really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,074 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 252015

Ram 1500

  • 150,000 miles


Driving apporoximately 35 mph was going to make left turn went to slow down to make the turn and the brakes were very soft and I missed the turn. Got home and looked under the truck to see a large amount of brake fluid leaking out from around the hard brake lines on the frame by drivers rear tire. The lines were very corroded.

- Willard, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 012014

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles
To whom it may concern, these rubber brake lines almost killed me barreling thru a downhill red light. Fixed bad part, then hit guard rail, damaged front grille, bumper and fender when the other line popped while driving. I was told this is a notorious problem with Dodge trucks. I'm not as angry about the filler neck which rotted and filed tank w rust chunks, replaced fuel pump. But I think more ppl need to B aware of this brake problem with these trucks, as far as I'm concerned, this is incredibly dangerous, and I might scrap it because it's problems 120K mile truck I can't even get 700$ for after the $ I've invested to keep it safe. I think the brakes need to be recalled with these trucks. Owners like me just let them sit because they rosy so easy their not worth fixing anymore, I regularly maintenence my vehicles, these are expensive to keep safe, thank you. Scott kimball.120K 98 Ram

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 172014

Ram 1500

  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the brakes became inoperable. The failure recurred several times over a period of one month. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not further repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 178,000.

- Annawan, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 142012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 117,370 miles
Driving truck to an intersection went slow down brake pedal went to floor and I proceeded into intersection and was hit on driver side of truck and came to rest against large steel fence post.

- Austintown, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 142012

Ram 1500

  • 145,000 miles
My rear brake line by the gas tank blew out today.

- Westport, IN, USA

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