Question about 2004 Dodge Ram 1500
About a year ago I hit some bumps in the road going around 95 mph and my truck wobbled violently. I thought I had blown all four tires. The problem didn't happen again until recently. Now I can barley get over 60 and the truck shakes violently when I hit a small bump and it has even done it while making a turn going around 50 mph. The only way it stops shaking is if I apply the brakes and slow to around 15 mph. Any help would be appriciated.
I have a 2004 with the same problem. It is actually a defect on dodges behave. The steering box flexes on the frame when you hit a bump. Bd diesel puts out a steering box brace and a new track bar with the right geometry to fix it. I had replaced everything under my front end before i saw the article in off road adventures magazine. I contacted dodge and asked why this was not a safety recall. They said they no nothing about it and refused to help me. I called the National Highway Transportation Safety Board and filed a complaint. I suggest you do the same and anyone else who reads this. If you need to contact me email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. maybe we can get enough people to complain before someone dies from this.
Posted on Oct 31, 2009
My truck is in the shop for this problem.
Dodge has a TSB out to adress it (Technical Service Buliten). Cause can be ball joints, track bar, pitman arm, drag link, stearing stablizer, shocks, wheel alingment, ect, gets expensive. Leveling Kits and 35 inch tires make problem worse. My truck is under warranty but if it was not I would still try and get someone to pay for the fix. You are not the only one with this problem. Good luck
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
Bad steering box pitman arm idler arm inner and outer tie rod ends could possibly be your problem.
Posted on Feb 23, 2013
Guy's, it's the Track Bar Bushing's. I spent over 2K trying to get my 03 to stop and finally swapped out the bushings on the front track bar. Trust me ! I replaced the tie rods, ball joints, front hubs, brake rotors and u-joints on the front shaft. The last time I crawled under, I had my son turn the steering wheel to see if there was any slop. The track bar was sliding 3/8 of an inch. I pulled the bolts off and both the bushings and bolts were shot. New bolts, and Moog bushings and my truck doesn't wobble anymore over bumps at any speed. The Moog bushing part number is K80777. I bought bolts from a local fastener store due to the Dodge dealership wanting $12 bucks per bolt. The total "TRUE" fix was under $40, including the six pack of Shiner Bock required for the install. Good Luck with your problems my fellow Dodge owners. I hope this post can save you at least a grand !
Posted on Dec 27, 2012
It just happened to me for the first time today and I have 175000 on my 04 cummins 4x4 I am going to get it aligned and new shocks and see what happens. The truck is bone stock right down to the tires and wheels
Posted on Dec 06, 2009
I have an 03 dodge cummins and when i first bought it i had the same problem! it ended up being the u-joints that hold on the front tires on mine. a buddy of mine got the same truck and had that problem too and he got his fixed and his was the alignment and steering stabilizer. i cant give you a price though because the dealer i bought the truck from fixed it for me. just some ideas of what it might be.
Posted on Aug 17, 2009
Have your wheel bearings checked for flat spots. I had an accident in my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4.7L and hydroplaned into the interstate divider wall. The left side barely impacted the wall but lost the tires and rims on driver side. After getting my truck repaired and tires and rims replaced, I headed down the interstate and around 65 mph experienced wobble and roar. I promptly returned to the auto body shop and they directed me to the tire dealer up the street they received my tires and rims from. I no sooner explained the situation and the salesman told me of flattened wheel bearings. They put it back on the rack and checked them only to find that they needed to be replaced.
Posted on Jan 02, 2009
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Dodge shaken syndrome 2007 mega cab 2500 ram most people
call it the death wobble. One thing for sure is they have it half right however
it is far from a wobble. In my opinion a wobble is something like a farmer
pulling two hay wagons at ten miles per hour with a bad wheel bearing, but not
so harmful at least you could see it coming. Now this shaken syndrome is way
more serious. When you drive in stress waiting for it to happen again every
crack, pot hole, and bridge overpass is a possibility. I can't run the speed
limit I am afraid of our safety, although you can let someone behind you
because when it happens you have to slam on your breaks so hard and almost come
to a complete stop. The shaking is unbearable; you can really understand it,
unless you experience it yourself. I never experienced anything like this in a
vehicle in my entire life. The dealerships say it could be multiple things, but
i have covered all of them options. In my opinion it is the scissor steering
components that dodge calls the "y type". They must have thought that
something was wrong because in 2008 they changed their steering to know what
they call the "T type". I know what the right thing to would be to
sell this truck and get a different one, but two things come to mind when i
think of this. First, I wouldn't want anyone to get hurt anymore then myself,
and secondly unfortunately I do not have the money to buy another truck. I
waited my whole life to get a truck of this caliber and now i am so
disappointed. Please for all the viewers if you have a truck that has the
shaken syndrome, please help to get these parts recalled.
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