really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,864 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 3500 lights problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Jan 302010

Ram 3500

  • 90,000 miles


It has been several years now but after extensive research I have decided to take action. I was driving my pick-up in town when I lost my gauge lights and I noticed at the same time I lost all my maker lights on the vehicle. I pulled over and found a blown fuse in the fuse box and replaced it with a new one. Right away it blew again only this time it also blew the cercit in the totally integrated power module, wichata left me no choice but to bypass the curcit and get power to my lights form another source. The next day I went to the dealer and was told it is a common problem and the tipm is $850 that don't include the cost of replacing it and then programing it ti the vehicle. So I decided I wasn't going to pay that much for something that I had already fixed by bypassing the problem. Then a few years later I was driving down the highway around 65 mph at night when I lost my high beam headlights upon further diagnosis I found it to be the tipm at fault again. I spoke with the dealer about it and they told me it too was a common problem. So I filed a complaint with Chrysler about both issues and told them they needed to get it fixed and they told me they would look into it. So I let it go without pressing the issue any further. As to my knowledge nothing has been done. But after extensive research I have found more serious problems with the tipm, that Dodge needs to acknowledge and bite the bullet and fix the problems. Due to these issues being major safety problems. (I.e. loss of wipers, loss of low beam headlights, and turn signal flashing the wrong way)

- Herndon, KS, USA

problem #36

Dec 162015

Ram 3500

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, his visibility decreased then eventually failed without warning. The contact stated that the tipm board failed which affected the visibility of the low beams. The vehicle was not diagnosed however, the low beam lights were repaired but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Palmer, AK, USA

problem #35

Jul 282014

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 81,990 miles
Steering wheel not center dealer wont fixed ask three times also turn signals the right comes on when you turn on the left one they fixed after fighting with them the wipers stop some times and then go slow then fast then stop the tipm is bad it runs all the electrical on truck had lots of concerns that it will stall because some time the head lights go bright then dim then bright the trailer light some time come on both then one goes out had trailer check out they said was the truck I drive in daylight hours if I can just had tipm replaced at dealer had to fight with them it cost me $1500 dollars they said their no recall it a safety thing I just think they should pay not me.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #34

Apr 152014

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles


Discovered that there was a recall on the malfunction switch. I carried my vehicle to the Dodge dealership. I was refused to have the switch replaced because I was told I was 700 miles over the warranty. I tried to explain that this was a recall to no avail. My switch is doing exactly as described, at intermittent times the switch will display the opposite direction chosen. Turn right blinker on and left comes on, etc. Also sometimes the switch will not turn headlights from dim to bright or bright to dim. This is a major safety concern as it gives the wrong intention on turns and also blinding oncoming traffic. These issues could possibly cause a crash.

- Perrin, TX, USA

problem #33

Apr 012014

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 172,000 miles
Turning left onto farm to market...signaled left..rear vehicle began passing me on left I slammed on brakes as did they...although my turn signal lever was in left turn position...vehicle turn lamps were both signaling a right turn as was dash lamp...very dangerous..could have killed passing motorist are sent them to the ditch..signal now malfunctions on a weekly basis..switch on backorder...tells us something...

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #32

Mar 262014

Ram 3500

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the driver's side low beam headlight failed. The contact also mentioned that the gauges failed to function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the integrated power module had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Cameron, MO, USA

problem #31

Jul 162013

Ram 3500

  • 77,540 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, he was alerted that the driver's side brake light was not illuminated even when applying the brakes. In addition, the driver's side turn signal failed to function when activated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 77,540.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #30

Oct 242012

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 171,235 miles
I was driving down a two lane road at 70mph when approaching my road. I turned on my left blinker to signal my upcoming turn and when I began to turn the car behind me went to pass thinking that I was turning right. To avoid hitting me he went off the road into the ditch. When I talked to him about what happened he said that my right blinker was on. I have noticed this problem before on my truck and have noticed it since so I know he was telling the truth. There needs to be a recall on this before someone gets hurt. I also have trouble switching my high beams off or on causing problems with oncoming traffic on a daily basis.

