really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,188 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 302005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,300 miles


2001 Dodge Ram 1500 extended cab pick up truck. Consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision while driving 45 mph. This happened about 1 month ago. Driver of other vehicle lost control of vehicle at 60 mph on a wet surface. Upon impact, the air bags deployed and pushed the brakes down and at the time of impact, the consumer felt something hit him in the chest. Did not know what hit him, but once the consumer looked he discovered that the steering column bracket sheared off during the impact, and the steering wheel went under the air bag hitting the consumer's lower right rib cage. The insurance inspector did not really pay much attention to the steering wheel bracket that sheared off during the crash. The consumer has photos of the crash, and a police report was taken. When the air bag deployed the consumers upper bridge in his mouth became loose and also the consumer experienced bruises on his upper chest. Updated 11/02/05

- Clint, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 242004

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Was hit near head-on, left front. Steering column broke out completely and fell in drivers lap. Neither air bag deployed.

- Afton, OK, USA

problem #5

Mar 292004

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer stated that when S making a turn either left or right heard a funny noise. It sounded as if it was a broken bushing. Also, steering wheel will not tilt up or down. She took vehicle to the dealer, and was told that the steering wheel problem was not covered under the warranty. Consumer thought that warranty covered all parts of the vehicle because she purchased a bumper to bumper extended warranty. In addition, consumer believed that vehicle was under a recall. However, she had not yet received the recall notice from the manufacturer.

- Aubrey, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 252004

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles


Due to erratic operation of the vehicle, the owner had the truck inspected by a technician. Upon inspecting the truck, the technician informed the consumer that the upper ball joints and steering column needed to be replaced.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 092004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,389 miles
My wife was driving our Dodge pickup 4X4 home from her mother's house when the steering wheel and steering column lowered into her lap. Recall#1003334. Per diagnosis the U-bracket had broken where the bolts go through the instrument panel support also the steering shock was weak and loose.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 102003

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer states her husband was involved in an automobile accident today, and air bags on the driver side did not deploy. Not only did the air bag not deploy but the steering column and the part where the gauges are all dropped down to the floor and the driver injuried his legs. His chest was also injured in the accident. She states that at this point he was unable to control the truck because he had no steering wheel. Vehicle traveling at about 70 mph.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 282001

Ram 1500

  • 10,630 miles
Steering column problems have been reported 5 times, repaired 4 times in which the clock spring (safety recall 982) was replaced 2 times. Left outer mirror vibrates at highway speeds impairing visibility when merging with traffic. Truck is not safe for highway use. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis***764311

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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