really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,140 miles

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2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Sep 012016

Ram 1500

  • 78,000 miles


I was driving my truck to work one morning. I was traveling at a steady speed of 70mph in a straight stretch. All of the sudden my steering wheel started to wobble and I had the low tire pressure warning light on my dash. After no more than 2 seconds the truck pulled extremely hard to the right. I knew that I had a flat tire. After attempting to safely pull off and avoid the tractor trailer from slamming into me I was able to pull over. After inspecting the tire, I noticed that I didn┐T have a valve stem in my front passenger tire. I attempted to change the tire on the side of the road in the rain but broke the cheap lug wrench that is supplied with the vehicle. Apparently the dealership over torqued the lug nuts. I had to get a ride to work, being 1.5 hours late and leave my truck on the interstate all day. My father in law works for a tire and lube center. He professionally inspected it. The threads completely stripped out of the tire pressure sensor and valve stem. This is what caused it to violently eject from the wheel itself. By gods┐ good graces I was able to pull over that day and not crash or die due to the high speeds. I have had many other issues with the truck as well that I will file separate complaints on each issue. (transmission shift solenoid, staying in 4th gear, tipm electrical issues/no power to anything on the inside of the truck, rear power door locks not unlocking/locking with key fob or front door lock controls) this truck is a safety hazard to my families life as well as my own.

- Grayson, KY, USA

problem #43

Oct 282016

Ram 1500

  • 140,000 miles
Thank fully nothing has happened as of yet. However all four TPMS valve stem retaining nuts that were used on my model are cracked and getting worse over time. I saw that some people have had rapid decompression of their tire pressure due to cracked retaining nuts. These were reports on the complaints section here. I was inflating one of my tires and the whole vavle stem cracked off and I had to replace one of them already. I brought it up with my mechanic and he said "that's just what aluminum valve stems do" im afraid that eventually they will fail at high speed and just want to put a complaint in. A part like this should not just be expected to "do" something like that when it is a known issue.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #42

Sep 262016

Ram 1500

  • 130,115 miles
Two tire valve stems have failed causing sudden loss of tire inflation. First failure, June 5, 2016 driver side rear tire occurred on interstate highway (70mph). Tire was damaged beyond repair before vehicle stopped. Second failure, Sept 26, 2016 passenger side rear tire occurred on state highway (55mph). Tire has not been reviewed for internal damage. Front driver side tire shows crack in valve stem retaining nut. Crack runs straight from tire to top of retaining nut. Crack appearance looks as though the retaining nut is a stamped part with a seam. Photos: 1) Sept 26 failure showing valve stem parts completely missing. 2) unfailed, but cracked retaining nut (dark line is crack) taking truck to tire shop for replacement of all valve stems. Will ask for all existing parts to be returned. Note first failure required changing tire within 4 feet of heavy vehicle traffic moving at 70 mph speed limit. Second failure required changing tire on dark roadway during rain storm. Unlike typical tire punctures with slow pressure loss, I had no ability to re-inflate and move to safer location for tire changing.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #41

Aug 092015

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles


Tire air valves are metal and split causing a blowout on I-57 at 65 mph. And as of today 09/03/2016 I have noticed the tires (all 4) are starting to loose air and 3 out of 4 valve stems are cracked causing the air to rush out of the tire as the crack gets worse, this is very much a safety hazard. At this point I have no way to scan in the paperwork from the repair shop, but I do have it.

- Tuscola, IL, USA

problem #40

May 052016

Ram 1500

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the rear wheels seized and prevented the vehicle from functioning. In addition, the wheels unlocked independently. The contact mentioned an abnormal noise was heard from the rear of the vehicle while driving. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the pinion bearing was loose and the rear axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 13V038000 (power train) before the failure occurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- Scottsburg, NY, USA

problem #39

Oct 312015

Ram 1500

  • 69,000 miles
While driving the retainer that holds the valve stem in place cracked and caused the TPMS sensor to fall into the tire causing the tire to go flat. After checking I found all the other retainers were cracked and corroded. After checking into the matter, I found that other Chrysler vehicles around that year are having the same issue. I also found that Chrysler stop using those particular TPMS sensors after only a short time. I called the dealer and they stated that there is no recall and that I needed to contact corporate. I was driving at a slow rate of speed when this happened, if I was driving on a highway I may have crashed. This is a dangerous issue that needs immediate attention.

