Problems With the Dodge Ram 1500

by Timothy Bodamer

The Dodge Ram 1500 is a strong and powerful machine built to handle big loads and tough terrain. But even the biggest and best sometimes fall, and the Ram truck is no different. The Ram has it's problems over the years, calling for numerous recalls to correct everything from transmission problems to mirror and seat belt glitches.

Seat Belts

The 2006 Dodge Ram was recalled by the federal government for a problem with seat belts. Various Ram trucks didn't meet the standard of seat belt regulations that caused the front passenger seat belt note being able to various child seats. This problem increased the potential for injuries to children in these seats in the event of a crash. Dealers corrected this problem by replacing the front passenger seat belt. Owners should call Dodge's partner company, Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 to see if they still qualify for the repair.

Transmission

The 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 experienced a problem in the vehicle's transmission.The truck's transfer case to the transmission had fasteners that were possibly not tightened properly. The transmission adapter or transfer case may cause the housing to crack and leak transmission fluid. Continuing to operate the truck could cause damage to the fuel system and subsequently a fuel leak. A fuel leak near an ignition source could cause a fire. Also, losing transmission fluid could cause the transmission to lock up while the driver is on the road. The solution to this problem is to properly tighten the fasteners. Call Chrysler at 800-992-1997 for more information.

Rearview Mirror

The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 had a recall on the exterior mirror housing units that are on both the driver side and passenger sides of the truck. Some Ram trucks had their mirrors loosened because the system would fail because the detent, or catch, of the system not working. This may result in lack of vision to a driver's rear view and could cause an accident when moving lanes or turning. Dealers use a mirror detent kit to fix the problem. Call 800-853-1403 for more information if your used Dodge Ram has this problem.

About the Author

Tim Bodamer is a freelance writer based in Seminole, Florida. He attended Edinboro Univerity of Pennsylvania where he studied journalism. He has 15 years of writing experience and specializes in sports, business and general interest topics.