OTTAWA, Ont. — Approximately 31,300 Freightliner LLC vehicles have been rapped by Transport Canada in two separate recall notices.
The largest notice relates to a capacitor in the power line carrier (PLC) filter can ignite when subject to reverse polarity electrical spikes.
The PLC filter is located inside the left side frame rail just forward of the back of the cab/sleeper in close proximity to electrical and brake lines.
There are 30,000 units potentially impacted across the truck maker’s 2001 line: Freightliner Century Class tractors, Freightliner FLDs, multiple models from Sterling, as well as Western Star 4900s, 5900s and 6900s.
The fix will see dealers disconnect and secure the PLC filter ground wire.
In the second notice 1,302 Western Stars from the 1998 to 2000 model years have the positive battery cable routed past the ECM which may allow the cable to chafe against the mounting stud.
Chafing may wear through the protective loom and battery cable insulation to allow contact between the cable and the stud. This contact would provide a short circuit, which may cause a fire.
Impacted models include the 4900, 5800, 5900 and 6900. Dealers will replace and/or reroute the cables.
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