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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 3 of 4)

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problem #33

Nov 261999

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Intermittently when brakes are applied pedal becomes hard, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has duplicated problem, but doesn't have a clue what is causing it.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #32

Nov 231998

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti-lock brake malfunctioned.

- Foothill R, CA, USA

problem #31

Oct 251999

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The anti-lock brake system is not working properly. Front brakes have pads, and the back brakes have ABS brakes. When consumer applies brakes the front of the car will skid, and vehicle wiil not stop. He has taken vehicle back to the dealer.they told him brakes were working just fine. The vehicle can not make a quick stop, even on loose gravel. The consumer had an accident as the result of brake failure.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #30

Sep 301999

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

When applying brakes, vehicle will pull hard to right. Or if vehicle has been serviced it willthen pull to left. Rotors are being replaced within 6-9 months.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #29

Sep 291999

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
When applying brakes vehicle severely pulls to the right or the left. Also, the front brake pads and rotors are prematurely wearing out, cause unknown. Vehicle checked for alignment and problem still exist.

- West Patterson, NJ, USA

problem #28

Nov 111997

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes the truck pulled/skidded, and made a loud sound. This happened when applying the brakes under a panic stop. The truck would not stop in the amount of time that it should stop. Truck has been serviced 5 times for brake problems. On Aug 20, 1999, had a rear end crash. Dealer was not able to duplicate the problem with the ABS.

- Forest Grove, OR, USA

problem #27

Aug 291999

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

Vehicle was in the shop being repaired for brakes when the entire brake system, including rotors went out, and truck was pulling to one side.

- Birchville, MI, USA

problem #26

Aug 271999

(reported on)

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
No summary

- Annandale, MN, USA

problem #25

Aug 011998

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Pulls serverely to left & right. Rotors/calipers/pads all replaced # of times, still pulls.

- Magna, UT, USA

problem #24

May 111999

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
When applying the ABS, pedal traveled to the floor, causing extended stopping distance and resulting in a collision.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #23

Oct 281998

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles

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

Brake pulling problem, however there is no consistancy as to when, starting at about 20000 miles 10/28/98, I have had it back at least 10 times, dealer has replaced calipers/ pads/steering box, and shims between right front rotor and rim. They now have a 5mm shim and say the next step is a 7.5 per their tsb. I don't like this shim business and the inconsistent braking pattern.

- Livonia, NY, USA

problem #22

Aug 271998

Ram 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 5 to 10 mph and coming to a stop the brake pedal went down to the floor, vehicle did not stop. Dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #21

Apr 221998

Ram 3500

  • miles
Anti-lock brakes front discs started smoking, caught on fire and burned, repair work was done to replace the calipers. The vehicle started leaking brake fluid. The dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

- Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #20

Jun 161998

Ram 3500

  • miles
Consumer complaining of driving vehicle on the street at 40 mph, on normal road conditions, when consumer went to apply the brakes, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Dealer notified, but still wants consumer to pay even with warranty. Proportioning valve was replaced. Consumer states there is a snapping noise in the steering column, dealer replaced front axle track. Steering wheel was off center. Lower radiator hose was rubbing the frame and was worn, dealer replaced.

- Easton, MA, USA

problem #19

Jan 311999

Ram 3500

  • miles
Brakes locked up two times; second time caused an accident.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #18

Dec 221997

Ram 3500

  • miles
Experiencing ongoing problem with front brake pads wearing out prematurely. Vehicle had four sets of brake pads within 30,000 mile of wear. Dealer notified.

- Fillmore, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 101998

Ram 3500 4WD

  • miles
The truck pulls to the right all the time, but very severe when braking.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #16

Aug 181998

Ram 3500

  • miles
While driving at normal highway speeds and the brakes are applied the vehicle pulls very hard to either the left or the right, causing the vehicle to go into other lanes. Dealer has been contacted.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jan 011998

Ram 3500

  • miles
Vehicle does not stop in a panic situation when brakes are applied, extended stopping distance occurs. Dealer contacted, and states brakes meet manufacturer's specifications and cannot remedy the problem..et.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 131998

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
No summary provided by consumer.

- Greendale, WI, USA

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