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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 4 of 5)

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problem #26

Aug 021999

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

At highway speeds braking will transfer to front brakes, causing brakes to fade, takes about 190 feet before it stops.

- Syosset, NY, USA

problem #25

Aug 011998

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Pulls serverely to left & right. Rotors/calipers/pads all replaced # of times, still pulls.

- Magna, UT, USA

problem #24

Oct 281998

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Brake pulling problem, however there is no consistancy as to when, starting at about 20000 miles 10/28/98, I have had it back at least 10 times, dealer has replaced calipers/ pads/steering box, and shims between right front rotor and rim. They now have a 5mm shim and say the next step is a 7.5 per their tsb. I don't like this shim business and the inconsistent braking pattern.

- Livonia, NY, USA

problem #23

Oct 021998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles

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

While traveling at 55 mph the driver accidently hit the curb. While tryng to recover the driver went off the curb and applied brakes, the vehicle skidded violently and locked up as if the anti-lock brakes were not working at all. Vehicle skidded into the curb and the right rear tire hub and wheel seperated from the axle, causing the vehicle to flip four times, and neither side airbag deployed. 7810022 dup od 780994; posted on 09-07-1999.

- Lebanon Ju, KY, USA

problem #22

Aug 271998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 5 to 10 mph and coming to a stop the brake pedal went down to the floor, vehicle did not stop. Dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #21

Apr 221998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Anti-lock brakes front discs started smoking, caught on fire and burned, repair work was done to replace the calipers. The vehicle started leaking brake fluid. The dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

- Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #20

Jun 161998

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Consumer complaining of driving vehicle on the street at 40 mph, on normal road conditions, when consumer went to apply the brakes, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Dealer notified, but still wants consumer to pay even with warranty. Proportioning valve was replaced. Consumer states there is a snapping noise in the steering column, dealer replaced front axle track. Steering wheel was off center. Lower radiator hose was rubbing the frame and was worn, dealer replaced.

- Easton, MA, USA

problem #19

Jan 311999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Brakes locked up two times; second time caused an accident.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #18

Dec 221997

Ram 1500

  • miles
Experiencing ongoing problem with front brake pads wearing out prematurely. Vehicle had four sets of brake pads within 30,000 mile of wear. Dealer notified.

- Fillmore, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 101998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
The truck pulls to the right all the time, but very severe when braking.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #16

Aug 181998

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

While driving at normal highway speeds and the brakes are applied the vehicle pulls very hard to either the left or the right, causing the vehicle to go into other lanes. Dealer has been contacted.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jan 011998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Vehicle does not stop in a panic situation when brakes are applied, extended stopping distance occurs. Dealer contacted, and states brakes meet manufacturer's specifications and cannot remedy the problem..et.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 301998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Had smelled something burning when the engine check engine light & ABS light came on. Then the engine stalled out.

- Burtonsville, MD, USA

problem #13

Nov 181998

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Abnormality/defect within ABS is causing a longer stopping distance, takes about 20-30 feet before vehicle will stop, which could result in an accident.

- Easton, MA, USA

problem #12

Sep 171998

Ram 1500

  • miles
The consumer has been experiencing problems with anti-lock brakes. When consumer applies the brakes hears a screeching sound. The manufacturer has yet to be contacted.

- Andreas, PA, USA

problem #11

Nov 071998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer was driving on street at approx. 35-40 mph, normal road condition. Consumer applied brakes in an emergency situation, vehicle was delayed in stopping, causing consumer to hit the rear end of another vehicle. Dealer/mfr. Notified.

- Gardongrove, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 091998

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Anti lock brakes experience intermittent failure on several occasions.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 021998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Rea raxle failed, causing the tire wheel and hub to seperate from the axlle. Also, the anti-lock brakes failed, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, resulting in a collision. Upon impact, neither driver's or passenger's airbags deployed, even after vehicle rolled over four times.

- Lebanon Ju, KY, USA

problem #8

Feb 011998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Brakes were grinding, a lining was replaced, and since then four sets of linings have been applied. Dealer contacted, and are aware of the problem, vehicle was not under warranty, dealer did not repair. Another dealer contacted and replaced the rotors at owners expense.

- Mcdonald, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 011998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
When brakes are applied vehicle pulls to the left or right. One of the front brakes locks up and skids, anti-lock brakes then does not work. This vehicle is dangerous to myself, my family and to the public. Seeking arbitration under Minnesota lemon.

- St Paul, MN, USA

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