2022 RAM 1500 Engine Stalling

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints regarding engine stalling issues in the 2022 RAM 1500 that result in emergency braking, which is dangerous. Many vehicle owners report that they have taken vehicles to dealerships, sometimes multiple times, but the problem remains unresolved.

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Is there a Problem with the Engine Stalling in the 2022 RAM 1500?

It is clear from the many complaints made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that there is a major problem with 2022 RAM 1500 engines stalling. Dealerships aren’t able to help and commonly say that they can’t see error codes or recreate the problem that owners complain about.

What Engine Problems are RAM 1500 Owners Experiencing?

The engine stalling problems that 2022 RAM 1500 owners vary, and their responses depend on circumstances. For example, some are simply frustrated because they can’t get dealerships to solve the problem. Others say they are terrified for their lives. Some of them state in NHTSA complaints that they are scared that their vehicles will stall and stop on a freeway.

So, here are a handful of NHTSA complaints for you to judge for yourselves.

An owner from Florida states:

“Truck stalled 4 times in 2 months going less than 5 mph. When driving slowly around a turn or at a stop sign, the truck stalls when I give it gas. The emergency brake is automatically engaged and I have to disengage it before I can start the truck. The check engine light and battery light came on.

“I took it to the dealership (Jerry Ulm) and they could not recreate the problem or see the error codes so they gave the truck back to me. It’s happened 4 times since then. Please help, I have two small children.”

An owner from Kansas states:

“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 owner adds that the RAM 1500 has been to the dealership twice because of the stalling issue, “but the problem is still unresolved. The stalling started randomly in March-April 2022. The dealership was notified and (the) vehicle (was) taken in for multiple services. Problem still not solved.”

An owner from Texas states:

“Driving at slow speed after (the) vehicle sat overnight. Truck stalled, indicating (the) place vehicle in Park before starting. I shifted to Park, additional lights and errors occurred. Disabled parking brake, and was able to start (the) vehicle after two attempts.”

An owner from Georgia states:

“The truck has 647 miles on it and is brand new. I just bought it from the dealer. The truck had been idling in my driveway for a few minutes before I left home. I was in my neighborhood, driving 25-30 MPH maximum. I came to a stop sign, stopped and then proceeded to turn left, which takes me down a hill. Approximately 1-2 seconds into the turn, the engine shut off completely, several lights went on the dash and the truck was proceeding downhill until at some point the brakes locked up, pushing me forward into the steering wheel.”

The driver was very concerned because if anyone had been in front of the vehicle, he would not have been able to control it.

“The truck brakes were locked and I had to mess around starting it to get them to unlock, the battery indicator was lit and the check engine light was on. I was able to get the truck restarted and took it to a pool parking lot area and shut it off completely. I was able to get it started again, this time the battery indicator went out and the check engine light stayed on.”

The complaint continues: “I have been reading online and see that many, many people with the RAM 1500, most notably the etorque engine version, are having the engine shut off with no warning, some at much higher speeds.”

The owner took the vehicle to a dealer who “flashed” the computer and said they were ordering and replacing the computer which sits atop the etorque engine device

“This is VERY concerning, especially because I see this has happened to others, and has been doing so for several years. I wanted to report this as to me, it seems like a Serious Safety Concern!”

An owner from Massachusetts states:

“Engine stalled, inspection available upon request. Safety issue – Took a right turn onto a road with heavy traffic then, while accelerating (the) engine stalled. I was able to coast to the breakdown lane to attempt a restart. Error message on (the) dashboard was “Electronic Control Module malfunction.”

He tried to restart several times, with no success. So, he shut off the ignition completely with a quick press of the start engine and foot not on the brake pedal. Another restart of the engine was successful, but the check engine light remained on.

What Should You Do if Your RAM 1500 is Experiencing Engine Stalling Issues?

Lemberg Law is currently investigating the many complaints about the 2022 RAM 1500 and its engine stalling issues. Have you experienced engine stalling issues when driving your RAM 1500? If so, have you thought that your vehicle might be a lemon?

Maybe you have, and you are concerned that it will cost you too much in legal fees to claim against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the company that manufactures the 2022 RAM 1500. But don’t worry. If the case goes to court, the law says that FCA must pay your legal fees.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Brad C

    We have a 2022 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie etorque 4×4. We purchased brand new Jan of 22. has now only 50k miles and it has randomly started to shut off completely when trying to take off at lights and when I come to a slow down to turn. The message that comes up is After stalling completely, as well as the computer system glitches, the vehicle automatically engages the emergency brake. Indicating to place vehicle in Park before starting. I shift to Park, additional lights and errors occur, Disabled parking brake, and was able to start (the) vehicle after two attempts. This is very concerning considering we travel a lot and don’t want to have a bad situation happen. Help is greatly appreciated.

