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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,548 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 electrical problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #58

Sep 262011

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 28,053 miles


The multi function switch was defective in my vehicle. This caused the following safety concerns with the vehicle: 1) the windshield wipers did not work, 2) the turn signals did not work, and 3) the hazzard lights did not work. I have two problems with the situation: 1) while driving the vehicle during a rain storm on 9/26/2011, the windshield wipers did not work. This caused a safety concern and could have caused a potential accident and 2) while driving the vehicle, the turn signals did not work. This caused a safety concern and could have caused an accident. After taking the vehicle to the local Dodge dealership, I was informed that the multi function switch was on back order. To be exact, four thousand multi function switches were on back order per the local dealership and Chrysler group customer assistance. Neither the local dealership or the Chrysler group customer assistance had any idea when the part would be available. I asked both parties why the part is on back order since this is a matter of safety. No answer was given. After further research via the internet, it was determine that other Dodge Ram truck owners had the same type issue with their multi function switch being defective. It would be great if Dodge would notify all owners of the problem with the multi function switch and have them reviewed and/or replaced if needed. This could potentially save someone from serious injury or death from the the multi function switch being defective while driving. My hope and prayer is to have other Dodge Ram truck owners understand the importance of this problem. It could potentially save their life.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #57

Oct 012009

Ram 2500

  • 41,000 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge mega cab that I have had since new. I had to have the multifunction switch replaced at 40,000 miles almost two years ago, now after driving it almost another 20,000 miles it is doing the same thing. Is there a recall on this part or do I have any recourse to get this replaced again? this is very dangerous as you never know when it is going to happen. The blinkers will flash the wrong way and the wipers might work or they might not or they may come on when the blinkers are on. This is very distracting when you are in a lot of traffic. Please help. Thank you.

- East Bethel, MN, USA

problem #56

May 112011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 75,000 miles
I was half way to my destination driving on a busy highway at 75mph pulling both my horses and my three horse trailer in a rain storm when the wipers sporadically stopped working. On the high setting they went to low, then stopped, then started again going fast, then completely quit posing a serious hazard to myself, my animals, and all around me on the highway. I was able to move over onto the shoulder and wait it out a while until I could attempt to complete my trip. With so many complaints I don't understand why this hasn't been recalled. I have replaced the wiper motor which only made the wipers move very slowly. There is still a problem, likely quite expensive, which will need to be fixed. My truck is driven very sparingly and had only 75000 miles at the time of wiper failure.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #55

Jul 202011

Ram 2500

  • 112,000 miles


I own a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 megacab with 5.9 diesel engine. The Agency has received three reports of improper turn signal function. The complainants report that moving the turn signal stalk to signal a left turn can result in no flashing of the left turn signal but improper flashing of the right turn signal. Likewise the same opposite improper operation occurs when moving the turn signal stalk to signal a right turn. The incorrect flashing signal appears at both the dashboard indicator light and at the exterior front and rear turn signal lighting positions. There are many complaints related to this issue on the web and it is very dangerous. Please advise.

- Rusk, TX, USA

problem #54

Jun 152010

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
Wipers fail to turn on or get stuck on intermediate, turn signals work on the opposite side that you place them, when you put the right turn signal on the left works. Sometime you can't switch the headlight from bright to dim or vice versa.

- Kaplan, LA, USA

problem #53

Jan 012011

Ram 2500

  • 90,000 miles
Turn signal malfunction, activate the left signal and the right turns on. Activate the right signal and nothing happens. Sometimes when the left is activated both signals work like hazard flashers.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #52

May 152006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 10,000 miles


During the first year of ownership an intermittent malfunction of hazard flashers and turn signals began. On occasion, the hazard flashers and the turn signals will not flash. At times, the turn signals will not cancel. At times, left and right will flash when only one direction is selected. Finally, on occasion, the right or left will flash when the opposite is selected. This creates a hazardous situation when I'm executing a turn as other drivers do not know my intentions and I've angered some and had two near miss accidents. I've not had need for my 4-way flashers, but when I test them at the time of the signal malfunction, they do not function. This can be extremely hazardous in an emergency road side event. When the problem first occurred under warranty, I took the truck to the dealer and they re-programmed the ECM. This eliminated the problem for the remainder of the warranty. Subsequently, it has gradually returned. I am not alone with this issue. Please visit the following link:

