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Front end vibration at 100km/h

2006 dodge ram 1500 4x4 quad cab stock 20" rims with stock tires just replaced brake pads and rotors throughout my truck. new outer tie rods both sides front wheels just balanced fresh alighment at 100km/h the front end vibrates and its felt through the steering wheel and also you can feel it throughout the truck while driving.everything has a steady vibration and if you put your hand on the center counsel you can feel it vibrate. i just bought my first home and cant keep spending money on maybes when i could be using it for bills and furniture. thanks for any help and tips. Brad

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  • evolution2nr May 24, 2009

    i did. i think its more then alighnmet because they said caster was out alot and both toe were out. both were said to be corrected.

  • evolution2nr May 24, 2009

    Tires are all good.

    wheels all balanced now

    it was happening prior to brakes being done.

    both dodge and kal tire did inspections and said the front end is good such as ball joints and tie rods and such.

    rear u joint was just warrenty replaced

    ill look tomorow see if a weight on the drive shaft is missing

    other then that im lost.

  • evolution2nr Jun 03, 2009

    now just bought new tires after i spent 100$ for dodge to look at it again and they said seperated front tires. bought 4 new tires and guess what. still vibrates.makes me not want to ever buy a dodge again. any one else have similar problems ????

  • evolution2nr Jun 08, 2009

    Hey. it started about a month ago right after i picked it up from the dealer for its 100 000km service. they did oil change and filter change and did a 180 point inspection to make sure everything was good and to replace anything before warrenty was up. The only things noted were worn otter tie rods (both sides) a warped front brake rotor and a burnt headlight. dodge wanted 255 each tie rod plus labour and 600 for brakes. i opted to have them done at a blaskin and lane that i worked at back in high school as i know there good service and way lower price for the same parts.i noticed it vibrating the day i got it back but my positive thinking just thought it was the tie rods and brakes contrubuting to it so the next day i replaced the front brakes (new pads and rotors) and new premium outer tie rods. followed by an alignment. They said after the alignment it was out on both toes ( cause of new tie rods) and caster was way out> i thought thats why it was vibrating> pull out of the shop and truck still vibrates> its bone stock and i never off road or beat on it> its just my nice Daily driver.

    ok now onto the symtoms.
    truck is fine till you hit 100kn/h then the steering wheel shakes and feels like the whole truck is vibrating(water in the cup holders looks like an earthquake) 110km/h the steering wheel doesnt shake anymore then at 100 but the truck itself vibrates much more. 120km/h both truck and steering wheel get worse. any time i take corners on the highway feels like the wheels are gonna fall off and any slight bump in the road creates mad wheel hop and pulls the trucks every which way > truck also feels like it follows ruts badly at any speed and steering ever since feels sloppy and lose. A tight steering wheel was a selling point when i bought the truck.

    Bone stock suspension
    stock rims and the stock brand tires (new tires though)


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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 maybe we can get enough people to complain before someone dies from this.

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My friend, I had a similar vibration problem with my 2006 Dodge Ram. My truck originally came with 17-inch rims and I later swapped them out for 20-inches rims. The front end vibration was immediatley felt once the tire shop mounted the new tires and rims. I took my truck to the dealer and to several tire shops and all were unable to determine the main cause. I had them balanced over and over again, all to no avail. I finally came across a type of tire balancing called Road Force balancing, and I located a Firestone shop that had the appropiate machine. The vibartion problem went away immediatly. Click on the link below to learn more about Road Force balancing. Good luck.

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Check the tires for bubbles or irregular tire wear. Check the lug nuts, make sure they are all tight. Check the rims, make sure they are not warped Check the drive shaft, make sure the u-joints are in good shape and the drive shaft isn't damaged. Look for may be a missing weight or a dent. Did the vibration occur after the brake job was done if so you may have a rotor that isnt balanced. Usually it would cause a vibration between 40 and 55 MPH.

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    larry blais Jun 04, 2009

    It might help you and me if you can tell me how long this has been going on? At what speeds, does it start vibrating and at what speeds does it not vibrate? I wouldn't just look at the drive-shaft, I would pull it down to inspect the warranty work that was done and see if the others are fine. I don't think you have a carrier bearing but if you do, look at that too. I also would ask if this truck is at the stock height or did you put in a suspension lift kit. Lift kits can cause a drive-shaft vibration if the drive axle isnt pitched enough. I guess I would also ask about the intensity of the vibration? There are so many things in a truck that can make a vibration. (tires, trani & transfer case, steer & drive axle, drive-shaft,and even an engine with a bad cylinder can cause one). Well please let me know.

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    larry blais Jun 09, 2009

    The issue is in the front-end (around the steer axle). My first assumption would be that the shop did something wrong while they were putting the truck back together. I would guess that the issue is behind the wheels. If loosened rust fell behind the rotor, when the wheels were put back on and torqued down, the wheels and rotors would not spin true. This alone would cause the vibration. If nothing was done and the source of the problem was still there, when it was sent out for the alignment nothing would have changed. Also the alignment wouldn't be a 100% because the wheels were not running true with the bearing. I do think that there may be more then one thing wrong with the front end. I would rip the wheels and rotors off. Clean (sand) all contacting surfaces (hub, both sides of rotor, and back-side of rim) of left and right side. And take it back to be realigned, if it hasnt been to long the realignment could be free. Then take a good look at the centering rod. It will have a bushing at one end (the end that attaches to the axle) and a tie-rod style end on the other end (which is attached to the frame on the drivers side). One person needs to rock the steering wheel ( from left to right) as the other person is underneath looking for play, at the tie-rod and at the bushing. I feel confident that you will find that the problem is in the front-end. I can only imagen how frustrated your feeling by now but try to step back, take a deep breath, and try it again. I think there may have been an over sight but things happen. Well thank you for your message and I hope it goes your way. Good luck. :)


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Alignment is not right. take it back tell them the problem.

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