I later found out from dealership personnel that this part has a history of going out and that the factory will not allow the part to be replaced but requires a retro fit of a different system to solve the problem. It seems ridiculous that the Dodge dealerships are very aware of the problems of the pre 2005 trucks yet Dodge is not recalling and replacing them with the new ones. Three, this is an urgent safety factor because when vehicle shuts down, there is no power steering. The contact stated that the vehicle was unable to move. The failure recurred several times.
One of the trucks that I was passing saw the trouble, slowed and allowed me to cut through to the right shoulder, avoiding an accident. My 08 f150 had a terrible wind noise coming in. I could very easily have gone over or down the side of one of our hills. The heat kills the pump. Primary Use: Utility towing boats, transporting cargo, etc. Remedy Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. I could very easily have gone over or down the side of one of our hills.
Consumer states problem with lift pump the consumer was informed by a mechanic that the lift pumps fail with 50,000-60,000 miles because they were mounted on the port side of the engine by the fuel filter by the heat motor. Thank you for your time. Dealership said the diesel fuel transfer pump went bad which they said was a very common problem. It has had nearly zero repairs over the many years I have owned it. Truck had around 54K miles.
I believe the pump to be a defect causing extreme safety hazard, as no warning loss of power steering and brakes are affected. The Cummins diesel engine is extremely powerful yet provides excellent fuel economy considering the weight of the truck. My truck is still under warranty and I feel that due to the safety issues that could come from your pump going out while driving they should be recalled and replaced with the new style pump whether your under warranty or not. I was in the left lane passing a line of trucks at the time with a line of traffic behind me. When it went out I was driving and had no prior warnings that it was going out or was bad. Have 155k Miles on it and looks new , drives great! Dealer would not replace failed part and instead put whole new pump assembly inside fuel tank.
My truck is only used for towing a fifth wheel, thus the low mileage. The consumer stated the vehicle had to be towed. Reviewed online and found other comments have a similar story. After towing to local dealership it was determined that my fuel lift pump had failed. I did not know that this was a common Dodge Ram problem, that has been ignored by Chrysler, or I would not have purchased the truck.
Took it into the shop and it indicated a lift-pump failure. I was in traffic on Monday this week as well and the same thing happened twice at slower speeds and on both of these occasions was almost hit by an 18 wheeler. I lost all power steering and most braking. The major down side to this truck is trying to park it. While reversing into the driveway the steering gear box output shaft fractured without warning. I've replaced a couple of u-joints and would recommend putting new joints with zirk fittings in them if you should need to.
This is an exceptional truck for guys or girls who need to use their truck for work and play. Lost all power to steering and brakes creating very difficult to control vehicle. Note: This recall has been superseded by recall 16V-352. Reviewed online and found other comments have a similar story. The contact stated that he was an independent mechanic.
Fuel lift pump stopped working and truck cut off while going 55mph leaving a 6000lb truck with no power steering or power brakes. However, the parts needed were not available. After towing to local dealership it was determined that my fuel lift pump had failed. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. Truck stopped again in middle of intersection in town about 2hrs later.
The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The Cummins engine performs great at 130,000 miles. It seems to be very common for this year truck and previous year Dodge to have this problem. Dodge and cummins do not supply a pump in this location for 2003-2004 Dodge Ram trucks anymore. This is my sixth Ram I have owned. It made its way north from sunny, buggy Florida to the oft-frozen tundra that can be Detroit. Had to completely stop in traffic, which almost resulted in a big accident.
If this part has this type of failure, that appears to be well known to them, then it should be recalled and fitted with the retrofit. Took it into the shop and it indicated a lift-pump failure. Dodge has been aware of these problems for sometime with these trucks. Have always kept up with regular check ups. Look for a truck with the overhead compass and temp computer.