2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Dodge Ram 1500

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Problems

Exhaust manifold bolts commonly break, exhaust manifold gaskets should be replaced and replace bolts as needed.

Engine overheating can result from coolant leaks which are commonly found at the thermostat housing gasket, water pump, heater return tube O-ring at the water pump, intake manifold gasket, and timing cover gasket. Our technicians recommend a complete inspection of the cooling system after any repairs are made to be sure there are no other leaks.

Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Recalls

Chrysler has recalled certain 2002-2009 Dodge Rams (1500/2500/3500) because the wiper module assemblies may be susceptible to water intrusion, which may result in partial or complete loss of windshield wiper capability. This may cause reduced visibility for the driver, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the wiper module assemblies with vented wiper motor housings.

Chrysler has recalled certain 1998-2003 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with four-wheel ABS because aftermarket batteries may leak electrolyte onto the ABS control module connector, which can compromise the sealing integrity. This may allow development of a short circuit in the connector, which could eventually lead to a fire. Dealers will inspect the ABS control module connector for electrolyte damage and replace it if necessary.

Chrysler has recalled certain 2003 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 models with Cummins Diesel engines and manual transmissions because they may experience an elevated idle speed after extended cruise control use. This can result in unintended acceleration and a reduction in braking effectiveness, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the software in the Cummins engine controller.

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Reviews

i bought a used dodge ram 1500 4.8 liter with 96000 miles on it. i've driven the truck for almost two months and the check engine light came on, something to do with my air intake. anyone have any suggestions?

I just bought a 2003 Quad cab 4x4 a few weeks ago with 160,000 miles a month ago. The body is in perfect condition, no rust except the corner of the door. The interior doesnt even look worn and it drives very well. I love the roomy interior also. But, after about a week, I noticed a jerking/vibrating in the rearend when accelerating a little hard and when pulling a steep grade. I am doing ...

I bought a 2003 Ram 1500 w/5.7 HEMI new. I have owned this truck since new and now have 105,000 mile on it. This truck has been excellent and has never let me down. Only minor issues in the last 8 years. Just now having to replace the upper/lower ball joints and shocks. Brakes have been done once since new. Wheel bearing hubs on both sides have been replaced. This is a big heavy truck, have to ...

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