pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,700 miles
Total Complaints:
123 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace TIPM (48 reports)
  2. not sure (29 reports)
  3. replace faultly TIPM module (25 reports)
  4. by-pass wiring harness (9 reports)
  5. replace tipm or fuse box (9 reports)
  6. tipm was fixed at dealership for $1425 (3 reports)
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 electrical problems

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2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #123

Jan 022020

Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,900 miles


2011 Dodge Ram, stalls while driving down the road. On my way to dealership for this problem happening once before. Was able to get pulled over, truck won't start back up. Tried at least 6-10 times to get started. Eventually got it started and drove to dealership. Mind you, the truck has less than 28000 miles on it. Dealership isn't sure of the problem, but said it might be the TIPM module, $1000 part plus labor. Couldn't tell me for sure if that was the issue. Wasn't going to spend that kind of money on a "maybe it's this part". Dealership kept it for over a week, but barely drove it. They couldn't get it to do it again. Took truck home and parked it. Contacted a second mechanic to look at it. They thought the throttle was carboned up, cleaned it and sent it back home to me.

- Lisa G., East Liverpool, OH, US

problem #122

Dec 232019

Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,900 miles

2011 Dodge Ram, quit running while driving down the road. Very hard to stop because you have no power steering or power brakes. Was able to get pulled over and vehicle started back up. Took it home and parked it until I could get it to dealership. Pretty scary to just stop running at 55 mph.

- Lisa G., East Liverpool, OH, US

problem #121

Feb 212020

Ram 1500 LX 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,600 miles

Bought from used dealer in Brunswick GA. Drove home and will not start. Of course I'm making payments and also bought 2 year warranty which of course does not cover fuse panel. Chrysler should take care of this problem. The average working man can not come close to being able to afford this repair. And if i get lucky enough to be able to fix it who's to say the new one will last? First and last time ever buying Dodge!!

- mtindall, Brunswick, US

problem #120

Oct 222019

Ram 1500 Sport 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,740 miles


It is ridiculous that Dodge does does not take responsibility for defective parts. I won't be buying another Dodge!

- Marybeth H., Blackfalds, AB, Canada

problem #119

Jan 012015

Ram 1500 SL 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

Three years ago could hv been killed at 70 miles an hour and all of a sudden the truck just stopped on the inner state in Augusta SC. We insured this issue and the battery always being dead for about 8 months. Numerous calls to congressmen and to the national safety board and to Detroit. Class action suit before for this dangerous issue and ram was excluded for the recall 1100-1800 fix. Well, here's the solution for 150.00. The Jim-rods put the fuel pump relay switch on the tipm. They have redesigned this relay switch. Take the tipm out. Find a computer motherboard geek. Order new fuel pump relay switch. Have geek replace relay switch. Problem solved. They really need to be sued. Can't tell how many times I had to disconnect the battery until we could figure this out. No, I did call the congressmen, or national safety board. They (congressmen on the national safety board with Fait to suck it to the American public one more time. This was a very deadly realization on my part. I could have been spread all over interstate 20. Highway 17 in NC. Did they care hell no, I don't know how many deaths this has caused, but dealerships need to held accountable as well.

- Marla P., Hampsyeaf, US

problem #118

Apr 151921

Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,750 miles

Leaving for a trip out of town next day and both key FOBs were unresponsive. Battery was drawn down to 11.9v, so recharged it overnight and same issue next day. Truck drove normally to that point. Had no ignition, no lights worked (except under the hood, glove box and dome). Had to have it towed to dealership. Hours later, they called to tell me that it needed a new TIPM and parts and labour would be about $2000. While I waited, I went online and saw that the TIPM has been a known problem for years, and subject to class action suits and recalls. Sadly, not applicable to mine, I am sure the reason being that mine could not be fixed with a relay bi-pass as those covered under the recall could. The bi-pass costs a few bucks.

Anyway, I am glad we found out about it before I bought another MOPAR.

PS - We were also subject to an $1800 repair to replace broke manifold bolts, which is another well-documented common problem with 2011 (and other year) Rams.

No more of my money will go to and MOPAR, not because of problems, but because they appear to have ignored them for their own gain, Good f'n riddance.

- Glen S., Pickering, ON, Canada

problem #117

Mar 052019

Ram 1500 BigHorn 5.7L V8 Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Dodge continually has problems with this year's (2011) TIPM and won't cover this under a warranty or recall. This has cost me $1300 for the part, labor and reprogramming.They need to do something about this. Loyal Dodge Owner's need to be taken care of.

- naulttwins, Lake Worth, US

problem #116

Jun 152018

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Replaced the original radio with the same radio(used) because the antenna went out on the original. The new radio works except we have to pull and replace the fuse all the time because once again there is something wrong In TIPM box. Will be looking for a bypass solution for this problem

- mccworld741tm, Surprise, US

problem #115

Oct 182018

Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,000 miles

My 2011 Ram was getting harder to start. It would turn over but never crank. Also, i could hear my fuel pump sputtering like it was going out. So, my first thought was the engine was starving from not receiving fuel. I began researching on the TIPM issue. Purchased the Fuel Pump Relay Bypass cable. Used it to test the Fuel pump. It was good. After further troubleshooting, found that it was indeed the relay. So used the cable to bypass for a temp solution. It now cranks perfectly, but unable to use the remote start as the fuel pump doesn't work without using the key.

This is happening to way to many people that purchased the RAMS and it would be good to keep the loyalty of Mopar lovers to do a recall and replace the Faulty TIPM.


- Robert M., Lebanon, US

problem #114

Jan 082019

Ram 1500 Quad Cab V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,676 miles

We had just purchased this vehicle two days before the truck would not start. We took it to the Dodge Auto repair near us and they stated it was the TIPM and it was not a cheap fix. As we've done more research on that part it shows that Chrysler has been in multiple lawsuits for this part going out in vehicles of the year as our truck and that they are to fix this at their expense, not ours. We was told this is not true, only certain vehicles are under this recalls, not all. I called Chrysler FCA and they stated that the place that repaired our truck needed to call them not us and tell them that it was the TIPM and nothing else that went out, and they would look into it. The fuel pump went out due to the TIPM issue so we had to repair that as well, and miss two days of work and rent a vehicle too. I feel like they need to place our truck on the recall list and reimburse our money for all repairs and the rental we had to get as well. No one will talk to me and we keep getting the run around. Thinking about getting an attorney to set up a lawsuit against them due to all the hassle and problems we are having.

- Fayann B., Primm Springs, US

problem #113

Jan 102018

Ram 1500 Bighorn 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles


Difficult and long morning starts, eventually multiple start attempts even after initial use. Used the "by-pass" harness purchased from Ebay, bypassed the Fuel pump relay to a light on fuse so that fuel pump comes on once ignition is turned on and bypasses the relay for start. Noe it starts right away. But - having other electrical issues such as interior lights not working and similar. Real shady design, without an expensive replacement solution, it is covered by recall but not for the Ram trucks. That is a real shame, as they acknowledged the issue and then did not include all vehicles affected. That is pathetic approach. Will not be buying another vehicle by Chrysler

- Jakub M., Miramar, US

problem #112

Sep 012018

Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,600 miles

The horn quit working. I went to start it and nothing. The four-ways started and I could not get them off. They went off by themselves. Looked online and the TIPM came up. Used the jumper wire solution. I can't believe Dodge does not have a fix for this. I also own a 2012 Grand Caravan. 2 Dodges for sale. No more Dodges for me.

- Norman H., Norton Shores, US

problem #111

Aug 092018

Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,500 miles

I woke up to a dead truck battery and had to replace it costing about $200. The next morning I woke up to a dead battery again and when I was jumping the battery off I found the culprit. It was the fuel pump running without the truck running. After lots of research on the WEB I found that the cause was most likely a faulty fuel pump relay. Of course its not just a relay that can be pulled out and replaced no of course not that would be reasonable and easy. It is a relay that is Soldered into the bottom of TIPM and has to be replaced but the dealership will only replace the entire TIPM for over $1000.

This is just an unreasonable expense for a minor fix if they would be willing to fix it but they just want to pull out the old TIPM and replace it. After seeing how many have had this issue with a multitude of Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeeps this should be a recall and replaced at their expense. This issue is not new or very limited in scope rather its very wide ranging across all their vehicles using the TIPM. Recall it already!

- garciaram, Buford, US

problem #110

Sep 222017

Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Cranks but wouldn't start. I will turn off the key and continue trying until it starts, 3 -10 attempts. Also, truck stalls randomly. Tire pressure monitor showing 0 at times, didn't think this was related. I took it into the dealer, they told me it was the battery. I replaced the battery, problems continued. Took it in a second time, they said they reset the TIPM. Problem continued. Now truck has zero power, will not start, key stuck in ignition. Battery drained three times. Took it in after this ongoing issue (Over a year) They are now in the process of replacing the TIPM. Hope this fixes it. Thank god I'm under the max care warranty! To be continued.

Update from Aug 17, 2018: PICKED UP MY TRUCK FROM DEALER. TIPM REPLACED. BATTERY DRAIN CAUSED BY TIPM. Issues resolved ; tire pressure monitor working again, starts first time. Doors unlock first time using key fob. No more stalling after start up. Will give update after driving it more.

