Dodge Ram 1500 owners have reported 12 problems related to automatic transmission park/neutral start switch (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.
Is a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 susposed to come out of park without touching the brake pedal? the truck came out of gear from park to reverse and caused $2500 worth of damage. The engine was running in this case. However, my 3 year old granddaughter was able to take the truck from park to reverse while standing on the seat. The truck was parked at that time on a inclining driveway so it rolled only to the street. Chevrolet products, I know, have a safety feature which requires the break pedal to be pressed in order for the vehicle to come out of park.
See all problems of the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500.
While driving with vehicle in first gear it will jump out without prior warning, leaving vehicle in neutral and without power. Vehicle had been taken to dealer twice for same problem, but dealer could not fix it. Manufacturer had not been contacted.
See all problems of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500.
Vehicle was in reverse, attempted to drive back in reverse, but vehicle was still in drve. Consumer slammed on brakes, and went back to reverse, and drove. But vehicle was stil the same. Consumer had to turn vehicle off to get it correctly into gear. Service manager referred the consumer to to another mechanic, who had to replace steering column.
See all problems of the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500.
When driving on highway at 55 mph transmission shifted out of gear from drive into neutral, causing vehicle to decelerate. Consumer has contacted dealer.
Failed shift interlock system causing vehicle to roll backward, and resulting in injuries to driver's hips and knee. Dealer / manufacturer were notified; still waiting on manufacturer to respond. Please provide us with any further details on this matter.
See all problems of the 1996 Dodge Ram 1500.
Transmission gear can be pushed into drive without putting foot on brake first. Concerned because consumer has small children. Consumer was not informed of this feature prior to purchase of vehicle.
My truck is not equipped with the park break release safety feature, and I want to know why? the last truck I owned before this was a 1996 cherolet and it had it , and my moms 2000 model Chevrolet truck, pickup has it as does my dads 97 model Ford pick-up. But without me knowing it I found out that my 1999 Dodge truck does not have it, but all the Chrysler cars are equpiped with it. Not only did I not know that it didn't have it , but also the police officer that worked my accident, and 3 Dodge dealers did not know this. As a result of my pickup not having this safety feature my grandmother, 4 year old son and myself were in an accident involving a semi-truck. I parked in a lot of a store and left my grandmother and son in the truck only to realize that I had forgot my purse. I came back for it on the passenger side, and ask them to hand it to me, it was on the dash, and when my son pulled it off, it hit the gear shift and went into reverse into the highway , and was struck by a on coming loaded semi-truck. Fortuantly we was not killed , but I was hanging on to the truck trying to stop it, and did get some pulled muscles, and granny got a whiplash. My point is this is very dangerous. If these trucks are not supposed to have this feature they need it, for gods sake before someone is killed. Why does the fords and chevy trucks have this ,and the Dodge truck doesnt. Please help me!!! and many others before something terrible happens. . You should have to press the break to get these vehicles into gear. !! if its good for one why not the other. It can't be that much more expensive because the rest of them have it, and their no more higher than the rest. Thank you tracy williams please take this into consideration, and let me know something if possible.
When vehicle is put into park it will roll back 2-3feet before it will engage. Dealer has inspected vehicle, and said that it was a common occurrence. Manufacturer has been notified.
Vehicle was parked in driveway and engine running with children in back seats;. All of a sudden a loud sound was heard and the vehicle rolled out of driveway into a tree. Three injuries were sustained, including minor cuts & bruises. Dealer notified. Can NHTSA provide additional information.
Transmission solenoid/vacuum failed.
Vehicle has no interlock safety mechanism. Vehicle can be placed into gear without applying the brake. The dealer has been contacted.
Consumer was able to shift gear indicator without application of brakes, allowing gears to be shifted by mistake at any time while vehicle was running. Dealer said it was normal and part of design. Consumer feels manufacturer needs to warn all owners of this.
See all problems of the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500.
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|Power Train problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Transfer Case problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Power Train Driveline problems||
|Axle Shaft problems||