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Surprisingly luxurious and refined, this version of the Ram pickup truck remains fully capable of doing dirty work when duty calls. A unique coil-spring rear suspension gives it a smooth ride and the interior is whisper-quiet. Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice, and it was the first truck in its class to offer a diesel.
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There are 12 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical 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 about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2013 Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Three years after owning my truck the back up camera stop working all together. I was forced to pay for a new one”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“The seal on the lens gave way. As a result when it rained moisture got inside the lens”

William Z., IL (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Camera picture was not clear”

William L., WA (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“The radio display, touch screen, is frozen. No functions are available, blue tooth, USB connect. I can only listen to one radio station. I am in the process of having the unit replaced”

Morgan L., NY (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 4.7-L V8)

“Uconnect 5.1 screen froze and required replacement with an entire new unit”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“Happens about once a month”

Jeffrey S., MI (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Screen would freeze and after three visits to dealer they replaced the unit”

Greg W., IL (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Had problems getting this resolved, took over 3 months to fix. They ended up replacing radio. Seems to be fine now”

Bruce F., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

“directly associated with the radio falilure”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“From what the dealership tells me, when the MiGig system needs a software upgrade, the device stops working and you have to bring it in for a software upgrade. After their upgrade, you have to re-sync your phone, and reprogram all your favorite radi”

Robert L., FL (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“total instrument goes blank and does partial reboot”

Larry E., SC (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“One module in the dash went bad. My dealer replaced it under warranty”

Ronald T., FL (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“GPS, radio, etc screen went blank. replaced by dealer under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“The display screen would freeze up and then go blank on one occurrence it was blank for over 2 hours until I stopped and turned the car off. When this happens the volume will not work on the radio, navigation and blue tooth. Dealer says its software”

Juan V., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Replaced the whole nav/radio/heat control unit 4 times before it was fixed”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“The trucks display screen for NAV/Entertainment/backup camera failed. You can turn on Heat/AC but have no info on temp or vent settings. No back up camera, no entertainment and no GPS. 4 weeks before new screen installed. Dealer told me this probl”

James G., AB (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“display went blank and would not come on”

Stephen E., MD (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“The dash display system "reboots" every once and a while. It does not happen consistently in any way that I can detect, but it happens when the vehicle is in motion. When it occurs the entire display goes blank, and the lighting system goes dark”

Marc P., MA (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“USB port did not work when truck was new”

Tom M., AZ (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

“communication between phone and radio and other. Needed a new unit. Works fine now”

William Z., IL (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“External music device does not function correctly with music devices that have two memory cards. External music functions do not work with "Compilations" on the iPod”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.6-L V6)

“nav system displayed wrong area, dealership troubleshot and screen was blank afterward. fixed at no cost to me but took two months”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Truck phone error dealer service needed”

Adam K., IA (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“In dash navigation does not work when the screen freeze's up additionally the navigation is delayed in informing you when to exit”

Juan V., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“can not be trusted. Very hard to learn how to operate.Will go blank. print is small and doesnot need to be.Directions at times are just wrong.Sound is poor and hard to hear. Just not happy with this system. We rely on a TOMTOM, after market”

E W., WI (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“My Bluetooth unpairs randomly and then repairs shortly after. Sometimes it doesn't even find my phone. I've gone through 3 phones during the time I've own this truck and the problem still occurs. They replaced the "radio unit". Made it better but it's happening again”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“phone pairing is not the true issue. what occurs is the LCD display indicates there is a phone issue with the 911 communications and the screen turns BRIGHT red when this occurs and is very distracting. the dealer says they can do nothing about it”

Edward K., NJ (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“radio failed which included the display screen going blank and unable to use other associated functions such as Maps, etc”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Radio changes stations randomly. It will be on one station & then go to another non preset station. It is extremely annoying & will actually keep me from buying another Chrysler product in the future”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn Unsure)

“radio would lose station presets”

Jim G., MN (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“Blue screen of death!”

Rodney J., VA (2013 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

“This radio has the worst reception I have ever experienced for normal radio, satelite reception was fine”

Jeffrey S., MI (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“AM radio is substandard. All older AM car radio work much better”

E W., WI (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“This is the full electronic radio with 8.4" screen, nav, etc. Everything works except the simplest part - the AM radio which quits working altogether. The whole unit has been replaced twice and while it is presently working, the reception is poor”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Radio/display screen kept freezing up and going blank. The dealer tried to install a software update that would not install so they replaced the whole system which was covered under warranty”

Miles M., WI (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“unUSble recognition software poor”

Adam K., IA (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Voice control does not integrate with USB/iPod music devices. Voice control does not recognize simple menu commands for other functions. I no longer attempt to use voice control for any features”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.6-L V6)
Speakers

