2000 Dodge RAM 1500 Power Train Driveline Differential Unit Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2000 Dodge RAM 1500 Power Train Driveline Differential Unit Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID557189
 Internal NHTSA #10133604
 ManufacurerDAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION
 BrandDODGE
 ModelRAM 1500
 Model Year2000
 File date10/07/05
 ComponentPOWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DIFFERENTIAL UNIT
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemI have a 2000 dodge ram 4x4. My truck had 56,000 miles on it when the posi unit in the rear end exploded and tore up the gearing in the rear end. I was driving the truck down i-95 when this happed i did not know anything was wrong i got off 95 and thank god i did about a mile down lantana road i lost control of the steering and the rear tire started locking up. There were 3 of us in the truck if this would have happened on i-95 i dont know if we would still be here. Dodge built these trucks knowing there was a defect in the rear end along with mine there were 5 others with in miles of each other all with the same rear end problem. I contacted dodge and ask them why this problem hasd not been fixed or recalled there answer was they did not care. This is a major problem in dodge rams with a posi rear end we got lucky but what about the other millions who have one of these trucks. My truck is a 2000 and i think the problem was finally corrected in 2003. So this problem is in 96-98 to 2002 thats a lot of trucks barreling down the streets that at any given moment the drivers can lose total control of with out any warning. Think of the accidents a 1/2 ton or 3/4 tun truck will cause when you cant steer it or if you lose the rear axle and your tires go rolling down the road with out the truck. Dodge should be responsable for this and to fix all these trucks. How many people have to die or already have because of this problem. Like i was told by many people " we got lucky" but there are those that wont.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure56500
Number of Occurences0
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateBOYNTON BEACH, FL
VIN pattern 3B7HF13Z1YMXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase09/06/00
Was original owner?Y
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlY
Number of cylinders8
Drive train type4WD
Transmission typeAUTO
 Vehicle speed60
 DoT tire identifier
 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's nameWALLACE DODGE
 Dealer's telephone number
 Dealer's cityDELRAY
 Dealer's state codeFL
 Dealer's ZIP code
  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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