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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,500 miles

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 102007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact noticed a large red-colored fluid underneath the front driver side near the engine compartment. He took his vehicle to a local mechanic and was informed that the seals in the power steering rack failed and needed to be replaced. One month later, while the vehicle was in park, the contact noticed a larger puddle of power steering fluid. The dealer and manufacturer were unable to assist. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 65,603 and failure mileage was 54,000.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 062005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Power steering leaking, I had it in to be repared once already and is leaking again.

- Sweet Home, OR, USA

problem #2

Sep 092003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While traveling 60 mph and making turns consumer lost control of vehicle. Vehicle had been serviced twice, technician could not duplicate the problem.

- Mims, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 172003

Ram 1500

  • miles
While trying to drive around a curve the driver tried to brake and the vehicle pulled to the right. The vehicle also bounced which made it difficult to control the vehicle. The driver was able to regain control of the vehicle. This happened the same day after purchasing the vehicle. Dodge, Ram, 1500 quad cab.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

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