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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
120,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 232011

Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I had an after market stereo on the truck, the unit plays DVDs and I was going on a long trip with the baby on my other car so I pulled the stereo out. I ran the truck with no stereo on it and now the anti theft system went crazy. The keyless entry system doesn't work, if the switch is not turned either to acc or on, the entire electrical system is dead, this includes dome lights, hazard lights, door locks not even the horn.

Once the engine is running, everything works fine except the stereo, it wont work at all.

- , Douglas, AZ, USA

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