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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,127 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 142016

Ram 1500

  • 56,000 miles


In April 2016 while driving my truck started to vibrate badly in the rear. I was driving on the highway at 70 mph. As I slowed down to pull over, the truck started to jerk like I was pumping the brakes. As it stopped, you could hear a tire skidding. Not steady, but like I was trying to break hard.I didn't have my foot on the brakes. The right rear wheel was smoking and extremely hot. I had it taken to a Dodge dealer where they diagnosed a sticking caliper. They replaced both rear calipers and bleed the brakes. The truck drove fine after the $570 repair bill. In July 2016 while driving on a two lane county highway, the truck started pulling strongly to the left into oncoming traffic. I stopped and the left front wheel was extremely hot. You could not touch it. I let it cool and idled home on the shoulder. My truck has 56,000 miles on it.I called the dealer and they said I probably needed front calipers also. This appears to be a common failure with these trucks. I drive mostly on two lane country roads in the mountains. A skid or loss of control can be a very serious accident. In both cases there was no warning. With the front wheel it just started pulling left. If I hadn't had a firm grip on the steering wheel it would have crossed the center line. The break pads have 70 percent life left according to the dealer and they didn't replace them.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #10

Feb 052016

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
The brakes on our 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 failed on 2/5/2016. As I was in motion headed straight when the truck's brakes failed and I hit the vehicle in front of me. I was traveling straight on a city street about 20-30 mph when I lost the use of the brakes. The truck kept traveling forward about 50 yards after I hit the other vehicle and I wasn't sure how I was going to stop the moving truck when I remembered to use the emergency brake. The vehicle stopped after that in the center turn lane and I remained there until the police arrived. When the officer arrived I explained to him that the brakes on the truck failed even after I had been running errands and picked up lunch just minutes before the accident. A police report was made and I took pictures of the brake pedal and internal brake components immediately after the accident. The brakes were shown to the responding police officer and the person in the other vehicle I had hit. I also reported the faulty brakes to our insurance company. I can provide a copy of the police report once it's available in 24-48 business hours. I believe the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 truck was built with an improperly formed or faulty brake booster input rod retaining clip which caused improper service brakes and/or hydraulics.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 012015

Ram 1500

  • 83,000 miles
Vibration and bouncing- wobble feeling with loose steering at speeds 55-70, from front wheels through steering wheel. Tires have been re-balanced several times as the possible cause but truck continues to have vibrations in front wheels at speeds 55 or higher. Continual brake noise, rattling sounds at all speeds after brakes have been applied 2-3 times under normal traffic conditions.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #8

May 092014

Ram 1500

  • 20,000 miles


Break caliper left front locked up rotor became red hot steering started shaking now I'm afraid to use vehicle with my children inside due to breaks and air bags issues my 2008 Ram has less than 35,000 miles will Chrysler buy it back I hope.

- Damascus, VA, USA

problem #7

Jul 132013

Ram 1500

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at 25 mph, the vehicle failed to shift into gear and stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle restarted and the transmission warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the transmission seized. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. In addition, the contact mentioned that the steering wheel was vibrating and excessive pressure was needed when depressing the brake pedal. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Tullos, LA, USA

problem #6

Jun 172015

Ram 1500

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While the vehicle was undergoing routine maintenance, it was discovered that the rear brake pads were disintegrating and caused the vehicle to lose braking power. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the failure was a direct result of the salt in the winter. The brake pads were not replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of failure. The failure mileage was 37,000. The VIN was not available.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #5

Feb 032014

Ram 1500

  • 53,400 miles


After filling with gas, truck stalls at high and low speeds....vehicle dies hence no power steering, brakes etc.......has happened multiple times..... can throw into neutral and ignition functions....super dangerous at any speed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 252015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
My wife and 2 kids (4yr and 6yr) were driving over railroad tracks at about 25 miles per hour when suddenly the car turned off. Power steering and brakes were suddenly no longer available and my wife steered in the middle of an intersection before she came to a halt. Luckily nothing happened. She switched the transmission into P, the car started flawlessly and she parked it to call her mom to pick her up. I then got to the car and wondering what might have happened. Reading about ignition locks causing this symptom, I lightly tugged on the ignition key while idling. The car turned off easily. Knowing my wife puts whichever car key she needs on her key chain, I suspected that this may have been the problem. I tried it out and -sure enough- repeated the event. She normally drives her 2013 Jeep Wrangler which has the identical type of ignition switch. This one however does not turn off the car when one pulls on the key while the car is idling in gear. I was surprised when I did not find a lot on issues with Dodge ignition switches and would never describe this occurrence on a 7 year old car, if it hadn't been so terrifying. Never did I feel so unprotected! losing power and becoming a widower is really just one small tug away.... thought I shared.... ps: Of course I will get a new ignition switch.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 072012

Ram 1500

  • 32,000 miles
Vehicle bought new in 2008. In the last couple of years, had to: Replace both brake calipers due to dragging and overheating. Replace lf wheel bearing hub assembly - making noise - found to have worn bearing, wiper motor replaced for recall, never had issue. Now it does not work correctly, improper cycling speeds, won't turn on, or won't turn off at times. Mileage ~ 38,000. This is dangerous, just like the brakes and bearing.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 212014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
On 6 Nov. I filed this complaint (case #[xxx]) and have not received a response. On 12 Nov., the anti-lock brake system again did not function properly when I had to aggressively apply the brakes for a changing stop light. It's ironic that I was on my way to court for the "failure to control speed" ticket that I received for the accident on 6 Nov. As I stated before, the investigator that Chrysler sent to inspect my vehicle found nothing wrong. Since my brakes still do not function properly in a panic stop and the investigator was 3 hours late, I question the quality of his inspection? your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 212014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
While attempting a sudden stop for stopped traffic ahead of me, the brakes got firm and then soft, not allowing me to slow down and miss the vehicle in front of me. I believe the anti-lock brake system did not function properly. I contacted Chrysler (case # [xxx]) about this and they performed static inspection and found no defects. The inspection apparently did not attempt to duplicate the actual stopping conditions. The road was asphalt, and the weather was approximately 80 degrees and dry. The tires are factory size (275-60-R20) with 7/32 tread and fairly even tread wear. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lufkin, TX, USA

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