Diesel Engine Problems of Dodge Ram 2500
Dodge Ram 2500 owners have reported 44 problems linked to diesel engine (under the engine and engine cooling category).
#1 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle involved was a 2007 Dodge 2500. My 2007 Dodge ram blew a tipm a/c unit. I was told by the dealer it was because the air conditioner compressor clutch locked up and burned out the tipm. My extended warranty was denied. I paid $1500. 00 to get this fixed this week. The other day I was driving to work and my truck started vibrating and completely stopped in the middle of a very busy road. It was towed to the dealer where I was told it had a foreign substance in the diesel fuel. It smelled like paint thinner. The warranty rep said it was caused by dirt in my fuel tank caused by not changing my fuel filter frequently. Now they tell me it needs 6 fuel injectors and a fuel pump total cost $8000. 00. By the dealer and warranty rep. The truck has 67000 miles. They said this is not warranty issue and will not be covered. The failure date was Mar. 26, 2012.
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#2 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 2500
The VIN of this vehicle was 3D7KS28L19_. The reporting person owns a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact noticed the dpf indicator on the dashboard. She checked the owner's manual and it stated that when that light illuminated, the dpf needed to be cleaned and if not, the vehicle could catch fire. She took the vehicle to the dealer who upgraded the software and told her that if they did anything other than that, the warranty would be void. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. She sent an email to the manufacturer and was currently awaiting a response. The current mileage was approximately 17,000. The failure mileage was approximately 7,000. Updated 5/6/10
updated 06/18/10. It was Apr. 18, 2009 when this diesel engine issue occurred.
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#3 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
The car was a 2008 Dodge 2500. The VIN of this vehicle is 3D7KS28A38_. The vehicle involved is a 2008 Dodge 2500. The contact stated that the oxygen sensor is defective. He has taken the vehicle to the dealer on nine occasions. The dealer advised him not to return because he was abusing the vehicle. Daimler Chrysler offered no assistance as well. The failure mileage was 11 and current mileage was 6,000. Updated 03/04/lj
updated. This diesel engine issue occurred 10/03/07.
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#4 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved was a 2008 Dodge 2500. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3D3KS29AX8_. Consumer has a 2008 Dodge 2500 megacab. The contact stated that the vehicle's turbo was failing, which occurs every three thousand miles. The check engine indicator illuminates due to carbon build up in the turbo because it was not being used. The contact and his wife were experiencing lethargic sickness every time they rode in the vehicle. The issue with the turbo has been occurring since March of 2008. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer twice for repairs and the contact feels that they do "band aid" work instead of properly repairing the carbon build-up. The contact feels that this is a safety issue because the vehicle emits fumes that leave the driver and passengers feeling nauseous. The current and failure mileages were 8,900. Updated 3/9/09 updated 03/11/09. This issue happened on January 22, 2009.
#5 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel. The contact stated when the emission control system would load it would inhibit the vehicle acceleration capability. The contact stated that he had experienced the failure since the date of purchase. The dealer stated they performed a flash system check but did not correct the failure. The contact stated that the failure was most prominent when city driving or driving within stop and go traffic. The VIN was not accepted. The failure mileage was 1,500 and the current mileage was 12,000. Updated 01/24/11 updated 03/22/11. This diesel engine problem happened on Saturday, October 18, 2008.
#6 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
The VIN of this vehicle was 3D7KS29A18_. The vehicle involved is a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 mega cab. When the contact attempted to accelerate, the vehicle stalled intermittently without warning. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. A complaint was filed with the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage is 41,000 and the failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 4/11/2011 *cnupdated updated 04/27/11. This problem occurred on Thursday, July 1, 2010.
#7 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
The car is a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 3D7KR28A07_. Sent to California new motor vehicle board I have owned the vehicle for 183 days as of this letter. It has been in the shop and had r. O. 's open for a total of 64 days. This equates to roughly 35% of my owership time. Dodge has not been able to resolve the problems in a reasonable time. Although their are "x" number of ro's regarding the repairs. It is imperitive to understand that I brought the truck back into the dealership while the ro was open as the failure occured again and again. On two occasions the vehicle was in the service aisle dripping from being freshly washed and ready for pickup, as I started the truck the cel came on (check engine light). I have a new truck that has yet to perform the way it was intended. I have been patient, the people at hemet Chrysler have been wonderful. However, I am done. The major problem with the truck is the turbo/engine brake system. It has only performed properly for about the first 800-900 miles of ownership. The real issue is when the engine brake would come on whenever it wanted to! doesn't sound too bad, but when your sitting at a 2 way stop waiting for traffic to clear, and then you proceed across the street thinking you have enough time only to find out the engine brake has engaged and you are now wondering if you should abandon the vehicle and run because you could make faster on your feet! after 10-15 episodes it was suggested that I stop the vehicle and turn the engine off, wait 30 seconds and restart the truck whenever this happened. Not real practical but ok! next issue same situation; except I am on the freeway traveling 65-70 with the cruise control on, the engine brake comes on and now I am concerned I will be rear ended. There are numerous incidents of safety and functionality. I went to get the truck from the dealership and as I started it the cel came on again. After I left I tried the engine brake and guess what. . . . It no longer works at all!!! this letter was edited down to 2000 characters. This diesel engine issue occurred Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2007.
