Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Magdalena, NM
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Hello again everyone,
Well, my nearest Dodge dealer (which is about 75 miles from me) replaced the EGR cooler. That didn't solve the problem; the truck has gone into low-power mode two more times since getting the EGR cooler replaced. Check engine light comes on and I have vastly decreased power -- the truck won't do more than 58 MPH on an uphill (it downshifts several times, but does not accelerate). It does this randomly and only for a while. Usually if I let it sit turned off for fifteen minutes or so and then restart it, the CEL will turn off and everything is back to normal.
I'm getting the same code as before, P2218, but I have not seen the P046c code since getting the EGR cooler replaced.
I took it back to CarMax this time, instead of directly to a Dodge dealer, since it is under CarMax's extended warranty in addition to still being under factory warranty. CarMax sent it over to a Dodge dealer in Albuquerque (which is owned by the same folks as the dealership which replaced the EGR cooler, but 25 miles away).
The latest word from the dealer was, "Well, it's driving fine and the check engine light isn't on, so there's not much we can do." At least I'm in a loaner vehicle.
The words "lemon law" have started whispering in my mind, especially since these dealers don't seem to know what the heck they're doing. Has anyone got any suggestions for anything more I could do? This doesn't seem like a very common problem, based on my Googling.
It sucks, since I spent a bunch of money on this truck because a) it was exactly what I wanted and b) I wanted to get reliability. So far I'm batting 0.500.
Previous: '17 Ram 2500 Laramie QCLB | 6.7 | 4x4 | 68RFE | 24k (lemon, bought back)
'03 Ram 2500 SLT QCLB | 5.9 HO | 4x4 | NV5600 / NV271 | PacBrake | 210k