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Safety Recall E18

Reprogram Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM)

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Date: November 2005

Models: 2006 (DR) Dodge Ram Light Duty 4x4 Pick Up Truck

NOTE: This recall applies only to the above vehicles equipped with a NV246
transfer case (sales code DH8) built from February 9, 2005 through September 7,
2005 (MDH 020910 through 090708).

IMPORTANT: Some of the involved vehicles may be in distributor/dealer new
vehicle inventory. Distributor/Dealers should also consider this requirement to apply to
used vehicle inventory and should perform this recall on vehicles in for service. Involved
vehicles can be determined by using the VIP inquiry process.

Subject:
The Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) on about 135 of the above vehicles
(0 in International Markets) contains an incorrect calibration that may inadvertently
cause the transfer case to default into neutral and allow unintended movement of
the vehicle. If this occurs and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle could
roll away with the transmission in the Park position and cause a crash without
warning.

Repair:

The TIPM must be reprogrammed (flashed).

Parts Information:

No parts are required to perform this service procedure.

Special Tools:

The following existing special tools may be required to perform this repair:

       * Part of CH9400 kit.

Service Procedure:

Reprogram the TIPM

1. Open the hood, install a battery charger and verify that the charging rate
provides approximately 13.5 volts.

2. Shift the transfer case to “4 Auto” if not already in that position.

3. Connect the CH9410 StarSCAN(r) ethernet cable to the StarSCAN and the
dealer’s network drop (optional).

4. Connect the CH9404 StarSCAN vehicle cable to the StarSCAN and the
vehicle.

 Remainder of

NOTE: After completing the flash, if the red neutral LED indicator light remains
on, apply the park brake and with the engine running, place the
transmission in neutral. Then depress the neutral shift button until the
neutral indicator light turns off.

NOTE: Due to the TIPM programming procedure, a Diagnostic Trouble Code
(DTC) may be set in other modules (TCM, BCM, MIC, SKREEM, etc.)
within the vehicle, if so equipped. Some DTC’s may cause the MIL to
illuminate. From the “Home” screen select “System View”. Then select
“All DTCs”. Press “Clear All Stored DTCs” if there are any DTCs shown
on the list.

Completion Reporting and Reimbursement

Claims for vehicles that have been serviced must be submitted on the
DealerCONNECT Claim Entry Screen located on the Service tab. Claims submitted
will be used by DaimlerChrysler to record recall service completions and provide
dealer payments.

Use the following labor operation number and time allowance:

                                                                           Labor Operation    Time Allowance
Reprogram Totally Integrated Power Module        08–E1–81–82      0.3 hours

NOTE: See the Warranty Administration Manual, Recall Claim Processing Section,
for complete recall claim processing instructions.

Distributor/Dealer Notification and Vehicle List:
Regional offices will receive an electronic list of involved vehicles. The Vehicle
List is arranged by Distributor/Dealer code and in Vehicle Identification Number
(VIN) sequence. The lists are for Distributor/Dealer reference in arranging for
service of involved vehicles.

Owner Notification and Service Scheduling

All involved vehicle owners should be notified of the service requirement by their
Distributor/Dealer. Owners are requested to schedule appointments for this service.
A sample copy of the owner notification letter is attached.

Vehicle Lists, Global Recall System, VIP and Dealer Follow up

All involved vehicles have been entered into the Global Recall System (GRS) and
Vehicle Information Plus (VIP) for Distributor/Dealer inquiry as needed.

GRS provides involved Distributors/Dealers with an updated VIN list of their
incomplete vehicles. Completed vehicles are removed from GRS within several
days of repair claim submission.

Distributors/Dealers must perform this repair on all unsold vehicles before
retail delivery. Distributors/Dealers should also use the VIN list to follow up with
all owners to schedule appointments for this repair.

Additional Information

If you have any questions or need assistance in completing this action, please
contact your International Service and Parts Manager.
International Service and Parts

DaimlerChrysler Corporation


SAFETY RECALL E18 - REPROGRAM TOTALLY INTEGRATED POWER MODULE (TIPM)

Dear: (Name)

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor
Vehicle Safety Act.

DaimlerChrysler Corporation has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety,
exists in some 2006 model year Dodge Ram Light Duty 4x4 Pick Up trucks.

The problem is... The Totally Integrated Power Module on your truck
(VIN: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) contains an incorrect calibration that may
inadvertently cause the transfer case to default into neutral and allow
unintended movement of the vehicle. If this occurs and the parking
brake is not applied, the vehicle could roll away with the transmission
in the Park position and cause a crash without warning.

What your dealer will do...
DaimlerChrysler will repair your vehicle free of charge (parts and
labor). To do this, your dealer will reprogram the TIPM module. The
work will take about one half hour to complete. However, additional time
may be necessary depending on how dealer appointments are scheduled
and processed.

What you must do to ensure your safety...
Simply contact your dealer right away to schedule a service appointment.
No parts are required to repair your vehicle. Remember to bring this
letter with you to your dealer.

If you need help... If you have trouble getting your vehicle serviced, please contact the
DaimlerChrysler Distributor nearest your location. A representative will
assist you in getting your vehicle serviced. This information can be found
in the Customer Assistance section of your Owner’s Manual.

If you have already experienced the problem described above and have paid to have it repaired,
contact the DaimlerChrysler Distributor nearest your location for reimbursement procedures.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are sincerely concerned about your safety. Thank
you for your attention to this important matter.

International Service and Parts
DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Notification Code E18


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