SureTrack Community Real Fix: RAM Shutdown Unlocked

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2014 RAM 1500 SLT 5.7L Eng VIN T

MDS Cylinder #1 Shutdown at Idle

The diagnostic scanner shows MDS #1 shutdown is always active and code P1411 is set.

The lock pin in the MDS lifter was not locking in and returning the lifter to normal operation, when the lifter was removed it was visible that the pin was not locked in or even visible. After the repair, the PCM removed power to the solenoid on its own. Even though there is nothing in the diagram that I can find, on this particular truck the PCM when detecting a failure to disengage the MDS on a cylinder, will lock that cylinder out electronically to prevent excessive clearance in the valve train.

Replaced the MDS lifter, allowing oil pressure from the solenoid to push the locking pin in place and free the lifter to collapse and regulate pressure to the valves.

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About the Author

Abagail Lucero

Abagail Lucero is the Product Marketing Manager for ProDemand. She joined the company in 2011 as a member of the SocialCRM shop marketing team and has served in many roles at Mitchell1, lastly as Security and Compliance Supervisor. Abagail holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania.