really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 1
Average Mileage:
90,513 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Jun 102014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred several times. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 148,000. Updated 6/8/15

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #30

Dec 012005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Since I first bought this truck in 2005 its had a pretty serious problem with stalling out when coming to a stop, and even worse, sometimes mid turn while moving. This is a very dangerous issue since loss of control is eminent in this type of incident. Along with this stalling out, the truck has a rough idle/surging idle issue when at a stop. Ive tried all types of repairs, and spent alot of money trying to fix this issue with no avail. I took it into Dodge after I first bought the truck and they said they could not recreate the problem and everything was fine. I took it in again and they cleaned the throttle body. Still same issue. Now ive replaced, out of my own pocket, the egr valve, throttle body itself, evap purge valve, and have tried a list of other remedies. Still not fixed. After a quick search of many different Dodge Ram club online forums this is a very very very common issue with these trucks, and all of us owners are fed up. Dodge wont take responsibility for this serious issue, and unfortunately people may die because of this. Please help us!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #29

Jan 052015

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that there was a loud noise coming from the rear upon turning the steering wheel. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V796000 (power train), 14V817000 (air bags) and stated that the dealer was unable to determine when the part and the remedy would become available to schedule the recall repairs. The contact continued to experience the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was unable to provide a reasonable timeframe to schedule the recall repair. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #28

Feb 052015

Ram 1500

  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that there was a sudden loss of power steering causing the steering wheel to shake and vibrate intermittently. The contact mentioned that the vehicle stalled several times and the contact was able to restart the vehicle which reset the computer. The vehicle was not inspected or diagnosed by an authorized dealer. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10E013000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #27

Feb 202015

Ram 1500

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V796000 (power train). The failure mileage was approximately 125,000.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #26

Dec 172014

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the vehicle stalled and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #25

Feb 152015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 141,000 miles


At approximately 35 mph my driveline dislodged from my rear differential and locked up the wheels (differential.). the road was a popular well maintained paved road. Fortunately no cars or pedestrians were close by and speed was relatively low, otherwise this could have ended with serious injury or fatality. In addition to the recent incident with the differential, I have experienced other issues with this Ram: -new engine after cracking both heads while driving down the freeway (it gets serviced regularly and doesn't tow often). -idle has sudden surges at a stop. -transmission skipping gears.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #24

Jun 252014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 1,390,000 miles
While driving on a side street going no more than 25 miles an hour I suddenly the ability to drive my truck. It spun out a total of 3 times before going over a curb and hitting a tree. It was determined that there was a complete failure of the rear axle and I could not of controlled or caused the accident.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #23

Dec 312014

Ram 1500

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the rear drive shaft detached and the front tires seized causing the vehicle to spin out of control. The contact was able to regain control the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the pinion nut on the rear drive shaft detached. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #22

Dec 022014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
It felt like the wheels locked down, and the rear end began to fishtail, causing uncontrollable swerving, resulting in the vehicle veering off of the road and rolling multiple times. Driver was my son.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 272014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


While driving down the road the truck just stalls for no reason. I lose all control. I almost hit a car. I went over the curb into someone's yard. I have seen hundreds of complaints from Dodge owners with the same exact problem. There is something wrong with that model. The RPM's jump and the truck just dies. Its happened to me on the freeway, on rural roads, and city streets. This is going to cause somebody serious injury. I parked my truck and stopped driving it because it is not safe to drive. Something needs to be done immediately.

- Hobbs , NM, USA

problem #20

Aug 012012

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 55 mph, the power steering failed. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a concrete embankment and rolled over several times. The vehicle burst into flames, which were extinguished by the fire department. A police report was filed and indicated that a fractured rear axle caused the failure. The crash caused a fatality. The vehicle was towed to a salvage facility. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown...updated 09-09-14

- Warner , OK, USA

problem #19

Mar 062014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 41,100 miles
When I slow down it just stalls out on me. Its always restart.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #18

Jun 122007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
While driving with the air conditioning on when I slowed down to stop behind a stopped vehicle my 05 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab with a V8 stalled out. I had to put the truck into neutral to start it back up & continue going. This has happened so many times while slowing down or stopping that I no longer can keep count. It has also happened when making a turn which caused all loss of power steering & power brakes. So far I have not wrecked when this happens but it scares me or my teenage driver to death. I have reported it several times over several years & nothing is being done. I also know this happens with the 2004 model of Dodge trucks as my nephew own one that I have drove & it happened the only difference in trucks is his 04 has the hemi. And this only happens when the air conditioning is on. I guess someone is going to have to wreck & die before Dodge recalls & fixes the problem. But until then I will keep reporting here & to Dodge.

- Logansport, LA, USA

problem #17

Apr 152014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
Steering almost completely locks up when not accelerating. Left wheel does not move as much as right wheel as if it is separate.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #16

May 092013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
I just replaced the driver side wheel bearing, two years ago it was the passenger side. I have spoken to three other Ram owners who have had the same experience.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 082013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
I was pulling away from a drive up window and the truck died. Lost power steering and brakes. This is not the first time this has happened and luckily I have not been driving fast when it has happened.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #14

Aug 032012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Engine stalled without warning while traveling at slow speeds causing loss of brakes and steering control. This has happened numerous times while both traveling straight and turning. It has been a very dangerous issue to deal with.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #13

Jul 152010

Ram 1500 10-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The front brake will lock up on one side causing the rotor, caliper hub and wheel to become so hot it starts smoking. After it cools of it will release the locked up caliper and become drivable again. This will be fine for a while and then the other side will do the same thing.. this has to be very dangerous overheating all the front end components to these very high temperatures. There have been others with this problem on a forum ( vtcoa.com ) I am a member of. There needs to be a Dodge recall on all the effected overheating parts before it causes a major accident if it hasn't already. The other problem is the power steering hoses keep leaking or blowing out. This is another real hazard to safety. Have you ever tried to steer a 3 ton truck with no power assist, not easy by any means. These two things are an accident waiting to happen and should be corrected by Dodge before someone gets killed.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #12

Apr 042012

Ram 1500

  • 74,000 miles
My 05 Ram 1500 has now stalled out twice in the 2 months I have had it. The first time I was stuck in rush hour traffic so I was at a stand still but now this time I was turning into a school and the truck stalled and steering wheel locked...I almost hit 2 teachers because of this...the lights and radio was still on though..this is a major problem that needs attention before someone gets seriously hurt..

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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