Latest Apparatus Recalls
Continental Aftermarket is recalling (NHTSA Recall #13E-044) certain ATE Super Blue Racing DOT 4 brake fluid, supplied for use as aftermarket replacement brake fluid.
Each type of brake fluid has a color requirement to assist in proper identification. The affected brake fluid is blue in color, not in the range of colorless to amber, therefore it fails to conform to the requirements of FMVSS 116, "Motor Vehicle Brake Fluids." Noncompliant brake fluid color may lead to mixing of an incompatible fluid in the brake system.
Continental will notify distributors and will offer to repurchase all of the units in possession of distributors, retailers and consumers. This recall was to have begun in September. Customers may contact Continental at 800 265 1818 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My usual caution with respect to over-the-counter parts applies. Make it your business to check if you think you may have some of this product, and follow up.
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Chrysler is recalling (13V-344) certain 2012 Ram 3500 trucks and certain 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks.
Because of a loose snap ring inside the transmission, there may be a loss of power transfer through the transmission to the wheels.
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will replace the transmission assembly, free of charge. The recall was to have begun in September. Owners may contact Chrysler at 800 247 9753. Chrysler’s campaign number is N50.
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This one is much newer. I got it from our local newspaper last week and pieced it together from that and NHTSA’s web site.
Chrysler is recalling (13V-529) certain model year 2008-2012 RAM 2500 4X4 and 3500 4X4 trucks.
The left tie rod assembly may have been installed incorrectly. The tie rods may be out of alignment.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a new left tie rod assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N49.
This recall supersedes tie rod recall 10V657. Vehicles that were previously remedied under recall 10V657 are also affected by this campaign.
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Volvo Trucks North America is recalling (13V-349) certain 2011 – 2012 VAH, VHD, VNL and VNM trucks.
The windshield wiper motor may fail.
Volvo will notify owners and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor free of charge.
Volvo Trucks North America is also recalling (13V-366) certain 2013 and 2014 VNL vehicles equipped with Meritor RPL-20 driveline transmission.
The driveshaft is too weak for this application and may fail. Failure of the driveshaft can result in debris on the roadway and disabling of the truck.
Volvo will notify owners and dealers will replace the driveshaft, free of charge. The recall was to have begun in October. Owners may contact Volvo at 336 393 2000. Volvo’s recall number is RVXX1305.
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Spartan ERV is recalling (13V-352) certain 2005 – 2009 Star Series emergency vehicles equipped with a hydraulic ladder rack.
The pins which hold the ladder in place may back out over time. If the pins back out the ladder and the ladder rack arm may collapse.
Spartan will notify owners and will install spacers and locking nuts to prevent the pins from backing out, free of charge. The recall was to have begun in August. Owners may contact Spartan ERV at 800 867 6478, Option 2.
Spartan ERV is also recalling (13V-353) certain 2005 – 2009 RMA 75 and RMP 100; 2004 – 2009 RMA 103 and 2004 – 2010 TDA aerial ladder vehicles. (Ed. Note: These go back far enough that they might include Crimsons as well.)
These vehicles are equipped with rotation interlock magnets that are attached with an adhesive. The adhesive degrades over time causing the magnets to detach.
Without properly positioned interlock magnets, the aerial position cannot be properly tracked and if the outriggers are not fully deployed, the vehicle may become unstable, allowing it to roll over.
Spartan has notified owners and the rotation interlock magnets will be secured using mechanical fasteners, free of charge. Owners may contact Spartan ERV at 800 867 6478, Option 2.
That’s all I have for this month. Winter’s coming, may already be here for some folks. Start thinking about keeping those pumps from freezing!
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