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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,374 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 032016

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle began to shake violently without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the tie rod assembly failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Des Arc, AR, USA

problem #5

Sep 052011

Ram 1500

  • 261,862 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 55 mph there was a noise coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test stated the adjustment bolt for the tie rod clamp was missing. The dealer does not have the replacement parts#J0180077 in stock. The manufacturer was notified and referred her to two other dealers but the part was discontinued. The failure mileage was 261,862.

- York, AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 222011

Ram 1500

  • 88,700 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated the steering wheel was pulling while making a right or left turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test that located the failure on the front tie rod. The failure also caused the drivers side tires to wear severely and the steering wheel to fail. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 88,700 and the current mileage was 89,104.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #3

Feb 042006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,779 miles


Rack and pinion steering failure.

- Corona, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 242006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,680 miles
This started out with a tire almost being flat. Pumped up the tire at home and took vehicle to a tire shop to be repaired. When the shop took the tire off the truck, they told me the tire is no good, it is leaking through the sidewall. They put my spare on and I went to the Goodyear dealer in my town. The Goodyear dealer looked at the leak through the sidewall and removed the tire from the rim. There was 2, 2 inch cuts on the inside of the tire sidewall (1 at the leak) of this tire that he could not explain. He told me a new tire was $180 and I asked him to contact Goodyear corporate because there is hardly any wear/miles on these tires. He contacted Goodyear and 3 days later they said they would replace the tire for $94. This tire had 4/32 worn off from it!!! while waiting for Goodyear corporate to reply to the local Goodyear dealer I took the truck to my local Dodge dealer to have them raise the truck on the hoist to check the rest of the tires for a slight bulge on the inner sidewall because of fear of these tires blowing out the sidewall at highway speeds and causing a fatality! they did not see any but before I left they told me to schedule an appointment to get both outer tie rod ends and the left (driver) side lower ball joint replaced! this vehicle was purchased new on 12-31-2003, has 26,600 miles on it and has always been serviced at this and labor were covered by warranty but what is going to fail next?

- Corunna, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 142004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,226 miles
Driving northbound on the 101 freeway in the far right lane changed to the center lane on dry asphalt pass a slower moving car and heard a loud noise. Face impacted the steering wheel.don, T recall anymore than that do have an accident report. Think the right rear axle broke or something in the right front suspension. Tie rod or ball joint the inside of the right front wheel is estroyed and was off. The truck complete with large bracket broken tie rod and ball joints and rotor. Outside of wheel is not damaged. Right rear wheel has the brake drum/disc and part of the broken off axle still bolted to it.. allpar has a report on Dodge Ram axles braking 2002 and up.states a new design is in place for 2006. Is aware of this problem.. truck hit a concrete wall and skidded to a stop in the third lane of traffic on fire under the front end a following wittness stated sparks were flying through the air.. they also put out the fire. Major front end damage and no air bags deployed. Dodge denied any responcibillity a claim was filed have the letters and email. The dealers added further injury by charging as much as possible and high interest for a new magnum SXT.made it impossible to buy the rt model.. I do have the two wheels in question at the shop I work at tri city tansmission service. And photos of the aftermath.. at the body shop.they couln't believe I walked away. Thankyou for your time sincerely michael a young

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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