hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,832 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 electrical problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Mar 042016

Ram 2500

  • 179,000 miles


Truck quit after it was cranked up. Gages pegged out. Taken to dealer and narrowed down to the engine wiring harness from the fire wall to the engine is shorted out causing the PCM to short out as well. Wiring harness is discontinued and truck has been sitting at dealer for over a week. We have tried to locate one personally to no avail. Is this something that you can assist us with. We love our 2500 diesel and would like to have it repaired as opposed to buying another truck.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #29

Apr 142016

Ram 2500

  • miles
Rear door wiring harness: Wires break inside of rubber housing causing total window and door lock failure. The exposed wires could arc against each other and the metal resulting in a fire. If child locks are engaged or if the door is locked you are unable to unlock the door from the outside. This is a safety issue because it could result in the rear passengers becoming trapped in the vehicle in an emergency causing injury or death.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #28

Aug 192015

Ram 2500

  • 104,150 miles
Ignition switch when placed in the off position with the key removed. Blower for the heat/ac will come on. Has drained my battery once. I must keep the blower in the off position when not in truck. Unknown if other accessories are activated when key is removed from ignition switch. This happens every time I turn off the truck. With this problem, could it lead to other problems when driving the truck?

- Temperance, MI, USA

problem #27

Jun 232015

Ram 2500

  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that the headlights, windshield wipers, instrument panel lights, and gauges failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis testing. The mechanic stated that the engine cluster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to dealer where it was diagnosed that the tipm module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #26

Jun 292012

Ram 2500

  • 79,000 miles
Turn signal when switched activates the opposite turning light. Rear tail tight housings are not water tight and blows bulbs after raining. Windshield wipers act on their own when its raining and now dome and console lights dont work. No blown fuses. The third fuel pump line is also defective. Will eventually break from vibration. New ones have better vibration housing and dealership had stock. (125 of these and none other because everyone was having the same one break). Key falls out of ignition and rear passenger side door does not lock or unlock when button is pushed. Air bags were recently recalled but they don't have enough part to get it fixed. I must wait. Very unsafe vehicle to be an owner of.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #25

Jun 012015

Ram 2500

  • 220,000 miles
I purchased the truck new but over the last several years the truck would go into limp mode or just stall while driving which makes it hard to control because you loose the power steering and brakes. Finally the computer went out, shop ordered a new one and the wipers were going on and off by them selves(has happened before), throwing codes..... the mechanic finally found that the connectors that plug into the computer are bad and loosing connection. This would possible explain the wipers coming on by them selves sometimes when you hit a bump, also the truck stalling. I jumped off the interstate a few months ago and the exit was a turn, when I let off of the accelerator the truck stalled and it was tough to keep it on the road.

- Farmersville, OH, USA

problem #24

Oct 012013

Ram 2500

  • 44,000 miles


My keys were able to be pulled out of ignition switch with just over 40000 miles on vehicle while vehicle was being drove. Now the vehicle was 8 years old when I bought from someone but only 40000 miles were on it. As time went on little things started happening, lights on dash would come on then shut off. Air would stay on even after shutting vehicle off. Then that would drain battery. The switch would become more loose over time. Keys wouldn't even stay in ignition, they would just fall out while I was driving.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #23

Jul 012011

Ram 2500

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 45 mph and signaling a right turn, the turn signal failed to engage without warning. The contact also stated that while signaling to make a right turn, the left turn signal activated without warning. The contact pulled the vehicle over and also discovered that the passenger side tail light had blown out. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the windshield wiper stalk was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Gotha, FL, USA

problem #22

Jan 292015

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Hit brakes to miss a deer drove approx one quarter of mile noticed a bright red glow behind passenger seat upon exiting vehicle noticed flames while darling 911 within minutes entire cab was on fire.

