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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
600 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 252006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles


The heater/ac fan will continue to operate with the ignition key removed from the lock. Sometimes the circuit is energized immediately after the key is removed and at other times it energize's on its own. If not identified in time the fan will drain the vehicle battery. The local Dodge dealer claims they are unable to duplicate the problem. I suspect the ignition lock/switch is probably defective and is causing this problem.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Complaint involving 2002 Dodge Ram truck. (nar) the consumer has experienced ongoing problems with vehicle and requested that the dealership repurchase the vehicle.

- Quitman, TX, USA

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