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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 2
Average Mileage:
802 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #66

Jan 052001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Intermittently when brakes are applied on wet pavements they lock up, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has replaced front brake pads three times, and brake calipers once. Manfacturer has been notified.

- Meadville, PA, USA

problem #65

Jul 201999

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
I returned several times to have my truck repaired yet they failed to repair the brakes to date. I had to replace the tires due to the several panic stops they made while servicing my truck. They kept guessing what could be wrong and they never corrected the problem. The truck still pulls to the right and they clame they don't have a fix for the problem. I have had several near miss situations where there could be an accident. I live in the mountains where the roads are covered with black ice in the winter and I have no doubt that sometime this winter I will hit the gard rail while applying my brakes. Ive also had other panic stops where the truck has ended up in the right lane out of control and ive ended up on the shoulder of the highway under a hard brake. I was in the truck while the dealer service personel test drove the truck and we ended up off the road on the shoulder. I was told that my truck had a dangerous problem and they can't fix it. That same trip to the dealer, the service manager told me to just park it and get a lawyer, "we can't fix your truck". ive also been told to park it in a bad part of town with the keys in it and hope that it will be gone in the morning. It still pulls. As for the fuel sender, ive had them replaced so many times its hard to say how many. They have lasted as little as 1 week and as long as 4 months. One went out the morning we were headed to L. a. on vacation, 4 days after they had just replaced it, and the service personel told me it would be 10 days before they could look into the problem, so I should just "turn up the stereo" so I don't hear the warning ding, ding. It was hell driving the 1500 miles with the noise of the low fuel ding and my kids in the back seat. I have tried the customer arbitration board, yet they don't seem to think I have a bad enough problem. I was rejected. I now own a truck which I have over $38,000 invested and am afraid to drive for fear of an accident.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #64

Nov 112000

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Brakes have never worked correctly, very spongy, have had into shop twice for this at worl thompson, caldwell, Ohio. Brakes are very weak and have been since purchase. I had to replace front brake pads at less than 50, 000 miles. I really have to push hard to stop.

- Caldwell, OH, USA

problem #63

Sep 202000

Ram 1500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- North Branford, CT, USA

problem #62

May 122000

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have contacted Chrysler too many times about these problems, especially the brakes, which I admit is an intermettent problem. However I have demonstrated the problem to the service manager at riverhead Dodge. No repairs were ever made. Apparently after searching on the internet I find I am not the only one who has these same problems. How many people have to be hurt before Dodge does something about this" does this have to evolve into another Firestone problem before anything is done"

- Wading River, NY, USA

problem #61

Sep 192000

Ram 1500

  • miles
After impact on the drivers side at the door, I turned the steering wheel to the right and it locked up, I applied the brakes and found that I had none. I traveled across three lanes of traffic (no brakes no steering) and hit a concrete barrier head-on at approximately 45mph, and the airbags did not deploy. Had my steering not locked up this would have only been a minor accident, now my truck is totaled.

- Yulee, FL, USA

problem #60

Sep 192000

Ram 1500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 45mph, hit another vehicle unexpectedly at a frontal impact which caused steering to lock up, and brakes to fail. Upon impact, driver and passenger airbags did not deploy, which did not protect the occupants. No prior problems with the airbag system.

- Yulee, FL, USA

problem #59

Sep 012000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer was on the on ramp, and went to yield for oncoming traffic, touched brakes and it went to the floor. Consumer had to coast to the side and get vehicle towed. Dealer inspected vehicle and determined defect was due to contamination in the brake fluid, but vehicle has only been serviced at same dealer.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #58

Aug 151999

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving on highway went to applied the brakes, and brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Consumer had to apply excessive force, and it gets worst as the brakes gets hotter. Contacted the dealer, and dealer said nothing was wrong. This was perfectly normal.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #57

Jun 272000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
When driving at approximately 35-40mp and applying brakes, vehicle lost control, and continued to sway from side to side. Has not taken vehicle to dealership.

- Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #56

Mar 161998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle has antil-lock brakes. When consumer applies brakes brake pedal goes to the floor, and there is pulsation within the brakes. Also, transmission doesn't have speed/gears slip, and there is a leak underneath the hood.

- Oakhurst, CA, USA

problem #55

Jun 232000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
When applying brakes on wet pavement front left brake locks up, cause unknown. Dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #54

Jun 132000

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer shifted indicator and it failed to work properly. Could not locate what gear transmission was in. Pops out of gear intermittently when gas pedal pressed. Also, whenever applying brakes, vehicle would constantly increase in speed. Took to dealership & each time test driven, but nothing could be found. Transmission was replaced 3 times for faulty gear shifting. In addition, fuel tank assembly was replaced due to problem with transmission. Ongoing problems.

- Sabastian, FL, USA

problem #53

Jul 011998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
When brakes are pressed hard and sudden car will automatically steer to the left. Dealership has fixed the problem temporarily on 3 different occasions. This could cause consumer to have an automobile accident.

- Morrison, CO, USA

problem #52

May 122000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
When applying the brakes vehicle goes to the right or left. Dealer has seen vehicle and cant find the cause.

- Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #51

May 102000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While traveling and when depressing the brakes they, would make noise. Also, vehicle pulled to the right. Dealer has been contacted.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

problem #50

May 092000

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on wet roads and when depressing the brakes wheels would lock up. Dealerlr has been contacted.

- Divide, CO, USA

problem #49

Jan 011998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Braking system malfunctioned, causing extended stopping distance which may result in a crash. Dealer could not determine the problem.

- Macy, IN, USA

problem #48

Apr 112000

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle pulls to the right when applying brakes. Also, defective brake calipers. Brakes have already been replaced twice, and need to be replaced again. Factory reps are supposed to be there while vehicle is being repaired.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #47

Jul 041999

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
The front brakes on this truck failed to work evenly. A sever pull to the left, resulting in a near jack knife situation and collision with on coming traffic. I immediately took the truck into the dealer. They have been unsuccessful in repairing it and state that only 5% of the trucks in this model do that, therefore Dodge will not recall and the warranty will not cover the repairs. Dodges answer is to "live with it". this problem is significant and a definite safety hazard. I request a representative contact me immediately about this situation.

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

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