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Wiper Problems of Dodge Ram 1500 - part 1

Dodge Ram 1500 owners have reported 68 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 1
Failure Date: 04/15/2015

After owning a Dodge 1500 2006 mega cab for 4 years had to replace the multi function switch it stopped working had no wipers high beams or signals. 5 years later have the same thing happen seems like an on going problem with these switches. When the don't work make it a safety issue due to no wipers, signals, or high beams. . .

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 2
Failure Date: 03/15/2015

Defrost won't work. Heat works on floor and vents. I understand from on line forums that this is an on going problem with these trucks. I feel this is a safety issue and this need recall. Someone is going to get hurt or killed some day because of this.

car image   Wiper problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 3
Failure Date: 01/25/2015

I was driving down the 131 south about 9 o'clock going about 70 mph and the hood somehow opened and flew back on my windshield and smashed it. Hit the brakes and veered off the road. Scared the crap out of me took about 20 minutes to bring the hood back down to strap it. The hindges snapped on one side and ripped and bent corners of the hood. This truck has 123k on it with no rust on the hood or mechanisms. If this will not be taken care of free of charge I will not be a happy camper. . I work on cars I know how to lube hood latches I also know how to close hoods. My VIN doesn't pull up a recall but this happened as a manufacturers error and I hope this will be professionally taken care of free of charge . Before I bought this truck I had checked for recalls. If this were to have popped up on my VIN this would have never happened. I'm just glad I could get it off the road safely.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 4
Failure Date: 12/15/2014

Driving on the highway in washington state during a snowy day and the defrost started blowing cold air. Dealer seems to think it is a broken blend door. As I have researched it on the web it is a very common problem and very expensive to fix but since someone hasn't deemed it a safety issue there is no recall. I on the other hand see foggy frozen windshield and windows as a safety issue.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 5
Failure Date: 11/10/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated the the vehicle defrost/defogger system windshield:blower does not function and the visibility is very limited when weather conditions are cold. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the diagnosis was the defrost/defogger system needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,500. Bp.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 6
Failure Date: 10/22/2014

Started out with loud knocking noise in dash even when vehicle was shut off, then lost defrosters and dash vents a couple days later, problem has now been repaired by dealer under a 2010 recall . I took the vehicle in back in 2010 and this had been checked back then. I've read on carcomplaints. Com where people had this same problem and were charged anywhere from $259-$1080. 00!.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 7
Failure Date: 10/18/2014

Upon starting vehicle I heard some type of gear grinding/knocking, sometimes it happens when I turn the key off too. Along with this I noticed I had no heating control which kept me from DE fogging my wind shield or having heat in general. Could be a big issue if the windows were iced over. Has happened randomly over the last several weeks and I have finally disconnected the blend door actuator located behind the glove compartment. Will contact dealership.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 8
Failure Date: 06/10/2014

The defrost on my 2010 Ram 1500 p/u is covered under recall k-17 that reprograms the hvac software and tests that all the actuators which direct heat and airflow are working. I contacted Dodge recall and confirmed the recall # and applicability to my truck. I was told by the recall specialist that the truck had the completed recall but that it could be completed twice under the recall. I am the second owner of the truck. I was told I had to take the truck to the deal where the recall was accomplished. Chyrsler could not tell me which dealer di the recall, I contacted several dealerships trying to get the hvac actuator for the defrost scheduled for repair. I cited that w/o defrost driving is dangerous and as fall is coming I would like to schedule an appointment. I received estimates between 1 /12 hrs labor to 7 hrs. I am concerned that chyrsler recall specialist provide false information and cannot get a dalership to complete recall repairs. I also have a rear pinion nut recall and received the same feedback to call a dealership and schedule an appointment and I am pushed out 2-3 weeks without a commitment the repair will be no charge. This complaint is to highlight the poor customer service and recall resolution car customers endure, and the decisions to park the vehicle or repair it, and fight for reimbursement. The auto companies are not required or do not resolve recalls to the satisfaction of the customer the vehicle owner. Please help me understand what my rights are and what I can demand from Chrysler or its dealerships.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 9
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.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 10
Failure Date: 03/01/2014

