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Dodge Ram Steering Problems



  • lucaswlucasw Posts: 1
    Did you ever find an answer to this problem I have an 07 1500 mega cab hemi 4x4 with approximately 70k it has the same problem. Any help would be great.
  • i have a 2006 2500 cummins. i have a problem with whenever i hit a bump at highway speeds i get a terrible shaking in the steering wheel and front end. i have put new shocks on new steering stabalizer shock torshion bar u-joints on the axle and had the gear box tightend but no of that seems to work. has anyone else had this problem or know what i can do to fix it? any help would be appriciated.
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    This is the infamous "Death Wobble" that Rams will exhibit. The parts you want to check are your front end ball joints. If they're bad/loose, do not replace them with factory parts - go with Moog aftermarket units.

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  • thanks for the info the dealer changed the ball joints and it went away for a little while but its back now. i guess i will try puting some aftermarket ones on. I cant seem to find any thing else that works.
  • tamestames Posts: 3
    I had the same problem with my 2007 2500 Ram Cummins. Replaced the whole damn front end with OEM parts except the ball joints which were Moog greasable. After they are installed you cannot get to the zerks,what good is that? Check your tires before spending any more money on it one or more may have broke down and it is not visibile from the out side. If you have added aftermarket springs to the rear check that they are properly torqued and alined.
  • Hey for CumminsO!, Cummins85 & all:

    I had the same issue on my 1996 Ram truck and, like you, had checked or replaced all the typical front end parts: track bar, tie rod ends, steering box, intermediate shaft, etc. Still it wandered (even though it did track better after those parts upgrades...), all over the road, like it was not a steering gear issue, but rather a control input issue, making me suspect the column.

    Turns out, the factory steering column in our 94-02 Ram trucks has a lower bearing (internal) that goes out of kilter, wears out, and and that causes the inner shaft to wobble, increasing play as the inner shaft flops side to side. (Can't really be seen or easily sensed as it's inside the column shell)
    It can also cause some rattling or clunking noises - I already had some play but then the noise showed up in the pedals & steering wheel to, over rough pavement.

    Of course, the genuises at Dodge only sell the whole column, no parts available.

    Good news is some Dodge enthusiasts have figured out a fix / upgrade.

    I tried it, install was not too hard - well written instructions - and now the clunk is gone, and steering is tightened up it was the cheapest single part of all the steering upgrades at $ 60, lol.
  • Hey Nathan:

    Hope this is of help: My '97 Ram truck had the same issue, plus clunking & rattling noise. This is a super elusive problem - with all manner of parts sold to fix it - most of 'em cost a pretty penny. Turns out the stock factory column has a bad lower bearing - but Dodge doesn't sell any parts - just the whole column for $ 1000 or so.

    Boy was I surprised to find this fix, and it was the cheapest of all the parts for my front end - $ 60 !!.

    Thank Goodness, I figured it out before blowing another $ 500 on an un-needed steering box & $ 300 on an intermediate steering shaft.

    Here's a YouTube video I discovered that shows the parts in the OEM steering column that go bad - and how to fix the problem:

    Good luck on fixing your issue !

