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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,763 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

May 302004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

Steering gear was totally shot and had to be replaced at 38000 miles. I informed dealer that vehicle had always steered that way-overly responsive to the point of being dangerous. Slight movement of steering wheel caused sudden changes.

- Osceola, WI, USA

problem #20

Oct 122004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and turning at low speeds, the driver heard a loud noise coming from the front of the vehicle and the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle and pulled over. The driver noticed that the tire was rubbing against the frame. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the steering gear box needed to be replaced.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #19

Dec 102002

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
When brand new tires were installed, rotated and balanced the tire shop service man indicated that the steering gear cut into the tires which could result in a blow out. Dealership replaced the steering gear. However, failure recurred.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #18

Jul 172003

Ram 1500

  • 91,033 miles

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

Problems with tires rubbing and power steering gear box. The steering gear box was made to turn too sharp, which caused the tires to rub on the frame.

- Sylvan Grove, KS, USA

problem #17

Apr 182003

(reported on)

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Front wheels turning far enough making contact with lower control arm. Which caused extreme wear on the tire cutting the groove in the sidewall approviamately 1 1/2 inches from the tire bead. The dealer staed that the turning stops in the steering box were worn and caused the problem. Mr scc

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #16

Mar 032003

Ram 1500

  • miles
The steering wheel turned halfway around while driving, upon inspection, consumer noticed the 2 bolts on the steering box were loose and 1 bolt had completely broken.

- Kelso, WA, USA

problem #15

Jan 312003

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles

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

While driving, consumer turned the steering wheel but tires did not turn. Thus, resulting in a accident. Dealer notified. Please provide additional information.

- Morgan, GA, USA

problem #14

Jan 012002

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When turning steering wheel completely to right or left, the wheel turns too far. There is no stop in gear box. Also when this happens, tire hits shock absorber bracket, and is slowly shredding the tire. Consumer replaced tires with narrower tires. They still rub against the shock absorber bracket. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the advice given was to replace the steering gear box that had internal stops. This vehicles gear box was not equipped with that feature.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 152002

Ram 1500

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is difficult to steer, wanders all over the road. Dealer replaced steering box 3 times, did not remedy the problem.

- Montrose, CO, USA

problem #12

Apr 212001

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on highway vehicle sways back and forth and hard to steer. Dealer contacted. The dealer replaced steering box and did an alignment three times, but the problem was not corrected.

- Ontario, 00, USA

problem #11

Dec 102001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer heard a rattling noise under front of vehicle, while inspecting vehicle he noticed the lower control arm was rubbing on the driver side tire when turning steering wheel sharp to the left, dealer grinded off part of control arm, but it was still rubbing on the tire, dealer stated there was no remedy. Consumer also stated that the gear box was serviced.

- Casa Grand, AZ, USA

problem #10

Aug 202001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle fishtails at 60mph, re-alignment, problem still exists, steering is difficult and dangerous, replaced gear box, now the steering wheel locks.

- Pomona, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 132001

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
The power steering box and power steering hose failed and a bad connection in the steering wheel caused the airbag and cruise control to fail. Nlm

- Carlsbad, NM, USA

problem #8

May 262001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Steering gear box defective/unsafe..seat belt retractor defective unsafe...evaporative canister defective per federal emmissions laws.

- Carlsbad, NM, USA

problem #7

Jan 012000

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Unable to control the vehicle due to excessive play/wandering in steering.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012000

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is about 3 to 4 inches of movement in steering gear box, making streeing box loose, and it wonders on road.

- Waslla, AK, USA

problem #5

Jan 222001

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While vehicle was being driven it would not go straight, but continously pulled to either right or left which has resulted in a collision. Dealer replaced steering box three times, and track bar, and steering pump, which did not corrected problem. Dealer replaced steering box 2 times, power steering was lost when brakes were applied.

- Chewelah, WA, USA

problem #4

Jun 202000

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
I have a continual problem with the steering on my new truck. It wanders going down the road at hiway speeds. You have to continue to recompensate for the drift in the steering. It is unsafe and according to other owners of the same model Dodge truck, they are also having problems with their steering. There are alot of posts on the turbo diesel register website on the web of others with the same problems. All Dodge will do is change the steering box and it does not help. We need some help getting Dodge to correct this problem. The dealer can only do what Dodge says to do, and we owners of these new thirty thousand dollar trucks are suffering with a poor driving vehicle that is unsafe to drive. Please try to help us as Dodge is not coming thru.

- Wagoner, OK, USA

problem #3

Jul 012000

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Steering wander is a problem that many of the Dodge diesel owners are experiencing, I am reporting this issue in hopes that with numbers we can get some help getting Chrysler to step up to the plate to repair a known problem with a know fix

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 202000

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
I have a continual problem with the steering on my new truck. It wanders going down the road at hiway speeds. You have to continue to recompensate for the drift in the steering. It is unsafe and according to other owners of the same model Dodge truck, they are also having problems with their steering. There are alot of posts on the turbo diesel register website on the web of others with the same problems. All Dodge will do is change the steering box and it does not help. We need some help getting Dodge to correct this problem. The dealer can only do what Dodge says to do, and we owners of these new thirty thousand dollar trucks are suffering with a poor driving vehicle that is unsafe to drive. Please try to help us as Dodge is not coming thru.

- Wagoner, OK, USA

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