Designed with big rig trucks in mind, the Dodge Ram 3500 pickup was sold as a luxury vehicle that can handle heavy-duty applications very well. In fact, its latest incarnation features some of Chrysler's latest technologies. These include the Uconnect system and the Sprint-powered wireless system, as well as a better HVAC and multimedia control panel. Because of these features, buyers are geared into getting this vehicle as their pickup. Remember, however, that there are some common problems that this vehicle has. So take note of some of these issues and be prepared.
Some of the common problems involved the engine, the most prominent being the 6.7L Cummins diesel. The engine failures were caused by an unusually high level of soot being produced, which resulted in exhaust gas recirculation valve, diesel particulate filter, and turbocharger damage. This in turn affected emission levels, which were too high and greatly affected the environment.
Over 186,000 Dodge Rams were recalled in 2010 to fix the engine control module.
Another common concern for Dodge Ram 3500 owners was the handling, particularly the steering and braking aspects. In 2011, a recall of around 242,000 Dodge Ram 3500 pickups occurred due to the left tie rod ball stud. On certain trucks, it fractured when making low-speed sharp turns, causing the loss of steering on the left front wheel.
As for the braking problem, a recall was made in 2010 involving 76,000 vehicles. The issue was that some diesel models with the hydroboost system have excessive vent pressure levels. This made the brake pedals slow to return, as well as brake light responding slowly. The power steering reservoir cap, which was the main source of the problem, was replaced.
Lastly, the headlights of the Dodge Ram 3500 had issues regarding the lack of amber side reflectors. With these missing, the truck becomes poorly illuminated, which makes other vehicles incorrectly guess the width of the pickup, which could then easily cause a crash. This also fails the Federal motor Vehicle safety Standard no. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
In response to this, 292,000 Dodge Ram 3500 units were recalled to replace the faulty headlamps.