2012 Ram 1500 Reliability - Consumer Reports
With its freshening, the Ram emerges as perhaps the most civilized full-sized pickup to date. Its coil-spring rear suspension helps lend a cushioned ride and handling is competent for such a big vehicle. Our Big Horn Crew Cab, with its smooth, effortless 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and slick eight-speed automatic, averaged 15 mpg.
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There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 1500 will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
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Electric System
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Calipers locked, didn't release"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Rear calipers froze and fried pads."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

"Caliper froze up causing brake pad wear and grooves on rotor"

Rodney A., WI (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

"Left front caliper froze up, and was replaced"

Gary R., IA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

"one rear brake would not release completely"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Brakes heated up and made it inoperable until calipers were replaced"

Laurie B., CA (2012 Ram 1500 3.7-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"30000 miles time to replace but mainly due to rear calipers froze up"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

"Replaced the rear pads and rotors."

Michael K., MI (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Parking brake

"Parking brake cable on drivers side went loose. Dealer stated that the part at the drum location has seized and not let shoe to release. resulting as to the loose cable"

Ronald H., ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Parking break cable came loose inside rear driver's side break drum causing shoes to collapse binding wheel/axel stripping axle gears. Cost was over $2k to repair. Service contract I purchased from the dealership (Expert Auto) did not cover damage."

Michael J., OH (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Pad wear because of caliper froze up"

Rodney A., WI (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

"Right front caliper partially stuck occasionally causing premature wear on pads and rotor. Replaced satisfactorily under warranty"

Kevin H., ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"Pulsation in left front wheel resulted in rotor, caliper and brake shoes replacement @ less than 30k miles. Now I have the same problem going on with the right side at 30k miles. My 1995 Ram was many, many more miles before the first brake change (only one), I had it for 18 yrs. and 95,000 miles."

James C., SC (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Started as a squeal typical of needing new brakes soon. Turned out the rotor and drum were both completely shot on the driver's side front."

Anonymous, (2012 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"REPLACED RIGHT ROTOR AND CALIPER"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

"the rear brake pads were hard on the rotors"

Usda, NY (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Totally worn out at 120000"

Pat R., BC (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"I get no picture while backing up"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.7-L V6)

"Tire pressure readings in correct"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
CD player

"DIDNOT PLAYCD"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)
Display screen difficult to see

"screen really darkened, replaced but the same results"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"The entire system freezes up, and locks everything, including radio, nav. sys, phone, etc. Even when system replaced, problem still exists"

Daniel F., GA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"some of the display screen is intermittent."

Robert C., NJ (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I'd set it for a destination, the system would reset, and reset and reset again and finally just freeze with no resolution except to turn it off and start over."

J G., TX (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"When we're going somewhere not in our usual area, and we have programmed it for our destination, then deviate from that path, it shuts itself down to re-calculate. It comes back up with a new path, but repeats the whole process the next time we deviate."

J G., TX (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Radio

"ANTENNA LEAK ON ROOF DECK. BLUE TOOTH THRU RADIO DOES NOT OPERATE. SOLUTION WAS TO SPEND 1500. FOR A NEW RADIO"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"AM band has a horrendous buzz even when you have a strong signal. if you step on the brake pedal it goes away. taken it to the dealer multiple times ever time same answer. Chrysler knows about it but has no fix"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"the Radio/Gps/phone would forget my presets, phone numbers and where my home is... Dodge fixed this under warranty"

Mark K., TX (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Lose Sirius/XM signal all the time. Suspect poor or weak antenna system. No problem with reception with other vehicle."

Edwin D., AZ (2012 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Radio unit stopped working completely and had to be replaced"

Ken A., ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Satellite radio started losing reception years ago. I went to my dealership three times and each different service rep (they all found different employment and no record of me complaints. Warranty finally expired with no action, just promises. Problem still exists"

Edwin D., AZ (2012 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"sorry was thinking of my work vehicle."

Jonathan L., PA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Headlights

"Drivers side headlight went out and had to be replaced twice. Once by the dealership and once by myself."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Intermittent headlight function. It would be on then off. Dealer could not find problem."

Anonymous, NB (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Factory installed headlight bulbs had become darkened and did not produce the necessary light for night driving. Both bulbs were replaced with new, higher intensity bulbs. (This Ram has one bulb in each headlight for both high and low beams.)"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"The headlights are very poor, and changing them to a better quality bulb is extremely difficult. It is bizarre that they require the whole front end of the truck to be taken apart just to replace headlight bulbs. Serious problem"

Jeff M., AB (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)

"Faulty electrical caused the headlight lamp to repeatedly burn out within 6 months"

Thomas B., SK (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"Drivers side headlamp went out"

John K., SC (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Interior lights

"Short in wiring on both sun visor vanity mirrors caused the dome lights to not work."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

"Key fob doesn’t always work even though battery has been replaced several times."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Remote engine starter

"The problem came immediately and was not intermittent, but IO am not where my records are, so cannot be more specific."