- East Helena, MT, USA

problem #29

Sep 192012

Ram 3500

  • 78,000 miles
The wiper stopped working except for a very slow speed when the selector was in the "high" position. After several minutes, this also stopped working. The turn signal began to malfunction at the same time leading me to believe the column multifunction switch was at fault. When activating the left turn signal, the right signal would often turn on instead of the left. Auto parts stores informed me that the multifunction switch is not currently available at any price.

- Barboursville, WV, USA

problem #28

Feb 012012

Ram 3500

  • 109,000 miles
The Ram 1500 had a failure of the tipm that controls the head lights leaving the truck with inadequate illumination.

- Mystic, CT, USA

problem #27

Feb 012012

Ram 3500

  • 109,000 miles


The Ram 1500 had a failure of the tipm that controls the head lights leaving the truck with inadequate illumination.

- Mystic, CT, USA

problem #26

Jan 212012

Ram 3500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that whenever he activated the turn signal, the opposite signal would illuminate. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Yorktown, TX, USA

problem #25

Jul 012011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that he activated the left turn signal but the right turn signal illuminated erroneously. In addition, when the headlights or high beam lights were activated, the windshield wiper would also activate. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. Updated 02/15/12 updated 03/12/12

- Plantersville, TX, USA

problem #24

Jun 012009

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 50,000 miles
Headlights, on low beam, work intermittently. Occasionally fine, usually one is out. No rhyme or reason. Cannot locate fuse to change. Mechanic says fuse boxes faulty on Dodge vehicles. Part is $800. Some on line discussions indicate this will not fix problem.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #23

Nov 222011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 93,877 miles
I was driving down the street just about to make a left hand turn so I turned on my left signal when I did that my windshield wipers stopped working plus with my left signal on it wasn't blinking to the left it was blinking to the right. So without my windshield wipers I had to pullover because I couldn't see. I turned the truck off then back on and the windshield wipers started working again. But everytime I use my left signal my right one blinks and my windshield wipers stop working.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #22

Nov 012010

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
When using the turn indicator, either the opposite indicator comes on, or neither work. Also, the windshield wipers don't work properly. They seem to operate randomly (e.g., work at high speed with the switch in the off position, or don't work at all with the switch in any position). It appears to me that the multi-function switch is defective. This problem nearly caused an accident while I was driving at highway speeds (60 mph)during a rainstorm and the wipers wouldn't operate. I had to drive to the side of the highway and shut off the ignition switch to resolve the problem. A less experienced driver may have had more severe consequences.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #21

Feb 212011

Ram 3500

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 megacab. The contact stated that the turn signals were in operable. The manufacturer was contacted but denied any assistance with repairs to the defect. The dealer was aware of the defect, but the parts needed for repairs were on back order. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 73,000.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #20

Dec 252005

Ram 3500

  • 3,000 miles
Bought the 3500 megacab cummins with the G56 6 speed manual in Nov 2005 and by the way this was the 3rd cummins I've owned and the worst, great motor but not happy with manufacture this time. So I bought in Nov 05 and Dec.25 started it up and check engine light stayed on, so I shut it off and called dealer next day. This was the start of it all. Every 3day this would happen and I had to drive 23 miles to dealer to have them plug it up to computer and still could not tell me what was wrong. This went on for 14 months ended up buying my own module to reset myself. During all this found the issue with vents and broken dampers in ductwork and started having problems with the power back window cable broke then new one[S] leaked, 3 of them and then the window stopper fell off so I have had 4 rear power windows installed. After all that at 68000 miles I lost 2,4 and 6th gear 80 miles away from home and had to limp it home holding shifter in 6th gear whole time, broken shift tower that wasn't cheap. Then I stared having problems with blowing white smoke on startup come to find I have a injector acting up and the dealer said the fix was a $120 bottle of injector cleaner and dog the [xxx] out of it. At about 75,000 miles started having the turn signal switch problem turn left and the right signal flashed and the shake in the front end and have had 4 front end alignment and new set of tires now have 125,000 mile still get the shake and past do to give up in this beast. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Haymarket , VA, USA

problem #19

Sep 022011

Ram 3500

  • 62,406 miles
Put left turn signal on and truck signals alternates between left and right turn.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #18

Jun 182011

Ram 3500

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph when he engaged the right turn signal but the turn signal lights did not illuminate. When the left turn signal was engaged, the right turn signal light erroneously activated instead. The failure became a sporadic recurrence. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 71,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Springfield, IL, USA

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