FCA Issues Service Bulletin for V-6 Trucks with Hemi Badges
Fix Involves Badge Removal, Not Engine Swap
Technical service bulletins (TSBs) are typically related to safety or reliability issues and are also known in the industry as “shadow recalls.” They can be known issues that have not yet escalated to the level of an official recall. Typically, they’re taken care of when you bring your vehicle in for routine service or other work and a TSB pops up for your particular vehicle. In this particular case, the TSB doesn’t affect safety or reliability but perhaps the owner’s ego. Automotive News reports a number of Ram 1500 models equipped with the base 3.6L Pentastar V-6 left the factory with “HEMI 5.7 LITER” badges affixed to the front fenders. Unknown is if the affected trucks had the $1,150 Hemi premium affixed to the original invoice. If so, a refund check in that amount would also be in order.
We don’t know exactly how many models are affected. However, we do know what the fix is. The affected trucks will be called in to have the incorrect badges removed. This likely comes as a big disappointment to owners who were possibly hoping for a Hemi engine swap. We’ve driven Pentastar-equipped Ram 1500 models and found them to be perfectly adequate for everyday driving and light hauling. That said, the Hemi is a substantial upgrade in both power and sound. As truck enthusiasts, we can tell the difference in engine note almost immediately between a V-6 or V-8, but for less-savvy customers, it’s entirely possible they could have driven off the lot thinking they were packing a Hemi under the hood, with only a V-6.
Source: Automotive News