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:
94,572 miles
Total Complaints:
28 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (22 reports)
  2. flush engine (3 reports)
  3. disconnect A/C compressor power (1 reports)
  4. replace actuators and vent doors under dash (1 reports)
  5. replace defective mode door servos (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Dec 182009

Ram 1500 4x4 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,665 miles


I had no heat on the driver's side and plenty on the other side. I took it to the dealer were I bought the truck. They flushed the heating system and just kept coming back. The dealer finally got the problem fixed. They took the drain,freeze plugs out and flushed the engine with steam and hot water for a week and got all this reddish slim out of the block and a sandy substance. flush all the hoses and change the heater core, radiator and thermostat. For an week now it's been working like new again.................

- , Amherst, OH, US

problem #7

Aug 082007

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,812 miles

The only complaints i have for my truck is my heater does not work properly and the dash is cracked. for which both dodge needs to have a recall. they say they stand behind their trucks as we all have seen these problems are not problems to them. I am a diehard dodge fan, have been all my life. but dodge really needs to get a grip on this issue. thanks for letting me blow a little steam.

- , Brewton, AL, USA

problem #6

Dec 022009

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

There is no heat coming out the dash or floor on the drivers side. The defroster works across both sides. Took it to the place where I go now for service (since I won't go to the Dodge Dealers ever again. Different story), and they figure 5 hours of labor to take the dash apart.....they also cleaned mouse nests out of the air intake and filter system. It is really a pain to not have heat on these shivering cold days in New Hampshire!

- , Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #5

Aug 142009

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


heater doesn't work on driver side and little on passenger it's winter and i'm cold i bought this truck used back in the summer and did not know about a heater problem

Update from Dec 21, 2009: not only does my heater not work on the driver side my defroster blows cold air not good in the winter

- , Paris, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 152008

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,000 miles

No heat from driver's side vents - acceptable heat from passenger side vents. Very uncomfortable in the winter. Problem trying to defrost. Does anyone know solution?

- , Trenton, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 022007

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My heat only work on the passenger side. No heat on the driver's side why?

- , Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 262008

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Heat will not come out of vents on drivers side only cold air. Passenger side is blazing hot. If you know how to fix it let me know please.

- , Dearborn Hgts, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 012007

Ram 1500 SL 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Blend door which controls heat coming through vents from engine will not open and close

properly.The blend door actuator failing. will not open and close proper Little or no heat comes through the driver side vents.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

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