Motor knock at 20k miles

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Well, she is dying a horrible death. I first reported an unusual ticking noise at 20k miles. Took it to the dealer. They were unable to identify the noise and told me to keep driving it. The noise slowly became louder over the next 40k Miles. I took it back to the dealer twice to report the noise getting louder, at 63k they finally put it on the rack and pulled the pan. They found a rod slapping side to side.
I am currently waiting to hear back on warranty coverage. They have had the truck for 4 weeks now.
Has anyone else had rod bearing failure on a stock unmodified motor?
 

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Well, she is dying a horrible death. I first reported an unusual ticking noise at 20k miles. Took it to the dealer. They were unable to identify the noise and told me to keep driving it. The noise slowly became louder over the next 40k Miles. I took it back to the dealer twice to report the noise getting louder, at 63k they finally put it on the rack and pulled the pan. They found a rod slapping side to side.
I am currently waiting to hear back on warranty coverage. They have had the truck for 4 weeks now.
Has anyone else had rod bearing failure on a stock unmodified motor?
wow what dealership is that so everyone can avoid them? holy cow even if the warranty is denied the dealership owes you a new motor.

i have almost 50K miles on my unmodified motor and no issues. Runs like new though feels like it is pulling timing in this Georgia heat.
 
Well, she is dying a horrible death. I first reported an unusual ticking noise at 20k miles. Took it to the dealer. They were unable to identify the noise and told me to keep driving it. The noise slowly became louder over the next 40k Miles. I took it back to the dealer twice to report the noise getting louder, at 63k they finally put it on the rack and pulled the pan. They found a rod slapping side to side.
I am currently waiting to hear back on warranty coverage. They have had the truck for 4 weeks now.
Has anyone else had rod bearing failure on a stock unmodified motor?
damn that sucks, how often did you change the oil? Also hopefully you have paperwork from dealer showing your brought it in at 20k miles and they informed you to keep driving it. When it comes down to warranty issues having anything in writing from dealer is worth its weight in gold. Most likely will have to go to RamCares and another dealer, but obviously you had a issue when you were at 20k miles!
 
Well, she is dying a horrible death. I first reported an unusual ticking noise at 20k miles. Took it to the dealer. They were unable to identify the noise and told me to keep driving it. The noise slowly became louder over the next 40k Miles. I took it back to the dealer twice to report the noise getting louder, at 63k they finally put it on the rack and pulled the pan. They found a rod slapping side to side.
I am currently waiting to hear back on warranty coverage. They have had the truck for 4 weeks now.
Has anyone else had rod bearing failure on a stock unmodified motor?
Thanks for the post with pictures.
 
Had to be a California dealership! Unbelievable! I do hope that they make it right and easy for you to get it repaired.
 
Hope you have oil change records from new, cause they are probably going to ask for them, insane that the oil change interval is 6 months..........................
 
Yes, in California..... Dealer I bought the truck from preformed all oil changes. I just found out yesterday that the other bearings are spun too. The service advisor indicated that he has been in touch with the "service contract" and needs to get additional notes..... I'm not sure what that means. He did mention last week that the extended warranty inspector looked at the truck but didnt make a judgment and that they may put the claim on the factory warranty due to the fact that the problem was reported and documented at 20k even though the truck now has 63k. I'm still in limbo waiting to see who is gonna foot the repair bill.....

They took possession of the truck on May 28th. I'm concerned that we are 42 days in on this and all we know is the extent of the damage. No word on the plan to repair or who will pay.
 
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RAM Cares.....

Only reason we still have our TRX after dealer antics and losing complete faith in the dealership folks involved.

Open a case with RC and get ahead of this mess. Know first hand the leverage/attention they suddenly pay to a repair once an aggressive RC Advisor calls. RC also made clear similar vague + ambiguous Service department comments (re: "in touch with service contract/they 'may' put the claim on factory warranty...No word on the plan to repair or who will pay). My assigned Rep. was excellent and outstanding on all fronts.

Thankfully it's stock, t'was the leading question the first dealership kept questioning when I had an unresolved cooling issue/repeat visits and loss of coolant (and they were obviously trying to skirt more involvement/warranty coverage).
 

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