Anonymous, (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"this monitor gives constant false issues when the truck has been driven in cold and icey conditions. It seems to reset once the vehicle has been warmed up for a few hours in a building"

Jeff M., AB (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Warning lights

"Check engine light went on - diagnosis indicated there was a electrical short to the engine fan. Wire had to be replaced."

Ken A., ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"The port that ejects the cleaning fluid clogged. The assemblies for both sides were falling apart and had to be completely replaced. The repair was not expensive and easy to do myself."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust Manifold came loose due to weak/improper bolting used in the manufacture of this vehicle. Replaced by dealership for free."

Erich B., WA (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"exhaust manifold gasket leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)

"exhaust bolts on manifold broke"

Charles N., LA (2012 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Broken bolts for exhaust manifold allowed exhaust leaks"

Anonymous, AR (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"Leak at the exhaust manifold"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

"manifold cracked because bolts were faulty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"Two broken studs in exhaust manifold that was covered by warranty"

Craig F., CA (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"both exhaust manifolds have cracked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Exhaust manifold bolts broke causing exhaust leak. Apparently this is a common problem with these vehicles but was not recalled for this problem. It has the 5.7 Liter Hemi engine."

Richard V., UT (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"Took it in to dealer for ticking noise in engine. Turned out to be a cracked exhaust manifold. Repairs covered under lifetime warranty I purchased separately from Mopar. Otherwise cost would have been $1400"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 Tradesman 5.7-L V8)

"bolts on the manifold. FCA to date will not warranty"

Lee H., WI (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Other/unsure

"Sensor failed intermittently for awhile and then failed completely."

Charles M., OR (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Started a few years ago and still haven't found how the water is coming in. I haven't paid to have it service because of Dealer's high hourly charge."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

"The leaks have been terrible. Leaks around the backup lights, the headlights, door trip, cabin trim. It has been one thing after another. Get one fixed and then the next thing fails"

Mary C., TX (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Stop light in roof leaked"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"The third brake light leaked during a rain storm causing water to enter into the back of my seats"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"drain hoses for the sunroof came loose or plugged and water leaked through the headliner into the cab. I understand that this is a "common" problem with the Ram trucks with sun roofs"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Some of the seals around the windshield have let water come in and runs down the windshield some of the time."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"There's a rattle in the top/center of the dash board. The dealer tried fixing it twice. It's better but still there"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"There's a rattle under the top dash exactly in the center of the dash. The dealer looked at it and fixed it a bit but it's still there"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Noise present in engine area. Difficult to identify but serpentine belt and some other adjustments were made and solved problem. Cost about $750."

Robert C., NY (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

"The seals are not very good. There are much better seals in j.c.whitney that are much better"

John L., WI (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"upper control arm"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

"Left front tire was noisy, didn't run smoothly and was very noisy. Alignment was out, resulting in tire being "chopped" (very uneven wear). Aligned under warranty; tires rotated. Three weeks later, noisy and rough again. Alignment was out again; al"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Can’t keep it in alignment. I’m not going over rough roads."

Robert H., FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Ball joints

"Totally worn out at 120000km"

Pat R., BC (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"the power steering failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"NEEDED TO BE REPLACED"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)

"I had a persistent fluid leak at the front end of the truck. Took it to the dealer who changed the oil and filter and assured me that there was no leak. The leak continued. Took it back to the dealer, who did a more thorough inspection and found t"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"front left strut leaking"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"Went through the original tires by 30,000 miles. I an not an orr-roader. I treat my vehicles with care. Tire wear was caused by poor suspension according to two trusted experts. Replaced four tires totaled $1200. Am now replacing shocks and struts. $$$$$$$"

Edwin D., AZ (2012 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"I just replaced tires @ $250 each. Noticed severe cupping @ 5,000 miles on all wheels. Dealer agency says nothing wrong but realigned and balanced the tires. Cupping continued but at a lesser rate. Another Service Manager in Michigan while I was on a trip told me Dodge was experiencing shock and suspension problems. Upon return to my home, my dealer denied any knowledge of such problems."

