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#8 of 27 2003 Hemi Rear Brake Problems
Aug 25, 2003 (9:03 pm)
This is Satelitedawg in Joliet, Illinois. I purchased my '03 Hemi Ram in March 2003. It runs great and I have averaged around 16 mpg with a roll -n- lock cover on the bed. I just turned 16,000 miles last week. I have had problems with the rear disc brakes. The first set warped within the first 2,000 miles. I took it to the dealer and they put new discs on. They lasted about 1,000 miles. They contacted Dodge and were told that the engineers were aware of the problem and were working on a fix. I believe the problem is with the caliper design, but we will wait and see. The truck is driveable, but when braking from highway speeds to a stop, you can feel and see the steering wheel shimmy. If anyone else is having similar problems, please let me know.
Oct 03, 2003 (10:12 am)
Hmmm - I've got an '03 2500 Cummins - and I love my brakes! I never knew a truck that big could stop that fast - I haven't had a single problem, though I will once I have to buy tires. 17" are rare and expensive, but that's the smallest that'll fit over those 16" rotors. Please let us all know what your dealer eventually says is the fix!
#11 of 27 17 in tires
Jan 09, 2004 (3:02 pm)
I think by he time I need to replace the tires on my 04 2500 , 17" LT tires will be more commonplace and the price will drop
#13 of 27 Re: My 03 Hemi Quad [hersbird]
May 17, 2005 (12:41 pm)
I have the '04 version of your same truck but I was unable to find one with the 20" rims - so I am looking now - are you glad you got the polished over the chrome? Do you know if there is a real difference? Would you go aftermarket if you did it again?
#14 of 27 CONSTANT SHIFTING
May 30, 2005 (4:11 pm)
I HAVE A 2004 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB. I HAVE INSTALLED A 3 INCH LIFT AND HAVE INSTALLED 315/70/17 BF GOODRICH TIRES. SINCE THEN MY TRUCK ESPECIALLY ON WINDY DAYS CONSTANTLY SHIFTS INTO OVER DRIVE BETWEEN 65-75 MILES PER HOUR WHEN I AM ON THE OPEN HIGHWAY. I LIVE IN KINGSVILLE TEXAS AND OFTEN GO TO CORPUS CHRISTI WHICH IS ABOUT 40 MILES AWAY. DURING THAT 40 MILE STRETCH MY TRUCK WILL SHIFT ABOUT 15 TIMES JUST TRYING TO MAINTAIN THE 70 MPH SPEED LIMIT. I SOMETIMES AM TRAVELING AT 70 MILES PER HOUR AT 26OO RPM. IS THIS A CONDITION DO TO THE INCREASE IN TIRE SIZE OR AM I EXPERIENCEING A POSSIBLE MECHANICAL PROBLEM ? IF ANYONE HAS ANY INPUT I SURE WOULD APPRECIATE IT .
#15 of 27 Re: CONSTANT SHIFTING [dimster]
Jun 02, 2005 (9:35 am)
Try searching the Problems & Solutions thread fordy1, "Dodge Ram Owners: Problems & Solutions" #447, 9 Nov 2003 9:17 pm
From what I've read there, you may be looking at a clogged catalytic converter. My 96 Ram 1500 is in the shop as we speak for the same problem, only it was catastophic, the truck would hardly move at all. But my first indication was a series of violent downshifts as the poor thing tried to accelerate. Good luck.
#17 of 27 Re: CONSTANT SHIFTING [dimster]
Aug 28, 2005 (8:27 pm)
I have an 02 ram and it does not like 70 mph either. By placing larger tires on it you have no doubt exasperated the problem by moving the shift point even higher. Even stock the transmission shift points are set too low to keep the RPM's down and improve gas milage. With the mods you have added, I would think seriously about chipping the transmission shift points to allow you to run at a higher RPM at highway speeds. I am about to add larger tires too and have already spoke to the dealer about changing shiftpoints. Dennis