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Old 11-15-2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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turbo Resonater

does anyone have a sure cure for this problem, my 05 interstate went out on a trip last week which left me with low power in the West Virginia mountains, long story short it cost me $277 at a Dodge dealer, who put the same type back on. this one was manuf. in 2013. I ordered the Dorman off amazon when I returned home. Has anyone had any experience with this on?

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Old 11-15-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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It should have been replaced free of charge, as there was some design flaw with those.

Ours went out in TN 4-5 years ago, and the Dodge dealer in Knoxville, I believe, took care of it at no cost to us.

I believe they replaced a plastic part with a metal one, but am not sure....someone here will know, and I think there is a thread on the Class B forum.

i don't believe there was ever an official recall, but when we called about it, the dealership knew exactly what the problem was.

There should be a way to recoup your expense.


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I replaced mine with an aluminum version from the sprinterstore.com. They are much more reliable than the OEM plastic ones.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:47 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply,I have contacted,Mercedes and Dodge,Mercedes says their not aware of any problem with the resonator and will not help, Dodge has not gave me an answer yet. But I will continue to pursue this issue.
It's not the cost as much as both Dodge and Mercedes are aware of this problem
There should have been a recall years ago to address this problem.

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Old 11-16-2014, 07:53 AM   #5
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Well, Dodge is certainly aware of it. I don't know why there wasn't a recall.

I would also suggest an online search for this issue, and maybe the Sprinter forum that exists somewhere....which people reference, but I have not been.

This issue has come up before on these Forums, because I remember responding to it.

You will surely find some documentation of the issue, to bolster your case with Dodge. They should certainly cover your repair costs.

Keep us posted.


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Well, Dodge is certainly aware of it. I don't know why there wasn't a recall.
Probably because recalls are expensive, consisting of fixing what ain't broke just in case it might break. As such, most recalls are for safety issues, where the company can be blamed for death or grievous bodily injury, and where the recall is cheaper than the potential lawsuit payout.

A damaged turbo resonator puts you in "limp home" mode, but isn't likely to kill you or send you to intensive care and you're not likely to sue the company for millions if it happens. So instead of a recall, they say, "If it breaks, we'll fix it, otherwise don't mess with it."

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I think that's exactly the approach they took, Protag.

deepminer's broke, Dodge should now pay for the repairs.



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Pro, there are 3 categories of recalls which are priority, and have litigious or agency enforceable ramifications. Safety, Emissions, and FMVSS non-compliance.

The recall, or more appropriately, field actions you refer to in your first sentence are "customer satisfaction" actions, which effectively extend the warranty on a particular component for a prescribed time.

Although they may be phrased a bit differently between manufacturers, those are the categories.
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I replaced mine with an aluminum version from the sprinterstore.com. They are much more reliable than the OEM plastic ones.
Yes. We replaced ours with the aluminum retrofit just a few days ago, and yesterday I drove our AI for the first time with the new part in place. The change in engine noise is not objectionable. As someone noted on Sprinter Forum a few years ago (most of this content is on that other forum because this is a Sprinter issue rather than an Airstream issue), it makes the engine a bit more throaty, like it has gone through puberty. I sort of preferred the unique higher-pitched turbo whine which is now much reduced, but I would rather have the reliability from a part that will not fail.

My husband replaced it himself - it's pretty easy if you have just a bit of mechanical skill (and it comes with explicit instructions). And I'm glad he did the work himself, because he discovered that the second plastic replacement had been installed incorrectly, with only one bolt (the first plastic resonator failed one year into our vehicle's life, when the original owner had it, and was replaced under warranty with a second plastic part). I plan to blog that to show people just how crappy the service can be from a so-called "Sprinter-certified" dealer.

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You know....ours was not replaced with plastic several years ago, so what's the deal with them replacing with plastic now?

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You know....ours was not replaced with plastic several years ago, so what's the deal with them replacing with plastic now?

Such turds.


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The difference is that you apparently got someone ethical and educated to replace yours. They are still being replaced almost entirely with plastic to this day, as far as I know. And they are still failing, as far as I know. Here is Riordan's Figure 1 from his instruction sheet. Note he says that they "usually" fail at that seam. Not sometimes. Usually.
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One of the first things I did after purchasing my 2006 sprinter was buying an aluminum turbo eliminator just in case. Glad I did as my factory unit split at the seam within my first 6 months of ownership. The eliminator does emit a different sound but I have decided to live with it rather then going back to plastic and running the risk of LHM.
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Yep,

Went thru 3 of the 'goat bag' plastic resonators before Sprinter Store came out with their machined aluminum version. Nacre had another problem after replacement!!!


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Mine failed on a 110 degree day in Southern California as we climbed Highway 14 out of Palmdale towards LA.

It is certainly a safety issue when you crawl up hill at 15 miles per hour towing a trailer in heavy traffic.
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