8.1

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$580
Average Mileage:
38,950 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace multiple times (8 reports)
  2. replace rotors (3 reports)
  3. not sure (2 reports)
  4. turn rotors on the vehicle. (1 reports)
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problem #14

Jul 152016

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

I bought this Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi brand new in 2006. After about a year, my brakes started to chatter and pulsate. Dealer replace front discs. It happened again after just 8,000 miles - same solution, replace rotors/pads. I now have owned the truck for 10 years, and in that time I have had rotors replaced 5 times, and turned 3 times. The truck only has 74K on the clock, and the rotors are warped again. This time I ordered heavy duty drilled and slotted rotors and ceramic composite pads. I think 6 brake jobs in 74 thousand miles is absurd. Obviously Dodge has a problem they are refusing to own up to! I have owned Dodge pickups since 1993, always buying new, and have never had brake problems like this before. A company of their stature should take more pride in its product. Shame on them!

- John H., Ladson, SC, USA

problem #13

May 272010

Ram 1500 SLT Big Horn 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

Premature warped rotors, caused shaking/pulsating on the brake pedal. Lots of brake dust on the front tires. I don't tow or carry heavy equipment in my truck. Don't buy Dodge OEM parts, buy quality aftermarket units.

- garyca, San Jose, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 222009

Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,630 miles

This is where it really hit the fan. After returning to Lithia Dodge of Anchorage with the brake shudder problem I am told I must have the rotors and pads replaced. Why, I asked? "Because they were under engineered for the vehicle" says Tony, the Service Manager. This seems like shoddy manufacturing to me, who can I complain to ? Call Chrysler/Dodge and speak to someone in customer service. I did, and told the lady who answered that my son was considering buying a Dodge 3500, but if this was an example of the product that Dodge turned out, we would certainly reconsider that purchase. Her response "In that case all offers are off the table" and she refused to discuss it any further. As a footnote: In a later conversation with a saleslady at Dave Smith motors in Idaho, she made the unsolicited statement about the 2010 1500 "the brake problems in the previous models have been corrected", So this tells me that Chrsyler/Dodge knew about the problems, and had no intention of giving any kind of customer assistance to correct it. Now at 39,000 it needs new struts. What a piece of CRAP!!! I will never buy a Chrysler/Dodge product again, nor will I go to a dealer for service. They may have screwed me on this 1500, but I can guarantee they won't sell that 3500 to my son, and I will bad mouth their products from now on.

- fabubba, Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #11

Mar 052008

Ram 1500 SLT

  • 33,800 miles

My front rotor's warped twice prior to hitting 34,000 miles and had to be turned. I took it into the dealer and they suggested I upgrade to drilled and slotted rotors to dissipate excessive brake heat.

They knew that I towed a 7900 lb boat with the truck so they weren't going to replace them under warranty but they were very helpful in pointing me in the direction of some much better rotors and ceramic pads to resolve the problem.

I bought the entire rotor and ceramic pads kit (all 4 wheels) for $287 from Brakemotive and problem solved.... I've since put another 15,000 miles on it and no problems what-so-ever. The improvement in the braking is a difference of night and day... Well worth the $287 expense.

- jessepatty, Lake Wales, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 202009

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

All i can say is that dodge trucks aren't worth crap ! they are a pos !! I have owened many chrysler products in the past and used to be a mopar guy ! well no more ! i am done with chrysler forever !!!

- mb54, Livonia, MI, USA

problem #9

Nov 102006

Ram 1500 SLT/Bighorn 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

Common problem with this vehicle, with 20"rims stock, the brake rotors and pads are inadequate for the forces.

I replaced the front rotors with Brembo Slotted rotors, and ceramic pads all around. Fixed it and no longer an issue. Not forgetting that brake fade is no longer an issue either.

- rkclmbr, Loveland,, CO, USA

problem #8

Sep 112010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Once again, my truck is pulling to the left. I had the problem repaired approximately 18 months ago. New rotors, new pads, greased the rails for the calipers, etc on the front and rear brakes. And once again, the after market warranty company will not cover the expense of redoing the brakes. Nor, will they pay for checking into other area's of possible problems....Do not purchase a 2006 or later Dodge truck!!

