Notes: The 2002 has the well-known and documented problem with their dashboards falling to pieces, but it also has engine failure from oil sludge. That's a doube shot of awful in your morning coffee.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,562 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. $14 relay fuse from vip (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #1

May 082008

Ram 1500 Quad SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,562 miles


First, NEVER go to the dealership to have a code pulled. They will charge you around $85+ to have an official mechanic pull a code. Go to VIP they will do it for free. I got two codes, P1281 & P1491. P1281 is engine to cold to long, replace the thermostat with a factory gauged one at 190 degrees. An easy fix should take any non-mechanical person like myself 1.5hours to fix. P1491, is a bit more complicated. Start with the cheap fixes, replace fuse #39 w a new 25amp fuse. its .41 cents at VIP, if that doesn't work, replace the AC Condenser Fan Relay #59 (its the first big black fuse closer to the engine) should run you around $14 for the part. My trouble was, there are no aftermarket parts for this, so i had to go to the dealership, and they had to order it. it that doesn't fix it, replace the fan, should be around $100 for that, or go to a junk yard and get it for way less.

its a real pain in the ass fix and its causing me more time to resolve than to fix, so if i can save you the trouble of figuring this all out then ill be happy.. Next time i buy a truck, im going toyota.. screw dodge, cause this one sucks.

- , Plymouth, NH, USA

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