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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,000 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 cooling system problems

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 102006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


My engine light come on about two weeks ago. Hooked it up to a car reader and the code is a 1491. Which means radiator fan control relay circuit. I called the Dodge dealer here in enumclaw Washington and they told me $500 to fix. So I called my mechanic at cascade automotive in enumclaw and he explained to me the situation. If I replace only the relay if may be enough but the $500 cost the dealer is charging is because of the wiring harness burning up and cause a fatal situation. My mechanic has seen a number of these through his shop. This needs to be addressed by Dodge Corp. And paid for by them.

- Buckley, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Ses light is on.scan test code 1491. Radiator fan control circuit.

- Davison, MI, USA

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