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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
20 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,751 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 21 of 26)

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problem #101

Feb 142015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles

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

Recall P77 my main problem with this is that if the pinion has become loose the gears are not lined up correctly anymore and causes extreme wear on the differential unit and will cause it to lock up. I called the manufacturer regarding this yesterday and they told me to talk to the service manager at my dealership. Today I went in to speak with him. I requested that he check the torque on my pinion nut "I have nobody here that is available to do that today" he stated. I then asked him when he would have somebody in to check it, "maybe Tuesday or Thursday when did you want it checked". "today" I stated. Following that he took down my VIN number went over to the computer came back and told me that there is no remedy for the problem right now and to contact the manufacturer. Which I then advised him that I spoke with them yesterday and they told me to talk to my service manager. He stated that there is nothing he can do to my vehicle without Chrysler providing the proper remedy. If Chrysler does find that the nut is loose are they planning on replacing the ring and pinion since when this item is not properly installed it wears unevenly and can lock up. Chrysler also stated that they cannot verify if I will be reimbursed if I take this to a 3rd party repair shop to have this properly corrected, since the only people that seem to be able to correct this issue is a 3rd party repair shop. I am left with a choice of paying out of pocket for the repair to be assured that I am driving a safe vehicle with no guarantee that I will be compensated for my expenses, waiting for the parts to available and drive a vehicle that may or may not lock up the rear wheels without notice, or having a repair that may not meet your standards since I have not found out what the remedy is if the torque rating is under the specified 200lbs. That is my concern.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #100

Feb 112015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 175,534 miles
While driving my truck, I heard a whining noise coming from the rear, and then I felt my drive shaft disengage from the differential (rear axle pinion nut recall P77/NHTSA 14V-796) and drop to the street. Currently, there is no permanent remedy for this condition. The dealer (cumerland auto center, cookeville, tn) could repair the vehicle, but the same thing could happen again, and I would have to pay for the repairs twice (once without remedy and once with remedy) and get reimbursed later by fca customer assistance, Washington, DC. I only have one other vehicle in my family to use, and the recall doesn't pay for a rental. My vehicle also requires repair for P81 (air bags).

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #99

Feb 102015

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V796000 (power train) and 14V817000 (air bags) however, the parts to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Olivehurst, CA, USA

problem #98

Feb 102015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train, air bags) however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure. Updated 04/03/15 updated 6/24/2015

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #97

Oct 062014

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V796000 (power train) and 14V817000 (air bags). The parts needed were not available to perform the repairs. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cedar City, UT, USA

problem #96

Oct 152014

Ram 1500

  • 220,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, both rear wheels seized and caused the contact to crash into a ditch. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the rear axle and the gears needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 220,000.

- South Abington Township, PA, USA

problem #95

Jan 182015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 148,841 miles

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

I heard an unusual noise, kind of a rattle and vibrating sound. It continued to get louder for about an 8th of a mile. I began to move toward the right lane of traffic to exit the main road. The noise became extremely loud and there was a grinding sound. Almost immediately there was a loud crashing thud occurred and the truck jarred to an immediate stop. After looking underneath I saw that the whole drive shaft was disconnected from the rear and fluid was spilling on the ground. The tow driver said he'd not seen anything like this happen. Our mechanic came by our place took a look at it and told us about the problem with the rear of this make and model. The pinion nut fell off or vibrated loose. We couldn't understand what could possibly have happened, then it all made sense when we found the recall and investigation information.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #94

Jan 272015

Ram 1500

  • 182,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the rear of the vehicle seized and the driveshaft separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 182,000.

- Maryville , MD, USA

problem #93

Jan 262015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 230,000 miles
Going down the road at 45mph and my driveshaft falls out of nowhere. Truck was running perfect and no sounds or anything. When the driveshaft fell out it caused the rear axle to lock up and couldn't move.

