really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,303 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #82

Nov 132013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


My 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 mega cab began to have problems with the rear controls, I.e. the door locks, power windows, speakers, dome lights. Doors to not lock or unlock nor does the safety auto lock work. Window rolled down but not up. Vehicle was taken to the place of purchase and discovered that under normal use of the rear door, the wiring harness had several broken wires in it. It was fixed for $340. I believe I now have problems with the passenger side wiring harness. Is this a manufacturer defect? how do the wires break inside the harness which are also inside the door and/or body of the truck. I now know of two other people with Dodge Ram 1500's that are also having the same problem. I have two small children, I should not have to worry about their safety because of faulty wiring!!

- Evansdale, IA, USA

problem #81

Mar 252009

Ram 1500

  • 25,000 miles
This first started a few years after I got the truck which I bought new. Occasionally when I would turn on my left turn signal, the right or both would come on. This would also make my windshield wipers not function correctly. Dealer replaced the multi function switch. Same thing happened 3 more times over the next few years. Now its happening again. I have narrowly avoided 2 accidents because of this happening. Next, the heater/ac only works through the defrost vents. In the summer when using ac the windshield starts to freeze on the inside. Causing visibility issues. Also when using heat or ac the tachometer bounces around not reading correctly. All these electrical problems concern me. Just waiting for the truck to catch fire going down the road!! Dodge has not been much of a help. $300 a piece for multi function switch. $800 to fix the heater. And they can't figure our the tachometer. I have sent videos of the tachometer messing up, complained about the milking function switch. But nothing. All these problems definitely affect the safety. Please help. Lots of other people have the same problems.

- Bouckville, NY, USA

problem #80

Jan 192014

Ram 1500

  • 96,000 miles
The vehicle is shuttering under braking and while applying directional inputs. All tire pressures are 35psi and are in good shape without cupping. While braking at speeds above 40mph the vehicle will shudder violently. The steering shudders while applying slight directional control.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #79

Dec 272013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 0 miles


The passenger side headlight does not turn on even after replacement when the headlight switch is in the on position. Dealer has determined that the fault is the tipm (totally integrated power module). Per dealer mfg no longer produces the tipm unit. Per dealer aftermarket no longer manufactures part either. Dealer suggests wrecking yard, however part is a computer based product that still must be reprogrammed by dealer after replacement. This is a safety issue with lighting, and the passenger side headlight will not function without this unit being replaced.

- Molalla, OR, USA

problem #78

Aug 062013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 101,745 miles
I was driving on highway 64 E near williamsburg speed limit on the highway is 70 mph which is the speed limit at which truck turned off on its own. No hard idling, no check engine light came on just turned off on its own. Power steering was lost along with the brakes and could not control the truck. Had to let it go as it until I impacted in a ditch causing the tire to come off the wheel well, damage to the undercarriage and front driver side bumper. The truck is not safe to drive due to it shutting off and now steers to the left. After some research all Dodge Ram 2006-2011 have experienced this issue but Dodge has not done anything to rectify the problem. This is highly dangerous as it could of resulted in the loss of life if it wasn't because of the amount of soft mulch that braced my impact. I am in the military serving active duty and have come home deployment after deployment and to have it all end because of a faulty vehicle.

- West Point , VA, USA

problem #77

Apr 182013

Ram 1500 10-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Will driving on the highway the truck completely shut off and died. I was not able to safely maneuver the to the road and was almost rearended by the vehicle behind me. I had to get out of the truck and push it across 2 lanes of traffic to get it off the road. After further investigation I found that the tipm in 2006 Dodge trucks are bad. There has been no recall to date and this is an extreme safety liability. This is the first Dodge I have owned and I just purchased the vehicle 3 weeks ago. I will never own another Dodge, Chrysler or Jeep vehicle as long as live. I have researched on the internet through multiple blogs and found that very many people have experienced the same issue some not as fortunate as me and were actually involved in bad car accidents do to this same problem.

- Monroe, WA, USA

problem #76

Oct 012009

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles


When driving trying to change lanes I tried to signal right and my left turn signal came on then the turn signals were alternating back and forth. This has been happening on and off for quite a few years it will start working again then later break again.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #75

Jan 162012

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the turn signals and the four wheel drive failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the total integrated power module failed and needed to be replaced. The dealer stated that the failure could also cause the vehicle to not start. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 43,000.