“One of the rear door speakers rattles when there is heavy bass and needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 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

“Had to replace iit two times after the factory warranty had expired”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Ram 1500 Lone Star 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

“The headlights are nearly impossible to repair or replace. Even mechanics can't figure out how to do it and no information is provided in the owners manual. Again Chrysler is extremely bad at design & functionality in their vehicles”

Jamini A., KS (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 3.6-L V6)

“The auto senor for the headlights works intermittantly”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 5.7-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

“The heated seats will malfunction & keep heating up while you are driving & you cannot turn them off. Eventually they are burning you. Your only option is to pull over and turn the car off to reset the system. This is extremely dangerous & since the heating element comes on automatically you have to remember every time to turn it off so this doesn't happen. They should also not default to turning on. It should be able to be left off permanently”

Jamini A., KS (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 3.6-L V6)

“Overhead map lights in front are LEDs and were replaced within the first year of ownership and now the passenger side assembly is almost all burned out. Replacement means the whole assembly (lights, garage controls, rear window controls, etc) must be replaced for almost $400. Ridiculous for a few LED failures”

Ric M., GA (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Interior overhead console lights would flicker when they were turned on. Replaced the assembly under warranty”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“One of the overhead lights wasn't working. Had to have the whole overhead light unit replaced. It was covered under warranty”

Holly M., MN (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“The remote wouldn't work. The lock button on the handle doesn't always work. The engine wouldn't turn off, and the car would lock itself when opening or closing the door. The first 2 problems were inconsistent”

Robin M., NY (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“FOB stopped being recognized by car, had to be reprogrammed by dealer”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Driver's power door module had to be replaced. Truck would lock randomly and frequently even when the truck was started. Again, Chrysler paid for this fix”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“replaced instrument cluster”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

“the lights and gauges all turn off while driving, needles go down to zero then everything turns back on in about 2 seconds. have taken in several times to the dealer, and they can not find anything wrong”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“third brake light above rear window has blown twice in less than twelve months”

Mark A., NY (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.6-L V6)

“Courtesy light on exterior mirror failed. Had to replace the entire mirror just for a light. Seems excessive”

Andreas O., PA (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“tail light repeatedly going out”

Stephen E., MD (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Has trouble starting on cold mornings, start times out”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

“Four times in two year, the whole dash warning system lights up, engine stops running, etc. for about 3-5 seconds. Then it resumes normal operation. This is a real danger & I intend to report it to the NTSB”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn Unsure)

“washer fluid low indicator came on when full”

David C., MB (2013 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

“Third rear taillight (cabin exterior) leaks profusely during rain or car wash into storage cavities under the rear seat. Dealer replaced light unit and dried vehicle in 2014. Vehicle leaked again in winter 2015. And was dried by dealer. Vehicle leaked during major Northern California storms from December 2015 through January 2016. Vehicle will be sold to Ford dealet with full disclosure of possible mold in the rear cabin. The Ford dealer will dry out the RAM and treat for mold and it will be pr”

Bernd B., CA (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Severe water leaks from rear of cabin in back seat this has required 4 attempts to repair on last visi vehicle was in shop 14 days as carpet, headliner, leather seats and cushion we are replaced under warranty”

Chad J., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Rear window leaked water during heavy rain”

Shane M., FL (2013 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

“windshield was not sealed”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“I had a leak behind driver seat. Took dealer twice”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

“Water leak from headliner. found to be bad seal around 3rd breaklight”

Brian L., TN (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“The seat back of the driver's seat sometimes squeaks”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

“Roof liner support rattle. They had to re glue a support and reattach headliner”

Craig B., AB (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Door squeaks when operated, no one has been able to figure out how to lubricate it but haven't brought it to the dealer yet”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

“noticabale gear shifting noise when transitioning between R and D. noticable noise when turning the wheels all the way to the left or right”

Jason O., AB (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“$60,000 truck has wind noise from door seals at highway speeds. Unacceptable”

Shane M., FL (2013 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Four different areas of bubbling/blistering paint, each a couple inches long, around the outside edges of the hood”

Jeffrey J., MA (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

“small paint chips on rear bumper showing rust”

Terry N., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Plating on grill started coming off shortly after truck was purchased”

George F., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Rust

“Ref fender replaced due to premature rust perforation”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Front bumper and molding rubbed each other and rubbed off the paint and rusted in both the left and right side”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 4.7-L V8)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“when the tires were rotated, the dealer pointed out the the drivers side front fender molding was loose and bent in but it did not appear to be hit by another vehicle”

Edward K., NJ (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“PEELING FLAT BLACK TRIM ON DRIVER DOOR”

Robert J., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Vinyl on panel between driver & rear door pinched and buckled. Replaced but they had to keep it overnight because body shop did not get to it that day. Brought it in at 7:30 am”

