A few of the recalls were brake- and steering-related. A brake recall on 2009-2010 Ram 1500s was issued to replace an improperly manufactured retaining clip on the brake booster's input rod that could lead to brake failure. Just over 62,000 2010 and 2011 Ram 1500s with the diesel engine were recalled to replace the power-steering reservoir's cap that may cause excessive vent pressure, resulting in the brake pedal returning too slowly after brake application and the brake lights staying on too long. More than 20,000 2010 models were recalled to replace an improperly manufactured brake-tube assembly between the hydraulic control unit and the master cylinder, which may leak and reduce braking performance. A Ram 1500 electric power steering recall was issued for 2015 and 2016 models to replace an electric power steering (EPS) circuit board that may fail and lead to a loss of steering assistance. One 2013 recall was for resetting the parking brake's cable equalizer because it may fail to hold the vehicle securely on a gradient. A small number of 2019 1500 Classics were recalled to replace the EPS gear assembly because a gear in the assembly may fail, leading to a loss of power assistance, and a handful of 2019 Classics were recalled to replace the steering column, because improperly machined column stub shafts may cause the steering wheel to detach from the column. The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic brake-pedal recall covered 1500 Classic models with adjustable pedal boxes that were recalled for repairs because the brake pedal may detach. A 2019 Ram 1500 power steering recall affected nearly 160,000 1500 Classics and was issued to properly secure a battery-ground fastener on the front fender that might cause a loss of EPS assistance. A few hundred 2021 Classics were recalled to install a retaining clip on the brake master cylinder's pushrod, which may otherwise disconnect and disable the brakes.
Although there weren't any widespread Ram 1500 diff problems, there were a few axle-, suspension-, and diff-related recalls. 2009-2011 Ram 1500s were recalled to replace the front tie rod's left outer ball stud, which may fracture and lead to a loss of steering control. On some 2014 models, the rear shock absorbers may have to be replaced because faulty ones with insufficient welding may detach. 2009-2012 Ram 1500s were recalled to replace a pinion nut on the rear axle that may work loose. A rear-axle recall affecting 2011 Ram 1500s was issued to install an oil port in the rear axle to lubricate a bearing that may otherwise seize. 2015 and 2016 Ram 1500s were recalled to replace rear axle assemblies because an improperly heat-treated axle shaft may fracture, causing a wheel to detach. Only 30 2016 Ram 1500s were recalled for a differential pin retaining screw that may cause the differential to fail and lock up. In another very small recall, 64 2016 models were recalled to replace incorrectly manufactured halfshafts that may fracture. Some 2018 and 2019 Ram 1500 and 1500 Classics were recalled to replace an incompletely welded rear driveshaft that may fracture and detach from the vehicle and, in a related recall, models from the same two years were recalled to refill rear differentials that left the factory with too little oil in them - or replace them if they have already suffered damage due to the low oil level.
There were various 2009-2019 Ram 1500 transmission recalls too. Some 2010 Ram 1500s were recalled to replace a faulty wireless ignition node (WIN) that may allow the key to be removed from the ignition without the transmission in Park, in which case a vehicle may roll away unexpectedly. A massive recall of nearly 1.5 million vehicles that also affected the 2009-2017 Ram 1500s was issued for a faulty Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) that may malfunction and allow the transmission to be shifted out of Park without having to apply the brake. 2013 MY Ram 1500s with the ZF 8HP45 AWD transmission were recalled for a transmission output shaft that may fracture. Entire transmissions of some 2014 models may have had to be replaced under recall because their transmission cases may have been machined incorrectly, preventing the park pawl from engaging when the shifter is in Park. A tiny number of 2018 Ram 1500s were recalled to replace an incorrect park-lock rod that may prevent the transmission from being shifted into Park. 2019 MY 4WD 1500 Classics were recalled to replace a transfer case with a faulty gear inside it that may cause the vehicle to become stuck in Neutral, causing a loss of drive to the wheels and/or the loss of the Park function. So, most of the notable 2009-2022 Dodge Ram 1500 drive-shaft, 4-wheel drive, and four-wheel-drive transfer-case problems were covered by the recalls.
