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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,803 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 182012

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 10 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed the rear differential fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #12

Feb 072007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Rear differential began making a humming noise under load. It had progressively gotten worse until failure. Pinion bearings are bad. This is an ongoing problem with the Dodge truck products. A repair shop in my town just did 3 rebuild on this type truck in one week. A recall should be issued. This rear end could come apart and injury could be happen.

- Sobieski, WI, USA

problem #11

Feb 212007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles
Rear clips broken in 2002 Dodge Ram 1500.

- Scarborough, 00, USA

problem #10

Oct 122006

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Found metal pieces the rear differential of my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4X4. The whole rear end had to be replaced. This is apparently a well documented known problem based on hundreds of forum threads under "C-clip", "retainer clip" and/or "clutch pack retainer" problems.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 162006

Ram 1500

  • miles
The retaining clips fail in the rear differential of all 02-2005 (maybe 2006) 9.25" lsds are affected from Dodge Ram's. mine has failed once and has been replaced under warranty. The problem is Dodge just replaces them with the same ones that will continue to fail.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 292006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
I have a 2002 Dodge 1500 pickup with the limited slip rear differential. My differential "came apart" at 37,000 miles. Since my incident I have discovered numerous other people with this differential in '02-'05 pickups have had similar problems. I would think this is a safety issue as if the broken parts were to get into the ring and pinion gears it could cause the truck to go out of control and crash. The manufacture is aware of the problem but seems unconcerned. I think this issue needs to be investigated. Bob brandenberg.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 062005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,500 miles

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

Cluncking noise under hood. Left upper control arm and ball joint. This truck has only 55,000 no off roading

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 012005

Ram 1500

  • 12,000 miles
Truck began to vibrate dramatically upon braking. The rotors were warped, the brake pads in the front were too small and was causing the problem, a clunking noise had started coming from the rear as time progressed and returned after repairs. At 30,000 miles the entire rear differentail went out.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Dec 242004

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The differential broke in half while driving at approximately 55 mph, vehicle went off the road and down to a ditch. The vehicle is currently immobile.......mad eall tires flat, and rear passenger tire detached/fell off the truck. No police report obtained. Consumer claimed police were trying to get money in exchange of the report. On epicture included.

- Frederick, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 102004

Ram 1500

  • 23,000 miles
While driving at 30 mph consumer heard a knocking noise coming from the rear. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who found that the differential fluid needed changing. Dealer changed the fluid and charged the consumer for the work.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 232004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,275 miles

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

Speedometer stopped functioning. Found that sensor on top of differential was dislodged and oil was coming from differential. Took truck to dealer. Dealer replaced differential, pinion bearing, and sensor.

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 172002

Ram 1500

  • 3,670 miles
Pulled off interstate for gas and heard rear differential making a loud grinding noise. Vehicle was pulling a small utility trailer. Paint has been bubbling off the differential. Dealer found entire differential and rear axle bearings needed to be replaced. Repair was done at dealership, and upon returning home, the rear end failed again, same symptoms. Entire differential and rear axle bearings were replaced a second time.***** dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis******769323.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #1

May 292002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer states rear differential began making loud pinging sounds as if metal was cooling after the vehicle had been towing a trailer for three hours on the highway. Paint was bubbling off of the differnetial. Dealer found the entire differential and rear axle bearings needed to be replaced.

- Valrico, FL, USA

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