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Headlights Problems of Dodge Ram 1500 - part 1



Dodge Ram 1500 owners have reported 58 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 1
Failure Date: 04/04/2016

The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at an unknown speed, black smoke emitted from the rear of the vehicle without warning. In addition, when the brake pedal was depressed, an abnormal sound emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brakes, calipers, and rotors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the hub bearing, wheel hub, axle shaft assembly, and driveshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Lastly, the front driver side headlight failed to operate. The head lamp was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 201,281.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 2
Failure Date: 12/08/2015

The low beam headlights cut out while I was driving at night to the store a motorist flashed their lights at me while I was at a light. . Checked all fuses and had mechanic look it over. They narrowed it down to the steering column it will be 400$ to fix. The wire harness pin plug had overheated and melted. Almost caused a fire. I had smelled burning electric smell. Was only able to hold hi beam lever to keep hi beams engaged to be able to drive with lights till problem is fixed.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 3
Failure Date: 06/26/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 45 mph, the driver side low beam headlight failed to illuminate without warning. The contact also stated that the driver side high beam light would not illuminate unless the contact held down the high beam control. The failure recurred each time the high beam and low beam headlights were engaged. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the tipm failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 09/10/lj.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 4
Failure Date: 06/08/2015

Headlights, both low beam and high beam went out and will not come back on. Bulbs replaced, still will not come on. Transmission has begun to shift erratically although vehicle is at a constant speed.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 5
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

Passenger side headlight intermittantly fails, but bulb is ok. Windows intermittantly roll themselves down. Key(fob) gets stuck in recepticale. Passenger side windshield sprayer does not spray water.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 6
Failure Date: 03/23/2015

For more than 1 year, the tachometer in my Dodge ram has functioned intermittently. On 3/25/15 I noticed that the driver-side low-beam headlight bulb was out. I replaced the bulb without effect. My mechanic diagnosed the tipm module as the culprit for both the headlight and tachometer failure. He will replace the module, at a cost of roughly $1000, when a replacement can be obtained. It is estimated that it will be at least 4 weeks from the time of diagnosis before that replacement tipm will be available. In the meantime, I must drive my truck with only one headlight and then I will have to pay more than $1000 to have this repaired.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 7
Failure Date: 12/22/2014

The driver side headlight goes off at random times. It usually comes back on within a few minutes. Now it is completely out. A new bulb was attempted but failed to fix the issue. Also the anti theft system activates at random times causing the horn to activate and vehicles lights to all flash. One one occasion the vehicle failed to start for several hours. The issues are getting worse and more frequent.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 8
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

The driver's side headlight would go off and on in intervals and then finaly went out completely. I purchased a stock bulb from a Dodge dealership and had the bulb installed by a different Dodge dealership. After having the bulb changed at field's Chrysler Dodge Jeep, they pulled my truck around for me to pick up and I noticed that it still wasn't working, so they took it back into the shop and worked on it some more and finally got the headlight working. Within a few days after the bulb replacement, the light stopped working again. I took the truck back to the dealership and they told me there was a part that they had to order, but used a security tie for this part to keep continuity until the new part arrived. When the part arrived, I took my truck back to the dealership to have the part replaced. I rented a vehicle for the day and picked up my truck the following day. About 5 days after this repair, the headlight went out again. Now, I have to take the truck back to the dealership yet again and spend more money, time, missed work due to their defective part and design. I have had so many other problems with this truck that it is mind boggling. I was just pulled over by the police last night for the light being out. I constantly worry about getting pulled over when driving at night and this has been extremely aggravating and stressful. This has limited my driving at night significantly. I have performed an internet search for this issue with this truck and apparently this is a common safety defect. Thus far, I have incurred at least $400. 00 in expenses but does not account for my time and missed work. Please help.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 9
Failure Date: 08/22/2014

My brand new vehicle had a front left headlight that was out. Stopped by police, went to dealer next day, they said they see this across model line. Brand new car . Was concerned how dark road was driving at night. . Never thought on a brand new car this would occur !.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 10
Failure Date: 06/17/2014

The contact owns a 1995 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at an unknown speed, the headlights failed without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was experiencing the same failure specified in NHTSA campaign number: 99v024000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 11
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

2014 Dodge Ram 1500. Consumer writes in regards to navigation system problems. The consumer stated the screen would freeze and turn black. Also, the system would display a different location, other than where the consumer was. The consumer also stated, the headlights shut off while his wife was driving, one night. She was able to pull over and turn the lights back on.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 12
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle, the low beam headlights suddenly turned off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who changed the light bulbs, but the failure persisted. The contact indicated that vehicle was taken to the dealer on multiple occasions due to the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 35,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 13
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

The rear axle pinion nut on my truck is recalled causing major safety issue. Chrysler is refusing to do anything other than telling people to wait and they are ok to continue to drive the vehicle until it breaks. This is my only vehicle, and I need a safe vehicle for my family and me to be in. You’re putting our lives, and everyone elses at risk is 100%irresponsible of me and Chrysler. Please help us consumers. My light came on service 4 wheel drive, esp traction control, I purchased an extended warranty which is what saved me, I am having electrical problems with the headlights, first the drivers side and now the passager side. I have called Dodge dealer several times to schedule the service for the replacement. They do not have the part or don't know when the part will be there.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 14
Failure Date: 03/10/2014

