really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,715 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #59

Jan 132011

Ram 1500

  • 41,500 miles


Had just filled gas tank fifteen minutes earlier. Driving on mountain rd. Slowed for curve and engine quit, almost ran into logging truck headon. This has happened several times after fillup. Once while driving 65 mph on freeway. Slowed to let another vehicle in front of me and engine quite as soon as I touched the brakes. When I fill gas tank it usually die at first stop. Does this until I have used up some of the gas. Have asked dealer who sold the truck to me to look into this several times before I get killed. No response. I no longer drive that road just after fill up. Have checked the internet and found that several 1500 Ram owners have had the same problem. It will be like the ignition switch problem. People will have to get killed to get it fixed.

- Mendocino, CA, USA

problem #58

Oct 262012

Ram 1500

  • 62,000 miles
While driving my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 while turning at approx 5 miles per hour the car stalled out this has now happened on various occasions. There is no code and several repair shops don T have a clue what to fix and just want to start replacing parts.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #57

Dec 242011

Ram 1500

  • 101,770 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was stopped at a stop sign when the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 101,770.

- Eagle Pass, TX, USA

problem #56

Mar 292012

Ram 1500

  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was driving 40 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and then took the vehicle to an authorized dealer where the failure could not be duplicated. The contact experienced the recurring failure approximately twenty times. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 124,000 and the current mileage was 128,581.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #55

Jan 172012

Ram 1500

  • 78,000 miles
Engine stalled at idle, then again when braking coming to a red light. It does this randomly with no warning. Almost got into an accident on the second incident as truck took a couple times of trying to restart while at a major intersection. No engine light comes on and no codes are thrown. Dodge needs to fix this on their hemi model trucks. Have read on multiple web-sights that this is a continuing problem! if Dodge doesn't do something soon to fix this for their customers I will be selling my truck for a Ford again and never buy from Dodge or tell others to buy from them!!!

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #54

Nov 172011

Ram 1500 4WD

  • 52,341 miles
My 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4, 5.7 liter hemi stalled while driving. The problem occurred within 3 minutes of filling gas tank and while slowing to make a left turn. Since then vehicle has stalled within several minutes of each fill-up, (once while still at the pump) a total of 4 times. Car has restarted almost immediately and problem only occurs after removing and replacing gas cap.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #53

Nov 072011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


Check engine light is on. Strong smell of gas when vehicle is shut off. Vehicle stalls at slow speeds. Can't tell the engine quit as the rpms bottom out and engine dies. Very dangerous for driving. No control after the engine stops. This happened twice today. First time was in traffic in a town at a stop light. Couldn't restart the engine for awhile and couldn't get the truck out of traffic. Second time slowed to turn around in a driveway entrance and backed up when I came to a stop to shift to D the engine stalled and I didn't know it. My truck was at an angle crossing 2 lanes of traffic. Luckily, I was able to get it restarted. I googled the problem and it seems to be very common and dangerous with limited success on finding a repair solution.

- Waupun, WI, USA

problem #52

Jul 082009

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My truck stalls as I come to a stop. This happens probably about 4 times a month since the date above. The dealership hasn't been able to find the problem. I have read on forums online that a ton of other people are having the same problem. Some say it has to do with erg valve and it should be recalled. They said they replace the egr valve and the problem is fixed.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #51

Jul 142011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While traveling 60mph on my Ram 04 hemi experienced a vibration which resulted in the vehicle running rough. Broke 2 valve springs costing over $900 to repair. I've also experienced the sudden stalling and leaks from power steering lines.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #50

Jun 152010

Ram 1500

  • 105,000 miles
Engine stalls randomly for no reason.

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #49

Feb 162011

Ram 1500

  • 62,500 miles


My 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pick up with a 5.7 liter engine began to stall upon braking and coming to a stop. The engine would lose RPM and die (stall) leaving me with no brakes or steering. It would restart easily but occur again frequently. Took the vehicle to a repair shop and after extensive and expensive diagnosis was found to have a failing throttle body and associated electrical failure. A new throttle body was obtained from Dodge (different part number from original) and installed. Total cost for the work was approximately $2,500. My research shows that this problem is extensive in this model and is dangerous.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #48

Feb 012010

Ram 1500

  • 78,000 miles
2004 Ram 1500 5.7 hemi stalls at low engine speeds, often at stop signs, traffic lights, or parking lot maneuvers. Will usually start immediately back up, sometimes requires slight accelerator pressure when cranking in order to obtain self-sustaining engine speed. During decelerations, engine RPM is erratic and will often encounter a drop in rpms to approximately 400 RPM before engine dies. Issue seems to be more common when engine is cold, but has occured under all conditions. This has been a persistent problem for about 1.5 years, happening anywhere from once a day to a dozen times. Multiple dealerships and mechanics have looked at this, without result. The computer has been updated, the sensors, egr valve, and intake manifold cleaned, and the throttle body has been replaced. Still not fixed. Vehicle has been well maintained. This is an expensive, dangerous, and frustrating condition. Having 3 kids in the car at any given time also adds to my frustration.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #47

