really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,777 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Apr 142014

Ram 1500

  • 173,739 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 equipped with nitto mudgrappler tires (na), size 33X12.50R17 lt. The dot number was 73bded54311. The contact stated the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair and they noticed that the tread on all four tires was dry rotted. The tires had not been replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 173,739.

- Blairs , VA, USA

problem #33

Sep 142012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 135,714 miles
The under the bed spare tire assembly cable broke at the junction of where the cable ends and the holding metal assembly begins. The spare tire came loose and hit the highway bouncing off of the pavement and becoming airbourne behind my truck. At that time it became a hazard for any vehicle especially a motorcycle behind me. My spare is a 16 inch tire and weighs over 35 pounds. I got off the interstate at the next exit and tried to find the tire but could not locate it. I suspect it went off the road and down a steep embankment. No cars behind me struck the tire and no was hurt. After inspecting the spare tire crank assembly I found the cable was rusted and suspect the holding nut assembly was too. I have not used my truck for off road use only to travel back and forth to work and to haul material when needed. I went to the local junk yard and was bought another spare tire crank assembly off of a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 4 wheel drive and found the whole assembly was also rusted. I suspect that it may fail in the future just like mine did. I believe this to be a design flaw for on inspection it is easy to see how rust can make the holding nut and washer fail. I am afraid this is going to happen or already has happened on Dodge trucks using this type of spare tire holder. If this tire coming free and hitting the highway at 70 mph could have cause serious harm to another vehicle or could have led to serious injury or death. My guess is that many times this has happened but has not been reported.

- Cordova , AL, USA

problem #32

Aug 022010

Ram 1500

  • 76,759 miles
Operating vehicle on Florida turnpike at 70 mph when I experienced a blowout to the right rear tire. My vehicle began to lose control, however I was able to recover. Reason for blowout: Tread separation- defective tire - tire failure.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #31

Apr 062009

Ram 1500

  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The vehicle has cooper discoverer atr tires, size 245/75R/16 (na). While placing tire shine on the tires, the contact noticed that the driver's side tire was showing signs of separation. He was also able to see the radial part of the tire. The manufacturer advised him to take the vehicle to a tire shop for inspection. The mechanic at the shop stated that the tire was defective and other tires were beginning to display signs of tread separation. He consulted the manufacturer again and they stated that since the tires were not the size cited in NHTSA campaign id number 06T016000, they were unable to assist. The current and failure mileages were approximately 136,000.

- Mascotte, FL, USA

problem #30

Feb 032009

Ram 1500

  • 44,000 miles
While I was on my way to work one day, my first indication was a high vibration from the left front tire at certain speeds, and a slight pull to the left. When I arrived at my destination (about five minutes after I first felt the vibration) my tire blew out all the air instantly. After I got the tire changed, I inspected it, and found several sidewall cracks running from the edge of the treads progressing down to the sidewall about 2 to 3 inches in length. They ran at an angle that matched the rotation of the tire. There was no impact to the sidewall at any time. Some of the other tires show small lines that could develop into cracks. I have not taken the tires to the place of purchase because I want to make sure if it is a defect I want the public warned and prevent any tragedy. Thank you.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #29

Oct 142005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,890 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph the right rear tire detached from the vehicle. Afterwards the vehicle fell to the ground and was pulled to the side of the road. After the tire was located the vehicle was towed to a local independent repair shop for inspection. The mechanic replaced the brake shoes and drums, wheel nuts and studs, combination spring kit and self adjuster kit. The manufacturer was alerted.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #28

May 192005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,556 miles


5/19/05 I had to replace all (4) tires due to a defect in the tire. The tires were coming apart around the crown on every tire. I was told that they could blow at anytime and it was best that I replace them all. I bought the truck they were on used (2001 Dodge Ram 1500), it had 27,291 miles on it when I bought it and the tires were new. I now have 66,556 miles on it. The tread on all tires was good to go for another 40-60,000 miles. But because of the defect and the fact that I travel a lot I had no choice but to replace the tires. I have kept one of them as proof should someone want to see it. The point being that I should not have had to purchase new tires at this time. I have heard of recalls you have had on tires and don't know if this was one of them or not. The number on the tire is 255/70R16 and they were all in a very dangerous state when replaced. I spent $678.42 on the replacement tires and I don't expect a full refund but I do think that Firestone should compensate me due to the fact that it was your tire defect that caused the problem. Which of course caused me to have to pay out money I didn't have to replace all (4) tires for safety purposes. I have a copy of the invoice for the replacement tires with a written note specifying that they were defective tires. I have written to you before, about 2-3 weeks ago and have heard nothing back so I'm going through this again. Please advise me what you are going to do and if you need anymore info from me. I do expect a refund of some type due to your defective tires.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #27

Jan 162005

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving 65 mph one of the vehicle's tires blewout. The tire was only 50% used.

