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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Dodge Ram 2500

2003 Dodge Ram 2500

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

Replacing a pressure solenoid valve in the transmission valve body may fix an issue where the transmission "hunts" between first and second gears. Our technicians report that customers sometimes describe this complaint as surging or bucking.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

If a Check Engine Light illuminates indicating leak detection pump (LDP) failure, the cause is often pinched or disconnected vacuum lines to the pump. Vacuum lines should be inspected before replacing the leak detection pump. Contamination (carbon or debris) in the pump can cause failure and any hoses should be cleared before a new pump is installed.

Engine -- Verified

The thermostat may fail to close completely, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. This problem will prevent the engine from reaching normal operating temperature; a new thermostat should be installed.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A vibration or shimmy felt in the steering wheel when driving over rough roads may be caused by a worn steering damper and tie rod ends. Also be sure the tires are correctly inflated, alignment is within specification and suspension components are tightened properly.

2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 28, 2009

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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.

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Brakes, September 27, 2004

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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.

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Drive Train, March 20, 2006

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On trucks with diesel engines, when attempting to quickly exit the vehicle with the engine running, the driver may accidentally leave the automatic transmission in reverse. This could allow rearward movement of the vehicle. Dealers will perform a software modification to equip these vehicles with an out-of-park alarm. This is not a recall, but is a safety campaign and the work should be covered free of charge. The Chrysler campaign number is E17.

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Drive Train, March 10, 2003

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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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Suspension & Steering, June 6, 2009

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Chrysler is recalling 18,000 aftermarket steering linkages used for service on 2003–2008 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Pickup models. The affected assembly part numbers are 52122362AA through 52122362AD. The linkages may drag or fracture, causing a loss of steering control, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering linkage drag link inner tie rod end assembly and inspect the steering linkage damper bracket free of charge.

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Questions and Answers

Deanna_1, 2003 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.7L V8 HEMI, La Grange, CA

vehicle left turn signal working,when towing a trailer the left turn signal on the trailer does not work but the vehicle left turn works, fuses, lights, and wiring are good on both the vehicle and ...

chevy_man_1, 2003 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.7L V8 HEMI, Indianapolis, IN

while I turn either way the front end squeaks on the passenger front wheel, but does not squeak while Straight nor in reverse.

matthewdburns, 2003 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.7L V8 HEMI, Philadelphia, PA

check engine light comes on ,then at same time red lighting bolt comes on. i looked in a book n it says electronic throttle control valve. can i fix this?

slw62, 2003 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Waxahachie, TX

The air conditioner is not getting cold in 2003 dodge ram 2300. When I check the high side it is at 100 psi and the low is at 40 psi. There is frost on the high side tube coming from the firewall.

Dennis Wayne, 2003 Dodge Ram 2500, Diesel, Parker Dam, CA

After charging a/c system high side went to 400 PSI, fan should come on at 325 PSI. This truck only has 30,000 miles, they said the fan clutch needs replacing. They told me not to rum my a/c until ...

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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Reviews

2003 with 44K miles. Rust on right rear weel wheel housing. Dealer confirmed the body shop statement that it is a manufacturing defect. Poor crimp between the outer and inner panels allowing water in.
Dealer contacted Dodge for $$ assistance and Dodge said no.
Now RR brake flex line blew off the crimp.
After inspecting all flex lines, all the crimps are rusting away. This truck is used for towing and not plowing/etc. so no extreme salt issues, just poor corrosion protection of critical parts.
replacing it soon. Never another Dodge. Ford.

Dash cracked after 3 years. Dodge said would help but still wanted a thousand from me for new one.

I Have 128000km and have change front all steering 2 times. The exhaust pipe need to be repair 2-3 time in 7 years. The interior keep the road. hi have no noise at all and noting have broke. The engine is built by Cummings so I will never se the end. (5.9L) Only have to change oil and filter.

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