Bruce F., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Lone Star 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)

“Was a vacuum leak that turned on engine light. Required two visits, had trouble finding it”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.6-L V6)

“whole enclosed fuel system had to be replaced”

Larry R., SC (2013 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Failed 02 sensor. Expensive fix $650”

Craig T., AZ (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

“Fuel rail needed replacement to restore malfunction light integrity”

Steve M., NV (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.6-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

“I am not certain whether the fuel rail is related to fuel gauge. so I cannot say more”

Steve M., NV (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pressure sensor went bad and cost me almost $900 to replace/repair”

R M., GA (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“oil level sensor defective, dealer replaced at no charge”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)

“Oil was leaking after the 1st oil change somewhere around the filter. Returned to the dealer several times to try other filters. They ordered a new short block but all of a sudden the leak stopped and hasn't happened again”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Engine computer

“Engine light kept coming on intermittently beginning in February 2015. I took it to my local dealership to have it placed on the computer to read the codes. They fixed the problem with a software update”

Michael T., TN (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“The digital oil pressure sensor failed twice and was replaced both times at no cost under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

“I can here it 30 feet away. Dealerships say they don't here anything abnormal. Google hemi tick. I have workrd on engines for 40 years and this knocking is not normal, despite what the dodge mechanics say”

Anonymous, ON (2013 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

Slipping transmission

“I took the truck in to the shop after only 6000 miles and the transmission was slipping. They said they replaced the transmission fluid and that corrected the problem. Now at 25000 miles, the transmission is slipping again”

Robert L., FL (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Transmission computer

“The vehicle seems to have a gear 2 to gear 1 downshift issue. When you come to a stop, the transmission does not shift into 1st gear until you let off the brake to start driving. Seems like a software issue, have had it in many times, they don't know”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

“The trans knob shifter totally locked up in park and vehicle had to be towed for repair. 2nd time trans computer had to be rebooted or something this is the eight speed auto with V-6”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Twice the computer module became defective due to water and salt getting into it. Had to put the truck in for 4 days the first time and 3 days the second time.They replaced the whole module the second time”

Anonymous, ON (2013 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

Shocks or struts

“At apps 1300 miles I experienced banging and rattle over bumps, dealer noted shocks were not properly bolted to vehicle later received notice of recall”

Chad J., TX (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Left front strut leaking”

Marshall H., KY (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

“The vehicle has a distinct vibration at highway speeds. Has been to the dealer twice with no resolution”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Ram 1500 Express 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

Automatic climate control

“A/C won't allow temperature adjustment intermittently”

Craig T., AZ (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

“For no apparent reason the climate control would not work. It was winter and there was no heat, defrost, etc. nothing! I was driving to Montreal through Vermont in the dead of winter and had to find a dealership to remedy the problem. I had to stay”

Robin M., NY (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“the climate control will intermittently fail to work correctly”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Left cylinder head. Broken exhaust rocker shaft, cracked cylinder head pedestal & bent exhaust pushrods. Blamed on manufacturing error”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Cyclinder head had a crack, causing oil leak and major engine repair”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Failure of an exhaust manifold bolt required replacement of the head due to the inability of bolt extraction covered under warrantee”

Irvin S., CA (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Torque converter lock up clutch slipping. Warranty covered converter replacement. Also alternator bearings failed along with idler pulley. This was not covered under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)

“After the transmission pump went, I had to also get the torque converter replaced with 15,000km on the truck. Only pull a 5,000 lb trailer 4000 km at that point”

Shaun T., AB (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Since day one, the transmission made a "squealing" sound when backing up. It got worse as time went on. It was the smoothest shifting tran. that I've ever owned. The Ram service people took a short ride with me and said "wait a minute,I'm going to se”

Bruce T., AL (2013 Ram 1500 SLT 3.6-L V6)

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

Electronic ignition

“truck wouldn't recognize the key fob & there was no way to start the truck”

Robert L., WA (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Ignition switch

“truck wouldn't recognize the key fob & there was no way to start the truck”

Robert L., WA (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“I can smell exhaust fumes inside the vehicle at a stop”

Jeffrey J., MA (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 3.6-L V6)
Other/unsure

“sometimes system would not boot up when vehicle was started. would have to shut off and restart to get system to operate”

Jim G., MN (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“The truck at 108,000 km began to overheat. I had purchased an extended warranty so Chrysler took care of the tow and the part replacement. Overall, I am very very happy with this truck”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Water pump

“There was a faulty bearing in the water pump. The pump was replaced and covered under warranty”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 4.7-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

4WD/AWD components

“Four wheel drive would not engage. Problem was stripped front axel, which also damaged hub. Major repair”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ram 1500 Sport 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.

