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Dodge Ram Steering Problems

oldie2oldie2 Posts: 1
Is it possible to adjust the power steering box on this dodge truck


  • I replaced the steering box three times on my ram. It is still loose. The rest of the steering is tight but the shaft on the box looks to be lose ive tryed to adjust the box, too tight gives me memory steer. Love the truck, hate to drive it. Took it to many mech. there all clueless. Someone please helppppppppppp.
  • While making a left turn my the steering on my 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 went bad. While trying to change lanes to the right my stering was hard to turn and it seemed as if I was still turning left while in fact I was moving toward the right in an effort to switch lanes. It almost seems as if the pwer steering pump has gone out but I am uncertain about this or the fact that my steering wanted to stay turned (to the left) while I was driving straight and moving toward the right hand lane. Can any one point me in the right direction?
  • hey man did you have any luck with the post on steering being loose? i have the same exact problem with my cummins.i put a agr steering 2 box on it .and it is no different.let me know .thax
  • I am having the same loose steering problem with my 01 dodge 2500.The gearbox input shaft has a lot of play with no movement on the output.Is this gearbox adjustable?
  • After 2 months of scratching my head over my newer cummins steer issue. I believe the solution assuming ALL steer conponents are tight and in good condition is... BD offers a steering box stabilizer that assist in locking your frame rails to the steering gear or sector shaft to reduce steering gear twisting from high torque and weight of the cummins eng.. thus eliminating most of the dodge wander...
  • Hey was wondering if you ever figured out your steering problem? I have the same problem! Installed new track bar,ball joints,tie rod ends and it still wonders all over the road! Let me know if you have any ideas Thanks
  • tamestames Posts: 3
    I have a 2007.5 2500 with a Cummins that I have put over $2000.00 dollars in the front end and it still steers like a herd of cows. Anybody else have a solution to the problem. The truck has just over 50,000 miles
  • yotachevyotachev Posts: 3
    I have spent many hours on the notorious dodge wander and hope my check list will eliminate most of your wander assuming your truck is stock..
    1)check tire pressures/ tires and vehicle toe in...
    2)check for excessive play in tie rod and draglink ends.
    3)remove dampener/steer stabilizer check absorbtion
    4)check for worn u joints on steer shaft
    5)lift truck and check front wheel bearings for excessive play
    6)with truck lifted check ball joints
    7)with truck still lifted place a long screwdriver between the upper ball joint and axle.
    the upper ball joint must move a slight up and down. if no movement replace upper ball joint with dodge ball joints only..
    8)Check steering gear/ steer box for excessive play
    9)install BD steer stabilizer
    hope some of the info helps in isolating the dodge wander problem
  • tamestames Posts: 3
    Thanks for the response, I have done everything on your list except the BD steer stabilizer, I will try that next.
  • I have a 2006 2500 Dodge Mega cab Hemi with 39,000 miles. I have had many problems with it. My transmission, my fluids leaking, my electrical system, my steering. I have also had it to many different dealers, the first one said they didn't see any problems. The second found the leak in my heater core. then it went down hill with the steering. They second dealer replaced the pitman arm, there was still something wrong, the third one replaced my ball joints, there is still something wrong with it. I took it back to the dealer they told me cant help u sorry. I have tried to get a factory rep. Im not getting anywhere with that. I have checked the tires, the air pressure, and just about everything else. Anybody have any ideas.
  • peteicmpeteicm Posts: 2
    I know everyone writes small post but I feel you may need to hear the whole story in order to help me I own a awesome 2006 Dodge 2500 Hemi Quad Cab 6' Bed Pick up. I love my truck for a about six months out of a year, I have a Knocking problem in the steering, you can feel it in the pedals as well. You don't feel the knocking at high speed usually around 25 to 45. After only having the truck 6 months i had it in the shop. the mechanic told me that my truck was the first of the dealership to have the problem, they called in some big shot to identify the problem, that was after they replaced the u joints the hubs parts in the supension, The final answer was the INTERMEDIATE SHAFT, I remarked something like you had my truck for a week, I don't even know what that is, truck drove great for 6 months then back agian. I have replaced the Intermediate shaft four times in three years, So just a month ago its back knocking agian i brought the truck to a different dealer, that said that it was the upper and lower ball joints I had them replaced, well now its still knocking and at 65 i have a quick vibration in the steering. I did tell them about my history with the shaft problem they disregarded it and made me pay 1500 for new ball joints and the problems are worse. Some one please help
  • I don't know if this will help, but everybody with steering problems take a look at this site. I haven't tried these yet. I've got other problems, I have a vacuum pump oil supply line leak and no vacuum so I have no 4 wheel drive.
  • I'm have the same problem. Did you ever figure it out.
  • I have a 2004 Dodge ram 2500 5.9 turbo deisel.
    I have replaced tires, up/low ball joints, tie rod ends, axle shaft ujoints, brakes. The truck seems to wander or dart from side to side. Feelslike I have no control. The faster you go the worse it is. The problem is, before I replaced everything the steering was great..
  • Are the upper ball joints factory or aftermarket.. The uppers must have a slight up and down play... If seized your 04 ram 2500 will dangerously dart especially over any bumps!!! Make sure all steer joints are tight, sames with wheel bearings and wheel allignment.
  • My 98 Ram 1500 is hard to steer. Is there an adjustment that I can make to change the amount of effort it takes turn the steering weel? It has been this way since it was new.

    I think I have the 'wandering' issue same as everyone else but having to make those constant corrections with, what feels like 3/4th power steering is wearing on me, it makes driving the truck a chore requireing constant attention.

    Thanks, Nathan
  • gtex1gtex1 Posts: 1
    I bought a 2008 Dodge 2500 Mega Cab 4WD Laramie in November of 2008. Soon after the purchase I started feeling some slack in the steering wheel while turning and in curves on the highway. I took it to the dealer ship and they replaced a couple of steering part, but it did not cure the problem. The last time they just said they didn't know what the problem was and didn't want to work on it anymore. I took it to another dealership and after at least 3 separate attempts, they located the problem. It was the steering gear box. They replaced it. This cured my problem until last week when I was driving on my ranch (thankfully, at a very slow speed) the steering gear box came loose from the mount and I lost all control. The initial diagnosis was that the bolts had broken, so new bolts were ordered. When they attempted to re-mount it, the threads were stripped inside the box. Ordered a new gear box. Tried to mount it and the bolts that had been ordered initially were too long. They were the bolts that Dodge calls for. Now they are having to contact Dodge and try to find out why the bolts they recommend are too long. I think this could have been the problem that caused the most recent box to come loose. I really like the truck, but don't fee safe with it now, so am going to pursue the Lemon Law and see how that goes.
    *The current dealership is doing their part to cure my problem and I am thankful for that.
  • Get an alignment, and make sure that the toe is NOT set to 0 degrees, as having tires that are dead ahead will cause a vehicle to wander and feel "darty", as if something were loose, or it was in "ruts".... hope this helps.
  • hytekrednekhytekrednek Posts: 1
    edited March 2010
    What's the difference between a gas 4x4 2500 steering gear and a diesel 4x4 2500 steering gear? Can I use the the one off of a diesel on my gas model or make some small mods to make it work? Check out these 2 videos that a guy made showing how he replaced his 2nd gen steering gear with a 3rd gen to fix the notorious wander.
  • Should be the same gearbox diesel vs gas...
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