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

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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

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problem #18

Dec 182009

Ram 2500

  • 120,000 miles


Multifunction switch controlling the turn signals on my 2006 Dodge 2500 megacab went bad. It turns on the incorrect signal, or both signals then trying to use the turn signals. From searching the internet, this is a very common problem.

- Plain City, UT, USA

problem #17

Apr 212008

Ram 2500

  • miles
Tipm issue when left turn signal is activated no response to wiring harness. Which also would not activate trailer brake light due to no input from left signal. I think this is a problem when other drivers can't see brake lights all due to a bad tipm. Was told the dealer will replace for $700. My opinion with so many 06 Dodge 3500 with same problem this should be recalled. Talked to other owners who have been to dealer and there is a wait for back order due to many others having same problem.

- Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA

problem #16

Jan 012006

Ram 2500

  • 10,000 miles
This is an on going issue with my 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. When driving at night sometimes when you switch the headlight from low beam to high beam they will completely go out or one side will go out. Also sometimes when you turn on your left blinker your right blinker will come on. The dealer told me that this was from hauling trailers with bad wiring. I don't understand how a trailer that is not connected to my truck can effect the lights. My truck is no longer under warranty and there is no way for me to diagnose this problem. (you must have a Chrysler computer to see what the controller is doing) I thought there were laws to protect consumers from manufacturers of cars that prevented them from making control systems that consumers could not access.

- Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #15

Nov 102009

Ram 2500

  • 36,174 miles


When I first bought the pickup I have had electrical issues. A little over a week ago I was driving down the freeway and my wipers quit. It was pouring down rain and I could not see. I took it to the dealer and my tipm is out. My mileage was 36,174 at the time of the failure.

- Chehalis, WA, USA

problem #14

Oct 012009

Ram 2500

  • 69,000 miles
2006 Dodge 2500 turn signal issues. Malfunctioning turn signals turn left signal on, and right signal comes on and vise versa and sometimes neither will come on.

- Tonganoxie, KS, USA

problem #13

Jul 282009

Ram 2500

  • 48,000 miles
2006 Dodge Ram 2500, turn signal fault, turn on left directional, and right directional comes on very dangerous.......

- Canterbury, NH, USA

problem #12

Jul 302009

Ram 2500

  • 60,000 miles


The turn signal (multi-function) switch in my 2006 Dodge 2500 is malfunctioning. When I turn on my left turn signal the right turn signal will flash and sometimes the left as well. The same thing happens when I put on my right turn signal, the left turn signal will flash. I have had two very close calls with this, the most recent while pulling a 34 foot fifth wheel trailer. I have seen numerous complaints about this on the diesel truck resource web page and some of the stories are of very serious close calls. This needs to be a recall.

- Milan, TN, USA

problem #11

Dec 302008

Ram 2500

  • 35,500 miles
2006 Dodge Ram 2500. Multifunction switch fails when needed the most. This item controls the wipers, turn signals, high/low beams, as well as emergency flashers. This was an intermittent problem when I first reported it to the dealership, and surprise surprise it didn't fail at the dealership. Now after my standard warranty has expired it has completely failed. There was no events leading up to the failure. The dealerships are now saying that this is a common issue, but since the warranty has expired, I now have to pay for parts as well as labor for an item that causes a major safety issue. Imagine driving in a down poor, and the switch that controls your wipers fails to perform.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #10

Jun 202009

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram. While sitting in the vehicle, the contact noticed smoke and flames in the electrical harness that hangs behind the plates, where the trailer lights are hooked. He believed that a short circuit occurred. The contact doused the flames with water and took the vehicle to a repair shop. A mechanic cut off the harness wire and stated that the wires were touching other wires in the harness, which is how the fire started. There were no recalls for this vehicle. Chrysler kept transferring the contact to people within Chrysler, asking questions, and giving him the run around. Initially, the contact spoke with the assistant manager at one of the dealers and was provided with the number to Chrysler. The contact stated that he was never informed to bring his vehicle to a dealer. The failure and current mileages were 5,300. Updated 7/23/09 updated 07/30/09.

- Carmel , NY, USA

problem #9

Jul 242008

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
When I turn on the left blinker the right and left blinker come on at the same time, or the left won't come on and just the right. Something wrong with the multifunction switch on the 2006 Dodge. Very unsafe - other drivers have no idea which lane your changing over to.

