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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,028 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 suspension problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #8

May 272010

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While the contact was driving approximately 35 mph into a curve, the steering wheel began to slightly vibrate with a noise coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road and inspected. The contact was able to resume; however, the failure continued to occur intermittently whenever making a turn. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where both front wheel bearings were replaced under the service warranty. Recently, the identical failures occurred and the vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired at the time of the complaint. The contact experienced similar related defects as mentioned in the safety recall on the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500; NHTSA campaign id number 07V038000 (suspension: Front:wheel bearing ). the failure mileage was 80,000.

- Edwardsville, IL, USA

problem #7

Dec 012009

Ram 1500

  • 63,000 miles
My prior complaint about 2003 to 2006 Dodge Ram pickups having improperly greased factory wheel bearings causing bearing failure and tires to fall off the front axles has not been addressed by Chrysler. NHTSA only demanded recalls on the 2006 models which is not the case, see recall # 07V038000. This is definitely a problem and life threatening issue. I have replaced my front wheel bearings myself at several hundred dollars out of pocket and actually saw the old bearings blued with heat and without grease. The replacements were also lacking grease and again need replaced after only 5,000 miles. Please recall all 2003 to 2006 models for front bearing failure before someone is injured or killed.

- Aurora, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 112009

Ram 1500

  • 68,500 miles
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4, 68,000 miles, not commercial use, never used for towing, never used to plow snow, no modifications made ever, driven on paved highways and city streets, and never driven off road. On December 11th 2009 I was driving to work on a smooth paved road when a humming began in the front of the truck. In a matter of 1-2 miles the passenger front wheel began vibrating hard and the vehicle started pulling hard to the right. This almost caused me to loose control. I checked the suspension the next day and found the passenger front hub bearing worn out and severely loose. I could rock the tire 1/4 inch each direction. Upon inspecting the hub there were no dark spots indicating grease had leaked out. I disassembled the front hub and found it bone dry of grease and ruined. I believe this is the same bearing assembly, or very similar, as the 2006 Ram 1500S. The failure was sudden with only a minor humming before severe vibration, wheel drag, and almost a loss of steering. The cost of parts alone cost me approximately $185 at an aftermarket parts store and $350 at Chrysler. It is obvious that Chrysler installed the same type of defective bearings in all the 04,05,06 and possibly newer Ram 1500 pickups. NHTSA should enforce this recall through Chrysler on all 04,05, and 06 models before a fatality occurs. Below is the 2006 recall. 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 units affected: 86333 recall number: 07V038000 summary: On certain pickup trucks, the front wheel bearing may have received an insufficient quantity of grease during the manufacturing process. Consequence: This could result in bearing degradation, and if subsequent noise and vibration are ignored, could result in hub assembly separation. This may result in a loss of vehicle control and cause a crash without warning. Remedy: Dealers will replace the front hub and bearing units. The recall began on February 26, 2007. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-140.

- Aurora, OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 152005

Ram 1500

  • 5,000 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 heard a loud vibrating noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. He fears that the tire will detach from the vehicle due to the front wheel bearings. He took the vehicle to the dealer on three occasions, but they were unsuccessful in identifying the cause of the failure. The failure is becoming progressively worse. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V038000 (suspension:front:wheel bearing); therefore, they would not perform the remedy. The failure mileage was 5,000 and current mileage was 50,000.

- Columbia, CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 232007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,725 miles
On 2-23-07, I had occasion to drive my 2004 Dodge, Ram pu, 1500 4X4 approximately 400 miles from where I live in western NY. Druing the trip we hear a slight humming noise coming from under the vehicle. Due to heavy snow during the trip we thought it was snow build up under neat. However approx. 50 from returning home and upon entering a service area off the nys thruway, a definite grinding / crrunching noise was heard coming from somewheres under the front end. We continued to our destination in the buffalo, NY area. At this time besides the noises the steering wheel was jerking when traveling at a slow rate. Subsequently the vehicle was left a West herr Dodge, orchard park, NY where it had been purchased. The dealer ship was closed when left and contact was made with them the following day for them to check it and make repairs. On Monday, 2-26-07 we were contacted and advised the vehicle had been repaired and the the problem had been the front left wheel bearing which they replace. Upon picking the truck up I was told that there had not been any previous problems as such with these trucks. About 5 days later I happened to hear on our local tv that the 2006 model Dodge Ram pick up's had been recalled due to faulty front wheel bearings whcih was due to insufficient quanitity of grease. I am worried that my trucks bearings have the same problem as the 2006 and that the other side wheel bearing might go and could cause an accident.

- Varysburg, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 142005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Both front wheel bearings exhibit the same things identified in the 2006 Dodge Ram recall, however, the dealer says the recall does not apply. Should wheel bearings on a truck with 46,000 miles have to be replaced at the consumers expense?

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #2

Jan 152007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Both front wheel bearings failed prematurely. (33,000 miles on odometer) the result of this failure, compromise steering, do to vibration.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #1

May 152004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The wheel bearings failed prematurely. Both sides of the front wheel bearings failed.

- Alden, NY, USA

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