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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,625 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #39

Apr 012015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 172,000 miles


As I was driving on the freeway at 70 mph, I heard a loud "smack!" before the engine stalled and I lost power steering and power brakes. Luckily, I'm pretty strong and was able to pull off to the shoulder. The engine would start but not turn over with 4 or 5 attempts. It started on the fifth or sixth try but would not idle. I was finally able to get it to start and on my way to the mechanic, I could tell something was broken in the engine. After inspecting the engine and looking into it, it's been determined that a valve spring broke and sent the valve through the piston and into the cylinder, effectively ceasing the engine while the vehicle traveled at freeway speeds.

- Cottonwood Heights, UT, USA

problem #38

Mar 032014

Ram 1500

  • 73,000 miles
Since March of 2013 I've made several panic stops to avoid running a red light. I de accelerated from 30 to 0 and the truck stalled when it came to a stop. Additional complaint is every now and then the truck won't start. The engine turns over, but doesn't start. I have to turn the key to the off position and then it starts on the re try.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #37

Mar 252015

Ram 1500

  • miles
I was driving my truck down a back country road on the sway to work when I noticed a whistling sound coming from the truck. I began to slow down from 55mph and then I heard a loud bang underneath the truck. I got out to find the transfer case blown apart and the rear end was locked. This could have been a serious matter if I was driving on the highway or had not begun to slow down. Upon further investigation I have found many recalls on my truck. I also found out that this is going to run me around 3 grand, if the transmission isn't messed up.

- Nashville, NC, USA

problem #36

Aug 092014

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles


During idles or stopping for intersections or traffic the engine stalls and dies making it impossible to steer or stop. I have nearly wrecked several time when it happened on hills. The mechanics I when to can't find anything, one of which was the Dodge dealership. The problem started once after re fueling and now every time I get gas it does it several times then runs alright but the problem is getting worse. There in no warning when I dies and one of these times I am afraid I won't be able to stop it. I have seen multiple complaints on the issue with no decisive solution.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #35

Mar 132015

Ram 1500

  • 33,000 miles
Vehicle stalled while driving down the road. I took it to the local mechanic and they did compression test on it they said no compression on the #7 cylinder, he told me it is an internal engine failure. My vehicle only has 33,000 miles on it. I found out it is a known issue, Chrysler fixed it in the 05 models but did nothing for the 2003 and 2004 vehicles.

- New Brighton, MN, USA

problem #34

Feb 242015

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles
Vehicle stalls under deceleration, cutting power to power brakes and steering. First two times it happened I was in traffic approaching busy intersection to a red light. Very nearly ended in crash except I got the emergency brake on. No warning or warning lights, no loss of electrical power.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #33

Dec 122014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 33,850 miles


Vehicle stalls after a gas fill-up. Dealer had filled the vehicle up and it stalled repeatedly for about 10 miles and then was fine. The next time I filled it up it stalled repeatedly again. I returned it to dealer for repair. They replaced the charcoal canisters and purge valve solenoid. After the next fill up it did not stall. However, after the second fill-up it started missing at highway speeds and then stalled on an exit/entry ramp of short curvature and had to be hurriedly restarted while turning at high speed. This is a definite safety issue and should be a recall. Social media is rampant with this issue with Dodge. Not filling the tank with gas is not a solution to this problem as some would suggest. This needs to be rectified!!!

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #32

Nov 282014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 134,060 miles
The truck stalls out when stopping, turning, or just sitting at light. Have replaced egr, throttle body, PCV, and had PCM updated; but truck is still stalling. Dealer can't find any trouble codes and can't figure out what is causing the problem. Dealer has put in calls to Chrysler star, but no responses yet. From looking on line, I can see that there are many other owners with the same issue. I just know that this is a safety issue, especially when the truck stalls in the middle of a turn in traffic. I can't believe that there is not a fix or a recall on this issue. Yes, this is a slow speed issue; but it is still dangerous. Please help!

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #31

Nov 222014

Ram 1500

  • 198,000 miles
While coming to a stop, the truck lost all power and stalled. I immediately restarted the truck and proceeded to the next intersection, and it lost power and stalled again while braking to a full stop. I was able to make it two miles closer to my home, came to a stop and the engine revved up slightly, and then idled low to the point where I thought it was going to stall again. I got it home and had it towed to my mechanic. The truck was checked out, the truck did not stall after repeated testing for the next week. I picked it up, got a quarter mile down the road and it lost power and stalled again. I immediately returned it to the mechanic and, again, the truck did not duplicate the stalling, but the mechanic did see it rev up when coming to a stop. The mechanic replaced the idle positioning sensor and I picked up my truck only for it to stall on my way home. My mechanic has had my truck more than I have over the last two months and the problem remains undiagnosed. After basic research on Dodge forums, this is a problem that many other people are dealing with and nothing has been done to address this issue. This is a major safety issue considering that the truck loses power and stalls without warning in the middle of turns and coming to a stop. Please help resolve this issue before it costs someone their life. I am not the only person having this problem.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #30

Jan 072015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 104,356 miles
When braking, the vehicle engine stalls as I slow down. The issue was intermittent, but now happens each time I break. I have to pull over with no power steering and restart the vehicle in P or N. sometimes, I have to wait a few minutes before it will let me restart.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #29

Dec 292014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


Just like everyone else who owns a Dodge, I went to fuel up the truck and it went all over the ground rather than in the tank...took it to the dealer...check valve bad...need new tank....never buy Dodge again..