- Herriman, UT, USA

problem #8

May 172009

Ram 2500

  • 49,000 miles


I have a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 and have experienced a problem with my turn signals not working correctly and sometimes not working at all. I was turning left the other day and looked down to see that my right signal was flashing. Of course my warranty just ran out so I'm sure the dealer will not cover this. My concern is that this is a safety issue and should be a recall on it. I am part of a Dodge forum and of guys on there have the same problem. Thought writing in may help with this issue cause the people who is in charge of this may not be aware of this safety issue.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 152009

Ram 2500

  • 58,000 miles
I was driving down the hwy in pouring rain when the wipers started acting erratically going from real fast then slow then stopped leaving the wiper arm right in front of my eye level. They never came back on. Luckily I avoided an accident. I have tried new wiper motor did nothing later ordered a multifunction switch that didn't work either. Now im told that 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 has a tipm in place of the fuse this is called a total integrated power module. I searched the turbo diesel registry and there are others that have had the same experience. The truck has 58,000 miles and is garage kept I consider excellent condition. Chrysler will not provide any help. I now have a $1,000 plus repair bill and a truck that I cannot drive. Also I have read on here of other electrical problems so how can I trust that this part wont do the same thing.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 152009

Ram 2500

  • 81,000 miles
Upon connecting a trailer with a wiring fault to the 2006 Dodge Ram diesel 4X2, the tipm on the truck cuts off the circuit. Testing indicates a minor fault with the trailer wiring, which allows trailer lights to operate on non-Dodge vehicles. According to the local Dodge dealer the tipm has failed and must be replaced. The Dodge Ram does not have a fuse for trailer turn signal circuits nor any other means to allow for the consumer to address wiring faults on trailers, regardless the Dodge Ram is designed to allow towing. This presents a considerable safety risk as the consumer has zero means to address faults with the Dodge tpim after normal business hours or in areas without a Dodge dealer. The high cost of the tpim also discourages the average consumer from maintaining proper and safe operation of the vehicle upon a simple trailer fault. A simple inexpensive fuse as on pre-2005 Dodge Ram vehicles for trailer circuits will greatly improve safety as the consumer can address issues with the Dodge Ram from induced by simple trailer wiring faults. I have contacted the Dodge dealer and Chrysler llc about the issue and neither provides information that there is a fix to the tipm that enables the consumer to address the safety issue induced by replacing the module with a new one. Dodge nor Chrysler llc provided any instructions or documentation on how to advert tipm failures and safety issue resulting from their product not sending power to trailer lights. Further tipm documentation here I strongly urge the ntsb to make the Dodge safe by making them reinstate use of simple affordable fuses to protect trailer circuits on the vehicle, enable greater safety when towing and addressing trailer tow faults when access to a Dodge dealer is not possible.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 042009

Ram 2500

  • 25,000 miles
The turn signals are indicating the opposite of what I'm selecting. If I select a left turn the instrument panel shows a right turn, when exiting the vehicle the same is indicated on the front and rear signal indicators. If I select a right turn I don't have any indicator on the instrument panel or on the exterior lights.

- Acton, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 172008

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. After the vehicle had been parked for approximately four days, the contact discovered that the front window was darker than normal. He immediately opened the front door and discovered that the dashboard was burned on the passenger side. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The current and failure mileages were 40,000.

- Brentwood , TN, USA

problem #3

May 162008

Ram 2500

  • 36,000 miles
2006 Dodge Ram slipped into reverse, horn honking due to safety recall. Which didn't work. Result bent bumper shared kids.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #2

May 292007

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram slt. When the contact placed the vehicle into reverse, the engine raced without him touching the accelerator pedal. The vehicle proceeded to back up on its own at 15 mph. He depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact placed the vehicle in drive and was able to stop the vehicle. The weather was dry and approximately 85 degrees. The # of cylinders was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 4,400.

- Crofton, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 032006

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Dodge Ram truck with a long list of problems* the consumer experienced numerous problems with the vehicle such as ignition switch malfunctions, the ignition would not lock, shift lever, exhaust smokes excessively, the engine shutters and shutdown, transmission shifting improperly primarily in 2nd and 3rd gear, there were times when the consumer could not get the vehicle out of park. The head lights and tail lights come on and go off, the electric locks malfunctioned, various problems with the cab lights, the instrument cluster failed.

- Laramie, WY, USA

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