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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,397 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #67

Dec 152015

Ram 1500

  • 177,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The rear axle started making a whining noise that gradually got louder and then the rear axle locked up making the truck unable to be driven. I think it's the pinion nut like many other Dodge trucks but according to the information in the P77 recall my year truck is not included even though the rear axle has the exact issue described in the recall

- Adelanto, CA, USA

problem #66

Aug 122014

Ram 1500

  • 142,000 miles
Entering off the highway rt 95 felt vibration then caught the end of the curb trying to control it went into the grass, into a guard rail then also into a has sitters material danger with signs all over it building next to the tollbooth because it was slippery grass I could not stop then proceeded to somehow totaled two cars on the op. Cit. Side of the small building the park cars that were workers at the tollbooth it was an industrial park building and I want through I have yet to get any information nor got any type of response from Chrysler Dodge or anybody I have a missing tooth due to the accident it went to the hospital and I have a police report and hospital bills no rental bills and then on to work it's just terrible with no truck.. I'm sick over the whole thing and now pile of bills that I don't know what to do with I really prescient the new buyback you had done because none of myrecalls on my truck had gotten done please help.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #65

May 102014

Ram 1500

  • 63,000 miles
We had the exact thing happen to us. We where driving down the freeway when we heard a loud bang. The rear end of our truck went out. We where stuck in the middle of no wheres and had to be towed about 150 miles. There was a recall for this item "Friday's recall marks the third time Chrysler has had issues with the Dodge Ram's rear axle." However when we put our VIN number into the system it states our truck is not part of this recall. How do we replace this" it should be covered by the manufacturer. If we buy a replacement part how do we find a good rear axle, when they where all recalled" Dodge should widen this recall to include all the trucks that had the same problem...

- Golden Valley, AZ, USA

problem #64

Nov 072015

Ram 1500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I recieved a letter stating a recall.

- Benbrook, TX, USA

problem #63

Nov 182015

Ram 1500

  • 15,400 miles
Rear retaining nut on drive shaft came off letting drive shaft with yoke attached fall to the pavement as I was pulling up to the toll booth entrance. Resulting in the rear end locking up and causing the truck to come to a sudden stop. This was a 5:15 when traffic was very heavy I put on flashers got out and used a flashlight to wave traffic to change lanes. There has been a recall on 2004 / 2005 Dodge Ram for exactly this same problem but my truck VIN # wasn't included.

- Perry, KS, USA

problem #62

Nov 252015

Ram 1500

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was an abnormal noise under the rear of the vehicle. As the contact pulled over to the shoulder of the road, the vehicle came to an abrupt stop. The contact got out of the vehicle and discovered that the driveshaft was detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear axle pinon nut loosened and caused the driveshaft to become detached and the rear axle to seize. The contact stated that the failure mirrored NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #61

Nov 122015

Ram 1500

  • 168,256 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle came to a complete stop and failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear differential needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V474000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 168,256.

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #60

Jul 292004

Ram 1500

  • 25,000 miles
The rear axle broke on this truck and I made the report on your website back in 2004 and I also contacted Chrysler and they sent someone to check the truck and these guy said to me and my mother that we were lucky to be alive.I kept calling Chrysler requesting a copy of the report made by this person and they have ignored me till now. This is the reason why I reported the accident to your office because the "accident report" is very clear what broke in this truck. If you look at my original complaint you will read about the loud noise coming from the drivers side an hour prior to the accident. I have been in contact with Chrysler asking over and over for a copy of the report and they keep denying it, and this is what I need your office to help me obtain from them. You will see that this problem existed prior the recall on the 2005 trucks.whenever Chrysler writes to me they write about "air bags" completely ignoring the request so to me is very clear they are hiding something. I know the truck was fixed and sold to someone named "pedro osaga". my insurance paid off the truck to the rental company and my mother and I incurred lots of injuries from this accident and it makes me sick that this manufacture continues to hide the truth from me. Please I'm asking again to help me obtain the report made about this truck regarding the cause of the accident from Chrysler. Sorry I can't upload the accident report, but if you need it I will send you a copy or maybe by then I'll be able to send it via email.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #59

Jul 182014

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
While driving down the road the left front headlight would give out at random times brought to dealer and was diagnosed as FCM (later found out by another mechanic that it was a loose connector at the tipm issue was also the same exact thing on our work truck a 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 dually). The main safety issue is with the power rack and pinion, it has given out twice on the road in heavy traffic, the fix the first time was a complete replacement of the power rack and pinion system. The second time, the replacement of inner tie rod seals. Another computer issue was brought in for loss of power to whole truck at random times, cruise control failing, power surges. Unit replaced twice in one year to correct the problem.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #58

