2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Breezes Through 40,000-Mile Service and Recalls
by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on October 5, 2015
With 41,421 miles on the odometer, we took our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to the dealer for its 40k service. It's a slightly more involved service that requires not only an oil-and-filter change, but also a fuel filter change and a multi-point inspection.
I took the Ram to McPeeks Dodge in Anaheim as soon as it opened on a Tuesday morning. They don't take appointments and when I called the day before, I was advised that service is performed on a first-come, first-served basis. There was a short line when I arrived, but service advisor Gloria Witt received the truck quickly and informed me of three open recalls that they would address in addition to the 40,000-mile service items.
Recall R23 is a recalibration of the airbag sensors. Specifically, it reduces the sensitivity of the side-curtain airbags. The second recall (R36) requires securing the steering wheel wiring harness with zip ties to guard against damage. Finally, recall R40 addressed the hacking risk affecting numerous UConnect-equipped FCA vehicles.
Gloria asked when I needed the truck back and I told her I'd prefer to have it by 2:00 p.m. that day. She called at 1:47 to tell me the Ram was being washed and would be ready in a few minutes.
Other than a long wait to retrieve the truck, there were no surprises when I picked it up. I paid $276.97 — $137.10 in parts, $125.95 in labor and $13.92 in taxes and fees.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor