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Wiper Problems of Dodge Ram 1500 - part 1

Dodge Ram 1500 owners have reported 106 problems related to wiper (under the visibility category).

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 1
Failure Date: 03/22/2017

While driving in a rain storm with my three children my windows fogged up preventing me from seeing the road. I had to drive with the windows open in the cold rain so I could have limited visibility. I researched the problem and called the Dodge recall 17 number. I figured it was a broken actuator that keeps the air from changing direction. Dodge told me it would be covered if it was part of the recall. The dealer told me it wasn't the actuator and it was the air blend door. The dealer said it would cost $1,500. To fix it. I told them I cant afford it. I looked at the problem and the actuator is broken. Its a $25 dollar part and they want to charge me $1,500 to fix it.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 2
Failure Date: 02/13/2017

80 mile drive home in rain and windshield wipers stop working! truck has 40,000 miles on it and I'm the original owner. Intermittent wiper stops, starts, runs at different paces. Completely scary to be on the highway at 60 mph and can't see the road. Very dangerous! the company should replace this at no cost. Apparently they have issues with this because it's been recalled, but my VIN wasn't a part of the recall. How can that be? a known issue, but won't take care of a loyal customer with a safety issue that needs to be repaired or the safety of using the vehicle is limited by weather conditions. What if I had an accident and I had been killed on the highway because my wipers didn't work and the company new it was an issue and wouldn't fix it? very disappointed by this problem and the company's lack of responsibility to fix it. I was on an interstate highway with a posted speed limit of 60 mph, following the law, rain started coming down, wipers would not work so I could see the road. Extremely upsetting and scary to be in that situation. Would hate for my wife or daughter to be driving and have this happen to them. Semi trucks were splashing water onto my windshield and I couldn't clear the water to see where I was going! extremely dangerous!!!!.

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Failure Date: 11/21/2016

There is a problem with everything electrically related to the truck. The headlights stay on, I have to disconnect the battery to get them to go off. The windshield wipers constantly remain on. The interior lights, door locks, windows, seats, heat, a/c, radio, dash lights, etc do not work. Once the truck starts, all of the dash warning lights come on. (check engine, abs, low windshield wiper fluid, voltage, low oil pressure, etc) the truck is not safe to drive and is a hazard to my family.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 4
Failure Date: 10/15/2016

Abs sensor comes on over 55mph. Exterior lighting keeps blowing bulbs and sometimes the tail lights completely shut off, sometimes brake lights inoperable. Windshield wipers work when they want to or only at the highest frequency. All occurs while vechicle is being driven in city street conditions other than on highway when I have to go above 55mph.

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Failure Date: 09/09/2016

The contact owned a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the damper door, which housed the vehicle's heater cord and defroster control, detached and caused the defrost to no longer function. The contact's visibility was impaired. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the damper door failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

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Failure Date: 06/03/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 40 mph, the windshield wipers seized without warning. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09v084000 (visibility). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 7
Failure Date: 04/04/2016

Entire dash is cracking and falling apart. Chunks are getting into electrical wiring harness and may cause safety malfunction. Front window defroster not able to work correctly causing visual impairment. I am a ph. D. Polymer chemist and this is obvious safety - manufacturing defect.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 8
Failure Date: 03/10/2016

The windshield wipers started acting up by going slow, then fast, then slow, then intermittant while the vehicle is in motion. . . Now they do not work all the time when they are on and the vehicle is in motion. The wipers will just stop out of the blue and I have to manually twist them off and then back on again. I have to keep turning the wipers off and then back on for the duration of the trip, and part of the time the wipers will not engage at all. It was pouring down rain and I was on the freeway. It continues to do this and while there is a recall for models of this year, I was told this particular truck does not have a recall for a new wiper module.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 9
Failure Date: 02/04/2016

At first the wipers would stop randomly (while driving in a rainstorm) but I would fiddle with the switch and they would normally come back on. In the last week they basically quit working altogether other than a random stroke here or there. I replaced the wiper/signal control switch on the steering column yesterday thinking it must be worn out. To no avail, the wipers are not working and after researching on the internet, I find that it is a very common problem. People are replacing parts, spending money at service centers and not getting the problem solved. I live in the rainy northwest and I can tell you that it is a big safety issue not being able to see in front of you while navigating I-5 at 70mph at some random point during a trip. This problem started over a year ago but was always a momentary thing and would resolve itself, but it is now a permanent problem and I wish I knew what part replacement would resolve it.

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Failure Date: 01/01/2016

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle's ac unit would jam when an attempt was made to switch the unit to or from defrost. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnose to be the blend door actuator and the unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also referenced recall 09v158000(visibility) however the vehicle's year and VIN was not included. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle failure mileage was approximately 110000. Kh.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 11
Failure Date: 12/04/2015

Passenger wiper blade not working while in motion on interstate I-5 freeway in portland oregon during rain fall causing wipers to lock together for a period of time until I could pull over and dislodge from each other after that only driver side works.

