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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,387 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 engine problems

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Sep 072014

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 260,000 miles

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

Driving at highway speed the cruise control would not disengage via the brake or by hitting off on the steering wheel. If I put the clutch in the engine was idling at 2300 rpms. The throttle was stuck on and I could not slow down... I turned the engine off and turning it back on again the problem was not reset. My clutch and breaks got a little burnt up making it home that night...as the problem happened when I was in the middle of nowhere. One I made it home I turned the engine off and manually jiggled the throttle linkages on the side of the injection pump. Restarted the vehicle and the problem was reset until cruise control was used again.... this was very dangerous to have the throttle sticking at such high speed... so I looked into safety recalls #B15 thinking great my truck is covered... only to find out that recall was already performed. Also the fuel heater recall was performed and it so happens in the last 4 moth have to do the fuel heater delete because the wiring and plastic piece was all burnt up. Looks like these trucks are having a second round of the same or similar safety recall issues.

- Mancos, CO, USA

problem #30

Jan 212014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 290,000 miles
1998.5 24valve cummins diesel, one owner with factory ECM (799) update, never any "chips". on cold start up, everything normal until I go to take off, any application to the accelerator and as if I put the accelerator all the way to the floor, truck will continue to accelerate until either I remove my foot completely off the pedal, or the governor kicks in.

- Norfork, AR, USA

problem #29

Nov 032003

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
When the cruise control was engaged the speed exceeded the speed set by the consumer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined that the engine control module needed to be replaced. There was also a recall on the fuel transfer pump. The pump was replaced, but now a new pump is needed.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #28

Feb 152003

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #27

Aug 202002

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles
While waiting at a stop light, I had the clutch pedal depressed and the truck in first gear. The truck suddenly started to drive off as if I had released the clutch. I had to struggle to shut off the engine and regain control of the vehicle. Nlm

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #26

Jul 052002

Ram 2500

  • miles
While driving accelerator stuck, unable to stop vehicle, resulting in an accident.

- Oakdale, IL, USA

problem #25

Dec 041999

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles

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

Cruise control intermittently shuts down, causing vehicle to slow down. Safety factor is that there is no indication to following vehicles that a problem exissts. For instance, I passed a truck on I81 in wva with the cruise set at 70 mph the trucks speed was approx 67 mph. When I pulled back into the right lane the cruise control shut down. There was absolutly no indication to the truck driver that this was happening. I barely had time to hit accelerator in time to avoid being rearended by the truck.

- Hammondsport, NY, USA

problem #24

Apr 242002

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
Throttle stuck on vehicle. Took to dealer, and dealer indicated spring in the belt crank was faulty.

- Tillamook, OR, USA

problem #23

Apr 242001

Ram 2500 4WD

  • miles
While I was driving the vehicle at about 35 mph, the truck began revving, then stopped. I could see transmission fluid leaking. The truck was towed to the dealer, who removed the transmission and rebuilt it.

- Otis, MA, USA

problem #22

May 102000

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
When placing transmission gear in reverse vehicle took off at a high rate of speed, crashing into a brick fence. Also, consumer stepped on brake pedal and rear wheels were spinning. Consumer has contacted dealer. Dealer has made some adjustments, but problem still occurs.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #21

Jan 272000

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

While sittiing in park position and running, vehicle took off and hit a car. Then ran into a pile of snow. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #20

Oct 251999

(reported on)

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles
No summary

- Mauldin, SC, USA

problem #19

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control failed.

- Santa Barb, CA, USA

problem #18

Dec 121998

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The design of horn button hardens in cold weather causing difficulties locating horn in a emergency. Occasionally the horn fails to work properly. The cruise control would gradually decrease without brakes being applied. Taken vehicle to dealer to check.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #17

Aug 021999

Ram 2500 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle accelerated from stop to high speed at engine startup. "burned rubber" for 30 feet before vehicle was stopped. Driver refused to drive vehicle after incident. Dealer contacted but advised that no previous event similar to this had ever occured to their knowledge. Is this similar to any other event with 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 with 360 cid engine?

- Garden City, ID, USA

problem #16

Jul 011998

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Ongoing/intermittent problem with cruise control, whenever cruise control is engaged, vehicle will go beyond control setting. Consumer has an appiontment for vehicle inspection.

- Moses Lake, WA, USA

problem #15

Oct 011998

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control knob malfunctioning.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 011998

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control failed.

- Thousand O, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 191999

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer turned on engine and moved the transmission pawl from park to drive, and upon stepping on brake pedal, vehicle took off in reverse, crashing into another vehicle.

- Hinckley, IL, USA

problem #12

May 301999

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • miles
Headlight switch failed to connect 3 or 4 times when pulled as though shaft was simply in a hole. Accelerator stuck and I had to brake heavily before it released.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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