really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
115,081 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace internal oil pump (1 reports)
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 132015

Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 294,567 miles


My truck has been running fine, other than a slight ticking noise which I have had for over a year. With 294000 miles I have been very satisfied, having only had to do normal wear and tear replacements and maintenance, until the other day. My truck, which I drive every day, was running fine for about 4 or 5 miles when I noticed my engine oil pressure gauge starting to fluctuate, it would go up, then down, then up again. I needed gas so pushed it another mile or so to the nearest station, just as I was pulling in the pressure dropped to 0, i shut it off, filled the tank with gas and checked the oil, it was full, but appeared to have some air bubbles in it, not milky, just agitated.

I added two quarts of oil only because I didn't know what to do at that point, I was on my way to work and figured it couldn't hurt at this point. After about 15 minutes I started the truck and the oil pressure went to normal, however there was a "fluttering" noise on top of the normal tick. I headed out and made it about 10 miles before the same thing started happening, and I noticed a trail of fluid coming from the exhaust. I was in traffic and at the bottom of a hill aprox. 5 miles long, as I started to loose power and with the oil gauge at 0 I punched it hoping to be able to get out of traffic and off the road when the pressure suddenly came back and I made it over the hill, at which point I let off and the pressure dropped again, I coasted to my place of work, about another 5 miles down hill and shut it off. I worked for about 7 hours and when I came out I checked the oil level and it was still good, but my coolant was way low. I started the truck, pressures were good so I made it to the nearest station and added coolant, the ticking and fluttering noise were still there. I made it about 15 miles when the pressure dropped again, I pulled over, shut it off, sat for 30 minutes, started it and the pressure was back. I made it another 15 miles or so and the same thing happened again. Again I sat for about 30 minutes, started it with good pressure and made it back home only to have the pressure drop as I pulled in.

I was not able to get any help from anyone I asked and couldn't afford to take it to the garage, at the advice of a friend I drained the oil, replaced the oil filter and added a can of seafoam. The coolant level was still good from when I added it 2 days before, I started the truck, it made the same noises for about a half mile then went quiet, oil pressure was good so I drove it about 50 miles and it ran perfect. I have been driving it for a few days now with more than a couple hundred miles and it is running great. The ticking noise is even gone, fluids and pressures are staying up and I couldn't be happier, all though confused as no one can tell me what happened, does anyone have any ideas? At 295000+ miles I know I am on borrowed time........

- , Newark, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 142015

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

Completely unsatisfied 2006 Dodge Ram Hemi owner. Spent nearly $1600 on BS fixes between October to December of 2014 (3 times towed into the dealer). Every time the dealership returned my key to me stating, "you must really love this truck" (they must have known something I didn't).

In February 2015, driving on I-85 when suddenly the oil pressure drops.... lots of noise and I pull over.. (One of the times it was towed was due to a faulty oil pressure sensor and short in wire? An almost $700 job to diagnose due to being charged by the hour. Sensor was $35 bucks)..... Once again towed into the shop (4th time in five months).

I have changed the oil in this vehicle religiously every 3000 to 4000 miles. Several days go by and I call to check status.. "Engine is shot" would you like to have it replaced for $9000 (NINE THOUSAND) ... No thank you, AND definitely not by you all... I agree with some of the previous writers.."How does this happen with today's technology in a highly advertised motor from Chrysler?" No thanks on ANYTHING from Chrysler...

- , Newnan, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 182014

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Another unsatisfied 2006 Dodge Ram Hemi owner here since only having this truck since August 2012 which had 78000 miles on it when purchased. It has been nothing but a headache from day 1. Two weeks in I had to replace the leaking thermostat, no big deal, easy fix. Then came the check engine light and the many codes along with it!. Jeez, what did I buy? After replacing the oil sending unit as determined by the engine code twice, that wasn't the problem.

Then one day less then 18 months later from my day of purchase and just around 15,000 miles put on by myself I have the oil pressure drop and hear this awful screeching that could be only the main bearing. I have changed the oil in this vehicle every 3000 to 4000 miles. How does this happen with today's technology in a highly advertised motor from Chrysler? After taking it to the dealer to have diagnosed for $90 I was told they would have to tear the motor down to determine the issue ($560) only to call me back to tell me the motor was shot (thanks Chrysler service professional ). I think I had told you that when I brought this P O S to you in the first place. So then the good news, $6700 for a new motor. No thanks, you can have this piece of sh*t. I'll be buying a Ford or even a Chevy and would never recommend any Chrysler product to my worst enemy!

