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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,195 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Oct 252001

Ram 1500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,380 miles

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

The steering wheel was hard to turn while driving at a low speed. The vehicle wandered across the road. The vehicle has been to the dealer on three separate occasions. The dealer replaced the steering box on two separate occasions and made some other repairs, however the problem continued. The consumer stated the brakes would grab, however the mechanic informed the consumer that was the way ABS worked.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #19

Apr 022001

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40 miles
The consumer was unable to steer the steering wheel in the right direction. This has almost caused several accidents. Another Ram owner indicated that they were having the same problem which was due to a faulty factory steering box gear, that was replaced. This truck is owned by Montana dept, . of fish wild life and park. The other truck in this fleet are having the same failure.

- Havre, MT, USA

problem #18

Sep 132004

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the pittman arm was defective and replaced it. However, even after the replacement was done the inner sidewall of the tires were still rubbing against the frame of the vehicle. Owner also went to get a front end alignment and that too did not stop the tires from rubbing against the frame of the vehicle. It then was determined that the steering gear that was installled on the vehicle was incorrect and needed to be changed. The dealer contacted the manufacturer who said they will not cover the expense of replacement. Provide further details.

- Glennville, GA, USA

problem #17

Sep 072004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

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

The mechanic told the consumer that the steering wheel shaft was cracked inside and needed replacement. Please fill in additional information. The shifter in the steering column did not work.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #16

Apr 132004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,296 miles
While driving, the vehicle wandered. Other issues related to the steering problem was the track bar, power steering/gear assembly, and the clock spring.

- Palmyra, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 152003

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Ball joints worn out at 49,000 miles 3 mechanics say this is typical of these Dodge trucks. If this a recuring problem, shouldn't Dodge be doing somthing on this

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #14

Feb 122004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

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

While turning steering block was cutting into the front tires, causing damage to the tires. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #13

Dec 042003

(reported on)

Ram 1500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
While driving 50-60 mph, the consumer noticed the steering had excessive "play." The truck began to sway across the road. The truck was serviced, and the steering gear box/tie rod and tracking bar were replaced. The mechanic found the power steering gear box sloppy, the tie rod end/pitman arm loose and the trac bar worn.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #12

Aug 052003

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
Steering cluster needs to be replaced on 2001. Cost of replacement is 996.00.not covered by warranty. While the power train module is covered for 8 yrs, 80000. Mileage just over 40,000 no guages work, and all warning lights come on.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #11

May 042003

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
The power steering shaft broke when a turn was made. Which resulted in lost of steering and almost caused an accident.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #10

Apr 102003

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

The steering wheel locked up when the consumer attempted to turn the steering wheel. The dealer stated there was nothing they could do. Mr scc

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #9

Mar 042003

Ram 1500

  • miles
The steering wandered to the left uncontrollably.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 102002

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering has lots of play preventing the owner from keeping straight directional control. "consumer was told that the steering track bar", needs to be replaced due to the loss of steering.

- Sagle, ID, USA

problem #7

Aug 302002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at 55 mph the consumer lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road causing damage to the front and rear of the vehicle and also bent the frame. Contacted dealer and the dealer has taken a look at the vehicle but yet they are not willing to do anything. Nlm

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #6

Nov 192001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unable to steer vehicle straight. It will either pull to the left or the right and when driver accelerates vehicle will turn to the left.*akconsumer has had vehicle in for the same problem on six different occasions. The problem was almost corrected. Within 1000 miles the problem reoccured. Chrysler refuses to obide by Illinois law which states that a vehicle repaired four times without correcting the problem, the vehicle will be replaced. Consumer was told not to call again.

- Bonfield, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 212002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering wheel has a constant tension to the left and causes strain to the drivers arm.

- Las Vegas, NM, USA

problem #4

Jul 102002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer states that the steering has slack or play in it.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #3

Dec 202001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle steers too quickly. Unable to control steering wheel. Vehicle was repaired per technical service bulletin and is still not operating normally.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #2

Feb 282001

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel locked up at 60 mph. Consumer was not able to make a right turn. Dealer has determined that steering had to be replaced.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 092001

Ram 1500

  • miles
After many visits to the selling dealer, and a meeting with the Chrysler rep. My truck still exhibits problems such as sat.4/28/01 while driving I turned the truck right and noticed the steering was extremely tight, when the steering wheel was turned back to the straight position, something inside cracked, almost immediately the (air bag) light came on and remainred on, truck was brought to dealer and was set for an appointment for Monday, 4/30/01. The ownersmanual states ( warning ignoring the air bag light in your instrument panel could mean you won't have the air bags to protect you in a collision) the dealer failed in attempt after attempt to investigate my complaints, and now caused me to have to drive this defective truck. The brakes at times while comming to a stop shudder, or do you call it wheel hop, 3/15/01 dependable Dodge replaced the brake drums on the rear after the service director drove the truck on 3/9/01. The truck now three times is exhibiting front tire wear, first time they match mounted the tires as well as took one of the front tires off the rim and exchanged it with the spare tire under the truck, second time they aligned the frontend and rotated the tires, 200 miles later the tires showed signs of wear again, truck was taken to 2 different Michelin tire dealers and they informed me that the tires are wearing prematurely, to soon with only 1000 miles on them since the alignment. The truck ehibits what the service director says is a ping, I was informed to increase the octane from 87 to 89, which has done nothing. I am in the process of entering into the lemon law process and am very dissapointed with the response I have received from the dealer as well as the manufacturer. Thank you.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

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