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #51

Jun 252011

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • 101,438 miles
Turn signal will either not work or show the wrong side flashing (have almost been rear-ended), wipers wouldn't work properly or at all (go very slow or not move at all when on, causing me not being able to see when it's raining hard). Flashers won't turn on at all. Happens every time I need my flashers, wipers, and blinkers. Replaced the multi-function switch and all of the problems above are fixed. I still have the old switch and I have heard it's a common problem.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #50

May 202011

Ram 2500

  • miles
I own a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 truck with approximately 57000 miles on it and it started acting erratically with the lights and wipers and now the battery completely goes dead. We have replaced the battery and checked for drain on the battery. In spite of turning everything off and unplugging anything which would cause a drain on the electrical system it still made a new battery go dead. It is very dangerous to drive it when the wipers act so funny and the dimmer switch fails to lower the beams. It would seem that the only solution is to take it to the dealer at a considerable expense to see what is wrong. The manufacturer should investigate and repair any defect in materials for the truck with that few miles on it.

- Kansas , KS, USA

problem #49

Jun 092011

Ram 2500

  • 57,500 miles
The contact owns 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the turn signal was defective and would illuminate sporadically without being activated. The dealer was notified of the failure and diagnosed that the multifunction switch needed repairs. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 57,500 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #48

Apr 192011

Ram 2500

  • 48,000 miles


2500 2006 Dodge truck, multifunction switch controls wiper function will stop working during rainstorms while driving, resulting in a dangerous safety hazard, Dodge needs to have a recall now! I have had 2 near misses!

- Pottsboro, TX, USA

problem #47

Jan 072011

Ram 2500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the turn signals would provide erroneous warning indications. The air conditioner was also inoperable. The contact inspected the vehicle himself and located the failure at the power control module. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage 150,000.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #46

Apr 202011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
The turn signal light will sometimes not work or work by itself, the wind shield wipers will some times not work, the truck has 200,000 miles on it the problem at this stage has not be corrected.

- West Fargo, ND, USA

problem #45

Apr 122011

Ram 2500

  • 32,000 miles
Tpim failure causing loss of trailer brake controller lights and trailer lights stay on after key is turned off. There hasn't been an accident as of 4/12/11.

- Newport, AR, USA

problem #44

Apr 052006

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 71,560 miles
2006 Dodge 2500. When turning on the left turn signal, both indicators on the dash will flicker and the right indicator on the vehicle will actually be working instead of the left. This happens on a regular basis when driving this vehicle. It is now that I do not utilize turn signals for fear that vehicles will mis interpret intentions and cause vehicle accident. Went to dealer and they are aware of issue recommending turn switch.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #43

Apr 062011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 104,250 miles
Trying to merg onto a highway in the rain my vehicles blinkers, light adjustment, and windshield wipers would not activate. This event didn't result in an accident but is a dangerous result of a poorly designed multi-function switch that controls blinkers and windsheild wipers. This problem has occured previously but not to the extent for myself or other to come into harm as it did today.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #42

Aug 012008

Ram 2500

  • 21,000 miles
The right turn signal switch was turned on to the right and after the turn it would not shut off. I was able to get it to shut off by switching on the emergency flashers. Throughout the next few days this occurred muliple times and each time the blinkers would not shut off. I was finally able to get the blinkers to shut off by changing the angle of the adjustable steering column.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 052011

Ram 2500

  • 45,000 miles
Air bag light came on after owning the vehicle for 2.5 years. The warranty don't cover the cost of replacing the module.

- Liberty Twp., OH, USA

problem #40

Feb 232011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The left turn signal activates the opposite or both left and right turn signals.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #39

Feb 252011

Ram 2500

  • 186,000 miles
TL. the contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated the tipm has malfunctioned causing every electrical component not to work. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer and the dealer stated the tipm needs to be replaced. The contact has not had the tipm replaced. The dealer does not know what caused the tipm to malfunction. The contact stated there is know way of telling if the new tipm will not malfunction while driving. The contact stated there are numerous complaints regarding the tipm and a recall should be issued. The failure mileage was 185,000.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

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