Engine Failure problems of the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500

Four problems related to engine failure have been reported for the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Engine Failure problem 1
Failure Date: 03/13/2015

Vehicle stalled while driving down the road. I took it to the local mechanic and they did compression test on it they said no compression on the #7 cylinder, he told me it is an internal engine failure. My vehicle only has 33,000 miles on it. I found out it is a known issue, Chrysler fixed it in the 05 models but did nothing for the 2003 and 2004 vehicles.

car   Engine Failure problem 2
Failure Date: 11/09/2014

I was driving and my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 sputtered and died without warning. I was in the left lane, and it was all I could do to pull it to the right side of the road as it lost power. I was headed uphill, so I was able to safely put it in neutral and let it roll back because I was blocking an entrance ramp to the interstate. It was 5 pm and I was westbound, so people had difficulty seeing my hazard lights while looking into the sun. It was scary! with regular maintenance and garage kept, this truck broke an engine valve spring. When this happens, the engine fails immediately because there is no longer compression in that cylinder. I was lucky, the spring held in place and did not allow the valve to drop into the cylinder, which would have been catastrophic and irreparable. After research, I found Dodge knows about this problem in the 2004 hemi engine. In fact, they redesigned the valve springs in the 2005 models. Several sites & blogs showed owners with the same problem, but Dodge never started a campaign or issued a recall. I contacted Chrysler (Dodge) and they refuse to assist or acknowledge the problem. If this had occurred on a busy interstate, I could have been involved in a serious accident. When the engine failed, I lost power steering and any ability to maneuver the vehicle. If needed, I have all documentation, and I also have the broken valve spring in my possession.

car   Engine Failure problem 3
Failure Date: 12/16/2009

I have the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 5. 7 hemi. The truck inconsistently stalls for no reason. Sometimes after fueling up the motor will surge and sputter before stalling. Most of the time the motor starts right back up only to stall again just a short time later. Other times the motor will not restart for several minutes and attempts. It only stalls when traveling below 25mph and sitting at idle. I noticed it normally idles around 700rpm, but just before a stall it will dip to 500rpm and feel as it there is a slight miss in the motor. Nothing I have tried has fixed this issue and the repair shops have failed to duplicate or diagnose this problem. After checking around I have noticed this seems to be a common problem and I think Dodge should do something to fix this. Whenever the engine fails I lose steering and brakes. Last week it stalled on the interstate with no pull off room and it would not restart for several minutes nearly causing a rear end collision between a big rig and myself. This is a serious safety issue.

car   Engine Failure problem 4
Failure Date: 11/24/2008

Engine failure. On several occasions the engine would stall upon acceleration. My 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 stalled on me after driving onto a patch of ice causing my steering wheel to become difficult to steer and the truck started sliding down an icy street, off the road and down a mountain until it came to a stop on a tree. Since the truck stalled and I was not able to restart it in time. The truck is now a total loss. The frame bent in the front drivers area of the truck, the steering became lose and the back passenger quarter panel is damaged which will not allow the tail gate to come down.

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