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Steering Rack And Pinion Problems of Dodge Ram 1500



Dodge Ram 1500 owners have reported 29 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 1
Failure Date: 01/23/2014

Leaving work,I attempted to turn at intersection and steering seemed to lock, then I was able to turn with great effort. Took to dealership and was told rack and pinion unit had failed. At 47000 miles this seems to be a manufacturing defect that needs attention before someone is seriously injured.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 2
Failure Date: 01/12/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle became difficult to maneuver. The consumer stated the rack and pinion system needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 2/26/cn.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 3
Failure Date: 12/27/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge 1500. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing where the technicians stated there was contamination in the power steering system and the steering system would have to be flushed. The technician also stated that the rack and pinion and the fuel pump would have to be replaced. The failure continued after the repair and caused the driver of the vehicle to be involved in a crash due to the steering wheel seizing abnormally. The police were called to the scene and a report was filed. Three passengers sustained bruising and one passenger sustained a shoulder injury. The vehicle was destroyed and was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 122,450.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4
Failure Date: 08/15/2010

I purchased my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 about 3 months ago in August, the first incident occurred while driving down a very busy 35 mph road just passed a dangerous school zone and I have a total loss of steering. Turns out my power steering rack and pinion has failed. Now in 12 month I have replaced the part 4 more times and it is still broken leaving me everytime with a total loss of steering. The truck now sits in my driveway as I pay for it every month because Dodge wont do anything about this problem that cant be fixed.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 5
Failure Date: 02/04/2010

Rack and pinion failed on 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, 5. 7l hemi. No steering. Happened at 76,000 miles.

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Failure Date: 01/06/2010

I bought a 2004 Dodge 1500 a month ago. The truck has been good till yesterday when I was going to pickup my son when the power steering was not working. Took it into dealership $1400 for new rack and pinion. If I am still lucky it will not be a pump as well. Truck had 162460km when I bought it and has 163496km now. The thought of a clear safety on the truck and just over 1000km put on it and the rack and pinion needing to be replaced is not looking good for the dealership. Just wanted to let people know that this issue continues.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 7
Failure Date: 01/18/2009

My 2003 Dodge ram, with 60,768 miles on it, had a failure of the rack and pinion steering. Luckily this did it when parked, and I noticed that king kong could not steer it. If this happened while driving, this could have been a disaster. Chrysler will not stand up for this repair, and from the Dodge forums, this seems to be a very common (and recurring) problem. I fixed at the local Dodge dealership in west salem, WI for a cost of $1130. 00 I am sadly disappointed in Chrysler, making, in my opinion, a known defective product, and not offering support to the consumer. Chrysler should be made liable for this issue, for the safety of many others still on the road today. Thank you for your time.

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Failure Date: 01/15/2009

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Failure Date: 04/12/2008

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge 1500. While the tires were being rotated, the dealer noticed a leak coming from the rack and pinion. The vehicle was leaking power steering fluid. The current mileage was 63,000 and failure mileage was 62,989. Updated 6/9/08 the rear pinion seal was replaced three times. Updated 06/09/08.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 10
Failure Date: 04/10/2008

The rack and pinion went out on my 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 on the highway almost causing me to crash. Everywhere I look online and the dealer said they almost all go out. This is very dangerous I pull a trailer all the time and it is always in the back of my mind. I just cannot figure out why they haven't recalled it with so many complaints.

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car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 11
Failure Date: 03/06/2008

1. ) loss of power steering fluid 2. ) failure of rack and pinion seal, loss of steering, very dangerous situation 3. ) replacement of rack and pinion steering, new part from dealer was only one available, cost exceeding $800.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2008

Immediate loss of power steering fluid from steering rack, resulting in loss of power steering. This is apparently a common occurrence for late model Dodge trucks when they reach approximately 50,000 miles. The steering rack cannot be repaired, only replaced.

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Failure Date: 01/08/2008

Too much moving around with the steering , from side to side you have to grab wheel if possible with your feet.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 14
Failure Date: 03/04/2007

Seal on rack and pinion unit leaking and causing squealing. Need to top off power steering fluid to keep noise down. Not covered by manf. Coverage for 36k I have 45k.

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Failure Date: 02/16/2007

Rack and pinion failed after 33000 miles and two months past warranty. Took to the dealer and was told the rack and pinion was on national back order but they had one left. National back order? sounds like this is a problem.

