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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 1
Average Mileage:
90,513 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

May 162016

Ram 1500

  • 89,040 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving various speeds under 20 mph, the rpms dropped below one and the vehicle stalled. In addition, the steering failed and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle restarted on the first attempt, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 89,040.

- The Dalles, OR, USA

problem #50

May 132016

Ram 1500

  • 148,000 miles
Getting off the off ramp I could not stop in a second vibrations started another car in that car went to another car with a pregnant girl...... I have asked over and over for help and costs are killing my business and had brake problems etc. You guys please help me here...?

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #49

Dec 142015

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 45 mph over a pothole, the steering column and front end of the vehicle began to vibrate violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where both the front passenger and driver side tie rods and shocks were replaced. The failure recurred two weeks after the vehicle was serviced. The mechanic stated that the steering column assembly and other related components would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #48

Jun 012016

Ram 1500

  • 135,600 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 50 mph, an abnormal sound was heard when the steering wheel was turned. The rear of the vehicle began to fishtail and the vehicle struck various guardrails while attempting to avoid a crash. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained major injuries to the torso, neck back, ankle, and left arm. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was towed and not diagnosed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 135,600.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #47

Dec 022006

Ram 1500

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering malfunctioned. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which caused it to roll over. During the crash, the front passenger suffered a broken arm. Medical attention was required. A police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Round Rock, AZ, USA

problem #46

Dec 022006

Ram 1500

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 45 mph, the driver lost control of the vehicle and caused it to roll over. The front passenger suffered a broken arm that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Round Rock, AZ, USA

problem #45

Aug 022014

Ram 1500

  • 149,000 miles

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

I was coming off the highway in filth real shutter at 45 miles an hour it went off the road hit a guardrail but it was still showed her shattering steering wheel went through industrial little building in totaled two cars hit my head lost my tooth and my friends want to do can you help me ?. I have a police report the police report guy said I was doing 60 but when they did a real in a little seshan I was doing 42 I was coming off the highway into a corner and I was not under the influence of anything with the hospital did exactly what I was supposed to do I really had a bad concussion and I will definitely upload everything and send them to you guys tomorrow morning to this link..my name paul lamb

- Newburyport, MA, USA

problem #44

Nov 162015

Ram 1500

  • 185,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate with my family enroute to South Carolina when I started hearing a noise and felt a little vibration on the pedal at first I thought I may have ran over something. Then all of a sudden I just heard a boom and the truck just started fish tailin. Luckily there werent any vehicles around me at the time, I was able to get to the side of the shoulder. When I looked under the vehicle the drive shaft had come completely out and there was smoke and oil leaking. When we got the truck to the shop and they looked it over the pinion had come completely a loose the seal was shot and chunks of the gears inside was mangled, the transfer case was cracked from the impact of when the drive shaft came apart. I also learned that the truck had a recall on it for this same problem. I managed to get the truck towed back to NY to my mechanic shop. Where we have been trying to get Dodge to do something enregard to the repairs. What we have been told was that the recall doesnt include my month! my year make and model but not my month. Yet I have the same issue as what is stated in the recall.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #43

Jun 242015

Ram 1500

  • 74,138 miles
The frame on my Dodge Ram has broken welds on both sides of the frame where the lower control arms mount to the frame. They have failed due to manufacturing defects during the welding process. The truck has never been wrecked, driven off road, or done any towing. Dodge refuses any assistance in replacing the frame because it has aged out of their warranty. The truck has 74,138 miles on it and is not drivable without a new frame. I had the truck in twice under warranty service for drivability issues under braking and steering over bumps. Neither time were the cracks in the frame found or addressed. Every time the brakes are applied, the steering wheel shakes uncontrollably and is unsafe to drive. I found the damage while changing the oil and was about to replace the frt hub bearing assembly on the passenger side since the driver's side had already failed and had been replaced earlier. Contacted Chrysler and was told that my truck had aged out of warranty, but that taking it to a dealer they would be able to find a technical service bulletin that may cover it. I googled tsb's and found one on the 2006 Dodge Ram frames for the exact same area affected on my truck, but Dodge still won't address this issue. I've been dealing with this for over six months and want my truck fixed or replaced.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #42