I feel that the headlights (halogen) on my 2013 Ram 1500 slt are inadequate to drive the truck safely. The low beams are too dim and yellowish to see down the road. I have had many vehicles in my 35+ years of driving and these are the worst headlights of any car or truck I have ever seen or experienced. I have seen other 2013 ram trucks with similar headlights with the same dimness and yellowish lighting. I find myself over using the high beams simply because the low beams fail to do the job. Others have had to have complained about this, ram needs to take action to correct this problem before something bad happens. Another problem with these trucks is that there is a approximate 1 second delay when using the horn to warn other drivers. Take that 1 second delay while driving at 30. . . 40. . . 50 mph and it magnifies the danger.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 15
Failure Date: 03/05/2014

The lighting system (headlights) on my 2014 ram truck are dangerous to use at night. They are very dim and produce sub-standard lighting for safe driving. I am forced to use high beams during night driving. This is notably not safe for oncoming drivers, but it is the only option I have. After a quick internet search, this is a known problem with many Chrysler, ram and Jeep products.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 16
Failure Date: 12/31/2013

Automatic headlights go out while riding down the highway. Occurs in cold weather more than warm weather dealership cannot find problem never happens when taken in.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 17
Failure Date: 12/28/2013

Driving the vehicle at night with both headlights and fog (driving) lights on does not provide enough illumination for safe travel. My wife and I both noticed several times that you cannot see at night when there is any wet pavement surrounding this vehicle. On the highway at 55 mph you cannot see your lights on the pavement (scary!). In addition, I drove the vehicle multiple times at night and found it extremely difficult to navigate with the stock lighting supplied by Dodge with this vehicle. I replaced the stock system with an aftermarket hid system to correct the defect at considerable personal expense. I would have expected Dodge to supply a vehicle of this type with proper lighting technology. Please see prior model years complaints. Dodge refuses to correct this defect even though multiple safety complaints been made regarding it. Also check Dodge truck forums and you will see there are multiple complaints regarding stock lighting systems on ram vehicles.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 18
Failure Date: 12/20/2013

Dodge seems to have a known issue causing the headlights to not work that is unrelated to the condition of the lamp itself or a fuse. Apparently a $500+ part is required. Many people cannot afford this repair and go without headlights instead causing obvious safety issues.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 19
Failure Date: 11/06/2013

The headlights are unsafe. They are so dim you cant see anything in front of you at night. The brights were on for 15 miles and not one car flashed there brights at me. Looking at the internet they are 1000s complants of Dodge ram headlights. The dealer where you bought it at just tell you to change the bulbs and that does nothing. This is a safety issue that needs taken care of right away.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 20
Failure Date: 10/27/2013

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated while traveling various speeds, the headlights intermittently failed. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 36,500.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 21
Failure Date: 09/01/2013

The right headlight on my 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 failed while driving. The vehicle uses separate low and high beam bulbs. Test showed that both low and high beam were affected on the failed side. I had recently purchased the truck used. When I called the previous owner he informed me that he had experienced the same problem at different times with each headlight. He had simply unplugged and replugged the headlight connectors to "fix" the problem. I removed the failed right headlight assembly. Test showed that manipulating the wires (push, pull, stress to one side or the other) coming into the male side of the connector could cause the headlight work or fail. I performed a similar test on the (working) left side headlight with the same results - I could force failure at will, even though the connector was fully assembled and locked. Upon inspection of the connectors, both appeared clean inside. I sprayed each with contact cleaner anyway, and reassembled only to find the same problem. Manipulating the pins on the female side of the connector in effort to increase contact pressure resulted in no improvement when the connector was replugged. As a former failure analysis engineer I can tell you that there is a design / application problem with the headlight connectors used on this truck. Short of contact plating analysis, it appears there is insufficient contact area and / or contact pressure on the small pins used. As a work-around, I used long nose pliers to reach inside the male connector body, and twisted the small, flat, male pins approximately 45 degrees to increase contact pressure. After reassembling both connectors in this manner, I can no longer force failure on either side. The stock headlight connectors used on this truck present a serious design flaw and safety issue since as designed, headlight failure may occur at any time.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 22
Failure Date: 06/05/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that both plastic headlight covers were oxidized and reduced the visibility whenever driving at night. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 23
Failure Date: 05/13/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the low beam headlights failed. The contact also mentioned that the visibility was very poor when the low beam head light were illuminated. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,500.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 24
Failure Date: 04/29/2013

My headlights on 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 laramie are getting a lot of moisture/condensation in both of them. I had them replaced by dealership but my new pair are doing the same. I have seen on other similar trucks like mine with same issue. This is causing my lights to look dimmer instead of brightening up the road. I have the projector style headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 25
Failure Date: 03/14/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated both headlights on the vehicle failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the headlights and stated the wiring for the headlights was loose. The failure has recurred on the right headlight and the vehicle will be taken to the dealer for another inspection. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 23,000 and the current mileage was 26, 516. Mw.