really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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

Apr 062000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles


Vehicle experienced total brake failure, the consumer found that the calipers are made of plastic and feels the failure was caused because a minor amount of heat damaged the plastic pistons, which didn't allow them to slide properly in their cylinders, this didn't allow the pads to retract from the disc brake, causing additional heat build up.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Apr 112000

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle pulls to the right when applying brakes. Also, defective brake calipers. Brakes have already been replaced twice, and need to be replaced again. Factory reps are supposed to be there while vehicle is being repaired.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 261998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Brakes have continually experienced hanging up, calipers replaced at 3001 miles. Mjs

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
The brakes pull left or right. Most likely due to weak calipers. The experts I've talked to indicate my one ton 7000 lb truck has the same single piston calipers a little Isuzu rodeo or Mitsubishi has. It's horrifying to think this big truck has no more brakes than a 2000 lb little car. The $2000 'damage' is a repair estimate for new oem parts -- which the dealer has replaed. It still pulls. This is a safety issue. Sometimes it pulls hard enough to cause a lane change. Have had near miss of head-on collision.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Jan 061999

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • miles
I am experiencing a brake pull problem. This is an ongoung problem and Dodge technical representatives have acknowledged a problem with the front brake calipers. They have not offered a solution yet. You will receive a number of similar reports over the next few days from folks with the same problem. This is a safety issue that affects the truck and occupants and possibly other folks on the road. I have already run off the highway when this brake pull problem occurred. Please feel free to contact me for additional information. I amm looking forward to receiving your help with this matter.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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