- Old Forge, NY, USA

problem #74

Sep 032012

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving on interstate 90 when my truck suddenly shut down for no reason. No check engine lights, just a total loss of power and the steering locked up. I was able to restart it by throwing it into neutral, but it would not restart in park. This has been happening off and on, and no mechanics can seem to figure it out since it doesn't happen all the time. I'm scared to drive it. I have been on dodgeforum.com, and there are many Dodge models/years suffering this problem, but no recall has been issued. This is a major safety issue and I don't know what to do to get it fixed (nor do I have the money to keep taking it in again and again). It "codes out" as an electrical/computer issue of unknown origin that no one has yet been able to fix, despite replaced valves, relays, etc.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #73

Feb 012012

Ram 1500

  • 109,000 miles
The Ram 1500 had a failure of the tipm that controls the head lights leaving the truck with inadequate illumination.

- Mystic, CT, USA

problem #72

Apr 022012

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles


Dodge issued an "extended" warranty for the signal really in the steering column. They stated it could break. It really malfunctions- one signaling left it could/would change from signaling left to signaling right. They are aware of this - when I tried to get mine fixed they said that they truck would need to show the malfunction for them to honor the warranty. I feel this should be a recall do to faulty signals (safety issue) I spoke to corporate and they felt the issue was addressed.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #71

Mar 122012

Ram 1500 10-cyl

  • 16,750 miles
Right low beam fails to light. Bulb has been replaced. Socket is good. Failure is in tipm. Appears to be a common problem in 06 to 08 Dodge trucks. Dealer charge $750 to $900 to replace and reprogram tipm unit. This is an extravagant charge for an item that should last the life of the vehicle.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #70

Dec 012011

Ram 1500 10-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The total integrated power module or fuse box on 2006 Dodge Ram has a known problem of failing. To replace faulty headlight circuit it will cost 1000 dollar because of this tipm. It has a poor design and Dodge should address this issue.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #69

Feb 122012

Ram 1500

  • 83,000 miles
My blinker lever does not work properly. When I use the left turn signal it started to blink to the right. Throughout the rest of the day it would do this intermittently. I was going down a heavy traffic area and used my left turn signal. A car two lanes over slightly behind me starting honking their horn at me because it was attempting to go one lane over to the right. We both tried to go into the middle lane at the same time and I initially thought it was the other driver's fault. I looked at my blinker lever and I did have it in the correct position for a left signal. I then looked at my light display for the blinker and it was flashing to the right. My wife told me about this happening before without me in the vehicle but this I finally got to experience it myself. If it wasnt for my awareness and the other vehicle honking their horn, then we would have collided. Ever since that day I experienced it myself, I have noticed it happening more frequently now. Sometimes I use the blinker lever and I get no turn signal at all anymore except for pressing the lever harder down or up. I am now more concerned about correct turn signals coming from the lever and it takes away from my situational awareness while driving.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #68

Jan 102012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
The turn signal on the vehicle began activating the wrong signal. At times the signal will not work at all. At other times it signals the opposite direction I am attempting to turn. The signal switch also controls my high beams and windshield wipers. Both of these are also affected at times by the problem. I am very concerned anyone of these issues could cause a serious accident.

- Stephenville, TX, USA

problem #67

Feb 072011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 52,500 miles
The tail light function of the trailer wiring harness stopped functioning. Still have use of brake and turn lights. This is hard to catch on a visual test since I usually check turn and brake functions. Towed for weeks before I was told of the malfunction. Therefore cannot see trailer at night. Dealership could not fix problem.

- Poquoson, VA, USA

problem #66

Dec 232011

Ram 1500

  • 52,000 miles
While sitting at a red light turned on the left blinker and after a few seconds the blinker switched to blinking for the right both inside in the dash and outside at the front and rear and the indicator switch was still in the left turn position very dangerous has happened several time since date shown.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #65

Jan 012010

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
When the left turn signal is activated, immediately the right turn signal engages. The failure occurs intermittently. I've contacted the dealership and was told there is nothing they can do because the vehicle is out of warranty and manufacturer has not made a recall on my vehicle. This is extremely dangerous especially when entering the interstate.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #64

Aug 122011

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 miles
Turn signals fail to work completely, or right turn signal will activate while using left signal or vise-versa. Headlights will fail while this "multi-function switch" shorts out. No wipers, no turn signals, no lights.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #63

Apr 072011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My turn signals do not work at all I replaced the multi switch and still nothing I have been reading on different message boards that they have the same problem so any help would be very greatly appreciated.

- Kyle, TX, USA

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