says owners may notice a fuel leak from the high-pressure fuel pump or excessive noise. Occupants may also see a Malfunction Indicator Lamp or a “service Electronic Throttle Control” indicator.
The company says that it is aware of 22 customer service records, 205 warranty claims and 33 field reports related to the problem. However, there have been no accidents or injuries related to the issue in any market where the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel is sold, according to the recall defect report.
FCA US will begin notifying owners about the recall around December 2. From there, dealer technicians will inspect and replace the high-pressure fuel pump and additional components if necessary.
EcoDiesel owners can contact FCA’s customer care line at 1-800-853-1403 for more information. You can also check the NHTSA’s recall website or call their safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). FCA US’s recall number for this campaign is Z96, while the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-767.
After the 2023 model year, the automaker plans to discontinue the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel in both the Wrangler and Ram 1500. The Jeep Gladiator will keep that engine option for the foreseeable future, though vehicles built outside the production dates mentioned above are not affected. The company says it stopped using these high-pressure fuel pumps in vehicle production after May 2022.