- Clayton, NJ, USA

problem #38

Oct 292015

Ram 1500

  • 85,000 miles


On 04-02-2015 I experienced a rapid loss in pressure and a flat rear passenger side tire while driving 35 mph in rainy conditions. I found that the valve stem was missing when I went to change the tire. I brought the tire to a chain tire store and was advised that the valve stem nut had broken causing the failure. I was forced to replace both rear tires because the short distance driven to get out of traffic destroyed the flat tire. The other nuts were examined at that time and corrosion was noted but no cracks were observed. It is now 10-29-2015 and I'm noticing that one of the other valve stems is cracked on the older tires. I need to have the stem replaced before it fails catastrophically. I'm also experiencing a TPMS failure but do not know if it is related. The tire repair cost $400+ and in reading other complaints this seems to be an all too common problem. Please investigate this matter further and determine if a recall is necessary.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #37

Sep 122015

Ram 1500

  • 47,000 miles
While driving down the highway, I experienced a blowout on the front passenger side. The aluminum valve stem had blown out completely. I inspected the remaining three tires and all three of the other valve stems had cracked. I had to find a service garage as quick as possible to have this repaired. It seems to me that this could have been much worse, especially if all four tires would have blown at the same time.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #36

Jul 242013

Ram 1500

  • 345 miles
When I purchased the vehicle new I only test drove speeds up to 40 mph. I purchased the vehicle and drove it on a road trip and the tires screamed/hollowed as if I was drive off on the side of the road. I took it to the dealership and they said there was nothing found. In the city the truck is nice and quite however on the highway it hollows off and on all the way(hours) above 45 mph. I took it to the dealership several time and they claimed to have test drove it and there where no noise. I continue to drive it thinking that maybe because of the cheap tires the manufacture installed. Until 4 years later I bought top of the line replacement tires and the vehicle continued to make the same noise with the new tires, when to sears they replaced the tires and the same thing happened. There is a malfunction with something in the axle or tire rod I assume. It sounds like the noise in coming from the passenger front tire area. There is no shaking or aliment that is noticeable however, I do get regular aliments and there is always adjustments needed.

- Tamuning, GU, USA

problem #35

Jul 172015

Ram 1500

  • 63,028 miles
Driving West on state route 32 at approx. 66mph in the passing lane with 1 vehicle to my right in the right hand lane and 1 vehicle behind me in the passing lane. I accelerated my vehicle to get clear of vehicle to my right in order that I could move over into right hand lane, immediately at acceleration point I got a low air pressure warning on instrument cluster. I stopped as quickly and as safely as I could. Inspection of vehicle found left rear tire completely deflated and upon closer inspection noted that valve stem assembly was missing from tire rim it had unseated from rim and blown inside the tire causing rapid deflation. This is a serious safety hazard that needs corrected now!

- Peebles, OH, USA

problem #34

Jul 232015

Ram 1500

  • 53,811 miles


I was driving in heavy rush hour traffic at 55 mph when my left front tire rapidly went flat do to the TPMS valve stem failure causing me to take evasive action in order to avoid a multi vehicle collision. This driving on a flat tire caused extensive side wall damage to my new tire with only 6000 miles on it, $233 to replace it low cost to avoid a major accident.

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #33

Apr 142015

Ram 1500

  • 18,300 miles
System warning went off that we were loosing air in the tire. Within seconds, we pulled over and the tire was flat. Received roadside assistance so we could drive the truck home. Stopped at a gas station to check the air in all the tires. Couldn't put air in one of the tires because the nut holding the tire sensor rotted off. While trying to put the air in, the stem was getting pushed into the tire. The mechanic told us that's what happened to the first tire (the nut rotted off). Had we been traveling at a higher speed, this could have caused a serious accident. We feel this is a dangerous problem and should be looked in to.

- Mt. Carmel, PA, USA

problem #32

Mar 232015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Driving down highway and truck started to chime for a low tire pressure. I immediately stopped and found the valve stem was inside the tire. I took the tire off the rim and found the nut that holds the tps sensor in the tire or the valve stem nut was broke. I looked at the other tires on my truck and all of the nuts on the tps sensors are cracked. This now is the second time this has happened in roughly a year. The first time it was serviced at a tire shop and now it happened again and I knew what it was right away and serviced it myself.

- Random Lake , WI, USA

problem #31

Dec 252014

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, there was an abnormal noise and the front passenger side tire detached from the vehicle without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the screws in the tire loosened and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000.

- Arlinton, MO, USA

problem #30

Feb 272015

Ram 1500

  • 94,000 miles
Valve stem nut split and fell off tires. Tire partially deflated. Went to put air in tire, nut fell off. Went to add air to additional tire, threads on valve stem broke off. First valve stem failed approximately 1 year ago while driving. Replaced all stems. Serious safety concern. Poor quality.