#8 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 2006 Dodge ram2500 megacab 4x4. Just bought the truck , oil changed at 3500 mil, took it in today for change at 8000 miles, cummins diesel , oil had large metal particles in it, vehicle could not be released due to safety reason, motor could seize up. Just took the paper plates off of this truck,. Dealer is to start fix process Monday, June 19th. The failure date was 06/16/2006.
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#9 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Dodge ram2500 megacab 4x4. The VIN of the problem Ram 2500 is 3D7KR28C06_. There is an intermittent long start time on the 06 Dodge cummings diesel (10 to 15 seconds). After first 400 miles the truck was brought back to dealership and in formed that approximately 1/3 of the time the truck has a starting time of 10 to 15 seconds, was told they had a computer fix. Installed update and problem persisted. Took back to dealer and was told Dodge is aware of problem but has no fix. It is June of 06 and they have known of problem should have made me aware of this before I bought truck. It was Jun. 1, 2006 when this diesel engine issue occurred.
#10 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle had a crash. The vehicle is a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact was driving 78 mph when the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact turned the vehicle off and shifted into neutral and when the vehicle was restarted, it resumed normal operation. The contact stated the failure recurred three times and he was unable to locate any visible cause for the failure. On the fourth recurrence of the failure the contact was involved in a crash and the front fender was damaged. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him to have the vehicle diagnosed by the dealer. The failure mileage was 144,000 and the current mileage was 144,056. Updated 5/9/11. This problem occurred on Friday, March 25, 2011.
#11 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
The car was a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. After delivering vehicle to dealership for diagnosis, it was discovered that the inter cooler had failed. The dealership refused to repair it because of the installation of after market parts. The 2005 model year was the only year to use plastic end caps on the inter cooler. The replacement inter coolers are welded aluminum. The mechanic noted that he had replace other inter coolers on stock vehicles suffering the same problem I had. Not having any success with the dealership I contacted Chrysler and was informed that because of the reported after market parts I am not covered under warranty and that I am not even eligible to bring my vehicle to another dealer for their opinion. The vehicle is a 2005 Dodge ram diesel with 20,500 miles on it. I have picked the truck up from the dealership and will be installing an inter cooler myself. This issue happened on September 10, 2007.
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#12 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved is a 2003 Dodge 2500. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3D7KU28C03_. The vehicle involved is a 2003 Dodge 2500. While coasting at 25 mph, the engine was quiet and all of the warning indicator lights illuminated. There was a loss of power steering and brakes. The vehicle restarted after being shifted into neutral. The dealer replaced the injector pump that was mounted on the engine block and installed a new fuel pump in the gas tank. The failure recurred after two weeks. The failure mileage was 12,000 and current mileage was 90,000. Updated 04/02/08. This diesel engine issue occurred Mon., Nov. 1, 2004.
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#13 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 with the cummins diesel engine. With the air conditioning system off, but the ventilation (heat or just cool outside air) on, I have diesel exhaust fumes entering the cab of the vehicle when idling or moving at very slow speeds. The condition goes away with the a/c on or with the vents in the "recirculate" position - I. E. Not drawing outside air in. The smell and gasses are dangerous for any extended period of time and could cause an accident if I breathe them for a long period of time and then attempt to drive. This problem occurred on 10/01/2004.
#14 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2002 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 2002 Dodge 2500. At approximately 56,000 miles I had a 216 vehicle engine code come up. This showed a failure in the injection pump. I have approximately 79,000 miles on the vehicle and the code has once again come up. I went to the dealer and they see "everything" is ok and can't figure out why the light is coming on. The vehicle is now beginning to suge during driving, a sign of not enough fuel being delivered to the engine. In speaking with multiple diesel mechanics in the area this is a problem cummins has with the isb engine. This diesel engine issue occurred Apr. 22, 2005.