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Failure Date: 02/12/2007

I have suffered two major system failures in my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, both of which resulted in a complete lock of the steering while driving. In both instances, first at 30,000 km in Feb 04, and now at 72,000 km in Feb 07, the power steering rack has broken, resulting in a catastrophic failure, requiring a king kong grip on the steering wheel simply to turn the wheel even one inch. The first failure was covered by Chrysler under the three year warranty, but this one is not being covered under the powertrain warranty. Both failures were luckily at low speed, but if this happens again in two years, I pray that it does not happen at highway speeds. I have seen numerous other complaints on carcomplaints. Com for the same failure, and there is another Dodge ram at the dealer right now with the same break down.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 17
Failure Date: 02/06/2007

40,600 miles and I have a rack and pinion fluid leak. I had heard that there was a recall on this and have not been able to locate it on line. I have not taken it to the dealer yet and will do it next week.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 18
Failure Date: 02/01/2007

Tla* the contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The failure mileage was 40,000. The contact stated that the first week of February 2007 he observed under the vehicle a fluid leak present on both seals of the rack and pinion steering. The local dealer stated that that they would have to put him on a waiting list for the specific part needed for the repair. There were no listed recalls, however, there was a lengthy waiting list. The contact experienced the same failure and the vehicle was repaired. This failure was related in both the new and former vehicles. The current mileage was 41,700. Dealer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 4/9.

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Failure Date: 01/17/2007

- the contact owns a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact's vehicle was leaking fluid from the rack and pinion. The first leak occurred at 68,000 miles which was a minor leak on the driver side of the vehicle. The contact was advised by the mechanic that the rack and pinion should be replaced. The contact stated that the rack and pinion should not have failed at a mileage of 70,000. Then there was a major leak on the passenger side after the repair shop diagnosed the vehicle. The contact is aware that there is no recall on the NHTSA website for his vehicle.

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Failure Date: 12/19/2006

2004 Dodge Ram 1500, 62,000 miles, leaking fluid. Took in for service and found it to be the rack and pinion seals had failed and could not be replaced. The entire unit had to be replaced.

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Failure Date: 06/17/2006

Failure of rack and pinion unit on 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 slt. Unit developed a severe leak that caused the power steering fluid reservoir to drain completely within an hour of driving.

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Failure Date: 06/10/2006

Driving down the road my truck hit a pothole not big at all and jumped in the other lane and I ended up in someone's front yard.

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Failure Date: 02/04/2006

Rack and pinion steering.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 24
Failure Date: 01/25/2006

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab, temperature 38 below. Rack & pinion failed, vehicle would not turn. 23000 miles on vehicle. This has been a problem in cold climates. Fix is replace unit. That's great under warranty when that runs out then its my dime, not acceptable. What happens when it gets cold next winter my warranty will be expired. Next time it could cause a fatal car accident.

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Failure Date: 08/20/2005

Sudden and complete failure of rack and pinion steering unit on 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. Seal failure caused immediate loss of power steering fluild. Caused loss of control on highway. Under different circumstances, this might have been catastrophic. Was able to regain control of the vehicle and slow to a stop along the side of the highway, but only after venturing into the oncoming lane of traffic. Research on the internet has brought to light many related complaints, including steering failures that have resulted in injury and death.

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Failure Date: 02/23/2005

The end of the truck locked up, preventing the driver from steering the vehicle and maintaining control. Took vehicle for check up, and results showed that the rack and pinion sheared off.

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Failure Date: 12/26/2004

I am now in the process of having the rack and pinion replaced for the second time. The first time the rack and pinion went out and this time was during driving the vehicle in four wheel drive in the snow. The first occurance was at 40,000 miles when we had 6 inches of snow and this time was at 114,000 miles in 8 inches of snow. This vehicle is how I make a living and is not used for recreational off roading. The damage to the rack and pinion occured during regular four wheel driving on city streets.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 28
Failure Date: 08/17/2002

While driving down a 35mph paved busy road, the rack and pinion under my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 fails, leaving me with a loss of steering and almost catching the truck on fire from so much fluid getting all over a hot engine bay. Now after a month and a half I have paid for 4 more rack and pinion failures and now my truck is still sitting in my driveway broken waiting for the 6th one. Everytime it is a total loss of steering and there are no warnings.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 29
Failure Date: 12/01/2001

Faiilure on steering on the right turn and at speed 50mph.

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