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8.0

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,124 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #17

Jun 182004

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Dodge truck engine seized up after having a complete oil maintenance. Eight days prior to the engine seizing the dealer replaced the oil pan, belts, oil and oil pump.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #16

Jan 262004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn is hard to blow. Rear end makes whining noise and it started using 5 quarts of oil between oil changes. I only have 36000 miles on it. They replaced manifold intake gasket at my expense. The fuel gauge does not work right. Luckily I didn't ruin the engine that I know of. I understand there have been a lot of problems with intake gaskets. How long does it take to get a recall on defective parts?

- King, NC, USA

problem #15

Jul 092003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,103 miles
Consumer was having problems with the intake manifold. The intake manifold ruptured which caused the oil to be sucked out of the oil pan, after the repair was made on the gasket, the bearing on the crankshaft failed, prior to the failure the consumer noticed the oil pressure gauge did not register correctly.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #14

May 012003

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

The engine consumed six quarts of oil in the last 3000 miles. The dealer was notified and indicated that there was nothing they could do since the vehicle was no longer under warranty.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 082002

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 miles
Oil changes were done every 3000-5000 miles. The third and fourth piston rods were worn down and then broke. ******dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*****7757169

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #12

Jan 212003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer states while driving at highway speed the engine will shut down causing lost of power steering. Please provide any additional information.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #11

Aug 292002

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

The head gasket has cracked and causing oil to burn prematurely.the dealer has been notified.

- Cohasset, MA, USA

problem #10

Apr 292002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Engine blew a rod, causing engine to rattle.

- Bonnie Terre, MO, USA

problem #9

Oct 272001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
#4 cylinder head cracked, but head gasket worn on other head as well so we chose to replace both heads. We reported to Chrysler and they agreed to pay half the cost to replace the two heads including labor.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #8

Oct 272001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
#4 cylinder head cracked, but head gasket worn on other head as well so we chose to replace both heads. We reported to Chrysler and they agreed to pay half the cost to replace the two heads including labor.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #7

Jun 022001

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Engine piston seals were never seated properly which allowed engine to operate erratically. While driving at approximately 70 mph, engine locked up, and consumer had vehicle towed. A private mechanic replaced engine. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Bruceville, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 012000

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head gasket is leaking onto exhaust. The oil leaking on to the exhaust pipe could cause fire when the exhaust pipe becomes hot.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #5

May 112000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
When driving the plenum within the engine head gasket blew out. This part has blowen out every 6 thousand miles, parts have been replaced on three different occasions.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 301999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Leaking oil through tailpipe-engine clatter at high speed. Defective intake base gasket. Blew out four quarts of oil over 750 mile trip, mostly interstate travel. Service bulletin not divulged to owner during routine service.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #3

Feb 071999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Failure of the intake gasket caused the engine's oil supply to be evacuated through the vacuum system. Not only was this event detrimental to the engine itself but it also contaminated the vacuum and exhaust systems.

- Mexico, NY, USA

problem #2

May 211998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck vibrates between 30-67 mph. Dealer has changed the torque converter, drivershaft, replaced ring and pinion, yoke, bearings and seals. Truck has burned 1/2 qt of oil per 1000 miles since new.

- Hebron, IN, USA

problem #1

Jun 131998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle consumes large volumes of oil in short periods. Also, the vehicle vibrates in the steering column area, cause unknown. Vehicle vibrates allover at speeds between 35-65 mph now. Vibration started 45-55 mph when new.

- Hebron, IN, USA

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