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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,077 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 fuel system problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #12

Apr 082011

Ram 2500

  • 105,223 miles


I was taking a road trip hauling my boat that was around 300 miles or so and got through the first 100 + fine. Driving along when the trucks dies on the interstate and has no power brakes or steering making it very difficult and dangerous to control and come to a stop. After finally and luckily coming to a stop and heart rate started to drop, I had to get on the road again, I managed to get the truck to restart after bleeding the fuel through the fuel filter housing and having to bump the key a few times. I turned around and went back home going very very slow and being O so careful. Come to find out the problem is the lift pump and is extremely to common. This should alert anyone that deals with safety and should prompt a investigation.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #11

May 012010

Ram 2500

  • 103,500 miles
Lift pump failed on 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 cummins. This is a common problem that can cause the injection pump to fail. There were no warning lights and power was lower than expected but not dangerous. Problem was only discovered because other owners encouraged me to check for pump failure before symptoms occurred.

- Sparland, IL, USA

problem #10

Jul 192008

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • 79,700 miles
Failure of fuel lift pump on 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel engine. Pump failed causing total loss of power while merging with traffic.

- Redmond, OR, USA

problem #9

Jul 122006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Loss of power while entering high speed traffic, causing high speed traffic to take evasive actions to prevent collisions. Failure of transfer pump causing failure of injection pump on numberous occasions, this should be recalled at the time of the last repair their was no replacement for transfer pump available, so an after market electric pump with proper flow rate amd pressure was installed and has been in service for over 1 year. The injection pump still flags as bad and has loss of power until engine is at full running temperture and will eventually need to be replaced.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #8

Oct 252006

Ram 2500

  • miles
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 injection and transfer pump was replaced. At the time of repair the technician did not install the retrofit transfer pump, instead he put in a cheaper pump. At the time the mileage was 47810. A little over a year later the led light for the fuel pressure illuminated. The transfer pump had failed again. The vehicle warranty and the part warranty both had expired therefore the manufacturer would not cover the cost of repairs.

- Foresthill, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 012002

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel engine. The vehicle acted as if it was running out of fuel, but not all the time. If the temperature range was over 100 degrees then this was when the problem occurred. The problem was intermittent. The engine temperature was about 190-195 degrees that did not go up. The vehicle stalled because of this problem. Consumer had this problem for three years, and currently the vehicle ha 93,000 miles on it. Also, had an extended warranty which ran out the July 19, 2005. The vehicle was taken to dealer for service four to five times four of those times it was the same problem, and each time they thought they corrected the problem, but they have not been able to do so. On August 4, 2005 consumer went to a dealership, not a Dodge dealership, two vehicles there had same problem as consumer's vehicle. Dealership has not been able to correct problem. Mechanic changed the transmission sensor, and the fuel pump, and that still had not solved the problem.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #6

May 012004

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


With aprox. 89,000 miles on the truck I experienced loss of power during normal operations. Replacement of the fuel filter fixed the problem for a short periods of time. Thought the problem was bad fuel. As it turned out it was my transfer pump getting weak. This inturn, due to low juel pressure, caused my fuel injection pump to eventuly fail. I had to have this repaired in may of 2005. From what I have been told by the repair shop this is an inherit problem with the cummings. I have spoken with other cummings diesel owners and they have told me of the same problems. Dodge most be aware of this problem. This is a very expensive repair, $2100 between the two pumps and that is with me replacing the transfer pump myself. There should have been a low fuel pressure inticator install in these trucks at the factory. They are avalible in the aftermarket. I have also had front ball joint problems with this truck. These joints are maintance free jionts that fail, I believe due to the added weight of the cummings motor. This is also an expensive repair because you most replace the entire control arm assemble, not just te ball joint.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 232005

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles
The fuel lift pump failed while passing a vehicle, and was almost hit by another vehicle. Vehicle failed when passing other cars or heavy acceleration.

- Demotte, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 202003

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
2001 Dodge Ram lift pump failure. Known issue. Dealer tried to get out of warranty coverage. They finally fixed it but it took a lot of work.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #3

May 082003

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Lift pump failure: My fuel transfer pump died during acceleration. This caused the engine to shut down and also caused the power steering and brakes to shut down as a result. The vehicle became difficult to control almost causing an accident.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 312003

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,740 miles
My complaint concerns my vehicle and several thousand others that belong to members of the turbo diesel register. The reason I'm writing is in hopes that we can get a safety issue addressed, and corrected once and for all. There has been a repeated trend over several years now concerning the lift pump (fuel transfer pump) utilized in the 2500/3500 cummins diesel application. I am a member of the failed lift pump club and have experienced this lift pump problems on my 2001 2500 Dodge ctd. This failure caused the truck to loose power and sometimes die. This can be life threatening if the truck owner is on the highway towing a loaded trailer. I would like this design problem corrected. I am not alone in this concern, there are thousands of 1998.5 - 2002, 24 valve cummins turbo diesel owners that are concerned and have complained to Dodge about this problem with no resolution. This can be documented by going to the turbo diesel register on the web.

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 252003

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,756 miles
2001 Dodge diesel lift pump failures. Mine has died twice driving on the freeway. 55,000 miles on my truck. The second one left me in the # 2 lane of the 405 freeway in so. Calif. Dead had to be pulled off.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

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