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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,644 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Dodge Ram 2500 brakes problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 132012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 90,355 miles


I pulled off of the freeway and coasted into the mall parking lot where I heard a loud clunk. Tried to stop the truck with the brakes and they went to the floor. Coasting to a full stop moments later I placed the vehicle in park. Brake fluid was all over the front left tire. Called the tow truck. As he hooked the truck up he reached down and picked up my calaper from behind the front left wheel. Towed the truck to Dodge dealership. Everyone said they had never heard much less seen a calaper fall right off the brake like that. I'm lucky that my 1, 2 and 3 year old are ok. If that had fallin off completely while on the free-way in rush hour traffic it would have not been good for anyone involved.

- Kelso, WA, USA

problem #3

Apr 232010

Ram 2500

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated when traveling at speeds of at least 50 mph and traveling over a bump or any uneven road surface, the vehicle would start to vibrate violently. If the brakes were applied, the failure would cease. On one occasion, the brakes would not engage while the failure was occurring. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop for repairs. The manufacturer was notified and an appointment was made for next week. The failure and current mileages were approximately 74,000.

- Brigantine, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 182009

Ram 2500

  • 76,000 miles
Rear brake hose from the frame to the axle, connectors on the hose had rotted away and the connector came away from the hose causing all of the brake fluid to escape and causing no brakes. I was coming down off of a bridge and had to divert to a open field to stop. No injuries. The line had to be replaced. Took three (3) days to fined the part. The connector should have been made out of a non-corrosive material. The cost to repair the line was $473. This should be looked into for the next incident could be deadly to another party. I have the part if you need to inspect the connector.

- Oakdale, CT, USA

problem #1

Sep 282006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,223 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph on the highway, a hissing noise was heard from the steering column without warning. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined the brake booster was leaking air through the steering column. Additionally, the dealer determined the master cylinder and brake booster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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