Legally reviewed by: Jessica Anvar Stotz, JD, MBA

On June 20, 2023, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) announced a recall affecting over 114,000 vehicles, specifically Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models, both equipped with 3-liter diesel engines.

This recall pertains to 2014-2019 Ram 1500 and 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles that are fitted with crankshaft position sensor tone wheels, which are at risk of delamination. Manufacturing problems with Jeep and Ram ecodiesel engines can result in affected engines losing synchronization between fuel injector pulses and camshaft timing- which can cause these engines to stall.

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    Have there been other related Jeep and RAM Ecodiesel recalls?

    Yes, this recall is an extension of a previous one issued in August 2020, which affected 2014-2018 Ram 1500s and 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with 3.0L diesel engines.

    In the 2020 recall, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recalled over 58,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0-liter diesel engines due to a sensor issue within the engine that could cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly. This sudden stalling, if it occurs while the vehicle is in motion, could potentially result in a crash. Similar FCA vehicles not equipped with 3.0-liter diesel engines were not included in this recall.

    In their report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), FCA disclosed that there had been 1,020 warranty claims related to this issue. They stated, however, that they were not aware of any crashes or injuries associated with this problem.

    Which vehicles experience 3.0 Ecodiesel problems?

    The vehicles implicated in this recall, as well as the previous one mentioned, include the 2014-2019 Ram 1500s and 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with 3.0L diesel engines. Additionally, the 2020-2022 Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500, and 2021-2022 Jeep Gladiator vehicles, all equipped with 3.0L diesel engines, may also have engine issues–though they are not included in this particular recall.

    Here is an overview of both the 2020 and 2023 FCA recalls:

    Recall Year Vehicles Affected Vehicle Issue Safety Risk
    2020 2014-2018 Ram 1500s and 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with 3.0L diesel engines Sensor issue within the engine Could cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly, potentially resulting in a crash
    2023 2014-2019 Ram 1500 and 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles fitted with crankshaft position sensor tone wheels Risk of delamination of crankshaft position sensor tone wheels Could cause these engines to stall, heightening the risk of a crash

    In a separate ecodiesel fuel pump recall, FCA identified an issue with the high-pressure fuel pump in certain 2020 to 2022 Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500, and 2021 and 2022 Jeep Gladiator vehicles, all equipped with 3.0L diesel engines. This problem could lead to premature failure of the pump, potentially causing debris to enter the fuel system, which may result in fuel starvation and stalling.

    How do I know if my vehicle has RAM or Jeep 3.0 diesel problems?

    To determine if your RAM or Jeep 3.0 diesel vehicle has issues, you can take the following steps:

    1. Check for Recalls

    (NHTSA) maintains a comprehensive database of all vehicle recalls. By entering your vehicle’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the NHTSA website, you can access any recall information related to your vehicle. If a recall appears, it means your vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed. It’s recommended to check this site regularly as new recalls can be issued at any time.

    2. Be Aware of Symptoms

    Certain symptoms can indicate potential issues with your RAM or Jeep 3.0 diesel vehicle. These symptoms could include:

    • Unexpected Stalling – If your vehicle stalls unexpectedly, especially while in motion, this could be a sign of a problem. This is a serious issue as it could potentially lead to a crash.
    • Warning Lights on the Dashboard – Your vehicle’s dashboard has several warning lights that can indicate various issues. If any warning light illuminates, it’s important to understand what it signifies and seek professional help if necessary.
    • Unusual Noises from Under the Hood – Any unusual noise coming from under the hood could be a sign of a problem. This could range from knocking, hissing, popping, or any other sound that is out of the ordinary.

    3.Consult a Professional

    If you notice any of the above symptoms or suspect that your vehicle may be experiencing issues, it’s always best to consult with a professional mechanic or a service center. They can diagnose the problem accurately and advise on the necessary repairs or actions to be taken.

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    What should I do if I notice Jeep or RAM Ecodiesel issues in my vehicle?

    If you are experiencing Ram or Jeep 3.0 diesel problems in a vehicle that is still under warranty, you may be able to take legal action under the Lemon Law. Here is what you should know:

    • Understanding Recalls: A recall is an initiative to remedy an anticipated problem, usually safety-related, before the problem causes damage. The NHTSA oversees recalls, which can be instigated either by the manufacturer or by the NHTSA’s directive. A vehicle is usually deemed a ‘lemon’ and becomes eligible for buyback or replacement under lemon law regulations after an excessive number of unsuccessful repair attempts have been made for a significant problem covered by the warranty.
    • State Lemon Law: A vehicle that is considered a ‘lemon’ typically becomes eligible for buyback or substitution under the stipulations of the lemon law, following an excessive number of failed attempts to repair a significant problem that falls under the warranty.
    • Recalls and Lemon Law Cases: The influence of recalls on lemon law cases can be intricate. Manufacturers may contend that a recall represents a forward-thinking action that shows they are assuming responsibility preemptively, and thus, it should not factor into a lemon law evaluation. However, if the consumer has encountered the problem(s) that the recall aims to rectify, the recall service visit is considered in the lemon law assessment.
    • Multiple Recalls and Lemon Law: If your vehicle undergoes several recalls, the likelihood of you having a valid lemon law claim could potentially rise. For instance, if there are four or more attempts to repair the same issue covered by the warranty that is related to the recall, you might be eligible for the California lemon law. Similarly, if there are two or more recalls for distinct issues covered by the warranty, your case could also be considered.
    • Lemon Law Legal Action: If the manufacturer or dealer fails to repair the vehicle under warranty, a lemon law might require the non-compliant party to replace the vehicle or refund your money. Owners of cars determined to be lemons may have a right to a buyback of their vehicle and reimbursement for the costs associated with repair attempts by the manufacturer.

    Remember, it is always best to consult with a legal professional if you suspect your vehicle may be experiencing issues that could be covered by state or federal lemon law.

    How to Fix the 2024 Ecodiesel Issue

    As part of the recall announcement, Stellantis says it has a possible fix for the Ecodiesel problem. The remedy involves replacing the tone wheel, which could rectify the problem and ensure proper engine function. Dealers are instructed to complete this repair on all affected vehicles, including those in dealer inventories and those brought in for service.

    Special tools may be necessary for completing the repair, and dealers are notified of the recall through the DealerCONNECT system. Owners of affected vehicles are also notified by mail and requested to schedule appointments with their dealers for the necessary service.

    Dealers are responsible for ensuring that all affected vehicles, including those unsold at the time of the recall, receive the necessary repairs before retail delivery. They are also required to follow up with vehicle owners to schedule appointments promptly. For any further questions or assistance, dealers and vehicle owners can reach out to FCA US LLC’s Customer Services or Field Operations.

    Continuous Problems with your Jeep or RAM Ecodiesel? Contact the Lemon Law Experts!

    Are you experiencing repeat issues with your Jeep or RAM Ecodiesel vehicle? Don’t let these problems persist! The Lemon Law provides protection to consumers who have purchased or leased defective vehicles. If your Jeep or RAM Ecodiesel vehicle has been giving you trouble, and repeated attempts at repair have failed to resolve the issue, you may be entitled to a refund, replacement, or cash compensation under the law.

    Have any questions about your case? Reach out to the Lemon Law Experts today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our team of experienced professionals works tirelessly to ensure that their clients receive the justice they deserve. If you are tired of constant trips to the repair shop and want to ensure your rights as a consumer are protected- contact the Lemon Law Experts.