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012011

Ram 1500 5.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


I have had nothing but problems with this truck, I have spent more on my extended warranty than it cost. The engine has always had a high pitch wine to it but the dealership where I bought it said that it was okay. Then about two weeks ago I left work headed home and the check gauges light came on, I noticed my oil pressure was dropping, I pulled over and turned off the engine, checked my oil and found I had plenty. I had just changed it about 2 weeks earlier with a recommended oil. The oil smelt burnt however and when i tried to start it, nothing. I talked to my mechanic and found that he has replaced three Hemi's on the dodge rams with the same problem. Dodge declined to help with the cost of repair and I'm out 4600.00 for a replacement. Damn sad when a 5 year old truck would die when taken care of. Give me a 1964 truck from a farm field and I'll show you a truck that will last a lot longer then this piece of crap.I would like to find others with this issue.

- , Parachute, CO, USA

problem #3

Apr 102010

Ram 1500 Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

The oil pressure dropped while I was pulling my boat 25 miles outside of Ontario, Oregon. I pulled over as soon as possible but it was too late. The truck never started again. The tow bill to Ontario was $1,000 and then I was told that the motor could not be repaired or rebuilt it had to be replaced at a cost of $10,000. Not a good day!

- , Meridian, ID, USA

problem #2

Sep 142009

Ram 1500 3.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

Truck belongs to my Son who is stationed out of Virginia Beach with the Navy. before he went on his 5th tour overseas he was near Suffolk Va. when his engine reved up and he heard a loud noise and lost all power. When he pulled over he found that the engine threw a rod. ( Truck only has 48,000 miles on it ) Truck was towed to Starr Motors in Suffolk Va. and were giving permission to remove valve cover and drop oil pan to see why. The extended warranty company ( Century Service Plus ) was notified. When I said the word Lawyer I was told the conversation was over.

The dealership took the engine completely apart ( not authorized ) according to the dealership and Chrysler's factory Rep. the reason was because we changed our own oil and did not use Chrysler Parts. ( after being a mechanic for 28 years I think I know what I'm doing ) I don't think Fram filters or any other filter Company would like to hear this. I called the Dealership and spoke to the service advisor and I asked for copies of the report from the independent adjuster and was told she didn't know the name of the Company or who the adjuster was. ( Smell like a cover up? Or outrageous incompetence? ) I spoke to a local Chrysler Dealership Service Manager and he printed out information on the oil pump and gave it to me. Once the truck was towed home to Delaware you would not believe how they stored the Parts from the truck. Dirty parts inside the interior and Block,Pistions,Crankshaft,and everthing else was left in the back of the truck. I have pictures of how the truck was stored at the Dealership out in the open, not protected by any type of fence and this is a 5 Star Dealership.

If anyone else has these problems ( and it seems they never cured the problem from 2003 ) E-mail me and let's get together and start a class action lawsuit. We need to take Chrysler to it's knees and make them pay, after all how many times has the Goverment bailed them out. ( with our tax money ) Do not buy Chrysler products, long live FORDS!

Update from Apr 27, 2010: Myself and a friend who also is a certified mechanic installed a complete new Jasper 3.7 v-6. In my complaint I just realized that I had statedit was a 4.7. Sorry big fingers. I highly recommend putting in a new Jasper engine instead of going with another Mopar engine. Found out from local Chrysler mechanic they also are having a problem with the 3.7 in the Jeep Liberty.Left head blows.Hey Chrysler still don't think you have a problem. See you soon in court along with the Dealership and the extended warranty company!

- , Smyrna, DE, USA

problem #1

Jul 062009

Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

We had this truck to the dealer in July for 3 weeks, they sent it home saying nothing was wrong & to change the oil because it was the wrong kind of oil. When I asked to see the proof of wrong oil they had no proof. I was using Rotal Purple 5w 20 oil recomended by chrysler. We ended up changing the Oil sensor unit at a cost of $32.00. That seemed to fix the problem we thought.

Took the truck on vacation in Sept. and the engine blew, the result was the internal oil pump was not working. Chrysler agreed to fix the truck with an estimate of $8500.00 and we have to pay $3900.00 of that. Ended up the cost was $6000.00 and we still have to pay $3900.00. I wonder why if chrysler thought it wasn't there problem why did they pay for some off it and why didn't the dealership change the oil while it was ther if they thought it was wrong. I am screwed any way you look at it. My truck is still sitting at the dealer because I can't pay the bill, chrysler told me they paid $6000.00 to the dealer but the dealer says they only got $2100.00. So beware when your truck hits this mile mark. Beware of the engine noise from day 1. My truck had that to.

- , Ortonville, MI, USA

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