really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,474 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 092012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


At 80,000 miles city driving both left and right hubs failed. Left hub locked up almost sending me into center concrete wall. Damage to ft end was extensive. Called dealership to find out if I had 2 wheel or 4 wheel ABS, give them my VIN numberŠ.. looooooong story shot, the dealership could not tell me if I had 2 or 4 wheel ABS. I had to pull apart to find out. Its a shame the very people that make the truck, can't tell you whats on the truck. $500 later 2 wheel ABS hubs left and right, replaced by myself. Not to mention the under carriage damage done due to hub locking up. Sent truck to auto shop to repair front end damage. BewareŠ..if you're hearing a noise in front that sounds like a big bolt in your tire and there is not, get the hubs looked at right away. This is how my issue and costly repairs started.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 042011

Ram 1500

  • 125,000 miles
Truck began to overheat when stopping for more than a few minutes. Taken to the shop and they replaced cooling fan motor and temperature sensor. Three weeks later it did the same thing and all parts we're replaced again. This time it has lasted for six months but truck has begun to overheat again.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #9

Oct 212010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. When the contact shifted into gear he applied the brake pedal and it extended to the floor. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The rubber flexible hydraulic hose line fitting failed which caused the brakes to fail. The dealer will replace the brake flexible line. In June of 2010 when the vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance they stated that the parking brake cable corroded and caused the parking brake to fail. The dealer cleaned and released the parking brake. He also experienced failure with the power steering hydraulic hose leaking; however, the dealer placed the hose clamp in order to stop the leaking. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. Updated 1/19/2010 updated 03/28/11

- North Berwick, ME, USA

problem #8

Oct 142009

Ram 1500

  • 36,212 miles


I was driving on the bypass and was turning on to the off ramp went to slow down because of red light and other traffic brakes would not respond had to swerve into the ditch to keep from hitting other traffic brakes would still not engage then I hit a advertisement sign and it stopped me the ambulance came and took me to the hospital where I stayed for 7 days.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #7

Dec 182009

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, every winter I have owed this vehicle, the ABS and brake warning system lights come on, warning of ABS failure. Each time it has been "fixed" the dealer has claimed it is due to moisture in the system....can't believe the same thing can happen over and over again.

- Mattawan, MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 062009

Ram 1500

  • 95,000 miles
I also have a 2004 Dodge that has had rotor damage for no apparent reason! I purchased my truck in 2007 with 56,000km. It now has 100,000km and I have had to have the rotors resurfaced twice and completely replaced once. I have also had the brakes done twice. My truck is only used for highway driving, never any towing or hauling and there is no feasible reason for the rotors to be wearing so quickly. I as well have a shudder in the front when breaking on the highway or over 50km/hr. I have had this checked and they cannot find a reason. A heads up to anyone with these trucks get your spindle nuts checked! I took my truck in because it had an odd squeak all of a sudden and they found that my spindle nut was extremely loose! if I had continued on the highway without getting it checked immediately I very well could've died as my entire front driver's side wheel would've apparently come off! also for those of you who have had unexplained stalls when driving get your egr valve checked. I had the same problem and that is what it turned out to be. I have not had any further problems since having it changed about 8 months ago. I love my truck and generally am a fan of Dodge however this rotor issue needs to be addressed as it is obviously a defect.

- St.Paul, 00, USA

problem #5

Feb 102009

Ram 1500

  • 55,000 miles


The anti-lock brake controller in my 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck caught fire and burned. The wiring harness completely melted through wires and all, and the brake control mechanism itself melted and burned. The part was inspected by Chrysler but in their determination since I am the second owner of the vehicle they are not responsible for any repairs. The service manager at my local Chrysler dealer has told me that he has seen this problem before, and I have been told by independent service tech's that this is definitely a manufacturers defect. That the braking controller is drawing more amperage than it should be. Chrysler has told me that there is nothing more they will do in this situation.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 012007

