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.


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Average Mileage:
96,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 182014

Ram 1500 Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


Took the lines off the heater core and back flushed the core because there was no heat. After flushing the core I was once again able to get heat. 1 week later the blend door broke and now no heat or A/C and the smell of antifreeze in the cab.

- , Frankfort, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008

Ram 1500 XLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I took my 2002 dodge ram 1500 to the local mechanic to have the A/C recharged because it was having trouble keeping the cab cool. They did a freon leak test, saw no leaks, added freon and I was good to go......until the next day. The next day I had zero cooling. I took it back to the mechanic who determined that the freon had leaked out. They used almost a whole can of florescent dye and still could not find the leak. The mechanic told me that most likely the leak was in the dash, and he would not touch the dash that it would need to go to the dealer. The dealer told me it would be $1200. But my dash was so deteriorated that it could not be reinstalled and new one would cost another $1200, but since the labor was being charged to fix the freon leak I would not need to pay labor for installation. Yikes, $2400 just to fix a freon leak. And they told me that there is no guarantee that the compressor would not go out soon, again rendering the A/C system useless. Sigh, I should have bought the Ford. I've owned 3 new Ford cars and NEVER had any problems like this.

- , White, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152010

Ram 1500 Sport 4.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I was recently diagnosed with cancer and it took my left eye-sight. I'm a big fan of the Dodge Ram but, I am having issues with the heat, I have NO heat! The heater core and spender doors are bad and I can't afford to fix this problem with all my medical bills. At this time it's not practical for me to drive, I can't even defrost my windshield!!.... I would hate to sell it because I stored it 5 years of the 10 years I had it in the winter. I would be grateful if chrysler could look into this matter bacause I have read a number of complaints. CHRYSLER PLEASE DO SOMETHING!!!!!

- , Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

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