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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,583 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 152007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2002 dodgeram 1500 truck approx. 70,000 miles, the upper balljoint (passenger side) bearing failed, and caused undo stress on the lower balljoint causing it to brake. Causing the truck to pull to the right into a tree.

- New Castle, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 062005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,500 miles
Cluncking noise under hood. Left upper control arm and ball joint. This truck has only 55,000 no off roading

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 162004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The consumer owns a 2002 Dodge Ram. The consumer says that at about 50,000 miles he started having problems with his upper ball joint. The upper ball joint on the passenger side completely went out. He contacted the dealer and the dealer said that they had several hundred in back order right now. The consumer has trouble driving the vehicle so he took it to the dealer and the dealer said that it was his ball joint and it was one of the worst ball joints that he has ever seen. The consumer is not driving the vehicle.

- Lyles, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 232004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


When driving any speed, the consumer would hear a squeaking noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The dealership stated the upper ball joint was defective. The consumer stated that the vehicle is rarely used off road. A noise is heard on bumpy surfaces.

- Camp Creek, WV, USA

problem #2

Aug 142003

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
While driving 40 mph upper ball joints broke, causing the front driver side wheel to separate from the vehicle.

- Jonesboro, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 072003

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
When driving over bumps front suspension shook and jerked. Consumer took vehicle to the dealership for alignment inspection. Mechanic stated that left upper ball joint failed.

- Big Cabin, OK, USA

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