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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 092001

Ram Van 1500 4WD

  • miles


Right front inside brake pad locked against the disc causing continuous wear. I was informed by the service manager that the inside pads do not have "squealers" as do the outside pads so there was no advance indication of impending failure. Daimler/Chrysler has informed me they would have to decline my request for consideration in this matter because the vehicle had just exceeded the time/mileage limitations of the manufacturer's warranty at the time ($357.78) expense was incurred.

- Senoia, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 231999

(reported on)

Ram Van 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rotors overheating and cracking and pads are experiencing excessive wear, causing vehicle to pull when applying brakes. Mjs (original cl 08-Aug-99, revised hl on 23-Nov-99)

- Pitsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 301999

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Excessive front brake pad wear: The front brake pads started to wear at 6,000 miles, and from that point on the pads deteriorated rapidly. The dealer acknowledges that this is a common problem. The brake pads are being replaced at his expense.

- Crownsville, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 221997

Ram Van 1500

  • 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

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