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:eek:I recently have been reading the postings on lower mpg after around 4500 miles or so, I commented because I also just recently crossed that threshold and started seeing around 3 mpg loss down to 18.9 mpg around town driving....hope this is not a trend. What disturbed me most was what happened last week when on Monday my truck would not turn over, the EVIC was reading "Service 4 wheel drive system, " could not get it into nuetral, could not get it to do anything. My truck is 12 weeks old, I called Chrysler, they sent a tow truck, before I allowed him to tow it I asked him to jump it, with the started pak-nothing, all lights were on et...but when he hooked up the tow truck and jumped it, it started right up, more juice. Went straight to the dealers and he said as long as its running take it home and come back in the morning...my gut was to leave it, but it was late and I went home. Went to start it two hours later and sparks flew under the hood, I was using my remote start. It would not start, took the battery out to check it and charge it, read 12.2 volts (thats a 38% charge), charged it for two hours and tried again, nothing. :( Took it back out and charged it overnight, tow truck came back in the morning, put the battery in and sparks flew but it started. Rode the tow truck to the dealer with it running, got to the dealer and did not dare turn it off, took it straight into the maintenance bay and the same thing, no start. They called me at noon to tell me it needed a new starter and would not have one for 4 days...on Friday they said it could be three more days, I complained and the owner made the service department get a new started off from a new truck on the lot, three hours later still no start, two more hours and they figured out it was a corroded cable from the alternator. I love the truck, but this was very disappointing and I hope it is not a trend either.>:)
 

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Not good to hear. I sure hope its not a trend but I did read a similar story on this forum. The only thing I am wondering is what impact cold temperatures and snow could have to do with it. But that may be me just grasping at straws.
 

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hmmmm, lower mileage then a corroded alternator wire. I wonder if that can be diagnosed before failure. Is the alternator working harder to compensate for the corroded wire and using more fuel to do it?
 

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hmmmm, lower mileage then a corroded alternator wire. I wonder if that can be diagnosed before failure. Is the alternator working harder to compensate for the corroded wire and using more fuel to do it?
I think it's something RAM should do a part of regular scheduled maintenance when they service our trucks if they don't already.

Then there's always dealing with stuff like this yourself which if you're even slightly mechanically inclined and willing to learn, it can pay off in the end.
 

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I had the exact same thing happen to me. The first time it happened the service 4wd system msg came up and it wouldn't turn over,but after a few tries it went. 2 weeks later same thing but this time no go, had to have it towed. the dealer said it was loose ground wire somewhere. Then this past weekend on a short trip in -25 c temps got a service def system msg and then a check engine light but truck ran fine. I normally keep it in a heated shop and when I drove it yesterday the msg was no longer displayed and after driving it for a while the check engine light also went out. sure hope this isn't a sign of things to come.
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You would think on a $53K truck these kinks would be well worked out by Dodge, its a shame, I love the truck, but should not have to worry about corroded wires 12 weeks out of the factory and cold weather affecting the electronics et...; and this is not something you should expect to have to do regularly, at least not maintenance on any vehicle I have owned over the last 45 years and I 've owned quite a few. I am mechanically inclined, but am not inclined to put up with this kind of crap for long. I'll trade it for a Chevy and never look back if that's the kind of reliability I have to depend on from Dodge....my 2010 Ram never had any issues, that's why I traded it for this 2014. I just hope these issues are behind me, especially with the cold and snowy northern NY winter ready to decend on us. I have owned a Chysler Minivan-Junk! A Jeep CJ-Real Junk! a 1988 Jeep Cherokee-sorta Junk!, and the 2010 Ram and now this one...hoping they reinstill my faith in their quality.:crying:
 

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Fingers crossed that your problems are over. I also hope it isn't a problem that is widespread. I guess we will see if its the cold as we move through the winter and then things warm up again in the spring.
 

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You would think on a $53K truck these kinks would be well worked out by Dodge, its a shame, I love the truck, but should not have to worry about corroded wires 12 weeks out of the factory and cold weather affecting the electronics et...; and this is not something you should expect to have to do regularly, at least not maintenance on any vehicle I have owned over the last 45 years and I 've owned quite a few. I am mechanically inclined, but am not inclined to put up with this kind of crap for long. I'll trade it for a Chevy and never look back if that's the kind of reliability I have to depend on from Dodge....my 2010 Ram never had any issues, that's why I traded it for this 2014. I just hope these issues are behind me, especially with the cold and snowy northern NY winter ready to decend on us. I have owned a Chysler Minivan-Junk! A Jeep CJ-Real Junk! a 1988 Jeep Cherokee-sorta Junk!, and the 2010 Ram and now this one...hoping they reinstill my faith in their quality.:crying:
Unfortunately it seems like they just do what is enough for vehicles to be worthy for sale and then release them, which works out great as they can't take forever perfecting things.
 
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