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7.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,584 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 102004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I had a problem with the right brake ever since I bought the truck. I took it into the Dodge dealer in victorville who told me that I did not have a recall so it would cost me to chnage the rotors since it was damaged. I just had my husband replace it with a new rotor which was very costly since I was not able to stop anymore because I had no brake pad on the inside of the right rotor since it has always been stuck and just finally wore out everything.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 112004

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,170 miles
While braking vehicle lost brake power, and consumer drove the vehicle into snow on the side of the road to stop. Vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, where the mechanic determined that right front rotor blew apart, causing the loss of brake power.

- West Townsend, MA, USA

problem #12

Mar 092003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
Whie driving 45 miles per hour I had step on my brake to stop the truck. I had to sverve to the right so I wouldn't hit the car. Also I had the brakes worked and now my rotors have heat cracks after being replaced. Now I have to replace again this the fouth time. Dealer say nothing wrong with the brakes just that they are wearing out front rotors.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #11

Feb 062002

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Brake rotors are warped, and there is vibration. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Minsord, OH, USA

problem #10

May 152001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Vehicle not included in recall number 98V075000. Brake rotor material strength is not sufficient, causing hub fatigue fracture.

- Tuxedo Park, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 312001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Front brakes \ rotors required replacement after only 20,000 miles. I have noticed other recalls on Ram 1500 front disc brakes (rotor problems: Fatigue but not on my particular VIN). I also need to take the vehicle in yet again for the same problem only 5 days after initial "repair"! I love my Dodge Ram, but I feel there is something definitely wrong when myself and others have to replace brakes so early on a relatively new vehicle. Perhaps Chrysler recall # 788 should be reopened for further investigation?

- Lemont, IL, USA

problem #8

Apr 262000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

At 9,000 miles front rotors warped due to overheating. At 16,000 miles new brakes had to be put on. At 40,000 miles, new pads and rotors were put on. The problems seems to be that the rotors are too small for the size of the truck, and the self adjustors on the back brakes do not work.

- Eureka, CA, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Sep 301999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
When applying brakes, vehicle will pull hard to right. Or if vehicle has been serviced it willthen pull to left. Rotors are being replaced within 6-9 months.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 291999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Vehicle was in the shop being repaired for brakes when the entire brake system, including rotors went out, and truck was pulling to one side.

- Birchville, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 251998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Rotors installed by manufacturer are undersized causing excessive wear of brake pads.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 231998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes failed overheated, rotors failed due to heat cracks.

- Mc Donald, PA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Aug 121998

Ram 1500

  • miles
The front wheels went into a tramble and vehicle was not controllable. Also seemed that the disc brake rotors had warped or cracked. No warranty. Dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

- Daviston, AL, USA

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