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4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,926 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 suspension problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 132006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

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

: the contact stated while taking the vehicle to the independent repair shop for normal maintenance, the mechanic discovered the front ball joints needed replaced. Upon further inspections, the seal around the ball joints were worn and the lubricant leaked out; however no repairs were made. The consumer stated there were no grease fittings on the joints. Updated 03/17/06.

- Alma, GA, USA

problem #17

Nov 302005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact stated the vehicle was driving funny. He took the vehicle to the dealership for inspection. They determined the ball joints needed to be replaced at 40,000 miles. The vehicle was repaired at the contact's expense with no assistance from the manufacturer.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #16

Jun 012005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Upper and lower ball joints are worn out @ 60,000 miles. Diagnosed by Dodge dealership. Causing excessive tire wear and handling problems. Dodge custonmer service (file 13615741) refused to fix problem even though durangos have had a recall for similar issue.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #15

Oct 192004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Ball joints on 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 truck are bad at less than 40,000 miles.

- Springfield, GA, USA

problem #14

Jan 252005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Both upper and lower ball joints had to be replaced at 25000 miles under warrenty now again at 50000 the dealer said there bad again and won't cover charges. The truck has never been driven on a dirt road and has been extreamly well maintained.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #13

Jun 162004

Ram 1500

  • 41,761 miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a loud clicking noise coming from the front end. Dealership repaired the front upper/lower ball joints.

- Portland, IN, USA

problem #12

Dec 232004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,800 miles

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

When getting the front end aligned the ball joints were checked and failed inspection and had to be replaced. When I returned to the dealer for reimbursement they said that, the part was not recalled on the Dodge Ram, however was recalled on the Dodge durango and Dodge Dakota. Being rather rude about it, I was told since I didn't get the ball joints replaced at a qualified Chrysler dealer they would not reimburse me. I had 36,800 miles on the Ram so it wasn't a question of warranty but one of safety, that had to be performed whether it was a Dodge garage or not and I think I should be reimbursed for these parts and labor.

- Hartington, NE, USA

problem #11

Dec 132004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer for alignment, and it was discovered that the upper ball joints needed to be replaced. Consumer was informed by dealer that the wheel was close to coming off. Dealer repaired vehicle at consumer's expense.......

- Lake City, TN, USA

problem #10

Oct 112004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer hears a clicking noise from the front, as well has the steering wheel shake when the vehicle is making turns and is at low speeds. Consumer was informed by the dealer that upper ball joints needed to be replaced.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #9

Nov 162004

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The tie rod end and upper and lower ball joints were wearing out. While driving consumer heard noises from front end of vehicle due to defective tie rod ends. Failed parts available for inspection.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #8

Oct 022004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 7 mph the passenger's side wheel flew off. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The cause had not been determined.

- Petersburg, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 092004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upper right ball joint defective on my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500.

- N.Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 272004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has 59,000 miles and needs upper and lower ball joints.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 302003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,990 miles
While driving the vehicle's steering wheel become loose. The technician serviced the truck and noticed that the upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 052004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,380 miles
Control arm upper and lower ball joints

- Kirkville, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 142004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,740 miles
When the steering wheel was turned left or right there was a loud squeaking sound coming from the wheels. Dealer inspected the vehicle and found that the upper and lower ball joints were worn out.

- Gray, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 182003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck wonders left to right, pulls hard right. Was told that all four ball joints and trac locator bar needs replacing.parts most be replaced by Dodge parts. Why replace parts with more bad parts. Truck has 50,000 miles. Never been off road. Front end should not have went out!!!! never buy a Dodge!!!

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #1

Jun 252003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer states vehicle having alignment problems. Took vehicle to dealer, who diagnosed that all front ball joints have failed.

- Owenton, KY, USA

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