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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 brakes problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 102001

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While applying the brakes vehicle swerved to the right. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that rotors and calipers needed to be replaced, and replaced it twice. However, the problem recurred.

- Collinsville, OK, USA

problem #5

Jun 141999

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dodge has had a brake problem on all of the diseal models, why has there not been a recall on this safety problem. The date below is just filled in because you wanted a date.

- Halifax, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 062000

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
Vehicle experienced total brake failure, the consumer found that the calipers are made of plastic and feels the failure was caused because a minor amount of heat damaged the plastic pistons, which didn't allow them to slide properly in their cylinders, this didn't allow the pads to retract from the disc brake, causing additional heat build up.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Apr 112000

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle pulls to the right when applying brakes. Also, defective brake calipers. Brakes have already been replaced twice, and need to be replaced again. Factory reps are supposed to be there while vehicle is being repaired.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
The brakes pull left or right. Most likely due to weak calipers. The experts I've talked to indicate my one ton 7000 lb truck has the same single piston calipers a little Isuzu rodeo or Mitsubishi has. It's horrifying to think this big truck has no more brakes than a 2000 lb little car. The $2000 'damage' is a repair estimate for new oem parts -- which the dealer has replaed. It still pulls. This is a safety issue. Sometimes it pulls hard enough to cause a lane change. Have had near miss of head-on collision.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Jan 061999

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles
I am experiencing a brake pull problem. This is an ongoung problem and Dodge technical representatives have acknowledged a problem with the front brake calipers. They have not offered a solution yet. You will receive a number of similar reports over the next few days from folks with the same problem. This is a safety issue that affects the truck and occupants and possibly other folks on the road. I have already run off the highway when this brake pull problem occurred. Please feel free to contact me for additional information. I amm looking forward to receiving your help with this matter.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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