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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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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 022002

Ram Van 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Very loud noise was coming from rear differential. Contacted dealer.

- Milwakee, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 252002

Ram Van 1500 4WD

  • miles
Locking pinion nut broke, resulting in shaft to fall which caused damage to the pinion gears and spindles. Several mechanics stated that a locking pinion nut should never unlock or break. Thus it's defect caused 1,100 worth of damage and could have definitely resulted in injury.

- Catawissa, MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 092001

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Pinion seal replaced three times, ring and pinion replaced at 32000 miles, pinion nut allways reused never a new pinion nut.fourth time pinion nut comes off at 108000 miles at 65 miles an hour. Please advise. Dealer says not responsible.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 232001

(reported on)

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Rear differential broke. Vehicle has been inspected. Dealer and manufacturer will be notified.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 071999

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Ring & pinion gear failed. Dodge has more than 1200 on back order and cannot get the part. My part has been on order for 5 weeks. Local dealer confirmed that Dodge has sent them a notification to try to reset the ring & pinion gear as a fix rather than replace the part. Dodge customer service hotline will not confirm that they are having problems with this part.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

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