Ram 2500 Pickup Truck Problems, Complaints and Recalls

What Owners of Ram 2500 Pickup Trucks Should Know:

 Ram 2500 Pickup Truck Problems and ComplaintsOwners of the Ram 2500 pickup truck are experiencing a number of problems ranging from tailgates popping open and faulty powertrains as well as potential fire risks.

Johnson Attorneys Group recently learned about a 2021 Ram 2500 with just 36,000 miles on it that spent months in and out of the dealership’s repair shop. The truck had at least six repairs and one involved the duct system failing.

Ram 2500 pickup trucks are a heavy-duty workhorse owned by all types of people such as construction workers, farmers, landscapers and even families towing motorhomes or boats. It’s important to any car owner that their vehicle is reliable and available when they need it.

However, there are numerous recalls and investigations into the 2021 to 2023 Ram 2500 pickup trucks. Earlier this year in February, Chrysler’s parent company Stellantis recalled 340,000 diesel Ram pickup trucks in the 2021 to 2023 model years, according to an AP news report.  Specifically, the 2021-2023 Ram 2500, 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis, and 4500, 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles equipped with a Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine. The issue involves an electrical short in the relay that could ignite an engine compartment fire whether the ignition is turned on or off.  The automaker knew of six fires and told owners to park outside and away from structures until the dealership replaces the electrical connector.

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More Recalls for the Ram Pickup Truck

2021 Recalls

October 2021 – Electrical Short/Fire Risk

  • Chrysler recalled 131,000 Ram 2500 trucks to replace the Solid State Intake Heater Grid Relay and told owners to park the vehicles outside of garages and away from buildings or structures until they were fixed. Specifically, an electrical short in the relay might cause a vehicle fire whether the ignition is switched on or off. The recall covers the 2021-2022 Ram 3500, 2500 pickup trucks, and Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 cab chassis vehicles equipped with Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engines.

November 2021 – Side Airbags

  • In November, a smaller recall for 376 2021-2022 Ram 2500, Ram 3500, and 2021 Ram 1500 Classic pickup trucks to fix side air bags with the incorrect amount of compressed gas that could affect deployment.

2022 to 2023 Recalls

March 2022 – Software Glitch

  • Later in March 2022, the automaker recalled 370,000 2019 to 2021 Ram 2500 pickups, along with 2021 to 2022 Durango and 2019 to 2022 cab chassis with GVWR under 10,000 pounds. The reason was the ABS control module software may prevent the electronic stability control malfunction indicator light from illuminating under certain conditions.

November 2022 – Dipstick Leak/Fire Risk

  • A recall for certain 2020-2023 Ram 2500 and 2020-2022 Ram 3500 vehicles. The trucks were building up pressure and heat inside the transmission that could cause a transmission fluid leak from the dipstick tube. If transmission fluid leaks onto an ignition source within the engine compartment there could be a fire.

December 2022 – Tailgate 

  • Chrysler issued a recall in December 2022 for 1.22 million 2019-2022 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks. The automaker instructed owners to take their truck to the dealership to have them inspect the tailgate striker alignment. Some of these vehicles have misaligned tailgate strikers that could suddenly open while driving.

February 2023– Rear backup camera

  • Chrysler recalled 68,809 of its 2021 to 2023 Ram 1500 and 2023 Ram 2500 vehicles because its rearview camera image may fail to display. These models come equipped with a trailer reverse steering module (TRSCM).

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson

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If you purchased a defective Ram 2500 pickup truck or any vehicle with repeated problems or a safety issue, it may be time to reach out to an experienced attorney and get help. California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson will review your case and let you know if it qualifies as a lemon.

We highly recommend vehicle owners obtain a invoices for all repairs and recall visits from the dealership. These documents will support your potential case. Should the vehicle experience repeated issues or become a safety risk, these documents support the Lemon Law Claim. Contact us for a free case review at 1- 800-558-1087  

Published May 2, 2023

Disclaimer: This article provides general information about vehicles that may be covered by the California lemon law. However, the lemon law has very specific requirements that must be met for your vehicle to be considered a lemon. Every case has a unique set of circumstances and there are specific criteria that must be met for the lemon law to apply. It is imperative that you take immediate action if you believe your vehicle may qualify.


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