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2.2

hardy worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,849 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 092010

Ram 3500

  • 115,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the brake pedal went to the floorboard when depressed. The brake indicator light also illuminated. The brakes also failed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership for a diagnostic test and the contact was informed that the braking system was functioning properly but the failures were causing by an electric component. The vehicle was at the dealership for repair at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 115,000.

- Obetz, OH, USA

problem #7

May 152008

Ram 3500

  • 155,000 miles
Dashboard cracked and caved in when I hit a bump while driving approx 68 mph on the freeway (I- 15 northbound through las vegas). Plastic falling into the dashboard area disconnected several wires causing the headlights to go out as well as several other electrical accessories. Freeway was well lit enough for me to stop safely and call for assistance.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #6

Jul 052006

Ram 3500

  • 150,000 miles
On three different occasions the retaining nut for fifth-gear has failed. Dealer offered repair kit... contained new main shaft for tranny. Cost was $3600, Chrysler refuses to acknowledge defect in manufacturing of thread tapering. There is also no power brakes. ABS seems to not be working, relies on pressure from oil to brake. If pressed continuously, will go all the way to the floor. Wiring harness burned up after dealer work, frank shoupe of georgetown Kentucky refused to repair their mistake. Said it was my fault, then refused to keep speaking with me. Stated replacement was $2015, and would take a week;received one from junkyard in Montana, took three days, and $300.

- Georgetown , KY, USA

problem #5

Oct 182006

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,792 miles

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

: the contact stated after the vehicle was parked for two days, the alarm suddenly sounded. By the time the door was opened, smoke had filled the cab. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who determined the wiring harness under the driver seat shorted out causing the wires to burn. The dealer replaced three wiring harnesses, the fuse box and the fuses.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 102003

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 80,000 miles
The electrical wires became very hot and melted, and shorted out the head light switch and disabled the parking lights.

- Pmb 227, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 122001

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system kept burning out, causing dashboard and tail lights to go out, without warning. *akheadlight switch was checked and dealer found melted plastic wire to the switch connector. Switch was replaced, then the tail lights went out. Still the same problem.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #2

May 012001

Ram 3500

  • miles
Electrical system is not operable. Park lights wouldn't come on, and consumer smells like an electrical fire. There is a fuel leak leaking from back of engine.

- Cumby, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 221998

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Within 3 days of buying the Dodge truck, while traveling down the road the gauges would malfunction and the truck would die. You could put it in neutral and restart it. It was taken to the shop and nothing was found wrong. This continues. Then we started blowing breakers and fuses that run brake lights and blinkers. Took to the shop. Found nothing. Just replaced breakers and fuses 3 times in 2 weeks. Now the check engine light comes on and motor dies going down the road. We have now had to buy a new apps sensor which cost us $613.61 because truck is now out of warranty without ever being fixed. This electrical problem has been and still is a safety hazard to everyone. It could cause a serious accident which Chrysler refuses to acknowledge. I know of another vehicle like mine in California that has had the same problems as mine and also one in fayetteville, ar. The man in Arkansas was having his truck worked on at the same time mine was in the shop. This is too many problems for a new vehicle.

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

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