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Dodge Ram Pickup 2500, Car Safety, Steering, Truck
Nov 21, 2011 (9:53 am)
Dodge RAM recalls. Covers steering and suspension issues. Check out this link. http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2004/dodge/ram_2500/recalls/
Still waiting for an attorney to call back. Join me. Don't let Dodge get away with manufacturing defective vehicles.
I have a 1979 Chevrolet 3/4 ton truck and the original steering works fine.
I had a 1973 Chevrolet 1/2 ton C10 and the original steering worked fine.
I had a 1949 Ford Woodside stations wagon and the steering was fine.
I had a 1950 Ford stepside pickup and the steering worked fine.
The junk yard is full of old trucks that we have no problem pulling a steering box and using it.
Yet, Dodge will not fix my steering on a newer truck and I am pissed!
#41 of 60 Re: gtex1 [gtex1] Steering Issue [billthompson]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Nov 22, 2011 (5:25 pm)
Keep in mind the lift kit changes the geometry of the steering and suspension components to non-factory specifications. The extended service contract you purchased (depending on whether it's a Chrysler or third party contract) will likely not cover the steering box if it can be shown the fail,ure is due to the change in geometry from the lift kit.
I have a 2005 Ram 3500 4x4 bought new. It's unmodified and has never had a steering issue of any kind.
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#42 of 60 Re: gtex1 [gtex1] Steering Issue [billthompson] [kcram]
Nov 22, 2011 (6:03 pm)
Davis Dodge originally built the truck and had Les Schwab install the 3" lift kit and sold it as new.
One day in the Raley's parking lot a guy walks up to me and tells me that he used to own my truck. He said the truck was awesome except for a steering wobble.
He got rid of it and I ended up with it with 43,000 miles on it and I transferred the power train warranty and paid $2,700 for the extended warranty covering the steering. Magnussen replaced 3 steering boxes under warranty. The problem was never fixed and never sometimes has a habit out living warranties.
You are absolutely correct about the front end geometry. That is exactly what the problem is and they have yet to offer anything accept excuses and bandaids. I am told that this is under wraps and affects 2004 through 2009 RAMS.
If you Google the steering problems you will find a lot of complaints from people that can't keep their truck from shaking, wobbling and drifting.
Thanks for the reply
#43 of 60 Re: gtex1 [gtex1] Steering Issue [billthompson]
Feb 02, 2012 (6:03 pm)
Your not the only one, I have a 2011 Dodge Power Wagon. My dream truck. I saved and haggled with the dealership to finally get it. I just hit 15000 miles. I drive down the highway at 60 hit a bump, and the my world gets rocked because my truck it doing the "death wobble". I am about to be stationed in California and have to move my stuff. It scares the daylights out of me to just drive around town, let alone drive a thousand miles. I had a 06 ram that I had to claim lemon. I hope I didn't get suckered into another piece of crap. Dodge, fix your SH*T.
#44 of 60 2004 Steering issue
Mar 27, 2012 (5:06 pm)
Hello all, I'm new to the blog. I have the steering issue, 2004 4x4 quad cab 5.9 cummins with tough country 4.5 lift kit installed at 50,000 miles!!! . I have replaced all tie rods, draglink, steering box with the borgeson "Dodge box", installed the dual steering stabilizer shocks, BD steering frame link stabilizer, new 20 inch wheels and tires load "E" 10 ply Nitto Crosstech, upper and lower ball joints 3 times, but not until 120,000 miles did i start having steering issues. After the third set of ball joints, the steering was like a dream, it was like a new truck again. NOT even three months later the F#%&* ball joints are out again they are MOOG. The moral of my story is that I am convinced the ball joints are the root of our steering issues, because nothing else has been replaced more than once, I think the ball joints that moog is selling are junk. I am looking into other options for ball joints, if anybody has tried or found others please let me know. Thanks for reading
#45 of 60 Re: 2004 Steering issue [snidz]
Sep 30, 2012 (12:45 am)
My 2008 Ram 3500 Mega Cab has had the ball joints replaced twice, steering box replaced once and wanders like mad. The dealership has had the vehicle for three days and requires it again next week. It all started with a ball joint replacement at 80000km. Is there a solution to the problem?
#46 of 60 Re: 2004 Steering issue [acollery]
Nov 17, 2012 (3:14 pm)
Um, I have a 2000 Laramie pushing 200000 miles. When I bought it about 50000 miles ago, it had the same steering issue you are all talking about. I recommend replacing the control arm bushings with the ball joints. Stability from the base was key for me. The issue I have now is a failing input shaft assembly (result of three inch lift kit it had when I bought it). I live in four wheel drive country and the incorrect geometry resulting from lift kits just wears out a suspension early, although it shouldn't be as early as all this. Start from the frame and work out to the tie rod ends. Replace all the parts which are bent, broken or worn and get a good alignment. A good set of boots for your ball joints and tie rod ends to keep out the crud may help as well.
#47 of 60 Re: gtex1 [billthompson]
Jan 28, 2013 (5:35 pm)
I have a 99 Ram 2500 Cummins. Been suffering the death wobble for almost 2 years. Dodge Burlington, WA. can not figure it out. New gear box, new tie rod ends, new upper and lower ball joints, new stabilizer and a host of other things. $3000 later and there is no solution. I'm very unhappy with Dodge. Any body hear of this on any other OEM? I love the Cummins but I'm disgusted with this steering issue. I can't drive it like this. Even the mechanic freaked out when he drove it. I'm at a loss.
#48 of 60 2010 Dodge Ram Hemi 1/2 Ton
Feb 05, 2013 (10:12 am)
Hey guys and gals,
Is anyone having a problem with their Rack and Pinion Steering on their 2010 Ram Hemi? I live in Northern Ontario where our climate gets to -40 on a regular basis in the winter. I was travelling down the highway at 80 km and out of no where, my steering let go. It was like I was driving a truck with 1950 steering....no power steering at all...long story short, i took it to my mechanic and he told me the Ram is known for its seals to let go in cold temperatures and leak all the fluid out...the only fix ir replacing the rack and pinion. I only have 100,000 km's on my truck.....so i checked out the local dealers here in the north....and low and behold....several ram owners with the same truck as mine have had to replace their rack and pinions....this is ridiculous.....has anyone had the same problem? I called Chrysler Canada with absolutley no results whatsoever....
#49 of 60 Re: gtex1 [gtex1] Steering Issue [billthompson] [kcram]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:38 am)
here is what solved my death wobble problem at about 50000 miles my 2500 dodge truck hit a wash board section of high doing 70 mph and the front end started to shack really bad. brought it to dodge they said there is nothing wrong with the parts basically said i was crazy they could not duplicate the problem. did not happen all the time but under certain conditions. this went on for 20000 mile more. I had the original tires on all this time mechalins they went 70000 miles before they wore out good long lasting tire I thought. I then replaced them with cooper tires. And guessed what stopped no more death wobble. talked to a few other people they had the same cure. Before spending alot of money on other things try changing the tires I used the heavy duty coopers all season have 25000 miles on them with no problems .