Edwin D., AZ (2012 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"decal on doors"

Edward S., MD (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"A crack in the clear coat andpaint on the hood of the truck has developed for no reason whatsoever."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500 SLT Unsure)

"clear coat flaking off along top edge of tailgate"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

"Truck had paint stains on the hood of the truck. They could not be buffed out. The hood needed to be repainted"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Rust

"Our front bumper is rusting in the the rock chip spots. Have to be careful with this to clean and fill properly each spring"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"side step bars chrome peeling off"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"small part of the door frame became rusty about 400-450 to get it fixed."

James B., NC (2012 Ram 1500 4.7-L V8)

"Many small dents resulted from very thin quarter panels and rusting rear wheel well."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Seized belt tensioner pulley caused squealing"

Rob M., SK (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Engine computer

"check engine light is on electronic throttle control randomly comes on service 4 wheel drive"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Ram 1500 Tradesman 5.7-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine knocks at cold start. As the outside temperatures drop, the knocking gets louder. Too loud!"

Colin D., DE (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

"Loud engine noise on start up. Sounds like a diesel. Goes away when engine warms up. Dealer says it is piston slap and they all do it. I did hear others brand new do it. Still not pleasant"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Engine has a knock and the valve lifters tick when engine is running. The dealer where I purchased the truck tells me that its normal. No other trucks i've checked or listened to do it as loud as mine. Still have warrenty left for now.When its gone,"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Stud cracked due to weak bolts and the exhaust manifold warped. This is a common problem with the Hemi engine"

Rob M., SK (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Engine mounts

"This is the second time I had to replace the mounts. There is excessive shaking and noise and each time the dealer says it is the mounts. They get replaced and 6 months later the same problem"

Mary C., TX (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Oil leaks

"The oil leaks come after oil changes. I have to crawl under truck and tighten oil filter and some bolts. There torque specs are not very good. I can go another 10 to 18 ft lbs"

John L., WI (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"The gear can shift from park to drive. I have not had this occur, but there is a recall that hasn't been addressed yet."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"While driving towing a trailer, transmission defaulted to 4th gear. I drove it 15 miles to a dealer. They replaced the solenoid body. All is well since."

Anonymous, (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Replace sensor"

Michael F., AL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Transmission sensor failed causing truck to lose gears- was stuck in fourth while driving home. Took it to a transmission place to be fixed only to be told it had to go to the dealer because it was the sensor / computer, not the transmission itself."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Fatigue failure of 3 head bolts, affecting both sides Cost $950."

Mark W., TX (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine had a very quiet knock when started that went away once running. Turned out to be bad camshaft lifters required new cam shaft, lifters and valves,piston rings etc. - All Covered by Ram!! at no charge!! Dealer did the work for me and arranged the no cost repair!"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Dropped a valve while highway driving. Damaged intake, cylinder and piston. Possible cause lifter failure. Oil level and quality not an issu"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Valve lifters failure causing damage to the engine cylinder head valves, camshaft and connected accessories. Removal of front grille, lights etc to remove the camshaft. removal of engine heads. Customer Service for RAM was presented with the mileage factor for help on the cost of repairs. The invoice for the needed repairs were around $2800.00. My invoice was for $500.00! The local dealer was a huge help with information and the history of the truck service performed here since the truck was purchased at a another dealer! THAT is fantastic service for the customer on both ends. We purchased a new Charger before the engine issues with the truck. K & M Wayland in Wayland Michigan is one of the very best for service and competitive pricing."

Michael K., MI (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The check engine light has been on for nearly a year, and the computer code indicated an issue with the emissions system. It turns out a rodent had chewed a hole in the tube connecting the fuel tank to the vapor collection container. The dealer wanted to charge $2000 to make what ended up being a $4 repair we did ourselves. Problem has been solved."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ram 1500 Unsure 4.7-L V8)

"Leak from filler neck, won't pass emissions. Dealer says it's not covered under warranty, I am disputing this with Chrysler"

Ronald H., GA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Check Engine light alerted that there was a problem. Our auto mechanic found an EGR problem and replaced the EGR"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 4.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Error code displayed Gas mileage went south right away"

Fred W., FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"rear diff began making noise when checked diff was failing and had to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ram 1500 ST 4.7-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"grease bags failed and one was actually coming apart"

Bruce F., MN (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Mice got in the engine compartment and chewed some wires that control the transmission shifting."

Anonymous, (2012 Ram 1500 ST 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Blower did not blow heat."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Condenser

"AC blowing warm"

Robert H., FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Leaked. Fixed under warranty. But took two days"

Steve F., ON (2012 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission stuck in 4th gear"

Robert H., FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

"Went in for an oil change and diagnostics showed the transmission problem. Thank goodness for extended warranty."

