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Old 11-10-2013, 10:25 AM
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If it's on the outside of the hoses, why does it smell when yor remove the radiator cap? That smell is inside the system.

Also, if it is a reaction with the OAT coolant, why not just replace the coolant with a different type rather than replacing the hoses?
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I asked the same question at dealer and they asked Chrysler. According to them, this new OAT coolant has to be completely flushed out (they said if anything is left it can clog up or something like that and highly recommend against it)

Not sure if I believe it but totally makes sense changing to another coolant since the smell inside the cab IS the coolant.
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I am just wondering if any dealerships are compensating the owners of these defected trucks. Who wants to drive the truck when it smells that bad. we get headaches when in the vehicle. So far my truck sits at the dealership. They told me to take it it's driveable I said give me your vehicle and you drive mine. that was a NO. Anyone have any luck?
Just called the dealership and spoke to the service department about their conversation with Dodge Technical Support last week. Service department stated that Dodge instructed them to do nothing so their hands are tied. I said if dodge knew about this issue since may 2013 and they have no fix it solution, no hose replacement, and the tech department are working so hard to fix issue "NOT". Then why where we not told this by the you the dealership that this could happen prior to purchase. Thank you Mac Lang in Orillia, Ontario Canada
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I did a little research and got some contacts. I emailed the VP of Quality for Chrysler, and the VP in charge of the RAM truck division this morning. I expressed the concerns of quality, health, lack of communications, and lack of a fix.

See if anything comes of this.
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Well, so far my 2013 hasn't exhibited the smell, but from the sound of things I'm sure it will at some point. My truck is still quite new (under 500 miles) and I've literally put my nose against the rubber surface and I can't detect anything at all (not even a new rubber smell). I tried rubbing a little water onto the hose and smelling that, but nothing. So it must be a mileage and heat thing.

BTW, I tend to agree with the posters talking about the smell coming from an exterior source (ie : outside surface of the rubber). Several posters have indicated that they were able to eliminate the odor by scrubbing the exterior surface of the hoses. In my 45 years of driving vehicles, the only time I ever would catch a coolant smell was when a hose leaked or the heater core would spring a leak. Then you'd know something was leaking because coolant always had a distinctive odor. Through the years, I've seen many variants of coolant used, but they would never make their presence known unless they were escaping from the system.

On the other hand, that ChryCo STAR report indicates the problem is a reaction with the coolant and the hose. Maybe an odor escaping from the coolant overflow tank ?

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Anyone with a build after 04/2013 smelling anything? v8 or v6?
My build date is 10/18/2012 and I do not have a bad smell. I have 2013 Sport with the Hemi.
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Paulswagelock, hope you hear something back. The smell is starting to stick to my clothing which means it's penetrating the interior. HOW they can let this go on so long and not even inform the public is BEYOND me. I'm about ready to drive it back to the dealer and toss them the keys back. So disappointed!

The main problem is the OAT CRAP COOLANT. The stuff REEKS once mixed with water. Walk into a dealership and ask to smell a bottle of this crap already mixed, it will make you gag.

If others have opened their caps and smell the normal coolant scent, chances are they won't have the issue. When you fill the tank with stinky fish fart feet, add heat, and rubber tubes, it's a stink bomb that lingers under the hood and when the WOFT is just right, inside the cab it goes.

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I booked an appointment for my truck next week. Spoke with the service manager and gave him my case number. He read a statement he had from Chrysler stating exactly what has been said already on this forum. They know of the issue and the cause just no solution yet. If any of you get the story that they have never heard of it, that is a load of BS. I Will let them have a nice wiff of it then try to clean the hoses and see if it at least makes it smell less like the good people hear have shared. If I get more info or have a resolution, I will post.
The smell is getting a lot worse now though!
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Well, so far my 2013 hasn't exhibited the smell, but from the sound of things I'm sure it will at some point. My truck is still quite new (under 500 miles) and I've literally put my nose against the rubber surface and I can't detect anything at all (not even a new rubber smell). I tried rubbing a little water onto the hose and smelling that, but nothing. So it must be a mileage and heat thing.

BTW, I tend to agree with the posters talking about the smell coming from an exterior source (ie : outside surface of the rubber). Several posters have indicated that they were able to eliminate the odor by scrubbing the exterior surface of the hoses. In my 45 years of driving vehicles, the only time I ever would catch a coolant smell was when a hose leaked or the heater core would spring a leak. Then you'd know something was leaking because coolant always had a distinctive odor. Through the years, I've seen many variants of coolant used, but they would never make their presence known unless they were escaping from the system.

On the other hand, that ChryCo STAR report indicates the problem is a reaction with the coolant and the hose. Maybe an odor escaping from the coolant overflow tank ?

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Still no issues here, but I agree... the coolant system is a contained system. The odor has to be permeating from the exterior of the hoses... or not.
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I have found washing the engine bay (with a engine degreaser or cleaner helps a bit more as well) will get rid of the smell for a week, maybe more.
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