really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
136,194 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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

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problem #5

Feb 162011

Ram 1500

  • 55,000 miles


Complete failure of the right front wheel bearing causing the wheel assembly to collapse.

- Concord Twp, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 202010

Ram 1500

  • 53,412 miles
Driving during inclement weather event, heard a pop in the area of the right front wheel. Assumed it was ice or snow. Within the next 20 miles, slight vibration began and grinding noise heard. Parked vehicle for week while out of town. Returned drove to work, approx 22 miles, problem persisted and got worse, this was during another snow event. Decided to seek assistance from local dealership, refused immediate attention, set up appointment for Jan. 4, 2010. Called local repair shop near home. Could get me in immediately. Attempted to drive to repair shop. Right from wheel bearing failed, causing damage to hub and axle. Had to be hauled in because the wheel separated from axle. Caused tire to ride up into upper control arm and destroyed tire. Searched internet and found that 2006 Dodge Ram had been recalled for similar problems and that 2002 thru 2008 Dodge Ram that had replacements with specific brands had been recalled. My vehicle had only 53,412 miles on it when the bearing assembly failed. It has cost me over $600 in repairs that were not covered by the "70,000 mile limited drivetrain warranty." The replaced parts are available and in my possession. It seems to me this is a fairly common occurrence in Dodge pickups of many model years including 2005 both 2 and 4 wheel drive.

- Pennington Gap, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 052010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 2 years ago with 19,000 miles on odometer. I noticed roaring noise and attributed the noise to tires or fact it was 4X4. Soon truck began to shudder violently while braking. I made appointment to have the truck inspected at a reputable repair shop. The shop called and said that the wheel bearings on the front of truck had failed due to lack of grease and had to replaced along with rotors that were warped due to intense heat. Total bill was almost $800 which I paid. I contacted Dodge and informed them of the situation. I also informed them that I felt that 2005 trucks should be included on recall list along with 2006 models with same problem. I was told there is no recall on 2005S and Dodge was not responsible for repairs due to expired warranty. Wheel bearing failure is dangerous because entire wheels have been known to separate from vehicle and brake locking or complete failure can result from intense heat caused by the defective wheel bearings.

- Canton, IL, USA

problem #2

May 012009

Ram 1500

  • 57,000 miles
The front passenger wheel broke off at low speed. Seems that the lower control arm (axle) just snapped in two. No other vehicles where involved, pot holes or curb. The wheel broke off pulling everything apart inside the wheel well except for the brake line. The truck landed on top of the wheel preventing it from flipping over. I spoke with Chrysler Dodge and all though admitting that the lower control arm should never break said that it wasn't a defected part because I hadn't had my vehicle serviced through the dealership. This was a very serious and dangerous problem. If it wouldn't have been for only doing 15mph when it happened it would have caused serious injury and possible death. Dodge has a known problem with faulty ball joints but don't seem to care all though this may have been a preliminary problem leading up to the axle breaking in two.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 192005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Offset accident at approx 30 mph. Hit parked car. Damage to fender. Passenger wheel broke off. Also brake lines severed. Result is loss of control and ability to stop. Truck is at dealer for repairs. Should a wheel break off so easily. What are the standards. I have seen at least one other truck with the same damage.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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