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car image   Wiper problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 12
Failure Date: 11/12/2015

Turn signals work sporadically. This is a daily issue. Signal left and the right signal comes on. Signal right and maybe the left turn signal comes on, or maybe not at all. Sometimes turn signals randomly switch back and forth between left and right on their own. Many times turn signals don't work at all. Once the wipers did not work. Hazard lights sometimes do not work. I have had the multi-function switch replaced twice under warranty and twice again since. Still have the issue. I believe this is a safety concern as the turn signals are telegraphing the wrong information to other drivers. Also possibly related the oil pressure gauge in my instrument panel will not work 3-4 times a year. Next time I start the truck it works fine. All this happens when the vehicle is in motion, and when stationary, forwards, backwards, straight, or turning.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 13
Failure Date: 11/10/2015

Intermittent wipers do not work or work erratically when raining.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 14
Failure Date: 10/28/2015

In driving rain, and on a major highway, the windshield wipers suddenly stopped working. I had to repeatedly turn them on in order to clear the rain from the windshield. There was a recall for this very defect and for this year vehicle. I called Chrysler, but its customer service person, dennis, refused to honor the recall, claiming the VIN wasn't included. He also, magnanimously, offered to "reimburse" for the expense "if the recall is expanded. " unacceptable response and obvious, blatant lack of concern for safety, and especially for this vehicle which it knows has this very defect.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 15
Failure Date: 10/01/2015

Totally integrated power module (tipm) has been dangerous. All four windows went down while truck was unattended and locked several times. We replaced the expensive tipm and car stopped doing that. A few months later, we found out that just one electrical item can cause the entire tipm burn out that affects almost everything in the car. For us it was the backup camera that had a short. It caused air bags, seat belt safety, windshield wipers, defrost/fan, backup camera, locks not to work. Dealership had to replace tipm again. We also believe the tipm may have had something to do with our transmission locking into gear.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 16
Failure Date: 09/01/2015

The heater/ac control module went out on the vehicle. I brought it in to my mechanic on 9/24/15 he checked with the dealer they said the part is on back order and there are 59 back orders of this part in front of mine. They said it would be in on 11/9/15. On 11/9/15 my mechanic inquired and found the part delayed now until 12/2/15. This is a crucial element as I do not have defrost capabilities and the automatic lights do not come on. In rainy weather and now as we are hitting winter this is a safety hazard. For t here to be 59 of these parts on backorder tells me there is an issue with this part. The 2009 Dodge ram has had quite a few serious recalls. I wanted this to be out there so NHTSA knows the customer service Dodge isnt providing their customers or their lack of regard for this safety issue.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 17
Failure Date: 08/04/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the front driver side windshield wiper was not functioning and there was water intrusion. Eventually both windshield wipers failed to function. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09e009000 (visibility). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 210,000.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 18
Failure Date: 07/06/2015

Takata recall. I took my vehical to all american chevy in odessa TX and was told they would not fix the problems with my truck was told it would be best just to get out of the truck and into something else. They wanted me to be upside down on anote vehical. I can not afford a larger payment or a large down payment. I have paid on my truck for over 3 yrs now. I can't afford to be with out a vehical with 2 small children and this truck is not safe with the recall for my kids. And now I have anot her recall that's 3 total as of now. Please god help me!!!!!!.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 19
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.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 20
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. . .

car image   Wiper problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 21
Failure Date: 04/08/2015

Last spring, April 2015, I noticed that my defroster was not operating properly. The air blows out of the a. C. Vents, but not the top dashboard vents. I went online to see: 1. How widespread the problem was (very common in older vehicles; I bought my truck new in 2004 from a dealer that is now out of business) 2. What the reaction from Dodge was ( $1. 500. 00 to repair, even though they must do an airbag recall repair in the same area) 3. How expensive it would be to have a professional repair job done ( est. $1,200. 00 - $1,500. 00) 4. How expensive/difficult it would be to attempt to repair myself (uniformly inexpensive parts are available in metal for around $50. 00, not the cheap Dodge plastic) ( do - it - yourself instructions are complex, counter-intuitive, time consuming. . . 8 hours or more, and require special tools as well as physical dexterity) I am stuck having to find $1,500. 00 for a repair, or drive in the fog this winter with no defrost. All because of a $1. 500. 00 repair bill for a $50. 00 part.

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Failure Date: 03/30/2015

On 3/30/15 my ram truck exhibited the condition described in the k17 (reprogram hvac control head and inspect/replace actuators) recall. This recall was created to eliminate the possible malfunction of the hvac system to properly defrost/defog the windshield. It involves updating software and replacing mode door actuators. The plastic actuator gears can easily be broken when the control head sends the wrong signals to open and close the mode doors. At the moment, my defroster/heater is not working and when I first start the vehicle, there is a series of knocking sounds for several minutes as the malfunctioning system goes through its progressions. I took it in to my local Dodge dealer (gurnee) hoping that the recall would eliminate the condition. The mechanic replaced the actuators but could not get the system working properly. He said the control head is not working properly but the recall only covers the software update and not the replacement. From my research I have noticed that other ram owners have encountered this potentially dangerous condition. If it was just a matter of the control head wearing out and not working, I would be okay with replacing it at my own expense. In my opinion though, it is not a case of ¿¿wear and tear¿� but instead I believe it is a defective component. The faulty control head causes the breakage of the actuators and mode doors. People who encounter this problem in the winter are at risk of an accident due to the inability to clear their windshield. Drivers may even need to get their vehicles towed. I believe that Dodge should be responsible for repairing the system to its normal capabilities. That is what a recall is designed to do. This is simply a case of a previously recalled vehicle remedy not working as designed. I called Dodge customer support on 4/10 and talked to a rep that said the repairs would be my responsibility.

car image   Wiper problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 23
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 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 24
Failure Date: 02/10/2015

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15v313000 (air bags) and 09v084000 (visibility). The dealer was unable to determine when the parts would become available beyond a reasonable time frame. The manufacturer was notified and was not able to provide a specific time frame to supply the parts to the dealer. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

car image   Wiper problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 25
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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