Engine, electrical system, and brake problems are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
The 2022 Dodge Ram is meant to be not only a work truck but also a comfortable vehicle for relaxing in. It’s advertised as capable, with the company claiming owners can “forge your own path.” However, there are already complaints surfacing about the defective electrical system and the steering.
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Most Common Problems with the 2022 RAM 1500
Owners of 2022 RAM 1500 trucks lodged a total of 149 complaints with the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) between December 7, 2021 and September 2, 2023. More than 18 components and systems are involved in the complaints, including 26 filed under the Unknown or Other category.
Looking at numbers on the NHTSA website, at face value it looks as if more than half complaints (72) are about the engine. Other components and systems with high complaint numbers are the electrical system, with 41, and powertrain, with 25. But there is a major crossover of complaints, with a large number of them being listed in 2 or 3 categories.
A closer look shows that engine complaints often include brake issues. Most commonly, the RAM 1500 loses power and stalls, sometimes when the driver is accelerating. Typically, the emergency brakes engage. If you are experiencing engine issues, you can find more information on our RAM 1500 Engine Stalling post.
Electrical problems are also included in engine-related complaints.
Similarly, brake issues are often filed consecutively under engine and electrical system complaints. Powertrain issues are commonly combined with engine, electrical, and brake problems. There are also brake problems mentioned in complaints filed under forward collision avoidance.
Combined with these many problems, many NHTSA complaints state that dealerships can’t solve problems and claim that the vehicles taken to them don’t have any issues.
One category that has notched up a fair number of recent complaints is the fuel system. These are listed as diesel fuel system (4), gasoline fuel system (2), and fuel/propulsion system (15). There are several complaints that involve other components and not primarily the fuel system. Additionally, some relate to recall parts not being available.
2022 RAM 1500 Recalls
By mid-September 2023, there were a total 8 recalls for the 2022 RAM 1500. Two of these relate to backover prevention, and one each to the airbags, engine, seat belts, structure, and visibility. There are also two that indicate major fuel system issues.
The first fuel pump failure recall was initiated in October 2022 as a gasoline fuel system issue. The problem is that the high pressure fuel pump (HPFP) might fail and if it does, it can cause an engine stall. The second one, introduced in April 2023, is a diesel fuel system issue, also due to a potential HPFP failure. In both instances, the automaker warns that if the fuel pump failure causes the engine to stall it increases the risk of a crash.
Three of the diesel fuel system and one of the gasoline fuel system complaints state that the recall repair part isn’t available. The remaining
2022 RAM 1500 Complaint Summary
|Complaint Category||Number of Complaints|
|Unknown Or Other|
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking|
|Fuel System, Diesel|
Problems with the Fuel System
One of the complaints listed as being a fuel/propulsion system, powertrain, and engine problem is from an owner in New York. It describes how the new 2022 1500 with 1,225 miles was “leaking gasoline from the engine compartment.” The fuel was, she states, “pouring out the engine compartment onto the driveway and down into the street. This potential fire dilemma occurred just 2 weeks after (the) dealership had replaced ‘all the fuel injectors’ in the engine.” And it’s not the only defect. The complaint also states that the malfunction indicator light (MIL) blinks constantly with “Powertrain Engine Malfunction” notifications.
The next defect was when “the truck lost power while driving and the electrical dashboard oil/transmission indicators were acting erratically. Basically, the repair order indicates that the dealership (had previously) replaced the same fuel injector part,” she says.
Another complaint states that after the HPFP malfunctioned, he asked Chrysler to buy the vehicle back because the pump had a recall on it. Their response was that “since they don’t have the parts they are going back with the same pump.” This, even though it has a recall on it, which the complaint states, is putting the family’s life in danger.
The automaker has known about the “potential dangers of a high pressure fuel pump that suddenly stops working” for more than a year, states another complaint. It “is unacceptable” that they haven’t produced a remedy. “Driving a vehicle knowing that it could, at any time, shut down in heavy traffic and become immobile is unacceptable. If FCA cannot come up with a timely (too late for timely’) replacement part, NHTSA should force them into other options for owners.”
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Issues with the Brakes
There are only 14 complaints filed under the Service Brakes category and another filed as a parking brake problem. However, there are many other complaints that mention brake problems. This is because, as mentioned above, many complaints combine brake problems with other component or system issues.
Immediately after leaving a stop light and making a left turn into a blind corner, A New Hampshire owner nearly had a crash. “The vehicle suddenly lost motive power and activated the braking system causing the vehicle to abruptly stop in an intersection. During the failure an approaching vehicle had to swerve to avoid a collision with the vehicle.”
