really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,446 miles

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problem #21

Jul 132015

Ram 1500

  • 123,616 miles
I was driving, doing 45 mph speed limit, when all of a sudden the rear end locked up and I went skidding to the side of the road.I exited the truck to see what happened and the center drive shaft was lying on the ground leaking fluid every where. I was lucky that no one hit me from behind and the kids weren't in the truck. I saw a lot of complaints about the same thing happening to others, but a different year truck. Please help

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #20

Mar 062015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
We just turned onto my street and we heard a loud grumble and drag sound. Like brake or rear end lock up.. sure enough we stopped turned truck off and looked the rear end was locked and my drive shaft was laying on the road. Thank the lord above it didn't happen when we was just on interstate. I'm disabled and it was cold and I had to sit in truck until help came, which we are 18 -20 miles from town. I go to doctor a lot and its my only transportation.the mechanic said the rear end locked and something flexed and drive shaft came out.

- Mountain Home, TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 042015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 160,182 miles
Slowing down to exit highway when rear differential locked up causing truck to skid.

- Crestwood , KY, USA

problem #18

Jan 012015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 11,784 miles
Driving, and just shut down would not start again, see thr recall on manual transmission.

- St .Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 152014

Ram 1500

  • 38,000 miles
I was leaving work when it happened. I left the driveway and got on the road and once I hit about 35 or so my truck began to seize and popped in the rear. My truck then began to bounce in the back and I had to pull over and get out to see what had happened, and didn't see anything. I was very confused. I started to drive and turn back to the street and it started violently bouncing again so I took it to my mechanic who then helped me figure that the problem was the rear differential. We took it apart and found chunks of metal gears all over the bottom. I had to have it rebuilt for $1800 total. I was very disappointed and confused as to how a rear diff. Could just give out so I looked it up and many others with the same year or close to it had the same problem I had. Some at higher, more dangerous speeds for something that vital to give out. I was shocked to learn about this many people complaining and having the same serious problem with this part that I had and that there has been no recall for it. It shouldn't have to wait for someone to be injured or worse for the problem to be fixed. The truck is barely broken in and I love it which is why I was heartbroken when this happened. I want a recall done to stop this from happening to others and to help those that it's already happened too. I'm very upset this problem is happening to so many and nothing is being done about it. I'm glad I wasn't going at highway speeds like some others that had the same thing happen. I want the whole problem fixed because I heard it has something to do with the driveline as well and if that shatters like the rear diff then I hope I'm as lucky the first time.

- Keizer, OR, USA

problem #16

Jun 192009

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
While driving at various speeds, the truck tries to engage 4WD lo. At low speeds it has engaged to 4WD lo. At higher speeds it has engaged 4WD lock and has shifted to neutral. Dealerships have replaced the actuator, said it was the tipm, and said it was an ac relay pressure switch. The problem still happens as of 12/24/14. Has been to 5 diff. Dodge dealerships. This is an intermittent problem and may not happen for 6 months. 4WD lo light flashes and serv 4WD light comes on. Different service codes come up when dealerships look at it. I have been the only owner of this truck.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #15

Oct 242014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I had heard a grinding sound for a few days only when going in reverse. I was on my way to work and all of the sudden a loud bang happened and I stopped the truck and had to have it towed to the dealership. Repairman said that the rear end differential had exploded. Ive only had this truck financed for four months and now they want $4300 to repair.

- Trussville , AL, USA

problem #14

Mar 212013

Ram 1500

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was in park when an abnormal noise was heard. The contact later discovered that the drive shaft was rubbing and knocking. The contact referenced the NHTSA campaign number 07V413000(power train) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 22,000.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #13

May 202013

Ram 1500

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while in reverse, the vehicle was hesitant to respond. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #12

May 262011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4, 5.7 slt clubcab big horn, limited slip diff- I bought it new and am the only owner. Pinion seal and bearing fail under warranty, about 1 once a year, twice under warranty. Failure mode is defined as a loud hum/whine from rear differential, chirp from rear wheels, each time leaving us on the side of the road concerned it will lock up or break off the drive shaft into the cab. Dealer noted that this happens a lot, reworked assembly and changed fluids.(diff fluid plus limited slip additive). This differential has now failed for the third time, now started extremely loud noise causing me to pull over in silicon valley traffic, nearly causing 10 car pile up. Independent shop has diagnosed, finding chunks of metal in rear differential. Dealer told me that they do not warranty their work, no recall, no tsb. As this is the third go back, I am concerned for my safety as well as that of my children, this is our family car. Without corrective action or root cause analysis, we are again put in harms way. As a government Agency, please review seriously against the other complaints, your numbers 10374409, 10343734. Please provide findings and response from Chrysler. I will continue to escalate to my representatives if I find that NHTSA does not properly ensure critical drive systems are reviewed for safety, I believe this to be a major safety problem as it has been recalled on other years and brands.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #11

Jun 082012

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
Vehicle will shift into 4 wheel drive but when trying to go forward or in reverse the 4 wheel drive locks up and causes vehicle to stop and this could cause for a unexpectedly stop causing someone to hit me from the rear and the rear differential is vibrating causing the gears to chip and does it at slow speeds and fast also when in 4 wheel drive the vehicle will not turn it comes to a dead stop which again can cause a unexpectedly stop and cause an accident.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #10

