General Motors has issued a recall for over 350,000 pickup trucks as they may have left the factory with alternators that were wired incorrectly.
The defect: according to the filing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the battery positive cable rings “may have been manufactured with excessive glue, potentially causing an intermittent electrical connection between the battery positive cable and alternator.”
The hazards: without power to the alternator, the vehicle could stall while in motion, increasing the risk of a crash. An intermittent battery connection could also lead to electrical arching, which may increase the risk of a fire.
Affected components: battery positive cable rings, battery cable, alternator.
Number of affected vehicles: 350,371 trucks in the United States have been recalled over this issue.
The fix: a GM certified dealer will inspect for the presence of excess glue or other contamination on the battery positive cable attachment to the alternator and clean the connection if need be. The dealer will also replace any damaged components if arcing has occurred and damaged the cable, nut, alternator or other surrounding parts.
Owners should: GM says it will notify owners to make an appointment with their dealer. The automaker expects the recall to begin on January 27, 2020. If owners are unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected, they can visit my.gm.com/
- NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V88800
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