really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,378 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #76

Feb 162019

Ram 1500

  • 200,000 miles


Just caught fire burned up common problem lots of fires

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #75

Dec 252018

Ram 1500

  • 135,000 miles
Tipm/FCM failure, intermittent turn signals/hazard lights. Turn on left turn signal right signal comes on, other times no signals at all. Problem occures wether in park, driving, with engine off. Extremely common issue that has not been addressed with replacements costing over $400.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #74

Nov 202012

Ram 1500

  • miles
First it was fuel light coming on then the engine light started coming on. Got that off then the blown light started coming on change all blown fuses and lights but light wouldn't go out and engine light came back on. Paid to fixed after 1 year it started up all over again.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #73

Feb 212018

Ram 1500

  • 175,000 miles


Speedometer not working, ABS and broke lights not working. Found a forum with hundreds of others having this same issue.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #72

Jan 222016

Ram 1500

  • 130,000 miles
Turn signal, winshield wipers, and speed control has a mind of their own. Half the time not working the rest of the time the when signaling to turn right the right dont work then when signaling left the right side blinks instead of the left. The winshield wipers just randomly swipe sometimes when not even cranked and keys not even in the ignition.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #71

Aug 012017

Ram 1500

  • 130,000 miles
Takata recall. I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. I am having issue finding mopar-oem bell crank part# 53032456 ae. If you go to the dealer in elk grove ca, they are on back order 270. Or on the morpar website they are on back order too. When driving the vehicle the truck has ( ) with a lighting volt. You loose all power and the truck stays at high idle about 1800 rpms. Difficult braking when this happens. The transmission shutters.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #70

Jun 292017

Ram 1500

  • 170,000 miles


Blower motor quits working when hot....blower motor wiring

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #69

Jan 212017

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While the vehicle was parked in the driveway for over twenty-four hours, without being started or driven, it caught on fire. The fire department was notified and extinguished the fire. A fire report was filed. The contact stated that a special investigator was dispatched from fca to inspect the vehicle. Due to the age of the vehicle and no determination of what caused the fire, the contact was informed that the manufacturer was not responsible for providing additional assistance. The contact was provided case number: 30972693 by the investigator. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The vehicle was destroyed.

- Paramount, CA, USA

problem #68

Jan 202016

Ram 1500

  • 108,000 miles
Tipm replaced in a 2004 Ram 1500. Replaced defective totally integrated power module (tipm). Fuel pump wouldn't shut off, wipers turning on by themselves, both sides of my tail lights blacked out, no power. Found out the ground to the tail light relay in the tipm failed. Had to replace the tipm on 1-20-16 at a Dodge dealer. All problems happened when the vehicle was either stationary, in motion, on a city street or a highway or turning. I also received a ticket for no tail lights. Without tail lights caused by a faulty tipm it created the unsafe condition and caused a safety risk of getting into an accident

- Jamesville, NY, USA

problem #67

Jan 172017

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles
A malfunction in the under hood engine compartment caused a fire which destroyed the engine, front of the vehicle and severely damaged the interior. The vehicle was parked on my driveway and had not been started nor driven in over 24 hours up to the time the incident occurred.

- Paramount, CA, USA

problem #66

Dec 042016

Ram 1500

  • miles


2004 Dodge Ram 1500 I've been complaining since the truck had 90000 miles on it about the headlights going out and not turning back on. I have been told it's the headlight module and I replaced it with a new aftermarket one but the trucks still doing the same thing. I was driving and the headlights went out and I couldn't see and hit a deer at 20mph on a back road. Police were not called because the damage was only the bumper. But if this doesn't get fixed someone could get hurt as without light you can't see to drive and the lights won't come back on. This is just like the Ford recall I received for my car...

