I'm pretty sure the GDE guys have intimate knowledge of the engine controls and EGR function. That's who I would try to get an opinion from.Picked up the truck this morning. Started up with the usual city bus diesel sound on a 37° morning. Drove it 70 miles round trip to look at a combine. Seemed to be fine.
So here is where it's getting complicated about the fire that's still being looked at. We know the original EGR cooler does not visibly appear defective, no plugging and the valves work. No codes on the engine, and yes it does have a pyrometer sensor after the EGR cooler that should have indicated the temperature was too high. Sensors appear to all function or that's a code from self diagnostics. The engine control unit is now what is being questioned. The mechanic ran it through its paces in real world driving over the weekend and can't see what made the EGR cooler push the hot gases through and cause the melt down leading to the fire. In end, the mechanic is suspicious he replaced the broken components, but did not fix the actual problem because it's not easily apparent as to why the EGR malfunctioned on a system design to throw codes before a fire.
Thoughts?? Who in the forum has extensive knowledge of the engine control and modulation from sensor inputs??
all models and engines can have fires= would not rule out the ECOD because of thatSomeone sent me a message today talking about their EcoDiesel that burned to the ground asking about my situation.
As a follow up to my first post, I was contacted by NTSB in March, and the guy I spoke with seemed to indicate they are collecting VINs and compiling what conclusions were reached from available investigations. There have been enough Ram 1500 EcoDiesel engine fires that it's getting noticed at the federal level.
In the end I got rid of the fire-truck. Traded it in at a dealership for a new 3/4 ton gasser with an old school proven V8.
Nasty first post. Welcome to the forum.I have a 2015 EcoDiesel that caught fire last Friday. The fire occurred at night and I had it towed in to the dealer so I have not had a chance to look for the source of the fire. I was not towing anything, lost power and then smoke cam from under the hood and through the vents similar to others on this site. Dealer said they could look at it tomorrow.
Go to the facebook page, "ecodiesel owners information and discussion" page. there have been at least 6-10 truck fires the past few months. Also two didn't get any help from FCA until their insurance folks stepped in and demanded it. FCA Is a damn joke! I hate having a wonderful truck made by such baffoons that won't stand behind their product. really pisses me off. Thank goodness I've got a healthy 2015 with 65k miles on it right now.First time post, frequent reader. Sorry for the length, but I want to be accurate. Last week (10/3/17) my 2015 Ecodiesel with 46k miles engine caught on fire. While driving and towing and empty equipment trailer at highway speed ( 55mph ) the engine began to make high pitched knocking noises, followed by partial power, and the truck started decelerating as the engine rpms dropped, then stalled. I re-started the truck and the idle seemed normal, no check engine lights displayed, I was wondering if it was a fuel filter issue causing a lean air/fuel mix or computer issue and began to drive again but quickly realized there was no power, and poor acceleration. The engine began to decrease speed and again stalled, but this time gray, then black smoke came into the cabin through the air vents, and black smoke started rolling out of the front grill and hood seams. Black smoke that smelled like burning diesel in addition to plastic. Quickly adding up the senses produced the fact that I had an engine compartment fire. I happened to have a good sized fire extinguisher in the trailer hitch tool box, without much delay in realizing car fires spread quick and not wanting a fire bomb on the US Route 20 bridge overpass to NYS Route 88, I opened the hood with pin pulled extinguisher in hand and noticed black smoke and flames coming directly from under the plastic cover at the center top of the engine ( the one that covers up the fuel and injector lines). I was able to extinguish the fire in short order. Shaken up a little as this is a first for me, I called for a towing company to take the truck to the dealership. The dealership started to look at it the following morning, they were told to stop work repair until Chrysler could send an investigator. I had a short phone interview on 10/6/17 where basic questions were asked. Monday 10/9/17 an investigator examined the truck. I received a letter today from "Mr. Kon" stating that the investigation result has led them to believe that the fire was not due to manufacturing responsibility. No additional details were offered or disclosed as to cause and would not be offered if requested as that information is proprietary. The truck is entirely stock, no modifications, and has been serviced regularly at the dealership where purchased. No assistance will be offered by Fiat Chrysler of any sort and this will not be covered by the warranty. The cost is on me. I lodged a complaint at several levels today. Chrysler could care less and offers no avenue for discussion. The dealership is shaking their heads in disbelief of the letter. No parts were taken for examination or study (melted wiring harness, melted fuel hoses/lines), without any detail provided, it appears the investigation was entirely superficial. The truth is I want to know why did this happen? It is not normal order to have an engine catch on fire. If there is a 3rd party cause, then what happened? There are many thousands of Ram 1500 Ecodiesel trucks driven daily, at this point I am led to believe each of us have a genuine risk of a fire under the hood above and beyond what is deemed acceptable. Statistically this could be a real rarity or it could be just the beginning and a matter of time for all of these trucks to catch fire. Fiat Chrysler will not pay to repair this engine fire despite still being well within the power train warranty time frame, Fiat Chrysler will not pay partial expense, will not offer to pay for something as simple as a loaner car till the repair is complete, they will not buy the burned vehicle back, they will not communicate any further on the matter. If by choice I will not purchase any FCA vehicle, and based on my experience- I would seriously question anyone in the public buying their product from Chrysler. An engine fire in a 2015 model year 46,000 mile diesel fueled truck under warranty that will not be covered by the manufacturer is not normal. Any other engine fires out there???