A few fuel-system-related recalls make the list too. Nearly 219,000 2009-2012 Ram 1500s were recalled to have their fuel-tank-strap brackets replaced; these are prone to corrosion and failure. The fuel-tank valves of some 2017 Ram 1500s may be faulty, causing them to leak fuel in a rollover accident and possibly cause a fire; these vehicles were recalled to replace the fuel tanks. 2014-2019 Ram 1500 and 1500 Classics were recalled to replace a faulty high-pressure fuel pump. Some 2019 Classics equipped with certain Mopar rear-step kits were recalled to have these steps replaced, following the discovery that the steps may cause the rear suspension's control arms to potentially puncture the fuel tank in a rear-end crash.
There were a few wheel and tire-related recalls. A small number of 2012 Ram 1500s supplied with an incorrectly sized spare wheel were recalled to replace it, as it can interfere with the stability control's operation. Some 2016 Ram 1500s left the factory with a missing spare-wheel heat shield and these vehicles were recalled to have it installed. 2019 MY 1500 Classics were recalled to replace incorrect tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors that may fail to warn the driver of underinflated tires. A mere 27 2019 Classics were recalled to replace a spare-tire placard label that shows an incorrect tire pressure for the spare tire and 2021 models were recalled to replace an incorrect spare tire.
There were more than one HVAC-related recall too. Almost 37,000 2009 models in which the windshield defogging and defrosting functions stopped working were recalled to fix the software programming of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) control module. There was a 2013 Ram 1500 coolant-bypass valve recall to have a small number of vehicles' coolant-bypass valves replaced, as these may become stuck and prevent coolant from flowing to the heater core, affecting the HVAC system's ability to defog the windshield. In the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 buy-back recall, the manufacturer actually bought back 15 Classics because of an incompatible infotainment/HVAC combination that resulted in them not having a functioning windshield-defogging system.
There were several restraint-system-related recalls. The 2012-2016 Dodge Ram 1500 airbag recall covered a small number of 1500s from these model years that might have had aftermarket seat covers fitted that interfere with side airbag deployment. A far bigger airbag recall of more than a million vehicles was for inadvertent airbag deployment due to an electrical short and affected 2012-2014 Ram 1500s. A similar recall of 2013-2015 Ram 1500s was for inadvertent airbag deployment as well, but in this case, it was to update the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) module with less-sensitive side-impact sensor calibration. 2014 and 2015 models were recalled because their curtain airbags may not inflate as intended. 2013-2016 models were recalled to update the software of the ORC, which may disable the belt pre-tensioners and curtain airbags. 2015-2020 Ram 1500 and 1500 Classics were recalled to replace a curtain airbag inflator that may rupture. 2019 and 2020 Ram 1500 Classics were recalled to replace front seatbelt retractors that may fail to lock as designed in a crash. The 2019-2020 Ram 1500 airbag safety recall affected close to 300,000 1500 Classics, which were recalled to flash the ORC's memory, which may have become corrupted, thereby disabling seatbelt pre-tensioners and airbags and a tiny number of units from the same year had to have their seat-track position sensor brackets replaced, else the airbag would not deploy in the appropriate way.
There were various 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 Ram 1500 backup-camera problems resulting in three recalls. Some 2018 MY 1500s were recalled to replace a backup camera that may fail and prevent an image from being displayed on the infotainment screen, while the 2019 and 2020 Ram 1500 screen recall on the Classic models was issued to update display software so that the backup camera's image no longer linger too long on the screen after the vehicle has been shifted out of Reverse, potentially distracting the driver. 2021 models equipped with a trailer-reverse steering module (TRSCM) were recalled because the rear-view camera image may not display at all.
