hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,208 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

problem #42

Feb 012017

Ram 1500

  • 80,000 miles
So the hemi 5.7 has numerous complaints on cylinder 5 misfire and resulting in major engine work do to the mds system Dodge failed miserably engineering. My truck has 80,000 miles on it and I get it maintaince regularly. Why at consumers having to come out of pocket and it not be recalled yet from Dodge for poor design on this engine.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #41

Nov 012018

Ram 1500

  • 131,049 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 50-55 mph, the vehicle misfired and the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that cylinder number five was dead. The vehicle was taken to heberts town and country Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (1155 E bert kouns industrial loop, shreveport, la 71105, (888) 881-5163) where it was diagnosed that the lifter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 131,049. The VIN was not available.

- Oil City, LA, USA

problem #40

Oct 012018

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
4th generation Ram 1500 pickups with the 5.7L hemi are becoming notorious for premature lifter failure resulting in damage to the camshaft lobe. These repairs are often occuring just after expiry of cchrysler's powertrain warranty. There are hundreds of cases on online owner forums that present similarly. Chrysler has not sought to remedy the problem with owners. See the following link for dozens of examples from the last few years: Https://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?T=188978 major power loss occured at highway speeds and put the vehicle in "limp" mode. The result was a near accident with a large truck as power loss occured while passing on the highway.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #39

Dec 232018

Ram 1500

  • 77,000 miles
The manifold bolts on the 5.7 hemi break sometimes breaks off in the head and are not easily removed. Thus causing an exhaust leak (aka hemi tick). And my truck only has 77000 miles on it. Bought used so no warranty to cover the repairs.

- Mccomb, OH, USA

problem #38

Aug 022018

Ram 1500

  • miles
In 2018, yr 2012 Dodge Ram truck, was recalled for the T79 recall. After recall was installed, now truck stalls-goes dead when brake pushed & dies in reverse. After research, it's a major issue w/the 1500's yet there hasnt been a recall. This is a very dangerous situation that Dodge has put the owners in. So when I brake for anything on a hwy, it goes dead! the dealer checks for an error code & yet there is no error code so they cant do anything about it-dependent on computers versus hands on mechanics. Dealer suggested to leave my truck & they'll drive it until it happens which is random. It's ridiculous that mechanics have no real hands-on mechanical ability & depend on computers to provide error codes. After the T79 recall was done, was it required to upgrade/update or refresh the computer system afterwards" dealer said the recall did not call for an computer update as Dodge did not require it. Per internet forums, youtube, & internet, the stalling is a major issue! guess I have to take chances w/this issue of stalls/dying on hwy travel-dangerous! also, the steering wheel has something loose inside of it. It sounds like the airbag has come loose & is moving when wheel turned. Any recalls or word on this" again the dealer plugs in his computer & doesn't see anything wrong even though you can hear it. Dodge needs to be accountable & responsible for all these mistakes-esp since this is a safety issue! also, on the 1st day of purchasing my truck, the pass airbag light remained on. Dealer kept new truck for 6 wks to attempt resolution & ended up contacting Dodge engineering & found out the colored wires were crossed - the colors were interchanged at the factory! amazing & no recall was done. It's impossible to speak w/cust serv at Dodge Ram- someone that is knowledgeable.

- Camden, MS, USA

problem #37

Jan 152015

Ram 1500

  • miles
2009 Dodge Ram 1500. When the vehicle was started, a ticking noise was heard from the exhaust manifold. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that both sides of the engine block hinges were fractured and needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 80000

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #36

Feb 122017

Ram 1500

  • 102,000 miles
On my 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 hemi I have broken bolts on my exhaust manifold, something is wrong with my HVAC system in my truck also. Both of which I see are very common problems with these trucks.

