Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2002 has the well-known and documented problem with their dashboards falling to pieces, but it also has engine failure from oil sludge. That's a doube shot of awful in your morning coffee.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,562 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. $14 relay fuse from vip (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #1

May 082008

Ram 1500 Quad SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,562 miles


First, NEVER go to the dealership to have a code pulled. They will charge you around $85+ to have an official mechanic pull a code. Go to VIP they will do it for free. I got two codes, P1281 & P1491. P1281 is engine to cold to long, replace the thermostat with a factory gauged one at 190 degrees. An easy fix should take any non-mechanical person like myself 1.5hours to fix. P1491, is a bit more complicated. Start with the cheap fixes, replace fuse #39 w a new 25amp fuse. its .41 cents at VIP, if that doesn't work, replace the AC Condenser Fan Relay #59 (its the first big black fuse closer to the engine) should run you around $14 for the part. My trouble was, there are no aftermarket parts for this, so i had to go to the dealership, and they had to order it. it that doesn't fix it, replace the fan, should be around $100 for that, or go to a junk yard and get it for way less.

its a real pain in the ass fix and its causing me more time to resolve than to fix, so if i can save you the trouble of figuring this all out then ill be happy.. Next time i buy a truck, im going toyota.. screw dodge, cause this one sucks.

- , Plymouth, NH, USA

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