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#15 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2002 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle involved was a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500. VIN of the vehicle was 3B7KC23612_. Consumer states that the crankcase oil fumes enter the cab at idle or slow speed when the air conditioner is set on outside air settings, when the air conditioner is set on recirculated or cab air only, this condition does not happen. This diesel engine problem happened on Friday, April 12, 2002.
#16 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle involved was a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving, vehicle began acting funny, consumer noticed smoke and vehicle caught on fire, claim 37-3264-228. This problem occurred on 11/07/2001.
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#17 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving, consumer noticed smoke coming from the engine, claim 55-s396-819. It was Sep. 11, 2001 when this diesel engine issue happened.
#18 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved is a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. The VIN of the car is 1B7KF23691_. Vehicle caught fire while parked, vehicle was a total loss and the fire appeared to have started in the engine area, claim 59-v606-925. The failure date was Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000.
#19 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. Diesel engine looses power while driving. This usually happens while accelerating. When you press on the accelerator, nothing happens. Takes a minute before it recovers and you can accelerate again. I tow a 5th wheel RV which makes more dangerous. Happened on the interstate once while trying to pass. This was fixed by the dealer. They replaced the injector pump. It's my understanding there was a recall on school busses with these engines for the same thing. Maybe it should be looked into further. This problem occurred on Wednesday, June 1, 2005.
#20 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
The car is a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. VIN of the vehicle was 3B7KF26771_. 2001 Dodge ram cummins isb/24v turbo diesel engine, block # 53 crack. The failure date was Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008.
#21 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. VIN of the vehicle was 3B7KF26771_. # 53 cracked cummins turbo diesel engine block. It was 10/15/08 when this diesel engine issue occurred.
#22 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 2500
The VIN of the car is 3B7KF2669Y_. I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 auto with a cummins diesel. For the production years 1998 to 2001, some of these engines where produced with an inferior engine block (identified with a block casting number of "53"). More specifically these blocks have thinner water jacket walls than other blocks so with coolant cavitation, corrosion, coolant pressure in the block, and torque, they may crack, spilling your coolant. When the crack occurs, and there are very many documented cases, it is on the passenger side of the engine, the same side as the exhaust manifold. I have not heard of any fires, etc. But I know that engine coolant does contain flammable ingredients and the exhaust can get very hot, especially when towing. Also, this engine with a 53 block has been used in other applications, including: medium duty trucks from different manufacturers, mobile homes, public school buses and mass transportation buses. I searched the NHTSA site for info regarding the cummins 53 block, but could not find anything. Any information you can provided would be of great use. Although the engine block in my truck has not cracked, I'm more interested in preventing a problem than experiencing it. Very many thanks in advance for your time and effort. The failure date was February 5, 2005.
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#23 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle involved was a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1B7KF2363Y_. Vehicle caught on fire in the engine compartment, consumer had it towed to dealer, claim 37-3254-339. This issue happened on Sat., Sep. 22, 2001.
#24 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Dodge Ram 2500 is 3B7KF2662Y_. Vehicle experienced fire in the engine compartment, the entire cab was burned, claim 36-a186-713. It was Tuesday, June 19, 2001 when this diesel engine issue happened.
#25 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 2500
The car is a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer notice engine leaking oil from under engine. Dealer has been contacted technician notice vacuum pump need to be replace. Please provide further information. Ts.
#26 - Diesel Engine problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 2500
The VIN of this vehicle was 1B7KF2363Y_. 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 has a cummins 5. 9 liter diesel engine. The engine block has crack in the water jacket and is leaking coolant. Cummins engine manufacture has admitted to this as being a problem and has not corrected the problem. This problem occurred on Feb. 1, 2005.
#27 - Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was a 1999 Dodge 2500. I have a cummins diesel. It has a 53 block. There was been alot of reports of these blocks cracking. I paid over $5000 for this option. It costs over $7000 to get it fixed. I don't have a problem yet. Just feel like I'm driving a time bomb. Chrsyler refuses to help any of the poor guys with this cracked block. This is a serious isssue of a defective block. Please help all of us with the 53 block. This issue happened on Sun., Jan. 30, 2005.
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#28 - Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle involved was a 1999 Dodge 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3B7KC2667X_. The engine surges periodically, sometimes when going down the road. I believe if the throttle jams wide open injury could occur and vehicle would be uncontrollable. Diagnosed as a faulty throttle position sensor. Contacted the dealer, not under warranty, cost to replace, $550. 00. Contacted Chrysler, nothing can be done, except my paying for replacement. This diesel engine problem happened on 10/06/2005.
