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Old 10-24-2013, 09:03 AM
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Well at least there is now a consistent cause being stated, and a consistent solution recommended. This is what I was told as well.

Now the wait for hoses......

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:06 AM
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Okay, the dealership just called and confirmed the issue is OAT coolant reacting with sulphur-cured hoses, and the solution is to change the hoses and coolant. However, the hoses aren't available yet. They did say that it was okay to drive and won't cause any issue besides the smell. The smell is kind of a big deal for me though, since I don't want it to work it's way into the interior of the truck and smell that way forever. My wife is pregnant, and besides the possible chemical reaction issues, she REALLY doesn't like the smell. It took a lot of convincing for her to allow me to buy a new truck, and now neither of us is very happy with the purchase. Hopefully Chrysler makes this right, and does it quickly.
WileyBob, Try this, Mine doesn't smell till the heater is on and temp set in the red. Try setting it not so hot and air coming through the defrosters or dash vents. I don't get the smell that way. And by all means please don't let your wife smell it. I know from first hand experience what long term can do and its not pretty!
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:01 PM
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Okay, the dealership just called and confirmed the issue is OAT coolant reacting with sulphur-cured hoses, and the solution is to change the hoses and coolant. However, the hoses aren't available yet. They did say that it was okay to drive and won't cause any issue besides the smell. The smell is kind of a big deal for me though, since I don't want it to work it's way into the interior of the truck and smell that way forever. My wife is pregnant, and besides the possible chemical reaction issues, she REALLY doesn't like the smell. It took a lot of convincing for her to allow me to buy a new truck, and now neither of us is very happy with the purchase. Hopefully Chrysler makes this right, and does it quickly.
I suggest you keep your wife away for now. I found a MSDS for another brand of OAT coolant. Might not be the same, but read the following warning:

Labelling according Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 [CLP]
Pictogram
Signal word Warning
Hazard statement(s)
H361d Suspected of damaging the unborn child
Precautionary statement(s)
P201 Obtain special instructions before use.
P202 Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood.
P281 Use personal protective equipment as required.
P308 IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention.
P405 Store locked up.
P501 Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local regulations

Maybe you should ask Chrysler for an offical statement on the smell and the source. Is it the sulphur reacting and that is the smell, or the coolant reacting and its vapors coming off. It appears OAT vapors are not necessarily safe, but it is unclear what we are actually smelling.

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Old 10-24-2013, 03:27 PM
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WileyBob, Try this, Mine doesn't smell till the heater is on and temp set in the red. Try setting it not so hot and air coming through the defrosters or dash vents. I don't get the smell that way. And by all means please don't let your wife smell it. I know from first hand experience what long term can do and its not pretty!
I was able to limit the smell by putting the HVAC into "recirculate" mode, but it still smells strong when idling at stop lights, backing into parking spots, or any other low speed driving.

I'll probably just let the truck sit until they figure it out, but I'm not really happy to be making payments on something that I feel like I shouldn't be driving, even if Chrysler says it is safe. Hopefully they figure this out soon, or I'm going to have a few words with the dealership AND Chrysler.
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I haven't smelled it in a few hundred miles now. Maybe the smell was because I was driving through Moore OK on IH-35.
I was reading the posts regarding the "smell" problem, when I saw this post regarding Moore, OK. I don't get it. Does Moore have a bad smell? Or is this post an attempt at being funny. I don't get it.
For those of you that don't know, Moore is the town in Oklahoma that was hit by an F5 tornado in May 2013, killing several people, including children.
I've driven pass Moore on I35 many times & never noticed a smell. I don't know what kind of smell the writer is referring to.
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Yeah it was meant to be a bit tongue in cheek. I think there is a water treatment plant or something on the south side of Moore, because when I was going to OU then every time I'd drive by the area just south of the Best Buy on IH-35, it smelled like it.

For the record, I haven't noticed a smell from my truck in several thousand miles.
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Called my dealer today. Tri Star Motors in Blairsville and Indiana Pa. Said they have no TSB on it and have no idea what it could be. Told me to bring it up on Monday 10/28/13 at 1:00 Pm and they would look at it. Just wondering what if anything they might find! They better fix it cause I am very touchy around carbon solvent smells and it makes me deathly sick!
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Tell them to open a call to Chrysler engineering about sulphur cured hoses reacting to OAT coolant. You can have them call Hillview motors in Greensburg and ask for Todd in service. He is familiar and might point them to the right place.

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Thanks for the info Paul, I might just call Hillview myself and take it there. Tri Star has a bunch of Idiots working there and can't do much right!


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Hi everyone, I just joined this site for this very reason. I too bought a 2013 Ram 1500 with the 3.6 Pentastar engine. I put 1200 miles on it and it just stinks when I operate the heating or air conditioning. I'm taking the truck to the dealership this week and I'll let everyone know how it turned out. After spending so much money on this truck, I shouldn't have to spend time going back for service, very ticked here. If anyone has any other info that would be helpful to throw in their faces when I go, please let me know.
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