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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,730 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 242013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 35,300 miles


Driving at a speed of 45 mph the truck--2008 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 hemi-- died. I had no power steering. I was able to shift into neutral and stop. Very thankful I was on a country lane and not on a freeway because there was no warning and I could have been in a horrible accident. The check gauges light icon was flashing as I tried to re-start it. It would crank but not start. After waiting for 15 minutes it did start up again. The engine icon light was showing and it said that an oil change was needed. The oil change wasn't due yet for another 1000 miles, or, two weeks on my three month schedule. I get the oil changed every three months. It tried to stall from then on as I accelerated from a stop, on my way to to the dealer. The diagnostic showed a code for the egr valve, which was replaced. This was fixed four days ago and so far so good, but am very anxious when I drive now, worrying that it might happen again, especially after seeing so many posts online with others experiencing the same problem with their Dodge Ram trucks.this truck has 35,300 miles on it. This truck was serviced six weeks before this incident with: A 16 cylinder hemi tune-up; a throttle body service, fuel induction flush and fuel system treatment; transmission service with filter change; machined front and rear rotors; and tire rotation.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 262011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Calipers: 34000 miles calipers failed and locked up. Rotors: 34000 miles rotors warped and failed.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #8

Sep 152011

Ram 1500

  • miles
At 39,000 miles right rotor became warped behind turning had to replace. A friend had same then happen on same kind of vehicle. Dealer claims maintenance item. Never had to have rotor replaced on new vehicle before. Brake pads we fine. Vehicle about 4omph would pulsate while braking and steering wheel would shake.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #7

Jul 012011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles


2008 Dodge Ram 1500. Consumer states contaminated brake master cylinder the dealer informed the consumer the master cylinder, front calipers, and front brake pads all needed to be replaced. Updated 09/06/11

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 012008

Ram 1500

  • 4,143 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge journey SXT. The contact stated while applying the brakes, the steering wheel and the entire vehicle began to shake abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the front and rear rotors were replaced. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer replaced the front and rear rotors and brake pads four times. The rear differential assembly was also replaced. The failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the contact was awaiting further inspection of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,143 and the current mileage was 52,175.

- Highland Mills , NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 172009

Ram 1500

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 40 mph under rainy conditions the brakes were applied but the vehicle did not stop resulting in a crash. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. A passenger in the other vehicle was reported injured. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to be repaired for the body damage. The vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of failure. Nine months later while driving approximately 40 mph under rainy conditions the vehicle began to veer to the left and right. The contact lost control of the vehicle and was involved in a single car crash in which the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and the driver was injured. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 35,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 052009

Ram 1500

  • 10,500 miles


At about 45 miles per hour, the truck will begin to shake violently, the steering becomes tight and ultimately the truck involuntarily pulls to the right, forcing me onto the shoulder. Has occurred 2 times, once in July 09 and also 9-5-09. The dealer claims they cannot duplicate and implied that the tires were underinflated.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 192008

Ram 1500

  • 3,200 miles
On a misty morning our truck began to skid as we attempted to accelerate after yielding to exiting traffic on an access road on ih 10. My husband tried to control the skid by steering into it, but we just kept skidding out of control. He purposely remembers not applying the brake in an attempt to lessen the loss of control. We continued the skid across 2 lanes of access road to the right, then spun around 180 degrees and skidded back across 3 lanes of access road to the left. We came to stop facing oncoming traffic after hitting a concrete retaining wall first with the right front of the truck and then with the right rear of the truck. I remember hearing the tires continuing to spin and smelled burning rubber. This caused over $6500 damage to the truck and has caused our insurance rates to increase. After months of discussing the wreck and replaying it in our minds, we have determined that probably, as my husband clinched the steering wheel and tried to control the spin, that the cruise control was engaged and set which made us continue to travel at the set speed instead of slowing and allowing him to regain control of the truck. The cruise control on/off button and the set button are both located on the steering wheel. This is the first vehicle that we have ever had or seen that has the on/off control for the cruise located on the steering wheel. Most vehicles have this either on the blinker lever or even on the dash board. We feel certain that the cruise control was inadvertently turned on when my husband tightened his hold on the steering wheel. I feel that this is an unsafe location for this control. We were very lucky that in our travels across all lanes of traffic, not once, but twice that there were no other cars on the road that morning or this would have been a multi car pile up. No change has been made to the truck's cruise control. We plan to have it disconnected. In attempt to prevent others from having a wreck, we are reporting it.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 222009

Ram 1500

  • 120 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact has experienced issues with the vehicle ever since it was purchased. The headlights failed to produce the proper lighting to see at a distance. She purchased new bulbs that were installed at the dealer. In addition, the windshield wiper blade froze to the windshield and the vehicle would "jump" uncontrollably. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and stated that the contact needed more experience driving the vehicle. She took the vehicle to the repair shop and the mechanic stated that the tires could cause the vehicle to "jump". the mechanic further stated that the ABS was located only in the rear of the vehicle; therefore, the stopping distance will increase. She informed the dealer of the mechanic's diagnosis and was advised to drive the vehicle a little longer to allow the suspension to loosen. The dealer stated that she needed to become familiar with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 120 and current mileage was 5,800.

- Westfarmington , OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 282008

Ram 1500

  • 36 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. The vehicle braked slowly. While driving at any speed, the vehicle automatically sways to the right. The contact took the vehicle to an auto repair shop and the mechanic stated that the passenger side frame rail was shorter than the left. Afterwards, he took the vehicle to the dealer on more than three occasions. After taking the vehicle to the dealer the third time, the mechanic stated that the brakes and the alignment were repaired; however, the contact must constantly depress the brake pedal in order for them to work and the alignment is still off. The current mileage was 5,500 and failure mileage was 36.

- Woodbridge, NJ, USA

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