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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,099 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 102011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


I own a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 and my taillights/running lights suddenly stopped working. I was nearly rear ended by another vehicle. I checked with a technician and he stated this was a common problem due to moisture in the fuse box. It was going to cost me close to $1000 dollars to be repaired. The tech stated this should not happen and it is a manufacturing defect. He stated a replacement comes with a shield to protect it from shorting out. It sounds to me like this is a problem that Dodge should be liable for since it is a "manufacturing defect"

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 052008

Ram 1500

  • miles
1. replaced fuse (original equipment) on my 2002 Dodge Ram pickup for the left rear trailer lights with storehouse fuse bought at harbor freight store. 2. fuse did not "blow" as it should and "welded" itself into fuse block. I cannot remove the remnants of the fuse. 3. this may necessitate complete replacement of the fuse block at considerable cost. Possible hundreds of dollars.

- Grant, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 162006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,296 miles
: the contact stated the check engine light illuminated while driving 55 mph. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, and a computer diagnostic identified a failure to the condenser fan relay, due to an undersized fuse. A technical service bulletin, # O8-002-03, was issued by the manufacturer, which stated the fuse was not large enough and the condenser fan needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted.

- Jackson, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 162006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,200 miles
: the contact stated while driving 70mph another motorist alerted the contact the running lights on the vehicle were out. Upon inspection the dealership found the power distribution center and the FCM (part # 56045434aea) failed. There was a power surge through the parts that caused the fuses to be blown. An independent repair shop replaced the power distribution center and the FCM.

- Doylestown, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 022003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
I own a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4X4. In September of 2003, the check engine light came on and it was determined to be the condenser fan inoperable due to open fuse. The service mgr told me that this was a common defect because of the design of the shroud that allows water to collect in the trough. It also freezes in the winter preventing the fan from turning. This is not covered by warranty. I believe it should be because it is design defect. This is quite costly to have this fixed. According to the service representative, there have been several cases of this.

- Fowlerville, MI, USA

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