Robert H., FL (2012 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Twice in 2 years battery failed. Towed to dealership. First time nothing detected, second time replaced battery"

Anonymous, AR (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Starter

"engine intermittently died while driving. Sometimes would not start. Mechanics at dealer and at private repair shop unable to determine cause. After awhile it just quit doing it. Suspect something put in the gas tank or a bad batch of gas."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Check engine light came on. Ran a diagnostic said it was thermostat. Replaced same"

Anonymous, (2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Mar 08, 2018
If the fuel tank were to drop and contact the ground, a fuel leak may result. Additionally, in the event of a crash, the fuel tank may not remain secured to the vehicle, possibly causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence in an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks currently, or ever registered, in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Exposure to environmental conditions such as water mixed with road salt may cause the front fuel tank strap frame "T-Slot" bracket to corrode, possibly causing the fuel tank to drop and make contact with the ground.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will bolt a bracket reinforcement to the frame, free of charge. The recall began May 2, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U04.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V160000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 218617
EQUIPMENT
Dec 21, 2017
If the fire extinguisher does not function properly, it can increase the risk of injury in the event of a fire.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling various Dodge, Chrysler, and RAM vehicles equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button 'Pindicator' Fire Extinguishers. A list of the affected trailer models is available at: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17V824-0103.pdf. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or requiring excessive force to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners instructing them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall began February 14, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Kidde customer service service toll-free at 1-855-262-3540, or online at www.kidde.com and click on "Product Safety Recall" for more information. Chrysler's number for this recall is T82.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V824000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 61791
POWER TRAIN
Dec 20, 2017
Being able to shift the transmission without pushing the brake pedal and/or without a key in the ignition can increase the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 10,000 lbs, 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles, 2009-2017 Ram 1500 and 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, all equipped with a column shifter. Pushing the brake pedal for prolonged periods when the vehicle is running and in PARK may cause the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) pin to stick in the open position. With the pin in the open position, the transmission can be shifted out of PARK into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle software, inspect the BTSI, and, as necessary, replace it, free of charge. The recall began February 26, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T79.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V821000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1482874
EQUIPMENT
May 16, 2016
If the seat cover impedes the air bag deployment, the seat thorax air bags may not provide adequate protection in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of a injury.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling aftermarket Mopar Canvas Seat Covers for certain 2012-2016 RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks. These Mopar canvas seat covers were sold through Chrysler dealerships beginning October 15, 2015. The seat covers can impede the deployment of the seat thorax airbags.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners to remove the front seat covers and return them for a full refund. The recall began on July 1, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S30.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16E041000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 345
AIR BAGS
Jul 22, 2015
This abrasion may result in an electrical short that could cause driver's frontal air bag to unexpectedly deploy. Inadvertent deployment of the air bag may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks manufactured January 18, 2011, to October 7, 2014, and equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center option. The affected vehicles have a steering wheel wiring harness that may rub against the driver air bag module retainer spring.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, repair as necessary, and secure the steering wheel wiring harness. Additionally, protective caps will be added to the air bag retainer spring ends. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall began on September 18, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R36.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V459000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1059444
POWER TRAIN
Feb 06, 2013
If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning.
Summary:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from February 27, 2008, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through October 20, 2011; model year 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota trucks manufactured from February 27, 2007, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011; model year 2009 Chrysler Aspen trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008; and model year 2009 Dodge Durango trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008. The rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to an undersized pinion spline that can allow relative motion between the nut and companion flange.
What should you do:
On November 7, 2013 Chrysler notified owners that dealers would install a pinion nut retainer, free of charge. In July 2015, and under a consent order with NHTSA, the company agreed to offer owners three options for remedying their vehicles: perform the original remedy, offer to repurchase the vehicle at the fair market value plus 10%, or offer an additional incentive offer towards the purchase of a new Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, or Fiat vehicle. Chrysler will notify owners of the new recall options in a letter expected to be mailed on August 31, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N08.
For more information:
This campaign is an expansion of a recall campaign 12V-474.Chrysler's recall campaign number is N08.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V038000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 278674
EQUIPMENT
May 02, 2012
IF INSTALLED, THE INCORRECTLY SIZED SPARE TIRE MAY UNEXPECTEDLY ACTIVATE THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC) SYSTEM, ALTERING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ESC SYSTEM, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 RAM 1500 TRUCKS, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 5, 2012 THROUGH JANUARY 6, 2012. THE AFFECTED VEHICLES HAVE A SPARE TIRE THAT DOES NOT MATCH THE SPECIFICATIONS LISTED ON THE TIRE PLACARD. THUS, THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, ¿TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS.¿
What should you do:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPAIR VEHICLES AS NECCESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 21, 2012. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
For more information:
CHRYSLER¿S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS M14.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V192000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 129
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