Dodge Ram 2500 Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Dodge Ram 2500 based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
If the transmission delays initial gear engagement after being parked overnight or longer, it may be due to a suspect transmission cooler return filter. If the transmission was recently serviced and the part number for the cooler return filter contains an "AB" suffix at the end, a new filter should be installed.
The track for the power seat may need to be replaced if the seat rocks when the vehicle accelerates or slows down.
A software issue with the sunroof module may lead to a battery drain while the ignition is off. This may cause a dead battery if the vehicle is left parked for a couple days, however reprogramming the sunroof module with new software may fix this problem.
A new lower secondary door seal is available if clothing is getting dirty when entering or exiting the truck. Dirt or mud may build up on the rocker panel below the door.
A revised return spring is available if the cup holder binds or is slow to open.
For the 4x4 models, a high pitched whistle heard between 30 and 60 miles per hour can be caused if the tie rod adjusting sleeve is oriented in a way that the sleeve slot is facing toward the front of the vehicle. Wrapping tape completely the sleeve will allow you to verify the the sleeve is creating the whistle. Rotating the adjusting sleeve so the slot does not face forward will fix the problem.
To avoid chatter from the rear axle while turning corners, it is important to use the correct axle fluid with the correct Trac-Loc additive (if equipped).
New covers are available if the driver's side hinge cover for the center armrest breaks.
When driving over bumps a clicking or squeaking from the rear leaf springs may be fixed by replacing the (leaf) spring tip liners and installing a spring clinch clip (kit available from the dealer).
One the 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 the carbon buildup on the top of the piston is common. As the buildup increases with mileage and over time, symptoms may vary from light ticking, to ticking/hammering, to hammering/knocking noises. Fuel injector cleaner often solves the problem.
On the 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8 it is often misdiagnosed as a leaking oil filter gasket, the oil filter adapter can seep from between the adapter and engine block.
A loud buzzing or whining when the transmission is in reverse may be caused by a regulator valve in the transmission valve body. A revised valve was released that does not resonate. Careful diagnosis should be performed because other causes can create the noise.