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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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problem #4

Apr 192001

Ram 1500

  • miles
On April 19, 2001 while traveling on rt 495 in wareham MA the fan on my L996 Dodge 1500 2 wheel drive sport pickup truck suddenly became unattached from the water pump shaft causing the fan to fly into the radiator and puncturing same.at the same time due to the loss of the belt that drives the power steering pump, and water pump causing difficult steering and engine overheating I immediately stopped in the breakdown lane. When this occurred the vehicle had 57159 miles.

- Marstons Mills, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 011996

Ram 1500

  • miles
Freeze plugs are leaking and after repairs they are still leaking. Was told by dealer that it was caused by sand left in the block after casting and the plugs are corroding. Last time in they put a stop leak in the system and it has slowed down the coolant consumption to about a pint every 3 months. I feel they have not corrected the problem but delayed it until there is a problem at a future date.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 071999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
The brakes have not been 100% since I purchased this vehicle. I took the vehicle to the dealer AT41,000 miles and complained about low pedal. I was told that the pads and shoes were fine. At about 50,000 miles, the brake booster failed and the vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. Squealing noise from under the hood was found to be the water pump.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 201996

Ram 1500

  • miles
Loose vaccum pump.

- Canby, OR, USA