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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 282006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Noticed a grinding and scraping sound from the front right wheel. Upon inspection found that the outside brake pad had disintegrated and that the metal from the pad was grinding against the rotor. I also noted that the retaining clip on both the top and bottom of the caliper had worked out far enough to be scraping against the rim. The scraping from the retainer had left a noticeable grove in the inside of the rim. The rotor was scored from the brake pad and the rim was scored from the retainer that had worked loose. Since the initial inspection I have noticed that the bottom retainer on the left front disk has worked loose in the same fashion as the right front and is scraping against the rim.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #3

Oct 052003

Ram 1500

  • 15,000 miles
When braking to slow down or stop there was a loud noise coming from the brakes. Took vehicle to dealership, and mechanic informed the consumer that front brakes were warped. The problem could not be solved by the mechanic.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #2

May 082003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
The vehicle was 2 years old when purchased. The front brake were defective and caused the vehicle to vibrate while braking. The timing chain made noise. The spare tire was bald. The catalytic converter failed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 142002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Per dealer service advisor, my trucks wheel sub-assembly was damaged from an over-torqued center nut (during manufacture assembly). This condition caused the bearings to seize and superheat, they have been cutting into the axle and the heat expansion caused the brakes to fail (locked on, but steering has not been pulling). Parts needing replacement include: Axle; caliper; hub and bearings; rotor; center nut; center cap.

- Walnut, CA, USA

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