- Brookfield , MO, USA

problem #21

Jan 292015

Ram 2500

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 55 mph and attempting to avoid crashing into a deer, the contact noticed flames on the rear passenger seat. The contact attempted to extinguish the fire by pouring soda on the seat. The contact had to jump out of the vehicle. Immediately afterwards, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Brookville, MO, USA

problem #20

Oct 112014

Ram 2500

  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuse box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Milton , NC, USA

problem #19

Oct 082012

Ram 2500

  • 140,000 miles
Wipers have a mind of their own. They will activate randomly when locking/unlocking the vehicle with the remote. When attempting to use intermittent settings, the wipers may or may not move. If they move, they may move once or multiple times. If they do not move at all, switch has to be set to slow/fast continuous setting. Have replaced multi-function switch, forward control module, and wiper motor. The problem continues. There are many people who have this same issue and it is a safety hazard. There needs to be a manufacturer recall.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #18

Jun 222014

Ram 2500

  • 181,000 miles
The lock on my driver door is stuck in the locked position and will not unlock with the key fob, outer manual lock, or interior power lock. Cannot even pull up the lock, can only open door by pulling interior door handle. Researched and this is a pretty common problem across all Dodge models around my year model.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #17

Jul 022013

Ram 2500

  • 132,000 miles
The truck's horn begins sounding for no apparent reason. It is totally unexpected and randomly occurs. The truck can be in park, forward or reverse. This is a very annoying problem. From what I've been reading it seems the manufacturer tried to idiot proof their vehicle. Is there some kind of recall or fix for this condition? thanks, wearing ear plugs in Ohio.

- Vienna, OH, USA

problem #16

Mar 082012

Ram 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 67,330 miles
Just pulled on to exit ramp lost power and started missing, by the time reached stop sign at bottom pulled over shut off engine and restarted. Barely regained speed to 40 mph to limp to job site ran injector cleaned limped 25 miles into town to mechanic he replaced left back wiring harness said faulty design of plugs goiing to injectors.

- Monroe, UT, USA

problem #15

Feb 242012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 42,000 miles
My directional has failures, I will turn on to make a left turn and the right signal will flash. Sometimes the directional will not work at all. Sometimes it will signal right and then left all on its own. Then it will work fine. I found simular problems in forums for 2006 but nothing for 2005. I contacted the Dodge dealer service department and he knows nothing about a recall. I found an action number on your website, PE08059, with the same problem but different year and different type of Ram. I think this is a safety issue, and there should be a recall.

- Pinecliffe, CO, USA

problem #14

Feb 212012

Ram 2500

  • 67,750 miles
Driver door lock is stuck down in lock position. Power door locks and key will not open door. Door will open from inside door latch. Have been many complaints on this issue on the forums.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #13

Jan 312012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 60,200 miles
Driver door power lock actuator failed, resulting in disabling the outside door handle and the only key cylinder on the vehicle. As a result, the keys were locked in the truck with the motor running, and there was no way to enter the vehicle with a spare key since there is no lock cylinder on the passenger side door on this truck. Note that locking the keys in the truck with the motor running when experiencing this failure is virtually inevitable with this truck, since it automatically locks the doors when you reach 10 mph and the other three doors stay locked when you exit from the driver door. I had to call aaa to open the truck since there was no way to get in even with a spare key, since this failure disables the only door lock on the truck. I believe this is a safety concern since being locked out of your running vehicle in the winter could be a safety hazard, especially if you are out of cellphone range or your cellphone is locked in the vehicle, as mine was.

- Emeryville, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 202011

Ram 2500

  • 36,500 miles
Turn signal will blink the wrong direction, will sometimes not work at all, will sometimes turn the wipers on when the signal is pushed up or down, the headlights will stay on bright, move the turning signal and wipers might discharge washer fluid. Appears to be short in signal switch. When the turn signal is placed into a certain directions, other cars don't know which way you are turning and about caused several accidents. Wipers sometimes will not work in raining conditions. This is a safety hazard but Dodge dealership will not fix without recall which I think is a concern since there are hundreds of problems been reported to them and they are aware of the problems. This is not a one time problem, the 2005-2007 Dodge year model switches have a lot of hits on the internet reporting the problems.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #11

Jun 212011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 74,500 miles
Uncontrolled throttle (unintended increase in engine speed). While driving in cruise control, the truck stated going faster. Hitting the brake did not disengage but turning the cruise off did. A day letter, while driving in first gear, the engine went to 3500 RPM and would not return to idle. This happened twice and the only way to stop it was to push in the clutch and turn the key off. The truck was parked and went to the dealer where the pedal assembly (drive by wire) and the engine control module were replace plus work was done on the wiring harness due to having 12 volts where it shouldn't which presented issues with installing the engine control module. 100 miles later, the check engine light came on and there are codes indicating high voltage to various sensors. This truck has had electrical issues since day one and the problem is most likely related to the wiring. The engine control module has been replaced twice. I'm getting ready to have it dropped off at the dealership and expect the cpu will be replaced again.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

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