Oct 232015

Ram 1500

  • 180,000 miles
Same drivetrain pinion issue as the 05 model. My driveshaft came off the pinion and made me skid and caused an accident. Dodge recall center would not accept that my late 04 could have the same pinion defect as the 05.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #57

Oct 232015

Ram 1500

  • 102,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at 20 mph, the rear axle detached and the rear tires seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear axle detached and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Oskaloosa, IA, USA

problem #56

Sep 212015

Ram 1500

  • 190,000 miles
On Sept. 21 2015, driving home from work, I experienced what it felt like to drop the drive shaft out of the rear axle of my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. I was on a highway going 55 mph with vehicles all around me when this incident happened. Now I've done some research on this issue and found that 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 series that were manufactured within the dates of Jan 28th 2004-Aug. 3rd 2005 are all a part of this type of recall, known as P77 recall. What about Dodge Ram 2004 1500 series that were manufactured in June of 2004. This would have been the same time that the 2005's would have been manufactured. I am questioning why aren't the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 series trucks under this same P77 recall since they were still being manufactured within this same time period of the 2005's. why hasn't Chrysler/Dodge Corp. Looked into the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 series trucks that may have this same problem due to being manufactured in this same time period" another problem I have encountered, is I am being told by auto parts sale associates that they can not sell me this drive shaft or rear axle due to my truck being under this P77 recall. Though, when I check my VIN number under fca recall look up, I only see the R25 recall for the driver air bag inflator, which I at this point I can't even get this recall repaired because I don't have a working drive shaft or rear axle to even move my truck. It seems as if my truck was not included in this P77 recall, though I am being told it is under recall. Confused!"

- Leechburg, PA, USA

problem #55

Sep 102015

Ram 1500

  • 150,000 miles
Rear axle seized, caused driveshaft to detach.

- Olive Hill, KY, USA

problem #54

Jan 112014

Ram 1500

  • 41,000 miles
Upon returning home from a round trip of about 120 miles a large puddle of oil was located in the driveway was noticed under the rear differential of the vehicle. A large metal part had ripped a hole in the differential cover causing the oil to leak out. The metal part was still sticking out of the cover. I brought the vehicle in to a local shop and it was discovered the clip retaining the gears onto the carrier in the differential had come loose and been thrown through the cover, and all the fluid leaked out. The entire differential had to be rebuilt for almost $1,800 at my own expense. Then about a year later Chrysler did a recall on the same issue, but I was told my truck was not included in the recall, with no explanation. This is not acceptable and I expect to be reimbursed for my out of pocket costs, as well as having the recall done to keep from having the same thing happen again.

- Manassas , VA, USA

problem #53

Aug 142015

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles
Pinion nut loosened and the drive shaft separated from the rear axle. The pinion gear fell into the differential resulting in the axle to lock up and crack the housing.

- Wilson, NY, USA

problem #52

Jan 082015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
We where on our way back from California to Arizona on the 40. A small highway in the middle of no where, when we heard a very loud boom. Next a very large cloud of smoke came from the back of the truck, then the trucks rear end ceased up leaving us stranded in the middle of no where at night. To have the truck towed just to needles ca was $600. Was this part recalled? I can not find this information anywhere and would like to know what Chrysler is doing about this very dangerous situation.

- Golden Valley, AZ, USA

problem #51

Aug 162015

Ram 1500

  • 133,000 miles
My family and I was driving down the road. (we had just had the truck serviced about 4 days prior at our local dealership.) all the sudden the truck makes this sound. I slowed down, rolled my window down trying to figure out if it was my vehicle or not. Very faint at first and increased with a loud boom. I get out to find my drive shaft on the ground. And the pinion nut nowhere to be seen. Gone. Luckily we were on a country road and my family is safe.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #50

Jul 172015

Ram 1500

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 25 mph, the driveshaft dropped due to a loose pinion nut and the steering seized without warning. The vehicle had to be towed to an independent mechanic, where it was confirmed that the pinion nut was defective. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle exhibited the symptoms stated in NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train); however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #49

Jun 172015

Ram 1500

  • miles
Was driving in my neighborhood at approx. 20mph when the front end fell out onto the road.

- Ft Myers, FL, USA

problem #48

Aug 012015

Ram 1500

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while attempting to shift out of park, the pinion nut loosened which caused the rear axle to seize. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Southington, CT, USA

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