- Mineral Wells, TX, USA

problem #92

Jan 272015

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from the front of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that smoke started to emit from under the hood. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the rear center pinion nut detached from the vehicle causing the failure. As a result, the rear drive axle, rear drive shaft, transfer case and front drive shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train). The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Etters, PA, USA

problem #91

Jan 272015

Ram 1500

  • 126,000 miles

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

The rear end has been howling under power and on coast. Seen a lot of reports that the rear end locks up, possible causing loss of control or the vehicle. Heard there was a recall on this but it looks like it doesn't start till Feb. 13, 2015. Can you shed any light on this, I would love to know where I stand on trying to get this fixed. I don't believe the truck rear end will last that long. Thank you

- Berkeley Springs, WV, USA

problem #90

Jan 262015

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving home from work, the drive shaft dropped out from the rear end of the truck with no warning.

- Dickson City, PA, USA

problem #89

Jan 222015

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the rear drive shaft seized causing the vehicle to spin out of control. The contact mentioned that no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #88

Nov 212014

Ram 1500

  • 183,400 miles
Driving home at a speed of 40 mph and the pinion nut malfunctioned by backing away causing the drive shaft to detach from the rear differential. This resulted in having to have the truck towed to bellaire auto in houston, tx where they did the temporary repairs however the rear differential is still showing significant signs of damage.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #87

Jan 062015

Ram 1500

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the rear end seized and the drive shaft dropped. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a concrete wall and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that a pinion gear dropped. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #86

Jan 112015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 128,400 miles
Driving within residential subdivision and felt the rear end start to vibrate, first thought was a flat tire. Heard a very loud thud and then the rear end locked bring the vehicle to a dead stop. Drive shaft and universals continued to spin until accelerator was released and vehicle placed in park.

- Hallandale Beach, FL, USA

problem #85

Jan 122015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Rear differential locked up causing the truck to spin out and go off the road. I had to put the truck in fwd low to get out of the ditch and drove it a short distance home in fwd high. The rear differential is no longer locked but it is very noisy and can not be driven. When I called Dodge I was told this truck was not part of the massive Ram 1500 recall.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #84

Jan 062014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 41,200 miles
2005 Ram 1500 only has 57,000 miles on it, several issues: 1) loud whining noise, sounds like really loud power steering whine but power steering is ok. Started last winter when we had extremely cold temperatures. Now it is extremely loud all of the time. After hearing announcement of recall and reading other owner complaints of locking up while driving I am concerned of my safety. 2) I have had trouble with the right rear wheel feeling like it locks up when turning right especially when road is wet. 3) 4-wheel drive is impossible to use. After a short period of time it starts making a whining sound then locks up when trying to drive in reverse. Feels like tension of a rubberband that has twisted as far as it will go. 4) also, having problem of truck stalling when putting it in reverse. Always starts up again but can be dangerous if you are backing out onto a busy street. Dealership has resealed drive pinion 3 times! don't know if all 4 are related but I sure would like to have a professional look it over. My local Chrysler/Dodge dealership's service department has really gone downhill.

- Hebron, OH, USA

problem #83

Dec 252014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 86,326 miles
I was at the stop sign on the braga bridge in MA. I started to enter traffic when there was a loud bang and then a bunch of banging, I instantly stopped on the bridge just past the stop sign. I put the truck in park and shut off the engine, I jumped out of the truck but it began to roll back. I had my wife hold the break while I checked. The truck would roll backwards but not forwards. The drive shaft was lying on the ground. We had to wait for a tow truck to move the truck. A flat bed showed up and could not get the truck to roll forward. He then continued to upset me by dragging the truck onto the flat bed as it was the only way to move it.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #82

Dec 232014

Ram 1500

  • 86,102 miles
I noticed a whine when I let off the accelerator. When I was at a stop light I felt the rear end make a sound like it was going to lock up. I drove to a parking lot. I noticed fluid coming from the seal from the differential. I put the truck on a trailer and pulled it to my shop. When I removed the driveshaft I found the pinion nut had backed off. I researched and found this was a problem with other pick-ups. I contacted a Dodge dealer and they denied any problems. I wanted to make sure Dodge owners were aware of the problem. If this had failed at high speed there would be a potential hazard to your safety.

- Tuttle, OK, USA

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