The heating and air conditions system would not operate. Windows fogged up and defroster would not operate at all. Lost complete visibility almost immediately. Had to pull over and manually remove fog from inside windows. Had to do this numerous times until arrived at home. In shop now for repairs unknown at this time what caused failure. Suspect control head failure.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 11
Failure Date: 02/21/2014

Driving down the interstate . . It started to rain big down pour I put the wipers on and went right to high speed and they just stopped . . I had to pull to the side of the interstate and it was a fuse that was blown got a new fuse and the next time that it started to rain it was on regular speed when the rain started going harder turned it up to high again and it blew the fuse again . . I had to take my truck in for a different recall so I explained to the what was going on with my wipers and they told me that it was an issue with the motor of the wipers and that it would cost me 515. 00 . . I said wait a min why would this cost me seems to me this is a safety and internal issue of my vehicle and maybe other vehicles need to be looked at . . This could have been a deadly situation for all involved . . But they don't seem to concerned about the situation and its either I pay the 515. 00 to get it fixed or it doesn't get fixed . And also it did not come up on my messages that anything was wrong with my wiper motor which is part of the electronics system of my truck .

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 12
Failure Date: 12/03/2013

When I purchased my Dodge truck in 2012 the car lot where I bought it had used some kind of glue and tape on the dash it had every small crack. About 3 months later while driving down the road piece of dash fell out under my feet. Small pieces fell out several more times then bigger pieces started coming lose. I had to pull over and remove most of the dash in pieces. Now windshield is cracked my mechanic say its because of the dash being busted up like it is, that caused my windshield to crack.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 13
Failure Date: 12/02/2013

Heater stopped working , the bend doors are broken , no heat or defrost .

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 14
Failure Date: 11/20/2013

The tipm is going out. Causing all sorts of electrical issues. Heater fan stopped working, windshield wipers come and go, esp comes and goes, tow/haul comes and goes, rear window power comes and goes, 4x4 cant be turned on from time to time, airbag lights come on at will, esp/bas comes and goes, abs comes and goes, rear sliding window comes and goes, all of this happens mainly below 32 degrees but van happen anytime. But below freezing is extemely dangerous because the windshield ices up on the inside with no heater fan! thermometer stopped working to. Im sure other thing but its to much to just remember off the top of my head. Fuel economy is terrible also 12-13. 5 mpg while the problems occur. Normally is 17. 1 mpg average still that is terrible. At test drive it was getting 20 mpg average.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 15
Failure Date: 11/18/2013

Blend door actuator failure. Loud knocking noise coming from inside of the dash, the result of stripped gears inside the actuator slipping. Plastic gears became worn and ineffective, causing failure in the blend door actuator. Safety is compromised when defrost can fail at any given time causing the driver to lose line of sight with the road and potentially resulting in an accident, and/or loss of life, limb, or eyesight. Needs recall immediately to correct malfunctions.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 16
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

I noticed about a month ago that my vehicle would make a popping noise just after starting it, regardless of defrost/heat being on or off. It would make this noise about 20-30 times and then stop. Approximately two weeks after, I noticed that it would also do the same thing 10-15 minutes after starting the vehicle. I observed that while the popping noise is occurring, the hvac fan goes to a minimum setting and sometimes stays there after the popping has subsided. This includes the defrost. Now that cold weather has arrived, I have had instances of the windshield freezing up while the vehicle is in motion and reducing visibility to nothing. It was difficult to even get to the side of the road. After some research, I determined it to be one the hvac door actuators. According to posts on the internet, this appears to be a common problem. 3 of the 5 of these actuators that exist on the vehicle are relatively easy to access, so I obtained one of these parts and replaced one of the three accessible parts (found to have stripped gears). After reassembling, the noise was still present. After, investigation, it appears that the one of the actuators on the back side of the hvac housing has gone bad, also. The dealership has informed me that the only way to replace these is to remove the dashboard. They told me this would cost nearly $600. The dealer also informed me that all of the actuators have been superseded by "high torque" actuators, which means the manufacturer is aware of this problem. Thank you.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

