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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 fuel system problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 012001

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumers vehicle ran into a trailer on his property and ABS was defective, also brake drums were rusted, dealership was aware of problem. Consumer stated that headache bar and fuel tank, tires, fuel filter, steering stabilizer, front shocks, rear shocks, air filter, rear axle seal and fluid, rear transfer case seal and U-joints in rear drive shaft failed and replaced.

- Tower Hill, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 052001

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • miles
Rear axles seals leaked lubricant on the brake shoes causing loss of braking. This problem a very serious safety concern when towing a trailer due to loss of braking and could cause a possible accident. The second issue is the fuel sender in the fuek tank failing.the fuel gauge reading willindicate zero to full randomly, thus you never know how much fuel reserve you have. This has been replaced once before under warranty. Upon inspection the the sending unit the wiper mechanism appears to wear out prematurely and sending erroneous signal to the fuel gauge in the dash.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 142001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at 40-45 and without prior warning vehicle cut completely off, causing loss of all power steering and power brakes. Consumer contacted the dealer, dealer instructed consumer to get up underneath vehicle and bang on fuel tank right at the location of T fuel pump. Consumer noted after banging on the fuel tank that vehicle restarted. Consumer drove six miles and vehicle cut completely off without prior warning. Mechanic again banged on fuel tank and vehicle restarted. Fuel pump internall shorted, dealer replaced fuel pump and vehicle has not stalled anymore.

- Harwinton, CT, USA

problem #5

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 #4

May 081998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
My name is john simonelli and I purchased a Dodge Ram truck. I had many problems with it like brakes, air, fuel problems, raidiator, and worse of all stalling on left turns. I reported to bell Dodge of my truck stalling on left turns. They looked at it once and said the truck was ok. After that I took the truck down to the dealer each time reporting of incident. All they did was document the problem and send me away. They would not even make an attempt to solve the problem despite the danger the truck was to me and others. To prove my case I had to push them to hook up a co-Pilot for readings. The computer would show the vehicle died for some unknown reason. However the co-Pilot would not tell them how to fix problem so their for the problem did not excist. Then I had to drive around with a cam-corder to record problem. After doing so I was forced to sell vehicle because they did not know how to fix problem and would not give me a new truck. I have too much to say so if you have any questions please call me. I took a 14,500 dollar loss on my vehicle, someone else is driving this unsafe vehicle, and finaly both bell Dodge and dalmler Chrysler ignored my lawyer which cost me an additional 2,600.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Oct 231999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Failure of fuel pump and fuel pump/level, caused shut down of engine. Could not restart engine truck had to be towed into shop, all parts replaced still under warranty so no charge for replacements.

- Highland Village, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 141999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving vehicle smoke suddenly was noticed coming from the gas tank by other drivers. Consumer pulled over and noticed flames around the gas tank. Fire department put the fire out, cause unknown, and the dealer has not been contacted.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 011998

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Original gas gauge failed, owner replaced it and failed again.

- Laguna Nig, CA, USA

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