- Carver, MA, USA

problem #29

Jan 032015

Ram 1500

  • 73,000 miles
I recently had the drivers side front hub fail on my truck. Having heard a grinding noise, I took the truck home and lifted the front to inspect it. After inspecting the wheels and brakes, I removed both and found that the bearings had failed on the drivers side. These hubs are sealed units that have to be replaced. I replaced both sides to be safe. My truck has anti-lock brakes in the front also so these units cost me almost $500 with new pads. Chrysler told me that they had not fount any design problems with the hubs but as this is a critical unit that does not get serviced, it should not fail so soon. Had I driven much further the unit could have broken completely causing the entire wheel to fall off. This could have caused a serious if not fatal accident.

- Selma, TX, USA

problem #28

Jan 152014

Ram 1500

  • 38,000 miles
On my 2009 Dodge Ram truck the low tire pressure valve sensors are secured to the wheel with a retaining nut. The valve stem on the low tire pressure sensor has threads that go threw the wheels and then secure with that retaining nut. The retaining nut was made out of ether aluminum or inferior metal. During last years extreme cold weather moisture got between the treads and the retaining nut. The retaining nut on the low tire pressure sensor on the left front wheel of my 2009 Dodge Ram cracked from the moisture and cold weather. When the nut cracked the low pressure sensor fell off inside of the tire, which cause the left front tire to start to go flat. After the low tire pressure sensor fell off it was driven threw the tire before I could apply the brakes. That accelerated the tire going flat and loss of control of the vehicle. My vehicle spun around causing damage to the rear bumper and rear tailgate when it hit a guardrail.. the nuts can not be visually inspected for defects. Dodge has since redesigned the low tire pressure sensor to eliminate the defected nut design. The new low tire pressure sensor does not have an retaining nut. They are held in the wheel the same way a regular valve stem is held in. After the accident I went to the nearest repair shop and found out the other three low tire pressure sensors nuts were also defected. I had regular tire valve installed so I could continue my trip. I contacted Dodge twice about this problem. Both times they dismissed my concerns. M - Philippi, WV, USA

problem #27

Oct 292014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Good morning, my incident is specifically related to the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system). On the above stated date, I had just left work at approximately 8:30am. I was driving southbound on a state highway and had just accelerated to approximately 40 mph when my TPMS light flashed and a catastrophic malfunction occurred with the valve stem on the from passenger side tire. I was barely able to avoid collision as I attempted to control my vehicle and safely come to a stop on the shoulder after my front tire immediately and instantly became flattened. Upon exiting my vehicle, I started to investigate the reason for the sudden flat tire. To my surprise, my valve stem was completely gone. I was able to have my vehicle towed to a local garage where they removed my tire from its rim revealing pieces of the sensor on the inside of the tire. The metal that the valve stem is made out of appears to be some type of cheap soft metal that has obviously become corroded and brittle. It appeared that the metal suffered some type of oxidation, possibly from road salt here in the northeast. I immediately had the garage staff remove my other tires and found the same results on the other 3 tires. When the valve was removed, I placed all 3 in between 2 fingers and gently squeezed causing 2 of the 3 to crumble into metal fragments. This is very unsafe to vehicle consumers and also a costly repair. I have replaced all 4 of my valve stems with traditional rubber stems until a safer alternative has been developed.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

problem #26

Sep 012014

Ram 1500

  • 465,000 miles
I have been having trouble with the valve stems on the truck.one cracked while driving resulting in quick tire deflation the other yesterday, while having a tire repaired the valve stem broke while trying to inflate the tire.I was told by professionals that this is common with Dodge because they use cheap metals in their valve stems.the stem which are part of the tire pressure monitoring system are just corroding away due to salt or road conditions. I`M filing this complaint to see if maybe Dodge can do something about this problem.the part itself is about $ $60 [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #25

Jun 072014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 49,932 miles
The left rear tire suddenly went flat driving on interstate 35W at 70 miles per hour. The driver was able to keep the pickup truck under control until stopping along side the freeway. The schrader tire stem had lost its outer locking devise and the monitor was inside the tire. After removing the tire the monitor style stem was located in the tire and what we found was very disturbing. The threads which hold the stem in place were totally filled in with corrosion......no thread left to hold the stem in place. This may explain why cars are suddenly losing control and going into oncoming traffic. I had just had my tires rotated about 400 miles ago or the flat could have happened with a front tire which would have been much worse. I now need to remove the other three tires and have them inspected at a cost of another $101 each wheel or remove the monitors and to back to the safe and proven rubber stems. This is very serious.

- Farmington, MN, USA

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