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #28

Nov 012013

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I bought this truck about 2.5 months ago used with 59xxx miles on it. This incident has happened a few times now. The first time I was coming off the freeway approaching a stoplight. As I was slowing down when I hit about 20 mph my truck completely stalled. All power was on after stall, but I had no brakes, no steering, and no engine. Luckily im a strong guy and had plenty of room to keep a straight line and very forcefully apply the non powered brakes. It started right back up so I kind of shrugged it off. It happened a few more times since then, same symptoms: Slowing down for a turn or a stop.... engine dies, no steering, no brakes, dead truck, starts right up. However last night christmas day it stalled on me a quarter of the way through a left hand turn at about 15 mph. I couldn't turn the wheel hard enough to finish my turn, I couldn't apply the brakes hard enough to stop in a safe amount of time, I died in the middle of the oncoming traffic lane. I had to quickly apply my emergency brake. Stopping just in time about 1 foot short of driving into a guardrail with a steep embankment on the other side. I am literally scared to drive this truck now, scared for my life and other peoples lives. Apparently there seems to be a common problem with these trucks stalling, but no recalls to my knowledge or definitive problem has been diagnosed... please help! respectfully, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Aromas, CA, USA

problem #27

Nov 092014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
I was driving and my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 sputtered and died without warning. I was in the left lane, and it was all I could do to pull it to the right side of the road as it lost power. I was headed uphill, so I was able to safely put it in neutral and let it roll back because I was blocking an entrance ramp to the interstate. It was 5 pm and I was westbound, so people had difficulty seeing my hazard lights while looking into the sun. It was scary! with regular maintenance and garage kept, this truck broke an engine valve spring. When this happens, the engine fails immediately because there is no longer compression in that cylinder. I was lucky, the spring held in place and did not allow the valve to drop into the cylinder, which would have been catastrophic and irreparable. After research, I found Dodge knows about this problem in the 2004 hemi engine. In fact, they redesigned the valve springs in the 2005 models. Several sites & blogs showed owners with the same problem, but Dodge never started a campaign or issued a recall. I contacted Chrysler (Dodge) and they refuse to assist or acknowledge the problem. If this had occurred on a busy interstate, I could have been involved in a serious accident. When the engine failed, I lost power steering and any ability to maneuver the vehicle. If needed, I have all documentation, and I also have the broken valve spring in my possession.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #26

Aug 202014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 126,052 miles
On multiple occasions, while at low speed (pulling into an intersection from a red light or stop sign), the engine idle drops and the engine stalls. I have to brake with my left foot and keep the engine idle up by pressing on the gas to keep from stalling. I have been almost rear ended several times and do not trust the truck. After reading the complaints and research on the truck, this happens a lot and is dangerous. When I talked to the dealer, they say they are not aware of any problems like this and they would be happy to diagnose the truck (for $125) and go from there. From what I have read, it seems they want to exchange parts and charge for the service.

- Olivehurst, CA, USA

problem #25

Aug 172014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Engine stalled while driving a few times. Some times while turning causing a loss of steering. Finally engine quit, luckily while still and a valve sprig broke and valve dropped. Dodge has long know about this dangerous situation. Now I amount of warranty and out of luck. But lucky to be alive.

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #24

Jun 192014

Ram 1500

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while approaching a stop light, the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned he was able to turn the vehicle back on but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 175,000.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #23

Mar 282014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 86,400 miles
While driving in my neighborhood at 25 mph vehicle lost power and didn't want to take the gas then cut off. Would not restart, engine would rotate but not start. Pumped the accelerator then engine restarted and ran rough with no power. Had vehicle towed to dealership to be check. I was told that the engine was blown. When I check the dash the throttle elec. Light was on.

- Fayetteville , NC, USA

problem #22

Feb 012014

Ram 1500

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while completing a turning at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 99,000.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #21

Feb 052014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 179,000 miles
Oncoming vehicle lost control came across 4 lanes to hit front of truck. Dodge is totaled but air bags did not deploy. I contacted Dodge to have them check them out and was told, first a special task force would come check the airbags and we would be compensated, then later was told due to the age and mileage of my truck they wouldn't but I could take it to a Dodge dealership and see if they would run the test at my expense. Dodge didn't seem to care why air bags didn't go off since the truck is 10 years old.

- Huntsville, AR, USA

problem #20

Apr 132011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle intermittently stalled while applying the service brakes. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, who stated that they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The current mileage was 114,000.

- Huachuca City, AZ, USA

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