Typical Engine Problems
Stalling is a common complaint, which many say results in the RAM 1500 emergency brakes kicking in. There is a general consensus among consumers that this problem is particularly bad in RAMs with the hybrid eTorque system.
Other issues include vehicles losing power, stalling when accelerating, and the tow haul mode causing RAMs to be stuck in third gear. An owner from Tennessee states that her 2022 RAM 1500 lost motive power while her son was driving on a busy freeway. He couldn’t restart the vehicle and was towed to the local dealer. At the time of the complaint, the cause of the failure hadn’t been determined.
An owner from New York hit a motorcyclist after the RAV accelerated out of control when the driver tried to brake. “I thought I killed the guy on the motorcycle – luckily he was ok. Seems like the gas pedal was pressing itself.”
There are several complaints about tow haul mode problems. It causes the vehicle to get stuck in third gear, and it appears there is no fix. It’s a software problem with all RAM 1500 vehicles with eTorque. So, for now, the manufacturer is advising customers not to use this feature.
Stalling Followed by Automatic Emergency Braking
This is potentially the biggest issue of all.
A consumer from Florida complains that his problems started two days after taking possession of his leased 2022 RAM 1500 Big Horn V6 eTorque. The car stalled while reversing out of the driveway and automatically engaged the emergency brake. A message, Auto Park Disabled was displayed. Since it was such a new vehicle, he thought he had touched something accidentally. But the sales rep said he’d never heard of this issue.
“I DO NOT FEEL SAFE in this vehicle. I’ve read on other online forums that this type of RAM engine eTorque has given many drivers problems, some (of whom) have had their vehicles stall in the expressway. I find it disingenuous that Dodge/Ram has not taken care of this issue sooner or set out to recall these unsafe vehicles with the eTorque engine. My kids are not allowed to ride in my truck until this issue is fixed. If it persists…I will enforce my Lemon Law rights in the State of Florida to have the manufacturer take back the truck.”
An owner from Kansas also reports a stalling problem. The complaint was filed in July 2022.
“Vehicle stalls randomly while driving and automatically applies the emergency brake. Stalling randomly and applying the emergency brake in the street/highway with traffic is dangerous and unsafe. This is our primary vehicle and the dealership has been unable to recreate the stalling. The vehicle has been to the dealership twice for stalling but the problem is still unresolved.”
Problems with the Electrical System
Considering all of the high-tech equipment included with 2022 RAM trucks, one would assume that the electrical system is up to par, but many owners say that it’s not.
There are 41 complaints in the Electrical System category plus more in Unknown or Other category.
An owner from South Carolina had his RAM at the dealership 4 times during the first 5,804 miles for electrical-related issues. Also, once for a recall on the electric control module (ECM). The first major problem was at about 400 miles.
“The truck shut off at a light, even with the stop/start deactivated, and attempted to restart without success. The starter engaged but the injectors did not. It made a diesel sound until I pressed the start button again to retry, It had a CIL for injector bank misfire, then started back as normal. I drove straight to the dealer (within 2 miles) where they kept it for a week. They called and told me to come to pick it up because there were no issues with it. Apparently, the computer had no stored codes or history.”
Since then the problems have gotten worse. “The most current issue is when I was pulling away from a stop sign and the truck shifted to park and set the brake while shutting off on its own. Again stop/start was deactivated.” And there’s still no solution.
There have also been complaints on forums. For instance, a customer wrote this statement on the RAM forum. “I’ve had my 2022 RAM 1500 Laramie for a little over a month. 1,200 miles on it. 12” Uconnect screen has gone black and check engine light is on. Is THIS what I have to look forward to?”
Problems with the Steering
There’s no doubt that the Ram is a larger vehicle, requiring more care when steering. However, a defective steering system isn’t needed and only makes the situation worse, yet that’s what drivers are dealing with.
Another customer wrote this on the Ram Forum. “It just seems loose and like you are always making subtle corrections to keep it in the lane.”
While there are no communications showing how to resolve the problem, all of this seems a little reminiscent of the dreaded death wobble. Is it possible that the trucks are going to suffer from this infamous problem yet again? Some people have found that changing the tires tends to help the situation, but this isn’t something that should be dealt with on a new truck, especially for the high price of this one. The only path that this Ram is going to “forge” is to the top of the list of defective trucks. In a few years, the 2022 Ram will be listed as a model to avoid.
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