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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,604 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Dodge Ram 3500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 112012

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 50,126 miles


Pulled into fueling station, stopping at pump, pedal went to floor board. Checked brake reservoir it was empty, added 1 pint of brake fluid. No signs of leak. Found signs of fluid on frame driver side behind fuel tank, pulled tank to find a very rusted brake line and a hole in brake line. Checked other brake lines, all are badly rusted. The gas lines running next to the brake line are not rusted at all. Truck parked in barn all the time, very seldom driven in winter.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 022010

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge 3500. The contact stated that every brake line was replaced in the last two weeks. The mechanic stated that the lines had to be replaced because of faulty metal used for the brake lines. There was no rust or corrosion on the lines instead they were just brittle and broken. The rear brake lines were replaced first and then the lower and upper brake lines in the front. The failure mileage was 76000 and the current mileage was 79000. Updated 1/12/11 the master cylinder had to be replaced as well. Updated 03/02/11

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 252010

Ram 3500

  • 95,000 miles
Brake failure occurred while trying to stop at a intersection no accident occurred but use of emergency brake was needed. Wheelworks found the problem to be a leaking hydraulic brake line which needed to be replaced. Cost about 250 dollars.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152002

Ram 3500

  • 26,000 miles


Front brakes fail at 20,000 miles +/-. vehicle has 53,000 miles and is ready for fourth set of front brakes. Dealer claims that this is normal wear and that 20,000 miles is normal service life for brakes.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #2

Mar 232004

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
While braking consumer experienced extended stopping distance. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer informed the consumer that all the brakes were worn. The consumer refused service and took the vehicle home to inspect it. He determined that the front brakes were alright, but the right rear brake caliper was stuck and the left rear brake shoes was worn. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer October 2003 at 16,000 miles for a safety inspection and passed. The consumer believes they failed to properly check the brakes.

- Camp Creek, WV, USA

problem #1

Mar 232004

Ram 3500

  • 6,500 miles
While braking, intermittently the brake pedal went go to the floor which caused extended stopping distance. The dealerships replaced the master cylinder once before, but the consumer was still having the same problem.

- Prompton, PA, USA

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