  • Richard J

    I purchased my 2022 ram 1500 limited 5.7 eTorque April of 22 I have had numerous problems some still going on. I have had my truck in the shop more then on the road but the scariest is when the engine shuts off and the transmission goes into park with the E-brake engaging when driving down the road and having vehicles behind me. Thank God that I have not been hit from behind. This has happened 5 times some on the road some pulling out from a stop sign. The latest was on 1/27/24 I have had it in to the dealers I do mean multiple dealers. They say they can’t find anything or they have changed the battery or charged the battery. When the happens the truck stalls out goes into park e-brake comes on and the battery light comes on. After getting the truck started by pushing the e-brake release the battery light stays on and the gauge reads less then an 1/8 th charged. After getting the truck off three roadways, I called the dealership to let them know it has happened again. I shut the truck off and sometimes the battery light will go out after a restart. There are times that upon acceleration after a stop I feel a hesitation, I take my foot off the pedal and it comes back to normal. Good enough has become acceptable even with human lives at stake. What happen to American pride and quality.

  • Sterling A

    I own a 2022 dodge ram 1500. I’m having some issues with it. . All was well until I got on the freeway unfortunately, the truck check engine light start flashing on the dashboard. Vehicle completely shut down. Fortunately, I was able to cruise to the side of the offramp, which was very scary to me not knowing that I have no brakes, and no steering to work with. It would not crank over, yet the engine was locked into drive. So I was unable to get the vehicle started. Had to wait about a half hour for the vehicle to completely shut off. And then I was able to restart it. I took the vehicle directly to the dealership, shaking the whole way, because I wasn’t sure if the vehicle would shut off on me again. I was riding on a prayer all the way to the dealership. I’m not very happy with this purchase.

  • Steven B

    2022 Ram Big Horn 1500 eTorque. In January and yesterday June 23, 2023 while accelerating from a complete stop, the engine stopped hard, emergency brake went on, went into park and died…all at once. Scared the heck out of me. I was in the middle of a busy intersection both times. Tried to start, it died quickly twice, then it resumed like nothing had happened.

  • Bob

    2022 Ram Rebel. While using adaptive cruise control, if you try and cancel the cruise control while the car is accelerating, engine shuts down to a low idle and all the error lights come on. The car recovers after shutting down and turning back on (Is Ram owned by Microsoft – LOL). Error codes are not present in computer after 2 power cycles.

  • S K

    2022 RAM Big Horn crew cab 5.7L engine. Remote started the truck, when I got into it, it had warning lights on the dash board, took a screenshot and put it into drive. Through the community I live in 25 mph is the top speed, yet the truck was acting like I was hauling a heavy trailer. Coming up to the light to get on a public road the truck stalled/halted hard, went into park, the emergency brake went on and the truck turned off. Then I restarted it, took off the brake, then tried to drive the truck yet it would not do the speed limit above 20 without making weird whining noise. Then again the same stall process, restarted going slow. Got to the main road coming to a stop, same stall process, then restarted and could not go over 20 mph. Knowing the RAM dealer was about 3 miles away I put on my flashers and headed that way. Got there and it was not open yet. Decided to go back home yet got 1 block away and know the truck was barely moving. Sat in the parking lot and then looked at the website for when they opened for service and it was 5 minutes from that time. Called them and they gave me a number for a towing service that was covered under my warranty. Waited over 90 minutes for them show up. A week later they tell me that the after market oil filter was leaking, yet there are no oil spots on my driveway and I work from home so I would know. Also when an oil filter leaks you get the smell of burning oil on the engine and/or see smoke. Last conversation is that they are talking to the manufacturer to see what to do next. They say possible replacing the engine.

  • Andrew A

    Got up for work at 3am to find my Ram 1500 will not crank until I shift it in drive and it throws the emergency brake on and dies. No check engine lights and no codes. It did it a week ago as well. I let it sit and drove my dads truck cause I have no free time to babysit my truck, it did crank the next day. I drove it 4 days for it to do it again. I need help.

  • David W

    I own a 2019 Ram 1500 Limited Edition and I am having the same issue. Truck stalled 5 or 6 times ALL in less than a 1 to 2 miles distance and about a 3 to 5 minutes time frame. Never had that issue before and after the last stall and restart it ran perfect all the way to the dealership Tuesday January 3, 2023. They show no codes and can’t cause the problem. Imaging that the problem doesn’t happen for them. This is the second Potential legal action notice that I have come across.

  • R. S

    2022 Ram Laramie 5.7 eTorque with 12″ UConnect. In second week of ownership, at less than 5 mph after a 90deg right turn, brakes suddenly locked, engine died, warning lights lit up. Very hard stop – hurt my back. Sat a couple minutes, restarted OK, warning lights not lit, operation normal. Has not happened since.

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