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My husband bought our 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 (hemi) in Jan 2004 and has about 130,000 miles now. We had problems with the breaks and rotors just like every one else on here in March of 2005 when driving down the highway with cruise on and the truck lost all power. The RPM went to zero but the truck was still running. To get the RPM to come back on we would have to turn off the truck and restart the truck. Every time the electrical light would come on, all while in traffic at 65-70 mph. This went on from March 2005- Jan 2007. We have been to the dealer many times and they couldn't get any codes to come up. Then in January 07 we got off the highway to stop at a store and had to make a left turn into the store. The truck made a loud pop noise and died. When my husband started the truck back up it was sputtering and wouldn't stay running without keeping the truck above 2000 rpms. I took the truck to my dad who is a robertson tire repair tech. He couldn't get any codes to come up. Then about 45 min after letting the truck sit he ran the codes again and got about fifteen codes. We replaced all the sensors and it didn't help so went to the dealer again. They couldn't get any codes and couldn't tell us what was wrong. Why it wouldn't stay running. So I just thought I would file my complaint and let everyone know what happens after its done stalling what happens next. I will not buy another Dodge.

- St. George, UT, USA

problem #3

Oct 012006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab hemi, at 10,000 miles lots of steering wheel vibration while breaking. Took it into the dealer and left it with them just to get a call back telling me to come get it. They told me that there wasn't anything wrong with it just that is was from condensation (lol). The at 14,000 miles called them and took it back in and we got the same story. Then we went through the same thing 2 more times and then at 30,000 miles we took it back in there and they said that there was problems with it and that I would need a whole break job but that they wouldn't fix it under warranty because my warranty wasn't good any longer. Well our inspection was up and it wouldn't pass with the break problems so lots of $$ we had to put into it. I don't understand it you can spend top dollars for a truck and they really want your business but when something goes wrong with it they don't want to know nothing or fix it. The dealer ship isn't very nice and loves to fight with people. Needless to say that this is a lease and I will be turning it in when my lease is up and they can have all the problems. I will go some where else for sure.

- West Monroe, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 102005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
There was no "incident" however a dangerous situation was caught and cured before an "incident" occurred. I own a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4. Somewhere around the 13,000 mile mark on the truck I started noticing a shudder in the steering wheel while braking at highway speeds. I finally had my 15,000 service done at 18,697 miles. During that service I had the dealer look into the shudder. It was determined the front rotors were out of round and needed to be resurfaced. This is the issue. Those rotors had absolutely no reason to need servicing at all with that low amount of miles on the truck. The truck had never been used for towing or any other heavy work or braking. There is definitely a manufacturer defect indicated. Also, the dealer did not replace the brake pads when they resurfaced the rotors as according to the dealer, this was Dodge policy on warranty work. However, according to ase standard, it is imperative to replace pads when resurfacing a rotor or to resurface the rotor when replacing the pads. I would suggest an investigation into the number rotor resurfacing services that have been performed on this model of Dodge truck with less than 30,000 miles. Disc brakes and rotors should last no less than 40,000 miles.

- O Fallon, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 112004

Ram 1500

  • 13,000 miles
8/11/04 I stated to the service rep that the brakes had a shimmy to them. The service tech stated that he would check them out. I left the truck at the dealership so that they could perform the service. I later received a call from the service tech, he stated that my rotors were warped and they would need turning at a cost of $160 or replacement all together. I asked why this was not covered under my warranty. His response was that the rotors are only covered up to 12K miles where I had 13000 miles on the vehicle I was out of the warranty range and that the rotor are a wear and tear item. I contacted Dodge and this is how they replied: Thank you for contacting DaimlerChrysler concerning the brake rotors on your Dodge Ram 1500. Rotors wear or warp for various reasons - road conditions, driving habits and even the weather can play a factor. Additionally, rotors and pads are a "wearable" item, this is why they are warranted for 12 months or 12,000 miles. Please review your warranty manual. I understand your frustration, particularly in view of both the cost and inconvenience involved. One way we are able to gauge what kind of problems our customers are having is through correspondence from owners such as yourself. Your concern has been addressed. The manufacturer's defect warranty has expired, therefore, you are responsible for the repairs in question. Thank you for your understanding, and have a good day. Unacceptable.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

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