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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 221999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles

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

The front brake pads required replacing at 16,000 miles, 8,500 miles before suggested maintenance. At 35,975 miles the front brake pads and rotors required replacing. Dodge informed me this was normal wear, not within warranty and not considered a problem. They did not inform me of the tsb already released stating the known problem of early wear on front brake pads.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #12

Jun 092001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Right front inside brake pad locked against the disc causing continuous wear. I was informed by the service manager that the inside pads do not have "squealers" as do the outside pads so there was no advance indication of impending failure. Daimler/Chrysler has informed me they would have to decline my request for consideration in this matter because the vehicle had just exceeded the time/mileage limitations of the manufacturer's warranty at the time ($357.78) expense was incurred.

- Senoia, GA, USA

problem #11

Jan 052001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Within 57,000 miles front brake pads have been replaced four times cause unknown, dealer cannot identify cause.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #10

Dec 181999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles

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

Brake pads wore prematurely at 18000 miles.thompson Dodge who is doing the work said Dodge will pay for parts but not labor which will be $100 labor.they also informed me the new pads are of a better design and should last between 40000 and 50000 miles under normal conditions.75%of the 18000 miles on my truck are highway miles so I feel that the pads should not have worn out so soon.I that Dodge should reimberse me the $100 that I paid out of my pocket for labor.Dodge's decision on this matter will dictate if my next vehicle purchase will be a Dodge product.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Nov 231999

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rotors overheating and cracking and pads are experiencing excessive wear, causing vehicle to pull when applying brakes. Mjs (original cl 08-Aug-99, revised hl on 23-Nov-99)

- Pitsburgh, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 011998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pad cracked, made a clicking noise.

- Signal Hill, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 181999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles

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

Rront pads wearing at a excessive short period of time.

- Foley, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pads failed.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 301999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Excessive front brake pad wear: The front brake pads started to wear at 6,000 miles, and from that point on the pads deteriorated rapidly. The dealer acknowledges that this is a common problem. The brake pads are being replaced at his expense.

- Crownsville, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 131998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front disc brake pads failed.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 121999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

When applying the brakes the owner could feel a grinding sensation. Brakes pads have been replaced 3 times. Currently replacing the pads for the 4th time.

- Fillmore, CA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Feb 271998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pads continually wearing out prematurely.

- Mc Donald, PA, USA

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