Some 2014 and 2019 Ram 1500 dash and instrument-cluster problems led to a few recalls related to the instrument panel. 2014 models were recalled to reprogram the instrument cluster software because the cluster illumination has been found to fail and leave the displays unreadable. In a 2019 instrument-cluster recall, the entire unit has to be replaced because it may not properly illuminate and warn the driver of certain system failures.
Some 2012 and 2015 Ram 1500s were recalled to replace a fire extinguisher that may malfunction. There were various 2013-2018 Ram 1500 tailgate-latch problems and a recall for models from these years for a tailgate that may open unexpectedly. A Chrysler Group recall of more than 1.4 million vehicles were issued to update radio software that may allow third parties to gain access to the vehicle's networked systems; 2013-2015 Ram 1500s were affected. Almost 46,000 2013 4WD trucks were also recalled to fix a software issue that may disable the stability control. One 2013 recall was to reprogram the Central Body Controller, which may fail to alert the driver of a turn-signal malfunction. 2014-2019 Ram 1500s and 1500 Classics were subject to two recalls. One was to replace an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler that may crack, leak coolant, and potentially cause a fire, and the other was the well-known 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Ram 1500 cruise-control recall to address an issue that may prevent the cruise control from being disengaged. 2014-2018 models were recalled to reprogram the powertrain control module (PCM) to prevent a stall.
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel recall on 2014-2015 models was to secure and/or replace a battery harness that may chafe, short out, and cause a stall or a fire. Due to Dodge Ram 1500 PCM problems, some 2018 models were recalled to replace the PCM because a voltage regulator inside it may fail and cause one of the few documented Dodge Ram staling problems. In a case reminiscent of Toyota's unintended acceleration scandal, the 2019-2020 Ram 1500 floor-mat recall on 1500 Classics was to have a floormat modified that may cause the accelerator pedal to jam. The same two years were involved in the Ram 1500 windshield-wiper recall to tighten loose windshield-wiper nuts that may prevent the wipers from operating properly. Some 2019 Classics fitted with the 48-volt auxiliary battery system behind the rear seat may not have had their terminals properly fastened, causing them to overheat and increase the risk of a fire. Around 19,000 Classics of the 2020 model year were recalled to replace the driver-side mirror glass, which may detach.
There was never a Ram 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn, or Laramie recall on these or on any of the other trims specifically; rather, the recalls were usually range-wide or engine-specific.
Here are a few common OBD-II error codes:
- P0016, P0017, and P0020 are camshaft-position error codes.
- P0128 means that the cooling system's thermostat is stuck open.
- P0161, P0172, P0420, and P062a are oxygen-sensor error codes.
- P0181 is a fuel-temperature error code.
- P018c is a fuel-pressure sensor error code.
- The P0300 error codes are misfire codes. P0300 indicates a random misfire condition, but if the last zero is replaced by a number, it means that that specific cylinder is misfiring. So P0302, P0303, and P0306 indicate that cylinders two, three, and six are misfiring.
- The P0440, P0441, P0456, P0457, and P0688 codes are all evaporative emissions control (EVAP) system error codes.
- The P0460 and P0463 error codes are fuel-level sensor errors.
- P0481 is an engine cooling fan error code.
- P04db is a crankcase ventilation system error code.
- P0520 is an oil-pressure sensor error.
- P0642 may indicate a PCM fault.
- P06dd indicates an oil-pressure error.
- P0721, P0731, P0733, P0740, P0750, P0841, P0846, P0868, and P0933 are automatic-transmission error codes. P0721 is an error from the output speed sensor. P0731 indicates an incorrect first-gear ratio and P0733 an incorrect third-gear ratio. P0740 is for a torque-converter clutch-circuit malfunction, P0750 is for a shift-solenoid malfunction, and P0841 indicates low or dirty transmission oil. P0846 and P0868 are transmission fluid pressure errors. P0933 indicates that the transmission is slipping.
- P2122 and P2135 are throttle-position error codes.
The biggest 2009-2022 Ram 1500 problems to look out for are the following: