Freightliner Columbia 2000



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Freightliner Columbia 2000 recalls
CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - ANTILOCK
00V232002FREIGHTLINER CORPORATIONfrom 02/13/1998 to 08/03/2000V (Vehicle)3540508/29/2000MFRFREIGHTLINER LLC08/07/200008/09/2000
Defect SummaryVehicle description: heavy duty trucks and school bus chassis built with bendix air abs with an ec-17 1030r electronic control unit (ecu), there have been reports of unwanted abs activation at low speeds caused by 1) chafed abs wheel speed sensor wires on rotating parts or 2) a damaged component at the wheel end that generates a certain type of erratic sensor signal.
Consequence SummaryThis condition could cause the abs ecu to exhaust the air at the air brake modulators for one or more of the wheels. this could result in extended braking distances and a possible crash.
Corrective SummaryDealers will replace the abs ecu.
NotesOwner notification began august 29, 2000, to school buses and emergency vehicle customers. owners of the remaining population were sent letters on september 9, 2000. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
SUSPENSION - FRONT - HUB
03V112000FREIGHTLINER CORPORATIONfrom 08/01/1998 to 02/28/2001V (Vehicle)571609/20/2003ODIFREIGHTLINER LLC03/21/200303/26/2003
Defect SummaryOn certain trucks equipped with truck hub units manufactured by skf exclusively for use on arvinmeritor's ff98x series non-drive steer axles, the hub unit bearings can wear prematurely.
Consequence SummarySeizure of the bearings can cause wheel separation or wheel end fire.
Corrective SummaryDealers will replace both front hubs. owner notification is expected to begin on or before september 20, 2003. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.
NotesFreightliner recall no. fl-407.customers can contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
TRAILER HITCHES - FIFTH WHEEL ASSEMBLY
03V227000FREIGHTLINER CORPORATIONfrom 09/03/1999 to 04/14/2003V (Vehicle)200011/12/2003MFRFREIGHTLINER LLC06/17/200306/19/2003
Defect SummaryOn certain truck tractors equipped with jost international jsk 37u series fifth wheels, a fatigue crack can develop in the bracket pin weld under certain loading conditions.
Consequence SummaryIf left undetected or corrected it could lead to the separation of the fifth wheel top plate from its mounting structure, possibly resulting in a crash.
Corrective SummaryDealers will replace the bracket pins and repair instructions free of charge. owner notification began november 12, 2003. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact jost international at 616-846-7700 or by email to recall@jostinternational.com or freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.
NotesFreightliner recall no. fl-411.also, customers can contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
Freightliner Columbia 2000 bulletins
BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - TURN SIGNAL
TSB-54-23707/01/200910029425Freightliner: a new bulb socket is available for turn/park lights that is metalized to withstand high heat without out gassing. model years unknown. models columbia, business class m2 and cascadia. *pe2009-07-08
(PWS)
SB42-6812/01/201210049539Freightliner: brake s-cam tube lubrication interval change. to ensure optimum service life and trouble-free operation, the recommended maintenance interval for lubricating meritor s-cam brake tubes on century class, columbia, cascadia and c2013-01-16
STEERING - LINKAGES - TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
SB-46-4710/01/200910031824Freightliner truck: inner tie rod inspection and repair, rack and pinion gear. increased length of the driver side inner tie rod (if the inner tie rod unthreads from the rack) may cause abnormal steer tire wear due to high toe in or an in2010-01-13
STEERING - RACK AND PINION
SB-46-4710/01/200910031824Freightliner truck: inner tie rod inspection and repair, rack and pinion gear. increased length of the driver side inner tie rod (if the inner tie rod unthreads from the rack) may cause abnormal steer tire wear due to high toe in or an in2010-01-13
Freightliner Columbia 2000 investigations
NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - SUPPLY - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
PE03005FREIGHTLINER LLC02/07/200308/22/2003FRONT BRAKE AIR HOSE LEAKS
 Certain 1998-2001 freightliner century and columbia vehicles exhibit a higher rate of front brake air hose leaks than earlier vintage freightliner vehicles.the leaks have been frequently discovered at fmcsa roadside inspections since these inspections are conducted with the brakes applied (pressurizing the air hose) whereas driver pre-trip inspections may not always be performed with the brakes applied. after a thorough technical review of this matter,odi has concuded that while the subject vehicles exhibit a higher rate of front brake air hose leaks than earlier vintage and peer vehicles, these leaks appear to be minor. freightliner has extended the warranty for this component to 5 years, 500,000 miles and will assist in alerting those vehicle owners whose vehicles are most susceptible to front brake air hose leakage by issuing a service bulletin alerting those owners to the potential for front brake air hose leakage to occur. see attached report for full technical details.
WHEELS
PE02088FREIGHTLINER LLC11/22/200205/01/2003INTEGRAL HUB AND BEARING ASSEMBLY03E026000
 Freightliner submitted a defect report on march 21, 2003 in which they identified approximately 5000 trucks as possibly beingaffected by this problem.arvinmeritor (front axle mfr) submitted a defect report onapril 16, 2003, which identifies 6098 freightliner trucks asbeing affected by this recall and 1191 axles sold to freightliner in the aftermarket. odi notes that there are twointegral hub and bearing assemblies per front axle.freightliner identified vehicles includingfreightliner,sterling, and western star brand name as beingaffected by this recall.see attached summary report for additional details.
PE02088FREIGHTLINER LLC11/22/200205/01/2003INTEGRAL HUB AND BEARING ASSEMBLY03E019000
 Freightliner submitted a defect report on march 21, 2003 in which they identified approximately 5000 trucks as possibly beingaffected by this problem.arvinmeritor (front axle mfr) submitted a defect report onapril 16, 2003, which identifies 6098 freightliner trucks asbeing affected by this recall and 1191 axles sold to freightliner in the aftermarket. odi notes that there are twointegral hub and bearing assemblies per front axle.freightliner identified vehicles includingfreightliner,sterling, and western star brand name as beingaffected by this recall.see attached summary report for additional details.
PE02088FREIGHTLINER LLC11/22/200205/01/2003INTEGRAL HUB AND BEARING ASSEMBLY03V112000
 Freightliner submitted a defect report on march 21, 2003 in which they identified approximately 5000 trucks as possibly beingaffected by this problem.arvinmeritor (front axle mfr) submitted a defect report onapril 16, 2003, which identifies 6098 freightliner trucks asbeing affected by this recall and 1191 axles sold to freightliner in the aftermarket. odi notes that there are twointegral hub and bearing assemblies per front axle.freightliner identified vehicles includingfreightliner,sterling, and western star brand name as beingaffected by this recall.see attached summary report for additional details.
Freightliner Columbia 2000 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
SEAT BELTS - REAR
03/22/20061
 It happen in indianapolis, in. on highway loop 465 north bound when my co-driver rear ended a semi-truck, we were driving a freightliner columbia truck semi. i was in the back in the sleeper bunk sleeping and facing the wall and i was wearing a strap down by the seat belt,looks more like a safety net and it only covers from the chest to mid-way of my knees and doesn't cover the head, that's where i received all of my injuries. i hit my head on the counter twice the time was when the driver slammed on the brakes i rolled over hitting the counter, second when he rear ended the semi and i really tried to brace myself to prevent hitting the counter i was not very successful,cause when he rear ended it was more of a surprise. because of this, i'm on workers compensation and going on c-spine testing and physical therapy and i am still in a lot of pain even with medication and lost of wages. i really noticed that the seat belt or strap doesn't protect the head which i deeply in my heart feels it should protect the head and for any reason that this safety belt is not made to safely protect the person sleeping in the bunk or not made for it. then they should ban team driving, because it is not safe and it will not protect the other driver sleeping. that is very dangerous,costly, body injury increase, disability,costly insurance for co. and drivers and time consuming all around, but even more sadly not being able to play,run or doing any fun activities with your kids, that's were it really hurts. these seatbelt or strap( net) should be redesigned or modified to protect the person sleeping and able to come home well and able to enjoy his family and if this strap is not made for this purpose then we should stop team drivers. they should only have one driver driving. what i like to know who is at fault in letting us know that this seat belt or strap is not made to protect the person sleeping and nobody should be back there at all. *jb
Car dealers selling Freightliner Columbia 2000
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TXAUSTINRDYR512-836-7286