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Automatic Transmission Column Shift Problems of Dodge Ram 2500



Dodge Ram 2500 owners have reported 17 problems related to automatic transmission column shift (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 1
Failure Date: 05/22/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the gear shift selector would move into any gear without depressing the brakes or without the key being in the ignition. The contact was concerned of the potential safety risk involved with the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 195,000 and the current mileage was 200,000. Updated 09/28/10 updated 10/01/10.

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Failure Date: 12/15/2007

My son and I have 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 diesels with the recall alert where the transmission will not readily shift into park and Chrysler as a possible solution will install an alarm on the transmission. The problem is much too serious to be corrected by an alarm. Chrysler needs to get to the root of the problem by correcting the transmission problem itself. I am considering legal counsel if nothing is done to actually correct the transmission problem.

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Failure Date: 12/10/2007

Over a long period of time, my 2003 Dodge ram diesel has gradually exhibited shift problems. It hangs in gear and downshifts when it randomly gets into this mode. I can work-around this problem by shifting from park directly to first, then back to drive. I have to pull over when this occurs to prevent damage to the trans.

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Failure Date: 10/23/2007

I received a safety recall notice from daimler Chrysler stating that I need to have an "out-of-park alarm system" installed to correct a shift lever issue. Model years 2003 through 2005 heavy duty pickup trucks with automatic transmissions and a diesel engine are affected. I am appalled at this obvious inadequate attempt to correct a shift lever issue. Chrylser's "fix" is nothing more than an annoying "idiot" alarm used to mask the real problem. I refuse to have this alarm installed on my truck.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 5
Failure Date: 09/21/2006

Dash-mounted gear-shift indicator shows false information. For example, the dashboard lights often indicate reverse when the vehicle is actually in park and indicates drive when the vehicle is in neutral. There have been other false readings, although these occur with the most frequency. While towing our travel trailer, my wife placed the vehicle in drive, attempted to accelerate and the vehicle and travel trailer instead rolled backwards because the truck was actually in neutral although the dashboard indicated drive. Subsequent jostling of the shifter caused the vehicle to engage drive. I will forward an example video to the odi office. Please note subject vehicle is a Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 regular 4 door "quad cab", not a mega cab. The report system does not list this configuration as an option, so it was submitted as a 4x4 mega cab.

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Failure Date: 08/05/2006

03 2500 Dodge truck will not come out of park. Shift cable replaced by dealer during first service. Steering column parts replaced during second service within 2 days. One day later it is stuck again.


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Failure Date: 09/10/2005

We have a 2005 Dodge ram quad cab pickup, my husband put the truck in park and left it running to get out and check some hay in the field, he no sooner got out and the truck went into reverse and almost ran him over, it kept going and almost hit a utility pole. He got in to check another field and it did the same thing again, this time he almost got ran over again and in running to stop the truck pulled a muscle in his leg. My husband is 60 years old and it scared the bejesus out of him. I will be calling my Dodge dealer on Monday about this problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 8
Failure Date: 08/26/2005

The contact's truck jumped out of park into reverse on its own. He talked to the dealer, and the dealer told him to call daimler Chrysler. They claimed they would have to see what the problem was. This was the third time this happened. The last time it happened was on 8-26-05 and the truck almost ran over him. On 8-31-05 the dealer was suppose to tear down the transmission and fix it. Had 20,000 miles left on warranty. It was 70,000 miles power train warranty, and daimler/Chrysler were not sure if the repair work will be covered under the warranty.

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Failure Date: 08/01/2005

Contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab lwb. The contact stated when the indicator was in park it went into reverse. This resulted in an accident. The consumer stated about 35 seconds after the vehicle was parked it went into reverse and hit an asphalt paver. The vehicle has not been to a service dealer to be inspected to determine the cause of the problem.

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Failure Date: 02/08/2005

On a couple of occasions vehicle was running and it popped into reverse. Second time this happened wa son February 8, 2005, a trailer was attached to vehicle. While at store, pacific feed store 554 east osage, pacific, mo. 63069 vehicle popped into reverse. Trailer jackknifed and caused damage to the side of the vehicle above the rear passenger side wheel and tailgate. No police report on incident because no other vehicles were involved. Dealer told consumer to have truck serviced, consumer done so immediately, then contacted manufacturer. Dealer found problem with linkage for transmission. Dealer repaired problem. Manufacture rwas supposed to send an inspector to inspect vehicle. When inspector called consumer to schedule an inspection, consumer gave a time for inspection, then inspector called back and told consumer that he had received an e-mail from manufacturer that stating he was to do nothing further with consumer's vehicle. Manufacturer then contacted consumer by mail, stating that since vehicle was repaired they could not adequately access the claim, and based on this information, they were denying consumer's claim.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 11
Failure Date: 11/15/2004

Vehicle slipped out of the park gear to reverse gear. This caused the vehicle to roll back into a wall. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

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Failure Date: 10/15/2004

Vehicle is owned by company and driven by sales staff. The operator stopped the vehicle on level paved surface and shifted to park then exited the vehicle with park brake off and the engine running. When the operator returned 1 to 2 minutes later the vehicle had moved rearward about 40 feet accross a public roadway. It struck a light pole and knocked it over. The rear bumper was also damaged. The vehicle was found in reverse ('r' illuminated) after the incident.

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Failure Date: 03/15/2004

Owner drove truck through an open gate and stopped the vehicle to get out and close the gate. The vehicle was on a flat, level, hard dirt surface and was left running, the park brake was not set. Operator walked behind vehicle and was in the process of closing the gate (on the passengers side of the truck) when it passed the operator. Operator was able to run behind the truck and gain entry into the open drivers door without incident. No damage to the vehicle or any property, no injury to operator. Operator now uses the park brake with the trans in neutral position when leaving the truck with the engine running. Operator has advised other users of the vehicle about this issue. See also voq 10058839.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 14
Failure Date: 02/25/2004

While parked with the engine running, the transmission slipped out of gear into reverse and hit a light pole. Damage to the vehicle and property totaled t $8000. 00. When consumer got back to the vehicle, the gear shift was still in park.

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Failure Date: 02/03/2004

My 2003 Dodge pickup truck slipped from "park" into "reverse" while I was not in the vehicle. I was standing behind the vehicle at the time, and was nearly struck by the rear end of the vehicle as it idled by. See also voq 10130218.

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Failure Date: 01/26/2004

2004 Dodge diesel 3/4 ton pickup. . . . Jumped into reverse and pinned me between a gate and a barn, fracturing 14 ribs and an ulna.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 17
Failure Date: 09/16/2000

Transfer case went completely out and required replacement. No reasoning was given for cause of failure. I am concerned after getting a new 2000 dollar transfer case that the problem may occur again if the cause is still out there and not fixed. Maybe the cause was a weak part in the case itself. Either way, transfer cases usually do not go out with so few miles on them and I do not even drive on gravel roads let alone go four wheeling with it so tough driving could not have been the cause. I also question why a new transfer case for my truck has taken four weeks now to get. Are that many going out that the manufacurer can not keep up? I am wondering if this has happened with other similar vehicles or if this was just a fluke. Thanks for your help.

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