- Jamesrown, NY, USA

problem #65

May 262016

Ram 1500

  • miles
When stationary and no key in the ignition: The electronic automatic door locks disjunction. Sometimes, when the vehicle is not intentionally locked, the doors will lock on their own without a person pressing the lock button on the door or the key fob. At other times, when the door is locked then after returning to the vehicle at a later time, the doors will be unlocked. This happens on a fairly regular basis. This could be a real problem for theft of items in the vehicle. On occasion, when driving the vehicle in motion or stopped with the engine running, with the headlights on and the lights on the dash panel all lit the truck randomly has all the lights turn-off and blink a few times and then, normally, come back on within seconds. This has happened during the evening hours in heavy traffic. This is a huge safety issue that could cause an accident. There is some sort of issue with the electrical system.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #64

Apr 032015

Ram 1500

  • 218,000 miles
The dash modual that controls the interior lights, dash lights, and interior signals no longer works. The guages work and the signals work but there are no lights. This poses a safety issue because you cannot see your speed, oil, temp, and battery guages. Im not sure when iy went bad, I got into my truck one night and none of my interior lights worked.

- Lexington, VA, USA

problem #63

Sep 232014

Ram 1500

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled, the cruise control failed, and the speedometer failed to function properly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Plattsburgh, NY, USA

problem #62

Sep 212015

Ram 1500

  • 50,300 miles
Faulty instrument cluster fails, shorts out causing door locks to constantly unlock cycle kill battery & electrical failure causing engine to die. I have read countless stories of others with the same problem in 2004-2005 Dodge Ram pickups. Dealership charges $1000 dollars to fix & admits it is a manufacturing defect but refuses to help. Fiat Chrysler automobiles customer service also refuses to help.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #61

Aug 142015

Ram 1500

  • 160,374 miles
Today I went to the Dodge dealership so they could diagnose an electrical problem I was having in my truck. They told me that part # 56045112ae, 56051949ad need to be replaced. Which are the ignition switch and the ignition wire harness. Problems I was having were the power windows would not go up or down without the steering wheel all the way in the up position. The motor blowers for my A/C and heat would sometimes not work. And my air bag light was on in the cluster panel. They told me that the wires were burnt, but could not tell me the source of the problem. I told them that there must be completely too much current going through those wires to cause a problem like that and they agreed. I was then told that because of the wires being in that condition the airbag could possibly go off at any time and/or cause a fire. Why is there not a recall on this issue. When doing some research on the web this is an on going problem with Dodge trucks and Jeep. Also part number 56051949ad has been discontinued so how do they expect to fix these problems. My truck also has the stalling problem when coming to a stop and accelerating.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #60

Jul 012015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
My truck is a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, that only has 77,965 miles. In the last month it has begin shutting off while driving, with the air on. After traveling for about 10 miles a red light flashes on then the check engine light comes on. When I wait for about a couple of minutes and start my truck back up the red light goes off but the check engine light same on until the next time I drive my truck. I looked up the code for this problem and realized that it was a clogged throttle body. I feel this should not be happened on a truck with less than 100,000 miles, especially when my truck has been in two recall in less than a month apart.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #59

Apr 232015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 234,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled and the temperature gauge and check engine warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle restarted after the brake pedal was depressed several times; however, the failure recurred approximately every 15 miles. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 234,000. Updated 09/03/15 updated 10/26/2017

- Blackwell, OK, USA

problem #58

Mar 252015

Ram 1500

  • 81,000 miles
My parking and tail lights stopped working., found out this is due to the design flaw of the engine fuse box as the connectors are exposed to the weather elements, thus shorted out the circuit board that sends the a negative signal to the park lamp relay at 86, . the cost of the repair is $500. Dodge is fully aware of this issue as the replacement now comes with a splash guard plate to help protect the connectors. If you google 2004 Dodge Ram parking light issue, you will see that a lot of us have this very same problem, they should honor this recall as it can be very dangerous to drive at night with out the taillights, .

- Stoughton , MA, USA

problem #57

Jan 012007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Door lock will only open from inside.

- Sevierville , TN, USA

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