Dec 302011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,300 miles
After getting a brake job I drove truck on freeway when the back wheels locked up causing severe bouncing in the back end. The truck was returned to the repair shop but locked up a couple other times on way back. They believed that they had overtightened the parking brake causing the lock up. They adjusted brake and I again took truck out onto freeway and had it lock up again a couple times. I returned the truck to the repair shop again. They then believed that there was a leak in a rear seal that was causing rear brake pads to get wet and expand, causing them to swell and lock up. They made further repairs and I drove the truck as normal for about two months when the rear end locked up on me again. Each time it locked up it was while driving at higher freeway speeds. Once pulled over to shoulder the rear end would free up and then drive like normal. The last time it happened was in March while on vacation. It has not happened since, however, I am careful to drive at slower speeds on freeway. I recently heard of the investigation into this problem in 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups and believed my truck may have the same issue. The repair facility that I was using at the time is S & K muffler, 1317 N. main, royal oak, mi 48067, (248) 548-9225.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #9

Jul 092012

Ram 1500

  • 115,000 miles
While running down the road at 65mph the truck slips into reverse, making the back tires bark and then it goes back into gear. This scary and dangerous someone easily run into the rear. Please investigate this problem before someone gets killed.

- Douglasville, Ga, GA, USA

problem #8

Apr 142011

Ram 1500

  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated while reversing out of a driveway, the pinion gear on the rear differential broke, causing the vehicle to stop in the street. The contact towed the vehicle to a dealer. The dealer repaired the rear differential and pinion gear. The failure mileage was 23,000.

- Ulm, MT, USA

problem #7

Feb 242012

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,200 miles
Driving a 2007 Dodge Ram at 35 mph in snow/slush conditions with full time 4WD. The shift motor on the transfer case failed and caused the vehicle to return to 2wd without any notification. This caused me to go into a spin. Just prior to spinning, the instrument panels lights went out and all gauges went to "zero" momentarily. Afterwards, the 4WD auto light was flashing and I had no 4WD. This design is not fail safe and there are no safety warnings from the manufacturer. I also found out from my local dealer that this is the second incident just in this area.

- Slinger, WI, USA

problem #6

Sep 122011

Ram 1500

  • 59,436 miles
The contact wanted to use the following complaint that was emailed to NHTSA. Shift cable on 2007 Dodge Ram big horn edition comments: My husband and I recently had our Ram serviced the plastic yes plastic clamp holding the shift cable either broke or fell off the cable came to rest on the muffler the heat from the muffler burnt the cable and caused it to snap I feel this is a design flaw and a possible safety hazard what if this happened while my husband was driving? also a plastic clamp could easily break again and we would be subject to another costly repair I got in touch with Dodge and they will not assist I was told that there are a lot of plastic parts on vehicles I was also informed that the plastic clamp was damaged and therefore they could not help with a reimbursement I am angry now that Dodge basically wouldn't listen to my concerns so I decided to write NHTSA all I can say is if this happens again and my husband and/or I are hurt or worse as a result Dodge will be face a lawsuit just stating the facts. The failure mileage was 59,436.

- Twin Lake, MI, USA

problem #5

Mar 162010

Ram 1500

  • 30,093 miles
Experienced strong vibration in front left side of vehicle, as though driving on rumble strip on highway. Speed was irrelevant, anywhere from 25 mph and above. Felt as though it was a locked caliper or other wheel/brake issue. Brought to dealership where truck was always maintained, and after their inspection, they find nothing. This was March, 2010. Experienced same vibration intermittently throughout summer of 2010. Vibration became a common occurrence. At times it feels as though I was driving on the rim. In November, 2010, brought to another dealership for same complaint. They find front axle shaft requiring replacement, which was covered under powertrain warranty. Also found was front hub and bearing requiring replacement, which was not covered under warranty. This failure appears to be the subject of 2006 model year recalls.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #4

Mar 182010

Ram 1500

  • 19,964 miles
The first rear differential failure occurred at 19,964 miles in middle of March 2010. Repairs were made under warranty. Nine months later the rear differential fails again at 25,165 miles in middle of December 2010. This time the rear wheels locked up and the drive shaft snapped off at the rear axle almost causing an accident. Dealer informed me that although the first repair was done under warranty the second was not covered even though time and mileage did not exceed 12 month 12,000mi on the repair. I was at his mercy because the vehicle was not drivable. So I paid $3,000 out of pocket for repairs which I believe should have been covered under warranty. It is January the 2nd, 2011 and the rear end is making that whining sound it usually makes before it disintegrates. I will be visiting the dealer on my next day off from work.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 312009

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles
Driving down road, loud bang in back of truck, started running funny and weird actions when giving gas, braking, etc...felt mechanical, not engine problems. Lifted rear tires off ground, put in drive and could hear the loud clank, clank in rear end. Opened the cover and found large pieces of metal in bottom/magnet. Had to get new gears. If I would have been going fast or tried to drive a distance it could have been dangerous.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #2

Dec 302009

Ram 1500

  • 37,500 miles
Front end vibrates when in four wheel drive and accelerating fast. Dodge dealership states its normal on truck (basically it wasn't built right but Dodge doesn't care). Showed me another 07 Ram 1500 did the same thing.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

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