What Owners Say

Windows

“The windshield leaked in the front drivers side. The dealer removed the windshield and reinstalled trim. The leak was fixed”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The ABS light stayed on and my cruise control didn't work . Went to dealership and they ordered and installed new part”

Jim K., IN (2013 Ram 1500 Tradesman 5.7-L V8)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:TAILGATE:LATCH
May 09 2019
If the tailgate opens while the vehicle is being driven, cargo may fall out the vehicle and create a road hazard, increasing the risk of crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks equipped with an 8 foot bed and a power locking tailgate. Chrysler is also recalling all 2013-2014 and 2018 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks built before April 1, 2018 with a 6 or 8 foot bed and a power locking tailgate. On August 29, 2019 Chrysler expanded the recall to include an additional 693,128 model year 2013-2014 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks. The tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will repair the tailgate latch, free of charge. The recall began May 23, 2019. Chrysler is expected to notify owners of the expanded population on October 18, 2019. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US's number for this recall is V44. Note: 2015-2017 MY Ram 1500 pickup trucks with truck beds other than 8 foot, are currently covered under NHTSA recall 18V-486 for this issue.
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: 19V347000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1103479
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:LEVER AND LINKAGE:COLUMN SHIFT
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
AIR BAGS
May 09 2017
If the rollover side curtain air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a crash that necessitates activation of these safety systems.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 vehicles. Certain driving conditions, such as driving off-road or debris striking the vehicle may cause the roll rate sensor to trigger a fault within the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). If this fault occurs, the rollover side curtain air bag and the seat belt pretensioner will be disabled from deploying.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ORC software, free of charge. The recall began June 26, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T25.
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: 17V302000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1021279
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
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC.
Jul 23 2015
Exploitation of the software vulnerability may result in unauthorized remote modification and control of certain vehicle systems, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500, 2015 Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger, 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, and Dodge Durango, and 2013-2015 Dodge Viper vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with radios that have software vulnerabilities that can allow third-party access to certain networked vehicle control systems.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify and mail affected owners a USB drive that includes a software update that eliminates the vulnerability, free of charge. Optionally, owners may download the update to their own USB drive from http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/ or take their vehicle to a Chrysler dealer for immediate installation. In an effort to mitigate the effects of this security vulnerability, Chrysler has had the wireless service provider close the open cellular connection to the vehicle that provided unauthorized access to the vehicle network. This measure may not have been implemented on all vehicles and does not address access by other means that will be remedied by the software update. The recall began on August 25, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R40.
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: 15V461000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1416903
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Jul 22 2015
Air bags that unexpectedly deploy increase the risk of a crash or injury.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks manufactured June 20, 2012, to January 26, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the side impact sensor calibrations may be overly sensitive, and as a result, the side air bag inflatable curtains and seat air bags may unexpectedly deploy and the seat belt pre-tensioners may activate.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the Occupant Restraint Control module calibration, free of charge. The recall began on September 8, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R23.
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: 15V460000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 667441
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
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:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Dec 06 2013
The transmission output shaft fracture could result in a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park'.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chrysler 300 AWD, Dodge Charger AWD, and Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles equipped with ZF all wheel drive ("AWD") 8HP45 transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission output shaft may fracture.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmissions, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 31, 2014. Customers may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall number is N65.
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: 13V610000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4194
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL
Jul 02 2013
A disabled ESC system may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 4x4 trucks manufactured June 26, 2012, through February 5, 2013. Due to a software issue with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) module, the ESC system may be disabled when the vehicle is started.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ESC module software, free of charge. The recall began on September 11, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N37.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V287000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 45896
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL
Jun 04 2013
Without a warning that the turn signal is malfunctioning, the driver would continue to use the vehicle, unaware that other drivers on the road are not being notified that the vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks manufactured September 9, 2012, through March 5, 2013 and equipped with optional premium tail lamps. In the affected vehicles, the turn signal indicator may not flash at a double rate to give a notification to the driver of a turn signal malfunction. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Central Body Controller software, free of charge. The recall began June 27, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N35.
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: 13V237000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17411
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
May 07 2013
Without a properly working windshield defrosting system, a buildup of mositure or ice could limit the driver's ability to see, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 trucks manufactured manufactured June 25, 2012, through December 12, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the coolant bypass valve may stick in a position that does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Vehicle Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems."
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace replace the suspect coolant valves along with an updated calibration, free of charge. The recall began on June 25, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N25.
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: 13V177000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 498
PARKING BRAKE
Apr 03 2013
If the parking brake fails to operate as designed, the vehicle could roll when parked, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles manufactured December 17, 2012, through January 22, 2013. The parking brake cable equalizer was set incorrectly and may not hold the vehicle on a 20% grade. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the parking brake performance requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reset the parking brake cable equalizer if required, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N22.
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: 13V128000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6574
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