#29 - Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved is a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1B7KF2367X_. (1)dealer oil change, subsequent leak. (2)informed oil plug was 'cracked' and oil pan was 'concave' and required relacement@$800+. Informed this was not uncommon. Old plug not returned. (3) $20@kragen got me gasket material and ptex#2, leak fixed. The failure date was Aug. 29, 2004.
#30 - Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle having this issue was a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Dodge Ram 2500 is 3B7KC2363X_. I and many other owners of 1998 thru 2001 Dodge cummins diesel vehicles have or will experience a known defect of the designated 53 block in these vehicles. The 53 block can develop a crack behind the heat exchanger on the passenger side which results in coolant loss and a replacement block. Mine cracked at 5 years 2 months and 53k miles. Standard warranty for these engines is 5 years 100k. I like many owners have had to pay anywhere from $2000. 00 and up to have a known defect repaired as Chrysler will not cover the known problem if over the 5year 100k limit. There are many unsuspecting people out there that may not know of this defect and many used vehicles on used vehicle lots that may be sold to people that are unaware of this problem. Cummins has given some assistance, Chrysler has given none. Either way the consumer still pays for the defect of an engine that was touted to last at least 350k miles and in my case only 53k. I paid an additional $4600. 00 for the diesel option and then paid an additional $2400. 00 to have the defect repaired. Like their present balljoint problem nothing will happen with the 53 problem unless the media gets involved. If you could give me any other information on who to notify I would appreciate it as selling a 32k and higher vehicle and turning your back on a known defect does not sit well with many owners. Thank you. This problem occurred on Oct. 10, 2004.
#31 - Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3B7KF2367X_. I have a 1999 Dodge 2500 with a 24 valve cummins motor. I started to notice coolant loss and found a crack on the passenger side of the block behind the heat exchanger. I have since found this to be a very common problem with 99 - 01 with a 53 casting . I went to dealer, only to find I was just out of warranty. I wrote to daimler/Chrysler and to quote "we are starting to see several of these appear and have approached cummins about this problem, but at this point they are dragging their feet on restitution or resolution. " I talked to cummins and they said per their original contract they sold engines with no implied warranty to Dodge, as they said they wanted to handle all warranty issues. They both agree that their was a defect with that casting and have corrected it on other years. I am looking at a $5000 plus repair bill that is not a wear issue, but a defect. This diesel engine issue occurred Friday, August 20, 2004.
#32 - Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1B7KF2364X_. Coolant loss, small amount at first. Inspected hoses, thermostat, core plugs and radiator for coolant seepage possibilities, labored to no avail . Over a period of time, it was brought to my attention a small crack in the block and through researching I have this information. My block is cast in brazil by a company named "tuby" and is identified by a #53 numbered on the block. It has become apparent to me that these are defective due to weak casting that resulted in thinner water jacket walls than other blocks so with coolant cavitation, corrosion, coolant pressure in the block, and torque they are more prone to crack. Chrysler will not honor my warranty, it has been more than 5 years but the mileage was at 94,891. Cummins powermaster advised me to take it to a local dealer in tampa and I did. They did a coolant pressure check and verified the cracked block. Cummins powermaster has offered to replace the block but I would be responsible for labor and other related cost in the neighborhood of $4,500. Cummins admitted to me that there are problems arising with these #53 blocks. I also have review other complaints on a question and answer diesel website and noted several complaints to the NHTSA. If the numbers are legitimate there are about 100,000 blocks affected. It would be of interest to know how many of these blocks were replaced by Chrysler while under warranty and how many cummins have replaced without charge to the consumer. I think it to be a symbolic gesture from cummins to want to assist me in this matter. I was told that if cummins had the warranty, my block with hole like that, even if it had 200,000 miles would be replaced absolutely free. Cummins does have a reputation to maintain since it is their 24 value cummins engine in the Dodge ram. Chrysler wants to take no responsibility for the problem or even acknowledge the defect in manufacturing of this #53 block. Sb. It was Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2004 when this diesel engine issue happened.
#33 - Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Dodge Ram 2500 is 1B7KF2361X_. My 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 slt turbo cummins diesel. Over $11,000. 00 in maintenance in 5 years @ 122,000 miles. Most recently fuel pump, turbo injected over a $3,000. 00 bill. 30 days ago it was $3,000. 00 and several other issues. This diesel engine issue occurred Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005.