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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,119 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #104

Jul 212017

Ram 1500

  • 98,000 miles


First problem was one idiot light on the dash indicated the emergency brake was on (and it wasn't). But since the operation of the truck was not an issue, I continued driving for two more months while more and more idiot lights came on each time the vehicle was used, electronically reporting a problem with the vehicle when there wasn't one. Finally two months later, the truck would not start at all or even turn over. When the key was turned to start the vehicle, the engine wouldn't even crank. Yet all the idiot lights came on which indicated to me it was an electronic problem and not a mechanical one like a bad ignition or bad battery. After repeated attempts, opening and closing the doors electronically with the key fob on and off repeatedly, disconnecting and reconnecting the battery, locking and unlocking the doors manually, and even jiggling the steering wheel, eventually the vehicle would start up completely normally, but with all the idiot lights on. This was erratic and there was no rhyme or reason why it was happening or what caused the problem. The situation continued like this about a week until the engine would not even shut down when the key was turned to the off position. Not only that, several times the engine continued running when the key was removed and there was no way to stop the engine from running except sitting in the vehicle and waiting for it to sputter to a stop, which was a colossal waste of time and money and a potentially dangerous situation. After a subsequent appointment at the local Dodge dealer here in albuquerque where the vehicle sat in the service bay for a week while the issue was being evaluated, resulting in the issue eventually being diagnosed as a bad tipm, which needed to be replaced at a grossly overpriced cost of $1600, since the part is available online for less than $400.

- Sandia Park, NM, USA

problem #103

Mar 012017

Ram 1500

  • 97,500 miles
The tipm needs to be replaced. The headlights went out on me driving to work at 3:00 am (in the morning) pitch black out. Almost wrecked or died. This is not something acceptable. There jhave been many complaints and nothing is being done. Dodge has a problem here and it needs to be fixed now!!!

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #102

Mar 082016

Ram 1500

  • 61,000 miles
Dropped truck off for detailing. Truck was off. When employee tried to start truck battery was dead. After jumping battery, it started but once driven 50 feet to park, the truck key could be turned off, key removed, but truck still running. Could not get it to turn off. Electric windows closed themselves, air conditioning would not operate. Dash board lights came on. Manual brake was set and could be released, but light never went out. Truck was about 90 degrees in Hawaii heat, so couldn't drive it to Dodge dealer with no air and windows inoperable. Scary. Had it hauled to dealer on truck while it was running. Dealer said battery drained and tipm needs replacement, and then further investigation. Est. $3,000 already for repairs. In month leading up to this, vehicle had vibration. Dealers replaced fuel injector, rear end differential, brake pads and rotors and calipers, all which had passed an inspection just a couple months earlier. Cost estimate on these combined $3,000 also. Saw recall 05V461000 online for 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 transfer case. Could this be related? I had similar thing happen with my Dodge nitro which was on recall.

- Kailua Kona, HI, USA

problem #101

Feb 042016

Ram 1500

  • 65,634 miles


At first the wipers would stop randomly (while driving in a rainstorm) but I would fiddle with the switch and they would normally come back on. In the last week they basically quit working altogether other than a random stroke here or there. I replaced the wiper/signal control switch on the steering column yesterday thinking it must be worn out. To no avail, the wipers are not working and after researching on the internet, I find that it is a very common problem. People are replacing parts, spending money at service centers and not getting the problem solved. I live in the rainy northwest and I can tell you that it is a big safety issue not being able to see in front of you while navigating I-5 at 70mph at some random point during a trip. This problem started over a year ago but was always a momentary thing and would resolve itself, but it is now a permanent problem and I wish I knew what part replacement would resolve it.

- Vancouver,, WA, USA

problem #100

Aug 052015

Ram 1500

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V795000 (electrical system) and 15V313000 (air bags). The parts needed for the repair were not available. 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 contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Hesteria, CA, USA

problem #99

Dec 162015

Ram 1500

  • 158,000 miles
2006 Dodge Ram 1500. Vehicle would shut down while driving. Engine would crank but not turn over. Mechanic had to tear into engine to find the problem. Rods bent, valve sticking, timing chain jump. Basically the engine was shot. Repair cost $3,000. It appears that a lot of other people have the same problem and it cannot be diagnosed without tearing into the engine. Also turn signal would blink opposite of where turning. Dodge needs to do something about this. These are safety issues! I would like to be reimbursed my costs. Mileage on vehicle: 158,000. Interesting enough, I have a 2001 Dodge Ram that has over 307,000 miles on it and never had this problem.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #98

Aug 052013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. When driving over unleveled land, the vehicle veered to the left or right and was extremely difficult to control the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced all four tires but the failure recurred. The contact was also included in NHTSA campaign id number: 15V313000 (air bags) and was unable to determine when the part would become available to schedule the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000. Updated 11/25/15 the consumer stated while driving on the freeway the transmission popped loudly. The electrical system is unreliable. The turn signals, emergency flashers, high beams, and windshield wipers all operate unintentionally. Updated 2/12/16

- Bloomington, CA, USA

problem #97

Jun 132014

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start until after several attempts and had unintended movement. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V795000 (electrical system) and 15V313000 (air bags). However, the parts needed to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #96

Apr 152015

Ram 1500

  • 93,300 miles
After owning a Dodge 1500 2006 mega cab for 4 years had to replace the multi function switch it stopped working had no wipers high beams or signals. 5 years later have the same thing happen seems like an on going problem with these switches. When the don't work make it a safety issue due to no wipers, signals, or high beams...

