Diesel Engine Problems of Dodge Ram 2500 - part 1

Dodge Ram 2500 owners have reported 45 problems related to diesel engine (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 1
Failure Date: 03/26/2012

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.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 2
Failure Date: 03/25/2011

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 3
Failure Date: 11/10/2010

Submission from constituents re 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 pick up truck recall notice. (full document not imaged). The consumer stated, he experienced problems with the truck for several years. Whenever he went out of town, the vehicle would severely vibrate. The problems included, the tie rods and front end issues. Finally, the problem was identified in a recall letter, he received. Also, the egr had to be replaced at a cost of $ 950.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 4
Failure Date: 07/01/2010

The contact owns 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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 5
Failure Date: 04/18/2009

The contact 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.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 6
Failure Date: 01/22/2009

The contact owns 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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 7
Failure Date: 11/12/2008

2001 Dodge ram cummins isb/24v turbo diesel engine, block # 53 crack.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 8
Failure Date: 10/18/2008

The contact owns 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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 9
Failure Date: 10/15/2008

# 53 cracked cummins turbo diesel engine block.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 10
Failure Date: 10/03/2007

The contact owns 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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 11
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

I have a 1999 cummins with the #53 block. The block is cracked and according to this my research, this is a common problem. I have always owned Dodge vehicles but with all the hassle and money I have gone through trying to fix this, it is really making me reconsider buying a Dodge product ever again. This is not a wear and tear issue this is a defect and cummins needs to address it properly. Buyer beware!.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 12
Failure Date: 09/10/2007

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.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 13
Failure Date: 07/10/2007

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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 14
Failure Date: 06/16/2006

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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 15
Failure Date: 06/01/2006

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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 16
Failure Date: 03/09/2006

: the contact stated while driving 70mph, a smoke smell was noticed in the cab of the vehicle although no flames were visible. The contact pulled the vehicle over and removed the motor to the electric seat which melted. There is a NHTSA recalls, # 04v185000, 98v207000, regarding the abs module and the fuel supply tube. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 17
Failure Date: 12/27/2005

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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 18
Failure Date: 12/15/2005

Crack in block leaking coolant yr. 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 19
Failure Date: 10/06/2005

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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 20
Failure Date: 09/28/2005

Vehicle engine compartment fire resulting in the destruction of vehicle.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 21
Failure Date: 06/01/2005

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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 22
Failure Date: 04/22/2005

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.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 23
Failure Date: 02/05/2005

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.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 24
Failure Date: 02/01/2005

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.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 25
Failure Date: 01/30/2005

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.