Blower blend doors/ defrost doors that send airflow to windshield for proper visibility. Outside air doors that allow frigid air to mix with air being delivered to windshield allowing for freezing of moisture in air on windshield. Doors failed due to defective inferior plastic materials being connected to drive motors. This failure is prevalent among 2002- up ram pickups from my research online. Company responded that this was not a warranty issue. Please see below for correspondence with Dodge [xxx]: thank you for contacting the Dodge assistance center. We are sorry to hear you are having an issue with your oem doors. We fully appreciate your concern, particularly in view of the expense and inconvenience involved, however, we are unable to accommodate your request for out-of-warranty consideration. The vehicle has exceeded the time and/or mileage limitations of the warranty (or warranties) we offered on the vehicle at the time it was purchased. Although we are unable to provide a more favorable reply, we appreciate the opportunity to review your request. Thank you again for taking the time to communicate with us. We're sorry we cannot provide a more favorable reply. [xxx] customer service representative Dodge customer assistance center for any future communications related to this email, please refer to the following information: reference number:[xxx] email case number: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 18
Failure Date: 09/19/2013

Tl * the contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 50 mph in severe rain, the windshield wipers and turn signals failed. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road. After numerous attempts, the windshield wipers became operable again. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who replaced the multi-function switch assembly. The failure recurred eight months later. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 63,000.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 19
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the heater failed to operate normally and only cold air blew from the vents. In addition, the defroster failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 64,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 20
Failure Date: 07/23/2013

My truck sat out during the winter Dec thru April, in April when I returned to michigan the wiper motor sounded different as it it were straining. It still worked but made some noise. Today it flat out quit working, I cannot find any information regarding fuses which I would have expected to protect the motor.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 21
Failure Date: 05/29/2013

Almost every time I go to use my blinkers it doesn't switch the right blinker on. And sometimes the wipers and the blinkers don't work at all. I just bought this vehicle not to long ago and have no other means to get my children to child care and my self to work. I am afraid we are going to get into an accident. With all that is going on here and being a single mom of four. I am afraid I wont be able to afford to fix it. A loss for words. Please any sugestions.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 22
Failure Date: 03/05/2013

Defroster does not work, blower emits air (cold) but only to floor. Loud popping noise from air box, found actuators were malfunctioning. Nearly caused collision with oncoming traffic. Contacted Chrysler for recall status and they claimed truck was under this recall, however truck had been inspected and found to have no problems with regards to air box actuators. I subsequently found out from a nameless Dodge technician that they were instructed to engage air systems for the inspection and if no apparent malfunction is found they were to pass the recall and write it off. I am outraged that yet another corporate entity is preying on american consumers and getting by with it, while claiming to stand behind their product and it's engineering. I asked Chrysler what repair was needed. They replied" air box circulation doors bad. Would need box removed and replace 5 actuators and doors. Cost would be $800 to $1000 dollars. This is a safety issue 3/4 of the year. I now have been notified by Dodge of another recall for my truck regarding the axle pinion nut. I believe this recall will receive the same attention they gave to my air box issue and therefore am attempting to take action with this complaint. Will someone please make these corporate penny pinching sobs stand up and take responsibility for their poor engineering!!!!.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 23
Failure Date: 02/16/2013

Tl - the contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that water leaked through the rear window and accumulated underneath the rear seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician decided to re-seal the third brake light and the rear sliding glass had to be replaced with molding. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that they would contact her at a later date. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 29,440 and the current mileage was 29,465. Mah.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 24
Failure Date: 02/09/2013

Pulled out of parking lot hood flew open cracked windsheild bent hinges and hood , barely got shut , afraid to open again , had it checked out by my mechanic and he sain that these latches are recalled and fail all the time.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 25
Failure Date: 01/25/2013

Tl - the contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, he heard a loud clunking noise. The contact mentioned that the heater became defective causing the the air to go towards the floor board and the windshield to frost blocking his visibility. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 84,000. Pm.