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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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
99,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 152009

Ram 1500 Thunder Road 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


It seams like every time I fix one problem there is another one just waiting to happen.

- , Stevensville, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 302008

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

My truck stalls or won't start if there is to much moisture on the engine.

- , Sturgis, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 152006

Ram 1500 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

I've had the evap hose replaced but the problem persists. Now a service manager at a local Dodge dealer is telling me that the problem may be a cracked distributor cap. I have not yet tried to replace it. Will wait for feedback and will address soon.

- , Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 062007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

When ever I go through a good size puddle or the engine compartment gets wet from cleaning the service engine light comes on and the vehicle runs horribly. Bucking and stalling eventually an hour or so later it won't start. It will continue to not start or just run like crap until it dries out. I brought it to a garage and they spent hours trying to diagnose the problem. Its a 4x4 truck for crips sake you should be able to go 4 wheeling or through deep puddles without this happening!

- , Yarmouthport, MA, USA

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