- Park Forest, IL, USA

problem #26

Oct 252004

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated while attempting to rotate tires, he noticed that the tires were being cut by the shock bracket. After further investigation consumer found that front left tire had been cut by the shock bracket. There was no reason for the cut because these were new Firestone tires with about 5000 miles on them.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #25

Sep 132004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A loud knocking noise was heard coming from the front driver's side. Driver's side wheel fell off. Consumer had the vehicle towed to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that wheel and tire needed to be replaced.

- Sonora, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 142004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles


While getting an oil change and tire rotation the technician noticed rubbing on the inside front tires. Upon further investigation he noticed where the tires are rubbing against the lower A-arm. Needed to replace tires.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #23

Jun 022004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
When turning the vehicle sharply, the clearance was obstructing the tire, causing the tire rubber to disintegrate. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. However, the dealer was unable to duplicate or resolve the problem. The tires rubbed on the bolt head that goes through the shock.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #22

Jul 112003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
While changing the oil, noticed a severe grove in the inside side wall of each front tire. (severe enough for imediate tire replacement) discovered that the groves had been caused by rubbing against the lower a frame (found shiny areas where tires had rubbed). The intended stops to prevent this from happening were not engaging early enough in the steering turn to prevent this. We checked two other pickups of same model year and make and found identical problems. When we checked 2003 trucks at a local dealer we found this area had been redesigned. This looks like a major design flaw in the wheel area for this model year. I have 79,000 miles on this truck but only 25,000 miles on the tires, which were otherwise in very good shape. This is going to start killing people as other trucks milage increase. These tires could have blown at any time under normal driving.

- Mt. Vernon, IN, USA

problem #21

Jan 082003

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer called complaining while driving the vehicle at any speed and turning the wheel left or right, both front tire touch mounts bracket bolt. Dealer has inspected the vehicle and could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #20

Sep 272002

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,760 miles
Consumer states Michelin tire blew out while driving over a sheet of plaster. One mile later another tire started to leak air. Truck always exhibited a pull / wander condition which stopped after replacing Michelin tires.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #19

Oct 012002

Ram 1500

  • miles
Dot M32kc24X2100 original tires on Ram 1500 2001 ltx as 24575R16. Consumer stated the tires felt mushy since date of purchase. While traveling highway speeds, the driver side front tire blew, and the driver side rear tire loss air. Consumer felt tires were too thin for weight of vehicle.

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

problem #18

Jan 012001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is vibration when hitting a bump at 60-65 mph. Dealer has replaced front tie rod.but, it has not remedied the problem.*akconsumer adds that this is not just vibrations but intense ascillations that alternate left to right. The bouncing makes the vehicle difficult to control and will not subside until broughtr to a complete stop. Upon checking several times, the tires were choppy and needed replacing, the track bar needed replacing, and a special part for the tie rod was ordered, also the left mirror was not heating, also the clock spring was replaced, also tires were showing wear..

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #17

Jan 012002

Ram 1500

  • miles
While making a sharp turn driver's side tire rubs against sharp bracket. Consumer feels tire may blowout. Consumer has had tires replaced, but problem has reoccurred.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #16

Jul 102002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tires cracked. Tires go half flat about once a month, and consumer puts air back in them. She wants to know about the flatness because thread is so good.

- Citrus Hgts, CA, USA

problem #15

Mar 182002

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
I was traveling on the highway at about 65 miles per hour when the steering wheel was jerked out of my hands. The truck began to swerve and vibrate, and I realized a tire had blown out. I did not see anything I could have hit on the road nor did I feel like I had hit anything. I changed the tire and took the blown tire to my local Goodyear dealer who examined it and confirmed that the tire had not been cut or punctured and concluded that I was running low tire pressure and therefore, even though there is only 17% tread wear I was entitled to only a 50% adjustment on the tire. Numer one I check my tire pressures on all my vehicles regularly and keep at least 40 to 42 pounds of air in at all times, and number two what happened to my manufacturers warranty that states a full replacement during the first twelve months of ownership. I have been in the car business for over 25 years and am a Pennsylvania state inspection mechanic and I understand the importance of tire pressure, and that is why I check my regularly. I know in my heart that the tire pressure was not low on this tire and it worries me that it could happen again to another tire on this truck, maybe this time with more dire consequences. I have lost faith in Goodyear, Dodge, and the dealer, and feel totally out of control when driving this vehicle with Goodyear Wrangler. By the way this my first blow out in over 32 years of driving, no matter what my tire pressures were"??" (dot number: M670 jcor tiresize: 245/15R16)

- Myerstown, PA, USA

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