Ram Recall: Over Half A Million Pickups For Fuel Pump Failures


If your Ram truck is equipped with the Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine and was built in 2019 or 2020, it may be part of this NHTSA recall. Gas pumps fail, causing all kinds of problems if they happen on the freeway or in an isolated location. In fact, anywhere is a problem. Ram discontinued this particular fuel pump after 2020.

Which Ram trucks are affected by this recall?

2021 Ram 3500 | RAM

Trucks included in the recall include the 2019-2020 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks; and the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs. If you have had any related repairs within the past two years, Ram will reimburse you and also replace the Bosch CP4 gas pump. These are high pressure pumps, and when they fail, you can see a malfunction indicator light come on. These are also known as check engine warning lights.

There may also be fuel leakage, abnormal engine noise, or the driving quality of the engine may be affected. When the Bosch pump fails, debris enters the fuel system from the disintegrating pump. It then starves the engine of fuel, causing it to stall. Stellantis is not aware of any injuries or fatalities related to this issue.

Your local Ram dealer will install a new high pressure fuel pump and also update the software. Recall notices will not start sending until January 2022. Until then, there are different ways to know if your truck is part of the recall.

How do I know if my ram is part of this recall?

2020 Ram 3500 | Stellantis

You can contact Ram customer service at 800-853-1403. Refer to NHTSA campaign number 21V-880 or Ram callback number which is Y78. The NHTSA website also has information about the recall. Enter your 17-digit VIN number to see if there are any open callbacks. You should check back regularly as these reminders are becoming more and more common.

There is also a class action lawsuit filed on this gas pump. Depending on the costume, this is because the pump is not compatible with American diesel. It is used in other Ford and GM diesel vehicles. The filing dates from 2019, by the law firm Hagens Berman.

Bosch is a European company but manufactures vehicle components all over the world. Diesel fuel in the United States contains less sulfur than that found in Europe. In the United States, diesel fuel is labeled very low in sulfur because it is better for the environment. But it doesn’t lubricate the internal components of a diesel engine like the higher sulfur European variety.

There are many kits available to “fix” this common problem.

2020 Ram 3500

2020 Ram 3500 | Stellantis

Some companies make a “kit” that costs more than $ 3,600 before labor is added. They increase the fuel pressure by adding a pump or replacing it with the old Bosch model CP3 pump. This pump is less efficient, which is one of the reasons Bosch switched to the CP4 unit.

There is also an inexpensive kit called the “Disaster Prevention Kit” which filters the fuel from the pump to the gas tank. The filters capture the debris, but according to the lawsuit, the pump will always fail. However, the homeowner will only need to replace the pump when this happens.

Repairing the debris that passes through your fuel system could cause much more damage. This kit sells for around $ 400. If there is anything good about these repair kits, it comes down to ingenuity when technicians and / or homeowners are faced with failures of multiple components.

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