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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,925 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #14

Mar 042003

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

The steering wandered to the left uncontrollably.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #13

Sep 152002

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles
My new truck at 29000 mile began to wander sporadically. It feels as if the truck hits a patch of ice then regains its traction but no ice clear dry pavement it leaves me feeling as if something is going to break at the wrong time...when I have my loved ones in it...for everyone's safety please help...Dodge says it drives like a Dodge...its sure doesn't drive like it should, or like when it was new up to 29000miles. Its got MA problem and I know it...I feel it even if they don't.

- Kremmling, CO, USA

problem #12

Jan 032003

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,231 miles
Vehicle is unsafe to drive. The steering wheel does not return to center after turning a corner and it wanders all over the road at all speeds. It tries to follow any change in road surface. Dealer has changed out the following parts with no help. ( gear box, lower steering shaft, all 4 tie rods, alignments) I have nearly sideswipped 3 times while driving on the interstate. The truck has been at the dealers 8 times and a total of 11 days. The dealer does not know what to try next.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #11

Oct 112000

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,525 miles

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

While driving vehicle's steering wheel locked up. Dealer notified. Ts steering wheel wouldn't turn. Power steering pump replaced. Tire pressure was too low. Steering box failed and replaced. Windshield cracked and replaced. Vehicle won't shift at 40 mph. Clunking noise from park to reverse. Found normal operation. Oil leak in front of motor. Overflow bottle too full. Vehicle wandered all over the road. Steering box adjusted. And low tire pressure was to blame. Console on seat doesn't close properly. Turbo whistles on acceleration. No problem found. Transmission surges at 10 to 45 mph. No problem found. Power steering box leaked and replaced second time. Leak was found at vacuum pump seal caused leak at power steering reservoir. Steering drifts to right and wheel is off center. Center drag link adjusted second time. After set for a few days, vehicle won't move when it is placed in drive. Normal. No problem found. All accessories work with the keys out of ignition switch. Could not duplicate. Fluid leaking from truck. Replaced steering box for third time. Brakes pulsates when applied. Low fluid found due to steering leak.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #10

Dec 102002

(reported on)

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering has lots of play preventing the owner from keeping straight directional control. "consumer was told that the steering track bar", needs to be replaced due to the loss of steering.

- Sagle, ID, USA

problem #9

Nov 022002

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,000 miles
When the vehicle was at a stand still the steering wheel locked up. The steering wheel had to be turned with force.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #8

Aug 302002

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

Consumer states that while driving at 55 mph the consumer lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road causing damage to the front and rear of the vehicle and also bent the frame. Contacted dealer and the dealer has taken a look at the vehicle but yet they are not willing to do anything. Nlm

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #7

Aug 212002

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering wheel has a constant tension to the left and causes strain to the drivers arm.

- Las Vegas, NM, USA

problem #6

Jul 102002

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
Consumer states that the steering has slack or play in it.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #5

Dec 202001

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle steers too quickly. Unable to control steering wheel. Vehicle was repaired per technical service bulletin and is still not operating normally.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #4

Feb 282001

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Steering wheel locked up at 60 mph. Consumer was not able to make a right turn. Dealer has determined that steering had to be replaced.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012001

Ram 2500

  • miles
When vehicle is at a standing position steering wheel is inoperable. Consumer contacted manufacturer 6 months prior to filing this complaint, and was told that vehicle needed a larger power steering pump. Consumer had this repair done, and is still experienceing same problem. Dealer / manufacturer have not been contacted. Please provide furthur details.

- Mena, AK, USA

problem #2

Apr 062001

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle wanders from left to right when driving at any speeds. Dealer cannot determine cause, and claims vehicle is within specifications. Consumer states it takes too much movement of the steering wheel to keept he vehicle on course.

- Jasper, AL, USA

problem #1

Feb 162001

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
From the day the truck was driven off the lot, steering action was noticeably "loose". excessive play in the steering is approximately 5" before the truck would start to turn in either direction. This creates wandering on the highway requiring consistant correction in steering. According to some other owners on internet message boards, the wandering problem is a known issue with possibly the gear box. It is severe enough to cause the truck to drift into the adjacent lane or shoulder.

- Stratford, CT, USA

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