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #95

Aug 182010

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles
When it is very hot and the windows have been up, the ignition switch will not turn. The steering wheel will not turn and the key will not rotate from locked position. I have contacted Dodge and they say they have made notes on the issue, but they don't see a problem that they are responsible for. If this was an issue that I would have control of creating - it would be my problem. This is an issue with safety in that if I had an emergency and this happened I would not be able to start my car. Or, have a car-full of groceries and find out the car won't start!!! bad enough I have to wait for the car to cool off when this happens. This is a summertime issue which makes me have to find shade or park where the sun doesn't shine into the front of the car. Problem seems to be a part (probably plastic) that expands when it gets very hot and prevents the key cylinder from rotating. This can't be the only car with this issue as Dodge would elude to...

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #94

Feb 022015

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V795000 (electrical system) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated that the parts were not available for repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure updated 5/15/15 updated 07/07/15

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #93

Mar 232015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
For more than 1 year, the tachometer in my Dodge Ram has functioned intermittently. On 3/25/15 I noticed that the driver-side low-beam headlight bulb was out. I replaced the bulb without effect. My mechanic diagnosed the tipm module as the culprit for both the headlight and tachometer failure. He will replace the module, at a cost of roughly $1000, when a replacement can be obtained. It is estimated that it will be at least 4 weeks from the time of diagnosis before that replacement tipm will be available. In the meantime, I must drive my truck with only one headlight and then I will have to pay more than $1000 to have this repaired.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #92

Oct 282011

Ram 1500

  • 101,000 miles
When turning on the left turn signal the right one comes on. Also sometimes when activating turn signals the wipers will come on as well as the window wash/spray. To correct the problem I have to hit the steering column and it will correct. I have spoken with other Ram owners who have had the same experience.

- Whitestown, IN, USA

problem #91

Jul 012009

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle would start without being placed into gear. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V795000 (electrical system); however, the part 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 not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #90

Jun 152006

Ram 1500

  • 24 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph over a bump, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. However, the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 24.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #89

Jun 022014

Ram 1500

  • 150,000 miles
It started with the rear passenger window not working, then the locks, then all the windows. They work intermittently however it's becoming more of an issue than not. My truck goes through lamps quickly I replace a headlight at least 2 times a year and several reverse lights over the last 2 years. Most recently I noticed the integrated controls on the steering wheel don't T work or work inappropriately. I can no longer turn my radio off with the push of a button. As of last week the interior lights shut off abruptly and don't work with one of my doors. It appears it is just getting worse and worse.

- Lynden , WA, USA

problem #88

Jun 012009

Ram 1500

  • 42,000 miles
Electric window control buttons on all doors(driver, passenger, and both back doors became glitchy. Sometimes they worked sometimes they did not. Unable to roll up or roll down. Then hours or days later they would randomly work again, and then randomly stop working.

- Banner Elk, NC, USA

problem #87

Nov 122008

Ram 1500

  • 38,500 miles
Turn signals began to randomly blink on either side (or both sides) regardless which directional signal was being used. Code reader at dealership showed problem with tipm.

- Banner Elk, NC, USA

problem #86

Oct 282008

Ram 1500

  • 38,000 miles
Driver side low beam head light does not work. Bulb replaced, continued to not be operational. Took to Chrysler/Dodge deal, who connected a 'code' reader which indicated the problem was the tipm. Tipm was not replaced due to cost & the vehicle was out of warranty due to mileage.

- Banner Elk, NC, USA

problem #85

Aug 172014

Ram 1500

  • 103,900 miles
We went for a drive to medora nd. Where we spent the night and after we left to return home on hwy 94 when I was pulled over by a state highway patrol. The officer said I hadn't turned my signal on. I told her that I had and while she getting my information I was checking out my signals they would work and then they wouldn't then I turned on the left signal and the right would come on when it turned the right the right worked fine. I turned the four way flasher the left signal would come on. Weird. When the officer came back to the truck I told her there is something wrong with my signals. She said that I should take in and have it checked out. So I am now waiting to get it into the Dodge dealership. They are really messed up nothing works as it should. I have noticed after doing a search that many Dodge pickups have the same issue. I hope this will help encourage a recall for this vehicle.

- Williston, ND, USA

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