Update from Nov 14, 2010: Just put brand new tires on the truck and it is still pulling to the left. Even more so when the brakes are applied. Had the rotors replaced last time and now one of them, at least, is warped again. I'm thinking that one of the calipers is sticking and not releasing causing it to wear and heat the rotor. Another repeat problem with this money sucking truck....

- Richard L., Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #7

Jun 102007

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles

Brake performance failure beginning at 9000 odometer miles:

At approximately 9000 miles the brakes on my Ram 1500 began to vibrate when applied. .I had only normal brake use with 65% to 80% at highway speeds up to 75 mph, with no excessive or extreme load conditions, from purchase up to the initial failure. At 12,000 odometer miles the vehicle was experiencing severe chatter when applying brakes and exhibited what i thought was 'parallelism or rotor warping. The dealer informed me that brakes were out of warranty but did provide a visual check and concluded the rear rotors were warped and should be turned. I had the brakes serviced and the rotors turned within days.

Again, prior to 10,000 additional miles, application of the brakes produced vibration. As time and miles progressed the vibration became extreme. The rotors were turned again with little if any improvement. I continued to use the vehicle until the situation was so severe the truck would appear to jump rapidly under braking and the more pressure applied the more violent the reaction. The severity was worse at increased speeds. Finally in fear for passenger safety I purchased performance EBC drilled and slotted brake rotors and performance pads and had those installed.

The result after a short time was a worse, and even more severe, problem beginning well short of 10,000 additional miles. The situation is now so bad I have actually been thrown into adjoining traffic lanes. I am convinced a systemic problem exist.

Update from Nov 16, 2010: Thanks to the folks at EBC Brakes my rotor problems have been resolved. Apparently the culprit is the 'hub' the rotors attach to. They are not aligned with the truck's tracking (best explanation I can give). Every time one applies the brakes the pads and calipers are trying to align the rotors in the direction of travel and, ..well you know the frequent results. The solution is to have all four rotors turned on the vehicle. Not cheap, up to $200, but after 3000 miles I'm experiencing very good brake performance. According to EBC apprx 10,000 'on vehicle' machines are currently in use in the country. I believe several Dodge service dealers have this capability. I paid $178.

- Fred A., Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 012009

Ram 1500 Larame Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

Bought my 2006 Dodge brand new. Noticed shaking when braking at around 12,000 miles, was told to replace or turn rotors. Had rotor replaced twice in front and once in back at dealership for around $700 each time. Went to Midas and they suggested aftermarket rotors. I haven't had problem since but spent $2,000 for front and back and only have 56,000 miles on car. This super sucks!

- kimak, Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #5

Aug 182008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,180 miles

I own a 2006 Ram 1500 SLT, had the 20 inch tires added because they were cool. At about 32,000 miles I noticed a shudder when braking at 50-60 mph, the truck also pulled to the left when you braked. Took it to the dealer in Ft. Worth, TX. By the way, I had bought the extended warranty from Longhorn Dodge when I bought the truck. The finance manager assured me that it covered everything outside of tires, brake pads, and oil changes.

Darryl, the service advisor, had his tech check the problem, calls me back and says that my rotors are out of round. When I asked him what he meant he said the rotors were warped. He suggested that the rotors needed to be turned and pads replaced, along with a front end alignment. Estimated cost: $800

I objected and declined the repair but was still charged $50 for 1/2 hour of labor. I was not pleased. Drove the truck from August, 2008 through May 2009, the problem did not get worse; it was just annoying. At 40,000 miles I took it back to the same dealer. The service manager said that he noticed I had a trailer hitch and that the warped rotors were caused by pulling heavy loads or from braking quickly at high speeds. Funny, all I ever pulled was a small utility trailer or sometimes my boat; isn't that what a 1/2 ton pickup is for? I'm 50 years old, my wife complains that I drive too slow; I'm no hot rod. I had them turn the front rotors and replace the brake pads; they also aligned the front end. That cost me $318. Mark, my new service advisor, suggested I have the back pads replaced soon.

At 43,000 miles the shudder returned again. Took it back to the dealer, they want to turn the back rotors and replace the pads. I also took them a technical service bulletin from 2007 that states this problem is due to worn tie rod ends. Which are covered under the extended warranty. Argued with the service advisor on the phone. Sounds to me like Dodge wants to milk us for cash whenever they can. This should be a recall!

- mlevytexas, Burleson, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 152008

Ram 1500 1500 REG CAB 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

Had the rotors go bad at 20k replaced them and the pads myself as dodge said at that mileage it wasn't covered under warranty anymore. Within 2000 miles they were warped again. Luckily autozone honored their warranty and replaced the rotors I bought from them.

- Jason S., Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 172008

Ram 1500 1500 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

Again, Dodge has done it. I have had to replace my rotors twice and have them turned once. I replaced the tires due to uneven wear and had 2 front end alignments. Yet when I go to stop my truck still shakes uncontrollably. I'm now told to replace the shocks. I only have 50K miles on it and don't see why I should have these problems. No one else I know has problems like this or like the several other postings on this site. Oh yeah..... They don't own a dodge. How strange. They have more miles on their trucks and grip because it's time for their oil change again and this time they have to change the air filter. Oooohhhh lucky me to get so much attention for my drama.

- April P., Waller, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 242009

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,000 miles

I bought this truck back in 2006, brand new. After 27000 miles the OE rotors warped, so I replaced them. I've replaced them 2 more times and had them turned once since then. So in 57000 miles I've had brake trouble 4 times. So I sent an email to Dodge. I wanted to know what they were doing to figure the problem out, and what they could possibly do for me, since this is not a normal wear and tear replacement part. I spoke to a "senior representative" today. All she could do was suggest that I take my truck into an authorized dealer to trouble shoot why my truck is warping discs prematurely. This, of course, was to be at my own expense. When I explained that I had already taken it to a dealer and all they had done was charge me $38 to tell me my rotors were warped, she didn't have an answer. Not only is this a pre-mature wear issue and a financial burden that none of needs or expects with our trucks, it's also safety issue. The shaking got so violent that in some instances I had to release the brakes to let the truck settle enough to brake again. I asked her if Dodge was doing any research to try and fix the problem with the truck line, and she told me there were no recalls for the truck. That's not what I asked. If there were a recall for this (and there should be!!!) I wouldn't be having this problem or conversation.

Dodge doesn't even need to do the research to find out if there's a problem. All they have to do is a Google search on dodge ram warped rotors to find out this is a problem with the truck line, not my individual truck. Or go to a parts store and ask how many RAM owners are coming in to buy new rotors or have a set turned. I bet it's a bunch.

I'll never buy another Dodge vehicle for myself or my family. I'd urge you to carefully consider before buying one yourself. It's no wonder the federal gov has had to bail them out, and they're still going to go under.

- kitz, Hopkins, SC, USA

problem #1

Dec 152008

Ram 1500 SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles

Bought the truck from Performance Auto Group In Lincoln, NE. It had 49,000 miles on it at the time. I noticed the warped rotor after about 2 weeks of driving it. I took it to the Performance Dodge Dealer and they did a " World Class Inspection" on the truck. Said nothing was wrong with it. It started getting worse so I took it to a truck specialty shop here and they said it needed new brakes and the front rotors were warped. I didn't think much since it was used, maybe the previous owner was a little hard on the brakes. However, I was pissed at the used car dealer and the Dodge dealer for missing it. Anyway, another 5000 miles goes by and I start getting the same symptoms. Yep, the left front rotor is warped again!! I believe the Dodge got a bad batch of rotors and will not own up to that fact. Do you know how expensive they are and they aren't covered by the after market warranty either. I have seen all of the other complaints about the warped rotors on here concerning the ram 1500's. What a shame that the gov't will bail out large corporations, but they won't stick up for the little guy like us!!

- Richard L., Lincoln, NE, USA