Sep 012010

Ram 1500

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 quad. While driving at any speed, the contact noticed that the vehicle stalled after applying pressure to the brakes which caused the vehicle to lose power steering. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was informed and advised the contact that there were no recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 83,000. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #46

Nov 032010

Ram 1500

  • miles
2004 Dodge Ram quad cab with hemi engine. For several years has been stalling, when I finally realized it was stalling shortly after fueling and letting the fuel hose click off. I have had it to the dealer 3X and the usual no problem found answer was given. Just recently after stalling in an intersection after getting gas I took it back to the dealer. They replaced the vapor canister, solenoid and flashed the computer with an update. Picked up the vehicle and same thing happened stalled while turning into a grocery. Took it back dealer says no idea what it is-so they said all that is left is to change the fuel tank assembly, including fuel pump. I just fueled up, let the gas hose click off and now I don't see the stall, at least as yet. There are thousands of complaints out there with the same problem occurring each day and puts folks lives at danger when the vehicle is running slowly and/or turning at intersections etc. Chrysler should live up to the recognition od this serious safety problem.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #45

Nov 192010

Ram 1500

  • 92,000 miles
Recently my Ram 1500 has begun to stall for no reason. No check engine light will come on and no sputtering. Just stalls when I slow down for a light or making a turn. It will usually starts right up and act like nothing happened. Other times it will take about a minute to start. Thankfully I have not been rear ended, yet.

- North Branford, CT, USA

problem #44

Sep 122010

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 slt hemi rack blowing seals this is going to kill someone 3 in 15000 miles I hope my wife is not driving with my son it is impossible to steer when this happens............ this problem is well know why is it not fixed its also very expensive.

- Richwood, OH, USA

problem #43

Jul 012010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
2004 Dodge Ram 1500, V8, stalls when pressing brake and releasing, coming to a stop at an intersection. Also stalls sometimes when moving at a low speed, has stalled two times while driving down the middle of the road. Usually starts back up, there has been a couple times that it does not start up. Last time I checked, it is very dangerous to have your vehicle stall while driving down the road, stopping at an intersection, or, going at a low speed. Someone is going to be killed! and no one seems to know the fix to this. I have replaced the egr valve and the brake switch, neither have worked. Dodge needs to own up and fix this problem.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #42

Feb 102010

Ram 1500

  • 61,000 miles
Truck shuts off while driving - I had to stand on the brakes and steering was almost impossible. This happened while attempting to merge onto early morning traffic in I95 in ft lauderdale where everybody is going 70-75 mph. If that truck had hit me, I and several others around me would have died. We were just plain lucky. I had it towed to the dealer and they found nothing wrong. This happened about a dozen times and I kept fixing things which were not broken before I did a little research and found out this truck is famous for this problem. 2 dealers will not even return my calls when I start to discuss this problem. They either know about this problem and do not want to get involved or realize this cannot be fixed. I have to drive this vehicle across Florida to bring it back to where I purchased it. My brother is flying down from boston to follow me in case I have trouble. If delaer gives me a negative response I am planning on suing Chrysler and the dealer as I really believe they knew about this problem when they sold me the truck there are hundreds of others with the same exact issue with the same exact truck. Why has NHTSA not done something?

- Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #41

Feb 252010

Ram 1500

  • 61,000 miles
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 slt with hemi 5.7 engine - 61K miles. Until now I have been very happy with the truck. It is a pleasure truck and has never hauled anything. I have done eveything to maintain the truck perfectly. I had the gsr valve replaced as the check engine light came on. Ever since then the truck just quits and stalls and has left me in very dangerous condition. I am afraid to drive the truck now. When it stalls it will not start or even turn over and has to be towed - twice now in a week. After some time the truck starts and the mechanics have been unable to find anything wrong. This truck is dangerous and I am afraid to drive on any interstate. What can I do??

- Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #40

Feb 162010

Ram 1500

  • 63,000 miles
My 2004 Dodge Ram stalls. On four different occasions. The last two almost killing my girlfriend and me. After the first three, I took it to a mechanic and he replaced the cam and crank sensor. On the way home, it did it again. Three of the four times it stalled while turning left and slowing down. This puts you in front of oncoming traffic. The last time I was on alert and still nearly died. There are no lights or warnings.

- Dixon, IL, USA

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