Dec 012013

Ram 1500

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the steering wheel seized causing the contact to crash. The air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained injuries to the chest from hitting the steering wheel but no medical attention was required. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed and the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 02/19/16

- Mount Airy, NC, USA

problem #41

Aug 022014

Ram 1500

  • 141,000 miles

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

While driving vibration in the front proceeded to lose control lose control with out knowing I was off the road into a guard rail through a small building from the highway department storage I proceeded to go through the building and into to park cars after being told they were told it was a complete wreck I was brought to the hospital in exeter New Hampshire please run the scenes no airbags failed to inflate and vibration and I could not stop nor steers vehicle I had no frenchy's and I use my vehicle for business and had to close my account as of right now I've been denied right rental fee nor rentals at all and that vehicle is now at foss motors in exeter New Hampshire I've had it towed three times and have a total of four calls to Chrysler about this matter and have yet been informed about any compensation or what I'm gonna do about my vehicle.

- Newburyport , MA, USA

problem #40

Jul 052006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 14V796000 (power train); however, the parts needed to perform the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure related to the recalls. In addition, the steering wheel vibrated when making a left turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. While driving at low speeds, the vehicle stalled. Once restarted, the vehicle would resume normal operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000.....updated 10-27-15.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #39

May 112011

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 2 mph and making a turn, the steering wheel seized. The engine was turned off and resumed normal operation after it was restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the tie rod was replaced. The contact was uncertain of the location of the faulty tie rod. The failure persisted after the repair was performed. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. In 2011, the vehicle was also serviced for a steering failure; however, the replacement part was unknown. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Wyandotte, OK, USA

problem #38

Jun 052013

Ram 1500

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the power steering seized. The contact stated that this was a recurring failure. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000. The VIN was not available.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #37

Jul 012015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
There have been 5 recalls on my Dodge Ram. The airbags may rupture in 2015, the rear axle pinion nut may loosen at the differential (powertrain) in 2014, again the airbags inflator may rupture in 2014, the wheel hub assembly (wheels) in 2010, also a recall for the after market replacement pitman arms (steering) in 2010. I have gone to my Chrysler dealer in las cruces, New Mexico; the Dodge dealer has been closed for a few years now. I have been told I have to have a notification from Chrysler/Dodge to have them just to take a look at it, much less fix the problems. Now there is a huge recall; this is now really gotten serious. Please help me as much as you can to take care of the malfunctions on my Dodge Ram as soon as possible. I have not taken the Dodge on long distance road trips for the past couple of years now. The failed components listed below do not show all the malfunctions I have listed above.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #36

Aug 142014

Ram 1500

  • miles
Steering sticks and very loose while driving feel like the truck is very hard to keep in line, also the way it rust is horrible after looking at a lot of Dodge on the they all seem to be rusting in the same spots.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #35

Jul 122005

Ram 1500

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel pulled to the left or right and made an abnormal noise. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000. The VIN was not available.

- Carriere, MS, USA

problem #34

Jul 152013

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while in park, the contact noticed that there was power steering fluid leaking underneath the front of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the wipers were activated but failed to function. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was also taken to a dealer multiple times who diagnosed that the wiper motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train) however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Frisco , CO, USA

problem #33

Mar 012015

Ram 1500

  • miles
In March 2015 I received a letter stating that my truck had a recall involving the rear axle. As soon as I received this notice, I stopped driving my truck. In addition, while searching my VIN # on your site, I found that my truck had another recall. This recall involves the air bags. My truck is my family's only means of transportation. Since I don't have another vehicle, I have been forced to borrow my parents and siblings vehicles. I even have been forced to take the bus. I feel that these recalls should have been resolved already. Is there anything that can be done to help me with this situation? I do not feel comfortable driving my family or myself around in this vehicle. It is not safe. Thank you.

- Montesano, WA, USA

problem #32

May 072015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle started to make a grinding noise. The dealer advised that the part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle under a manufacturer recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000....updated 08-06/15 the consumer stated Chrysler was willing to buy the vehicle back. Updated 08/13/15

- Contoocook, NH, USA

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