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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,238 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 3500 steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jul 182005

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,520 miles

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

Dt the return hose to the power steering got against the power steering pulley and rubbed a whole in the return hose and it was leaking fluid. Which made it have no power steering. Have contacted the dealer they ordered two hoses that were the wrong ones. This happened July 18, 2005.

- Wayne , OK, USA

problem #21

Jun 292005

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
June 29, 2005 on highwa while Y doing 50-55 mph pulled into drive and thought hit a pole because the whole left side was wiped out of the vehicle. The mirror come in, looked under front end everything looked fine, didn't have steering problems went about 30 miles, came back, went to turn left, acted like it didn't want to turn left. Went home, got a flash light, had friend turn the wheel while consumer looked at the steering, it made cracking and popping sound when turning the vehicle to the left. The it locked and would not turn. Had the dealer put a pump on a week before. Called dealership, the referred consumerto Chrysler, then they had him speak with an investigator, they wanted to come out and inspect with in 10 days. Spent 4 hours looking and taking pictures, then got a letter, stating they couldn't find anything wrong. At the body shop they couldn't find anything wrong either.

- Weatherford , TX, USA

problem #20

Jan 012005

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • miles
While attempting to park the trailer, the steering box destroyed the O-ring gasket which caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle.

- Granville, NY, USA

problem #19

Oct 252001

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,380 miles

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

The steering wheel was hard to turn while driving at a low speed. The vehicle wandered across the road. The vehicle has been to the dealer on three separate occasions. The dealer replaced the steering box on two separate occasions and made some other repairs, however the problem continued. The consumer stated the brakes would grab, however the mechanic informed the consumer that was the way ABS worked.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #18

Apr 022001

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40 miles
The consumer was unable to steer the steering wheel in the right direction. This has almost caused several accidents. Another Ram owner indicated that they were having the same problem which was due to a faulty factory steering box gear, that was replaced. This truck is owned by Montana dept, . of fish wild life and park. The other truck in this fleet are having the same failure.

- Havre, MT, USA

problem #17

Apr 132004

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,296 miles
While driving, the vehicle wandered. Other issues related to the steering problem was the track bar, power steering/gear assembly, and the clock spring.

- Palmyra, NY, USA

problem #16

Jun 152003

Ram 3500

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,000 miles

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

Ball joints worn out at 49,000 miles 3 mechanics say this is typical of these Dodge trucks. If this a recuring problem, shouldn't Dodge be doing somthing on this

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #15

Mar 172004

Ram 3500

  • miles
When turning the steering wheel towards the right, the wheels would not turn with the steering wheel. The owner was unable to control the vehicle. This caused the driver to hit an embankment head on. The owner had the vehicle towed to the dealership to be inspected.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 042003

(reported on)

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
While driving 50-60 mph, the consumer noticed the steering had excessive "play." The truck began to sway across the road. The truck was serviced, and the steering gear box/tie rod and tracking bar were replaced. The mechanic found the power steering gear box sloppy, the tie rod end/pitman arm loose and the trac bar worn.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #13

Apr 102003

(reported on)

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The steering wheel locked up when the consumer attempted to turn the steering wheel. The dealer stated there was nothing they could do. Mr scc

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #12

Mar 042003

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

The steering wandered to the left uncontrollably.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 082000

Ram 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Vehicle handling.......steering wander.......sway........failure to track.

- Newville, PA, USA

problem #10

Dec 102002

(reported on)

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering has lots of play preventing the owner from keeping straight directional control. "consumer was told that the steering track bar", needs to be replaced due to the loss of steering.

- Sagle, ID, USA

problem #9

Aug 302002

Ram 3500

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at 55 mph the consumer lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road causing damage to the front and rear of the vehicle and also bent the frame. Contacted dealer and the dealer has taken a look at the vehicle but yet they are not willing to do anything. Nlm

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #8

Aug 212002

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering wheel has a constant tension to the left and causes strain to the drivers arm.

- Las Vegas, NM, USA

problem #7

Jul 102002

(reported on)

Ram 3500

  • miles
Consumer states that the steering has slack or play in it.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #6

Dec 202001

Ram 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle steers too quickly. Unable to control steering wheel. Vehicle was repaired per technical service bulletin and is still not operating normally.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #5

Jan 012001

Ram 3500

  • miles
While driving, consumer was unable steer vehicle in one lane, it start to weave between the lanes (pleasure-way recreation body installed on a Dodge Ram 3500 chassis).

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 282001

Ram 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel locked up at 60 mph. Consumer was not able to make a right turn. Dealer has determined that steering had to be replaced.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012001

Ram 3500

  • miles
While driving, consumer was unable steer vehicle in one lane, it start to weave between the lanes (pleasure-way recreation body installed on a Dodge Ram 3500 chassis).

- Clearwater, FL, USA

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