- bpconnolly324, Vacaville, US

problem #109

Apr 252018

Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,000 miles

We have been dealing with ongoing sporadic electrical issues in the truck for two years. It began with the ABS System kicking on and off, then tire pressure monitors, traction control etc. all you have to do is name it and it went wrong. All random and never able to pin point the issue. Took it to the dealership after almost being in multiple accidents due to the truck shutting off when coming to stops, taking off or most haphazardly making turns through intersections, due to them being unable to recreate the issues they could only throw stuff on the wall and hope it stuck. We received an estimated fix of over 3000.00, but they were unwilling to guarantee it would correct the issue(never did they mention replacing the TIPM at this point).

I'm unsure of other's financial situations, but I'm not accepting of spending thousands to "maybe" correct a problem. After the truck finally took its last stall at a red light on April 25th 2018, my husband risked his life narrowly missing being plowed by impatient drivers, to push this truck out of a busy intersection in Destin, Florida. Had it towed to one mechanic shop, they had it for 1 week, towed it to the Ford dealership after Dodge wouldn't give the time of day to the mechanic, they then refused to look into. So after another week at the Ford dealership we paid to have it towed yet again to the Dodge dealership.

After two weeks of Dodge having it they have confirmed it was the TIPM. 1300.00 later we anticipate to have the vehicle back tomorrow, May 22nd, 2018. After learning of the confirmed issue and researching online, I'm seeing many horrible complaints about these faulty TIPM's. Beyond frustrated to have taken this truck to the dealership when this began happening over two years ago to not receive a solution, to being without a vehicle for a month, to spending 1300.00 on a part I'm learning is faulty, yet wasn't recalled. This is beyond unacceptable.

- Racheal B., Freeport, FL, US

problem #108

Mar 142018

Ram 1500 Laramie Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles

The truck starts automatically. Constantly. As soon as I turn the key off and take it out of the ignition, it starts going crazy, like it's possessed. The truck starts and stops, starts and stops, starts and stops. The horn honks. The alarm system shuts on and off. The doors lock and unlock. Sometimes it won't start when I want it to. Sometimes the whole system shuts down and I can't get the key out of the ignition or turn it or anything --- it's all locked down. I have to disconnect the battery cables, wait a minute, everything resets, and then it's good until I turn the truck off again.

This is horribly inconvenient. I can't trust it. Three times in three weeks it's refused to start when I'm out of town. And every time I get out of the truck every day for the past three weeks, it's haywire until I start it again.

Everything I see online tells me this is the TIPM and there are thousands and thousands of Dodge truck owners having the exact same problems. There are no recalls and no recourse.

- Allan S., Amarillo, US

problem #107

Mar 152018

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

For the last year I have had weird electrical issues. Horn will randomly go off by itself, power windows will not work, truck refuses to start and just cranks, truck has stalled on me while driving. After doing some research, it appears to be the TIPM causing this. Chrysler has recalled other vehicles for these exact same issues, but not the Rams yet.


- Mike E., Hudson, US

problem #106

Nov 152017

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

There is a ghost in this truck. The windows roll down and the lights come on with the key in the house and the truck locked and off. It runs horribly like it is not getting any gas. This issue was actually brought to me by the deal but the class action lawsuit was not mentioned (imagine that). I will find out how to get included on the lawsuit.

- Teri L., Jacksonville, US

problem #105

Apr 142016

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,992 miles

Pile of garbage cost 1400 dollars and my truck was down for 3 weeks. I was 800 km from home. DODGE should be doing something about this.

- Zachary S., grandfallswindsor, NL, Canada

problem #104

Jan 252018

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,862 miles

I am driving my vehicle home from work when the wipers started moving on its own, ALL my lights starting flashing constantly, had a message that came up NO BUS where my mileage is normally located, and the following stopped working/responding:

ALL windows (Front Passenger window is still halfway down) Radio Horn Cruise Control Instrument Cluster Panel (Showed 0 [zero] on everything, thankfully I already invested in GPS) Mirrors Windshield wiper Fluid button Hazard Button Tow/Haul Button

The only thing I could do was pull over and remove the Windshield relay switch so my wipers stopped. I took it to a trusted mechanic and he told me I had to take it to the dealership to have fixed. I took it to the dealership and they told me the part was $1,300 by itself plus two-three hours labor, plus tax and other "miscellaneous fees" totaling over $1,600.

I am working two jobs to try and make ends meet, on top of paying for my mothers' funeral home, nursing home, and medical expenses, my dad's medical expenses and constant bi-weekly trips for his medical needs.

Their solution was to give a $1,000 in-house credit card and I still have to come up with over $600. This is my only mode of transportation and now I am having to bum rides because my spare ride (1997 Dodge Ram 1500) decided to shoot water/antifreeze out of the tailpipe this morning. I've always been a MOPAR person and still am one. I wish I could catch a break. Thank you for hearing me out.

- Dex S., Meridian, MS, US

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