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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,441 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 072007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,085 miles


Turn signals failed, checked fuse, replaced flasher relay, replaced multi-function turn/dimmer/wiper switch and checked all bulbs and still no turn signals. Hazard flashers working correctly. Problem still exist.

- Escalon, CA, USA

problem #6

May 222001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Circuit breaker had burned while driving. Prior to problem generator light had came on, and voltage regulator went very low. Vehicle had stopped dead.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #5

May 082001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
The J2 wire from ignition caused a power spike, causing headlights to burn. A tsb has been issued on vehicle. Dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

- Blacklick, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 151998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Transmission shudders at 45 mph, does not shift and shakes when going into 3rd or overdirve, and jerks and slips, dealer has replaced the valve body and reconditioned transmission and replaced convertor, transmission continues to lock up and jerk. Driver and passenger side mirrors were both replaced due to being loose. Emergency brake handle came off and was replaced. Fuel gauge read empty with 12 gallons in tank, dealer replaced fuel pump module. Wiper blades weren't cleaning windshield, dealer replaced both wiper blades, windshield washer was inoperable, dealer replaced washer motor. Vehicle has experienced many problems with the interior and dome lights failing, dome light keeps blowing fuse and dealer has replaced the strip lighting and fuse box door and repaired the open circuit to junction block. Radiator cap was replaced due to low coolant. There was a brake fluid leak, dealer replaced caps for the master cylinder, the brake and ABS light were illuminated, dealer replaced rear wheel speed sensor and wiring. Passenger side vent window would not open and leaked air. Vehicle only gets 13mph on highway, consumer states this is poor gas mileage.

- Warreen, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 201999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
While truck is idling or moving..if the horns are used, the fuse under the hood blows. This is also prevalent while the A/C is running. The A/C shuts down at this point, the compressor doesn't work until the fuse is replaced. The circiuit from the horns and the A/C are two different circuits under hood cannot use the horns to alert others fuses keep issue will not pass nh state inspection this way.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 011996

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuse box door failed.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 251996

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Light fuses continuously blow out.

- Fontana, CA, USA

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