- Bismarck, ND, USA

problem #35

Dec 022017

Ram 1500

  • 99,000 miles
I have a 2011 Dodge Ram. I had to mark 2009 because my year want in the options. I have replaced my fuel pump twice to find out I have a bad tipm. My fuel pump won't shut off even when the truck is off causing a dead battery. Windows roll up and down on their own, truck losses power out of no where, and door locks won't work sometimes. I've spent a few thousand to try to get this fixed just to learn it's the tipm.your options won't allow me to check the proper boxes

- House Srings, MO, USA

problem #34

Aug 102017

Ram 1500

  • 93,000 miles
I have 93000 on my truck and the lifter seizes I change my oil as recommended this is to low of miles to deal with this problem

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #33

Aug 232017

Ram 1500

  • 99,900 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart while holding the key fob but, when released, the vehicle lost all power. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the wireless ignition switch needed repalcement. The vehicle was not repaired due to the cost. The contact found NHTSA campaign number: 10V2400000 (electrical system) online for the 2010 Ram quad cab regarding the same failure. The vehicle was not taken to a local dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact stated that the manufacturer was notified, but offered no further assistance. The contact was referred to contact NHTSA. The failure mileage was approximately 99,900.

- Karlsruhe, NC, USA

problem #32

Jun 092017

Ram 1500

  • 158,000 miles
Driving down the road and the engine shuts off.....randomly happens - extremely dangerous...happens on the highway too. No recall or anything on this issue........why is this not a high priority......a class action lawsuit won't do families any good when a life or several lifes are lost.....please make this a top priority. Thank you.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #31

Feb 012017

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the engine started automatically without the key in the ignition. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #30

Sep 022016

Ram 1500

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Lakeway, TX, USA

problem #29

Sep 122016

Ram 1500

  • miles
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 there is a manifold bolt that is inferior/defective part dealership has admitted they know it is.. they are replacing atleast one a week. This bolt can break off and cause the motor to cease... warranty will not replace and this is happening to hundreds of people its in all Dodge forums... $400 + to replace this definitely needs to bd a recall only 50,000 miles on truck

- Bean Station, TN, USA

problem #28

Apr 212016

Ram 1500

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While starting the vehicle, a ticking sound was heard constantly. The contact noticed that the engine manifold bolts had fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #27

Jun 012013

Ram 1500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. It took several attempts before the engine restarted. The manufacturer was notified and no repairs were performed. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Mossuri City, TX, USA

problem #26

Apr 262016

Ram 1500

  • 74,000 miles
2009 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.7 hemi, 74000 miles. Developed ticking in the engine at idle and acceleration. Within a couple days engine light came on with shuddering under small load (up hill highway). Took to the local dealership that day. They discovered that the roller lifter failed (seized) and ground the cam lobe flat causing the misfire in one of the cylinders. $4300 repair bill! this is very common in the 5.7 hemi and not just the Ram, so common in fact that the dealership called and said the repair is on hold because the lifters are on backorder! google "failed 5.7 hemi lifters"... some vehicles don't make it 25000 miles before this happens. Chrysler has since changed the part number of the lifter because they know there was a defect or design flaw. But when you ask for assistance with the repairs they don't acknowledge there is a problem. This issue needs to be investigated, there are too many of them out there.

- Oak Grove, MO, USA

problem #25

Apr 302016

Ram 1500

  • 52,000 miles
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 5.7 hemi, my issue is concerning "the hemi tick" which is actually broken exhaust manifold head bolts. Seems like everybody that has this year model has the exact same problem. I have 2 broke bolts on the passenger side. The bolts happen to be the same bolts holding on the exhaust manifold shield in the rear of the motor. The cost to fix the issue is moderately expensive and if not addressed could easily cause more serious issues. The exhaust leak can be identified by the ticking sound (usually at start up until motor warms up and seals the leak) and should be replaced with stronger bolts that allow for the temperature changes.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #24

Apr 292016

Ram 1500

  • 142,000 miles
For the past month now my 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 hemi has stalled out on me 4 times. It has happened both while shifting from reverse to drive, slowing down to stop at a stop sign, and just sitting in drive in a parking garage lot. Truck has 142000 miles on it but this stalling issue has happened before around 30K. I can put the truck back in neutral or park and start it back up but there's a knock every time now. It is starting to worry me that the truck may stall out on the freeway. I do notice that it occurs whenever the RPM get low around 500-700 RPM. The truck then bogs down and stalls whenever I shift from reverse to drive on the few occasions that it happened. When I was pulling into a parking spot or slowing down to stop at a stop sign I also noticed the RPM drop to stall the truck.

- Denair, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 302016

Ram 1500

  • 135,000 miles
Failed timing chain..... causing catastrophic failure to engine.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »