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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,233 miles

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2010 Dodge Ram 1500 drivetrain problems

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2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #148

Jul 042015

Ram 1500

  • 80,100 miles

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

Driving at highway speed, truck put itself into 4th gear. Pulled over to turn off engine and re-start. Truck would not shift in to "drive". issue persisted until following day. Now check engine light is on and it must be taken to a service center.

- Helendale, CA, USA

problem #147

May 272015

Ram 1500

  • 68,000 miles
Rear drive shaft came out causing rear axles to lock putting the vehicle into a slide crossing on coming traffic.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #146

May 022015

Ram 1500

  • 111,812 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the transmission became stuck in fourth gear while the engine was on and caused the vehicle to lose acceleration. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,812.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #145

Jul 042014

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number:13V038000 (power train). While driving 75 mph, the drive line detached from the vehicle and a loud abnormal noise came from under the vehicle. The vehicle was pulled safely to the side of the highway. The rear wheels seized. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the drive line and transfer case needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Butte, MT, USA

problem #144

Jan 162013

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 13V038000 (power train) had exceeded the reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated that the part was not available for repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 9/12/14

- Balimore , MD, USA

problem #143

Jun 232014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Exhaust manifold bolts break off and the truck develops exhaust leak...the truck then has no control of regulating exhaust gases and next you will get a damaged catalytic converter. This will also cause oxygen sensor to change mixture. These bolts are breaking on the engine, on their own. The bolts are too small for a exhaust area bolt. The internet is full of forums about this issue and Dodge has done nothing to address. Model 5.7 hemi has had issues from 2005 -2012. These bolts can not stand up to the heat and stress for the intended application.

- Belton, SC, USA

problem #142

Oct 162013

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated NHTSA campaign number: 13V038000 (power train) had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated the part was available for repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the delay. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #141

Jun 062013

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number 13V038000 (power train). The dealer stated that the parts for the repair were unavailable. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer could provide an anticipated date of arrival for the parts. The vehicle had not experienced a failure.

- Gatesville, TX, USA

problem #140

May 202013

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number 13V038000 (power train). The dealer stated that the parts for the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the repair exceeded a reasonable amount of time. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Thedore, AL, USA

problem #139

Nov 062013

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 13V038000 (power train) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not give a specific date when the parts would be available. The manufacturer was also notified and could not provide an estimated date for when the contact would receive the recall repair. There were no failures.

- Jarrell, TX, USA

problem #138

May 012014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles

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

2010 Dodge Ram 1500. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle stalled and came to a complete stop. Consumer states rear axle locked up. The consumer stated when the rear axle locked up, his wife was then hit by another vehicle and suffered injuries.

- Columbia, LA, USA

problem #137

Mar 252014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 79,496 miles
I took my vehicle to fowler Dodge in Oklahoma city to have a recall performed. (rear axle pinion nut-N08/NHTSA) I dropped my vehicle off at 9:30 a.M. and informed the service tech, [xxx], that I needed my vehicle back before the end of the day because it was my only mode of transportation. After waiting 8 hours I demanded a loaner so that I could have transportation while my truck was being serviced. I had also requested an oil change. When I arrived back at the dealer to speak with a manager about a loaner I was told that it would only be another half an hour. At about 5:00 P.M. I was told my truck was ready. When I asked [xxx] if the inside of the axle looked okay he replied that they didn't inspect the inside because they thought they would have the truck overnight and that they only put a retainer on the nut so that I could have my truck back. The dealer then updated the database to reflect that the recall had been completed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #136

Apr 052014

Ram 1500

  • 53,000 miles
We were driving our 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 on a county highway when we heard a loud whirring noise. As we approached a downhill section and my husband took his foot off the gas the noise went away, but came back louder as soon as he put his foot on the accelerator. Instantly there was a big boom and the rear end of the vehicle locked up, the front end of the vehicle swerving with the back end jack knifing on the road while bouncing/bucking like motion given the tires felt as though they were also locked up. We could feel and hear something under the car bashing the undercarriage. There were no oncomers fortunately and my husband did manage to stop the vehicle just short of the guardrail and going over the ravine. The car was still half in the lane.. horizontal to oncoming traffic. He turned on the hazards and I jumped out, it was dark with no lighting on the road and hard to see until the car behind us stopped to see if we were ok and said our drive shaft had disconnected. We removed our 2 young children from their carseats, waited on the side of the road and the men tried to move the truck out of oncoming traffic but the tires were locked. We called 911 for the police to give our children a safer place to stay out of oncoming traffic and to provide direction to oncoming traffic as we had a tow truck come out to bring the car to the nearby Dodge dealership. The dealership looked at the car, informed us it was part of a recall but they didn't have the parts to fix it in stock. They did not offer an alternate vehicle to us and we are still awaiting word on what is happening at almost a week after this incident took place. For me the integrity of the entire drive shaft, undercarriage and all equipment/components of the vehile, tires which were showing signs of extreme wear and low on air are all now compromised.

- Hudson, NY, USA

problem #135

Mar 312014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, there was an abnormal pop heard from the vehicle. The contact then applied the brakes and a loud thud was heard from the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact discovered that the axle had fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. Additionally, the contact had previously received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V038000 (power train) however, the parts needed for the recall service were not readily available. The contact stated that the recall repairs had exceeded a reasonable time frame. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 49,000. Updated 10/1/14

- Laurelville, OH, USA

problem #134

Mar 302014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 49,500 miles
Just got off the interstate about a mile up the road heard a loud band/pop and the truck jerked came to a complete stop. Called a tow truck and the rear wheels R locked up def. Locked up this is caused by a recall on the pinion nut.

- Morgantown , WV, USA

problem #133

Feb 262014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that he attempted to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13V038000 (power train) but was informed that the parts were not available. The contact felt that since the failure was reported in February of 2012, there should be a remedy available before February of 2014. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 04/04/14 updated 04/11/2014

- Finleyville, PA, USA

problem #132

Jan 102014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Recall notice #2 came this week....this recall has been out for almost a year...my dealer says there are no parts to fix the recall and does not know when Dodge will send them out. Rear axel pinion shaft nut / shaft spline problem. Why send out a recall w/O a fix in hand or at least scheduled??

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #131

Jan 122014

Ram 1500

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle abnormally pulled to the right. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree. The contact sustained injuries to the back and neck. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact had also received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V038000 (power train) but had not taken the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #130

Nov 202013

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the part needed to complete NHTSA campaign id number 12V474000 (power train) was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Garden Prairie, IL, USA

problem #129

Jan 012013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I received a pinion nut recall notice in about January of 2013. As of now both dealerships that I have contacted multiple times are unable to address this issue. Their reason is that parts are not available to fix this recall. It has been about a year since the first notice. This is unacceptable.

- Topeka, KS, USA

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