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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 2
Average Mileage:
1,800 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #53

Sep 012000

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

Consumer was on the on ramp, and went to yield for oncoming traffic, touched brakes and it went to the floor. Consumer had to coast to the side and get vehicle towed. Dealer inspected vehicle and determined defect was due to contamination in the brake fluid, but vehicle has only been serviced at same dealer.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #52

Jun 272000

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
When driving at approximately 35-40mp and applying brakes, vehicle lost control, and continued to sway from side to side. Has not taken vehicle to dealership.

- Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #51

Mar 161998

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has antil-lock brakes. When consumer applies brakes brake pedal goes to the floor, and there is pulsation within the brakes. Also, transmission doesn't have speed/gears slip, and there is a leak underneath the hood.

- Oakhurst, CA, USA

problem #50

Jun 232000

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

When applying brakes on wet pavement front left brake locks up, cause unknown. Dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #49

Jul 011998

Ram 3500 4WD

  • miles
When brakes are pressed hard and sudden car will automatically steer to the left. Dealership has fixed the problem temporarily on 3 different occasions. This could cause consumer to have an automobile accident.

- Morrison, CO, USA

problem #48

May 122000

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
When applying the brakes vehicle goes to the right or left. Dealer has seen vehicle and cant find the cause.

- Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #47

May 102000

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

While traveling and when depressing the brakes they, would make noise. Also, vehicle pulled to the right. Dealer has been contacted.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

problem #46

May 092000

(reported on)

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on wet roads and when depressing the brakes wheels would lock up. Dealerlr has been contacted.

- Divide, CO, USA

problem #45

Jan 011998

Ram 3500

  • miles
Braking system malfunctioned, causing extended stopping distance which may result in a crash. Dealer could not determine the problem.

- Macy, IN, USA

problem #44

Apr 112000

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle pulls to the right when applying brakes. Also, defective brake calipers. Brakes have already been replaced twice, and need to be replaced again. Factory reps are supposed to be there while vehicle is being repaired.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #43

Jul 041999

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles

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

The front brakes on this truck failed to work evenly. A sever pull to the left, resulting in a near jack knife situation and collision with on coming traffic. I immediately took the truck into the dealer. They have been unsuccessful in repairing it and state that only 5% of the trucks in this model do that, therefore Dodge will not recall and the warranty will not cover the repairs. Dodges answer is to "live with it". this problem is significant and a definite safety hazard. I request a representative contact me immediately about this situation.

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

problem #42

Dec 161998

Ram 3500

  • miles
At approx. 7500mi. Problems began with brakes and vibrations. These problems still occur along with severe and dangerous engine stalls at any speed. After contacting diamler Chrysler I am shocked to find that hazard for my family and any innocent bystanders. It would just be nice if $42,000 could buy something that runs and stops with out risk of major injury or possible death..

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #41

Dec 071998

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Excessive wear of rotors/pads, and calipers. Problem commenced at 6,270 miles, again at 21,000 miles, and reoccurred at 33,000 miles. Dealer informed consumer that they were done with repaires.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #40

Mar 172000

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When brakes are applied vehicle pulls to the right. Dealer has inspected and repaired vehicle several times, and the problem still exists.

- Steurevant, WI, USA

problem #39

Oct 101999

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes on wet pavement/gravel/snow or ice, anti-lock brakes locked up and vehicle kept moving without stopping. Driver was involved in a rear end crash because of the brakes. The problem was reported to the dealership. Dealer tried to correct the problem numerous times. However, problem continues to exist..et.

- Amberg, WI, USA

problem #38

Mar 101999

Ram 3500

  • miles
When parking applied brakes and steering wheel locked up. Also, it speeded up to 20mph when applying the brakes and going around a curve. Contacted dealer.

- Zapada, TX, USA

problem #37

Feb 092000

Ram 3500 4WD

  • miles
These are the last two of the seven incidents of total brake failure for this vehicle. All incidents occurred at speeds of 25 - 60 mph. 6 of the 7 were during normal stopping conditions; 1 emergency stop. When stepping on the brake pedal there is no braking action. The pedal does not go to the floor. Stepping on the brake pedal 1-2 more times and the brakes then grab. 1 incident failed to stop at a stop sign; 1 neccesitated veering out of lane.

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #36

Oct 051999

Ram 3500 4WD

  • miles
The vehicle makes right turns upon braking, at any speed. Of course the faster the speed the more dangerous the problem, esp. If you are also making a right turn or there are any imperfections in the road such as dirt, gravel, bumps, or holes, at which this point the steering wheel jerks, sometimes completly from your hand, whih was experienced buy the tech. Dodge asked to test drive w/ me. I was told Chrysler is aware of the problem but is unable, ( does not know how ) to fix the problem, they will put my name on a list and when they figure out how to fix it and to engine noise they will call me. I asked them to put in writing my truck was safe to drive ( knowing it isn't) they refused but again said Chrysler is aware. When I bought the truck we were aware of this problem, but they assured me they would fix it 5 times in the shop now they tell me they can't, and will not talk the truck back, I'm out 26,000.00$ and I need a truck for my business. I just want my truck fixed or replaced, or them to purchase it back so that I may purchase yet another truck.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #35

Jun 011998

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Severe brake pull, nearly uncontrollable when braking from highway speeds.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #34

Mar 201998

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
The brakes pull to the right when applied creating a very dangerous driving hazzard. The truck has been to three different Dodge dealers in a total of seven (7) times in an attempt to obtain a satisfactory repair. The dealers have done steering alignment and replace brake parts on many occausions. However, the problem is a factory design deficiency which is not repairable at the dealer level. Dodge should be forced to redesign the front brake - steering system to correct this problem in a nationwide recall. This problem has become a joke in the automotive industry. The dot should proceed to force Dodge to redesign the brake system and correct the problem. This brake pull problem is a serious driving hazzard which causes the vehicle to steer unexpectantly into other traffic lanes when the brakes are applied. The dealers admit that they cannot make a satisfactory repair given the existing parts available from the factory. The other dealers have been: Valley boulder Dodge, 2100 30th street boulder, co 80301, tel: 303-381-1184 and prestige Dodge, 200 alpine street, longmont, co 80501, tel: 303-651-3000. The Colorado "lemon law" is not effective since the amount given is trade is less that normal trade-in negotiationed amounts. The dot should proceed to recall all Dodge 1998 Ram pickups. Sincerely, kent R. rieske, 5086 cottonwood drive, boulder, co 80301. Tel: 303-530-1551.

- Boulder, CO, USA

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