    97RammingSpeed :D
  • dh56dh56 Posts: 7
    ok bud, check this out. there is a recall for our yr of dodge/cummins and it has to do with the steering linkage. the danger here is that I did some research and some people have had catastophic failures with the tie rods and suspension parts such as the pitman arm and linkage in between. so take it to the dealer asap. let me know how it goes for ya.
  • dimebagdimebag Posts: 2
    Hello,im new to this site but have some serious questions for you Dodge Diesel Pros out there!! I have a 03 Dodge 2500 5.9 diesel. I went to the store the other day & when i parked my truck it was fine. when i came back out i went to leave & i had no power steering & my brakes were almost non existant!! i talked to some people & was told it was the hydro booster so i ordered a used one & put it on. Same stupid problem even after a booster replacement. I was told maybe the p.s pump was putting out enuf pressure to work the brakes but not steering. Well i put on a p.s pump today,which was a b****! after all the work i bled out the system & same problem still!! The steering gear box was replaced 2 mnths. ago. The problem im having now is the truck will turn to the left when you are moving but when you turn right its almost impossible to turn. it makes a wierd kinda hissing & gurgling sound. sounds like its coming from rite by the steering colum. Any input would be greatly appreciated!! Sorry for the long story but just wanted to be thorough so i can get a good answer. Thanks in advance for your help!!!! :sick:
  • dh56dh56 Posts: 7
    ok so, you have two issues rather than just one with multiple culprits. First off, the power steering and brakes operate on two separate systems. The parts that you have changed out should have fixed the issues atleast your brakes should have come back when you replaced the booster and then your power strng should have come back when you replaced the gearbox. So that all leads me to look at the ECM (engine control module) which regulates the pressures of all these types of functions. Take it into the dealer and ask them to REFLASH your ECM and or CPU for the truck cause you have irratic behavior of those funtions for steering and braking, and they should do this right away because it is a VERY BIG SAFETY HAZARD for Chrystler should you have wreck (God forbid) because of it and if you have to make a big ruckus about it with the manager at the shop if they give you a hassel, but try to be NICE yet firm at first. This could be the difference between getting what you need at a good price if you dont still have warranty. Also you could bring in copies of complaints from this website (which is what I would do) as many as you can find and show them to the dealer manager and say that you love the truck and the engine but you cannot risk your life and or family on it. hope this all helps you. good luck.
  • dimebagdimebag Posts: 2
    Thanks for the input. now that you say something about the ECM that makes me think they did something wrong to my truck the last time i took it in. it had a recall that required them to reflash the ECM due to something that was wrong.ive only put about 100 miles on it since theyve done that. that does make most sense because of the way it happened.i just had no idea the ECM controlled the pressure of those items.Thanks again for the help!!!
  • dh56dh56 Posts: 7
    ofcourse, no problem. That just being the most reasonable fix I figure that the reflash is needed again so that your truck has the most updated info that it should have. Take care. write back any time.
  • briboticbribotic Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Dodge Ram V8, Hemi, Mega, etc, etc...2 weeks ago my power steering started moaning and wheezing. I checked the reservoir and noticed it needed some fluid. I added some ATF4 and noticed the moaning and wheezing stopped, but I also monitored over the past 2 weeks to see if it was leaking and indeed it is. Does anyone know how much it cost to get this fixed by a mechanic? I am not handy so I can't do it myself.

    The reason I am asking is because my truck failed inspection a few weeks ago and I am about to sink money into getting the ball joints replaced and want a better idea of how much everything is going to cost me.

    Thank you for your help
  • gdcdgdcd Posts: 1
    Dh56 or dimebag or others with wisdom

    My power steering and brakes went out at the same time after going through a stop sign going straight. I have a 2006 Ram 2500 with a Cummings 5.9 turbo. I have the front end rebuilt about 10,000 miles ago. Is this a chip because they went out at the same time? Do they use the same or different pumps. I hate going to the dealer because of cost. If I know what the problem is I have some diesel mechanics I know that are reasonable. Just want to know where to start.
    Thanks, Charlie
  • I have a 2001 2500 with the cummins. I have now lost the power steering and brakes for the third year in a row. Each time they tell me it's the vacum pump. And the first two times the dealer has fixed this at a cost of about $3600. I can not afford to have this done again. After reading the posts here I am wondering if maybe they took advantage of me. Can anyone tell me why I continue to have this reaccuring problem, and is there any recalls on this issue?

    Thanks for your help.
  • My Dodge has new ball joints and bearing but suddenly turning left is almost impossible. Dealer says new ball joints (Moog) problem but there seems to be steering issue, New PS box 3 months ago fluid good Could it be ECM issue or something else
  • billthompsonbillthompson Posts: 3
    edited November 2011
    I bought a 2004 Dodge RAM 2500 with a 3" lift kit, Quad Cab, short bed, 4X4, 5.6L Diesel in March of 2006 with a $2,700 Extended service contract.

    2 weeks later "new steering box" 43,000 miles - long story short I just had the 4th steering box installed and the steering is still not right. This is every 30,000 to 40,000 miles. I am talking a major "death wobble". I have raised hell about it the whole time I have had the vehicle to no avail. I love the truck but the steering needs a class action suit or a major recall to correct it.

    I have an attorney that is supposed to call me on Monday. I will repost and let you know what he says.

    In the meantime we need Dodge owners with steering problems to start making a lot of noise. When I have to pull my truck over to stop the death wobble with my grandchildren in the truck scared to death - Dodge needs to be stopped.
  • billthompsonbillthompson Posts: 3
    edited November 2011
    :lemon: Dodge RAM recalls. Covers steering and suspension issues. Check out this link.

    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!
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    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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  • billthompsonbillthompson Posts: 3
    edited November 2011
    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 :cry:
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