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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
121,133 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced radiator (3 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012014

Ram 1500 Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


Crack in the plastic tank of the radiator. Only leaked when the pressure was great enough to overcome the crack. Hard to find unless you knew to have the truck running while looking for the leak.

- , Frankfort, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 152014

Ram 1500 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,400 miles

Just had my truck back after 3 weeks of paint job and noticed massive coolant leak on my driveway. Check and on the right side radiator was all wet/leaking. I was hoping the hoses was worn but after inspecting its really the radiator problem. Good thing I checked and quickly replaced the radiator.

$184 for a new radiator from autozone and my dad helps me. Done like that my truck is zero problems. I guess it's expected since is over 100,000 miles, I just hope no other parts fail

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 152012

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Did not even get any kind of advanced warning on this one. Left work drove about 1 mile and all of a sudden I had anti-freeze spraying on the windshield and the truck overheating. Stopped and checked it out could not find any busted hoses or anything, and since I had replaced the water pump 6 months ago, was really hoping that was not the problem. had to let it cool down and then refill the radiator and start it up again to find the problem. The plastic tank on the side of the radiator (Not the overfill tank, but the actual radiator tank) had a 2" long crack down it. Believe it or not I put super glue on it and drove it to the parts store ad bought a new radiator and then drove it to the house where I pulled the radiator out of the truck and opened the box for the new one and discovered that the parts store had given me the wrong one. Had to wait for wife to get home so i could use her vehicle to go back to the parts store, where I learned that there were two different radiators for that year depending on what time of the year the truck was built so if you need one, let them know when your truck was built.

- , Richland, MO, USA

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