really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,412 miles

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 wheels / hubs problems

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #15

Sep 212016

Ram 1500

  • 175,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 5 mph, the front passenger wheel detached from the vehicle independently. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the wheel hub, calipers, brake pads, and brake hoses needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact was unaware if the vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 10E040000 (wheels). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000. Updated 12/13/16

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 262016

Ram 1500

  • miles
Rims on truck rusted out under the chrome covers to the point that one came apart while driving. You can't see the rusted till you pry and tear the rim apart.

- Bridgeport, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 092015

Ram 1500

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at 40 mph, there was an abnormal odor coming from the rear of the vehicle. The rear tires seized and the contact was unable to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #12

Jun 262014

Ram 1500

  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V312000 (air bags) and 14V770000 (air bags); however, the part needed to do the repair was not made available. In addition, while driving approximately 60 mph, the front driver side wheel failed without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who diagnosed that the wheel assembly fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Stock Bridge, GA, USA

problem #11

May 132015

Ram 1500

  • 148,000 miles
My son was driving home from work turning left and the right front tire just came off. After looking at the part itself the medal just snapped off, broke clear, this is dangles

- Longwood , FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 272015

Ram 1500

  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, a grinding noise emitted from the front driver's side wheel hub. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Altamonte Spring, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 112014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


Chrome clad steel wheels rusting excessively fear of wheel face (lug) separating from wheel (proper). It has progressively gotten worse from June of this year to now October. To the point that it is affecting all four wheels now, in different stages of decay. I am afraid to drive the vehicle.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #8

Mar 092013

Ram 1500

  • 13,450 miles
While drive at the posted speed limit, the drivers side front wheel separated from the vehicle. I lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the center line, crossed over the on coming lane, hit a mailbox, went airborne, crossed a driveway, hit a tree, rolled, hit another smaller tree and came to rest on the drivers side door facing the opposite way I was originally traveling. At the time the hub assembly separated from the vehicle, I was traveling downhill. My daughter was able to crawl out of the vehicle while I had to be cut out using the jaws of life. I was transported to a local trauma one hospital via life air medical rescue. My daughter was transported by ground. She had five chipped teeth while I sustained a tbi and broken knee cap. The vehicle was a total lost but there was no loss of life.

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #7

Feb 052010

Ram 1500

  • 43,000 miles
I was going over a bridge on 144 in tulsa Oklahoma when I felt my right wheel starting shaking real bad so I started to pull over to the side of the road, when all of a sudden the wheel just fell off with the brake and rotor intact. I had just purchase this vehicle 2 weeks earlier and only had 43,000 miles on it. I had to get a wrecker to take it to a specialist in broken arrow where he had a Chrysler representative come look at it and stated that model had a defect in it and should not have happen at that mileage. He said there was no wear and tear on the tires to prove wore out parts. Also my concern if there is a defect in this type of truck why hasn't it been recalled. If this incident had happen during 5 O'clock rush hour this could have been very serious if not fatal. What does it take to get things like this taken care.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #6

Dec 052009

Ram 1500

  • 79,000 miles
I own a 2003 Dodge 1500 Ram, with 79000 miles. The past three months I have had a noise and vibration in the front of the vehicle. A local dealer diagnosed the problem as a bad front wheel bearing. He change the bearing, which I then disassembled and inspected. The bearing looked sufficiently fine, except for a lack of grease. Two days later I removed the remaining front wheel bearing, with the thought of getting grease into it. But upon removing the bearing, I found radial free play and excessive end play, the bearing was beyond a safe usable condition, and also had to be replaced. I have since found out that there were reports of insufficient lubrication, in Dodge truck wheel bearings, and would like to add my problem to the list.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #5

Oct 312009

Ram 1500

  • 133,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving the spare tire fell off of the truck. Upon further inspection he noticed that the cable that secured the spare tire had fractured. The manufacturer was notified, and he was promised a response. He was still awaiting a response. The dealer was also notified, but the vehicle has not been inspected. The current and failure mileages were approximately 133,000.

- St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 122009

Ram 1500

  • 84,000 miles
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 laramie (5.7L hemi). Vehicle passed warranty, began to hear a low hum upon acceleration and deceleration. Hum/whining noise became increasingly worse, led to catastrophic failure of the rear end. Dodge engineers have determined that the rear end in the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 - 3500 truck has an engineering flaw which causes the "C" pins in the rear end to break off and destroy the rear end. This damage has cause some of these vehicles rear ends to seize up and other to literally shear off the rear wheels. Repair consists of total replacement of the rear end in these vehicles. Although there have been numerous injuries and wrecks due to this failure and because Dodge does not recognize this as a major problem, there has never been a recall on any of these vehicles to correct the deficiency. Dealerships will not honor warranty, or accept liability for this catastrophic failure of one of their systems, for full or partial repair costs.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving, the right front passenger wheel completely disengaged from the vehicle causing an accident.

- Camden, MS, USA

problem #2

Jun 242004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
I purchased a 2003 Ram 1500 hemi with 20" chrome wheels. At about 11,000 miles I noticed the chrome had some small delamination bubbles. I notified the dealer and they replaced the wheel. I now have 34,000 miles and noticed that all the wheels have little bubbles of delamination in the chrome. They are replacing all the wheels only because I caught it before I reached the 36,000 mile mark. Make sure to check your 20" chrome wheels. They are a chrome plated plastic insert on an aluminum wheel and the chrome tends to delaminate from the plastic as they age.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 102003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,730 miles
2003 Dodge Ram quad cab 1500 4X2 vehicle, about 5 months since build and 3 months since purchase with about 4,700 miles on the odometer. In a swerving maneuver to avoid another vehicle at 40-45 mph the left rear tire/wheel assembly separated from the vehicle resulting in substantial damage to the vehicle. Tire/wheel assembly is to include a broken axle shaft, broken brake caliper mount, broken brake caliper, broken rotor back plate, broken emergency brake cable, broken brake line, damaged 20" wheel, and damage to the axle shaft housing. Dealership, autoway Dodge, is strongly urging the vehicle be turned in as an insurance claim and being difficult about the pursuit of a warranty claim. Other attempts to contact the daimler Chrysler manufacturer rep who looked at the truck on 11/11/2003, as well as don armstrong, DC customer service orlando have yielded more reluctance to look at the problem as well. So far we have found some others who experienced a similar failure and were likewise denied warranty coverage while being pressured to pursue it as an insurance claim. One at a reported speed of 3 mph in a U-turn.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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