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2001 Dodge Ram1500, Quad Cab, 2WD with 139,000 kms. ONLY in a right hand turn and ONLY at highway speeds (100-120 kph) the front of the truck feels like it "moves" side to side, with no feedback through the steering wheel at all. It feels like I am oversteering the corner, then correcting, then oversteering, etc, but the steering wheel is not being moved. I have had 2 brand new sets of tires installed in the last 1000 kms as the dealer says there is nothing wrong with the front end. The current set of tires are Dayton Tracker 2, 245/75RX16. Any ideas would be appreciated!

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  • hammerbike Sep 01, 2010

    EXCELLENT!! Thank you so much!

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Dealer is obviously wrong. See if someone will give you a free front end inspection. Check steering rack/gear and tie rod ends.

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  • hammerbike Sep 01, 2010

    and this would cause a problem in a RH turn at hwy speeds ONLY?
    Is steering box a possibility with only 139,000 kms on the truck?
    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate your feedback, I just want to clarify.
    The mechanic that drove the truck (with me in the passenger seat) said he had never
    experienced anything like it? Thank you.

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Sep 01, 2010

    I cannot explain without experiencing myself, but yes, it's possible for the system to be worn out and it's possible for it to be on one side. The best thing to do is to get an unbiased second opinion from someone that is actually inspecting the parts under the car. As another guy recommended, you can get an alignment. They will automatically inspect and will be unable to align if something is worn out. I was recommending free inspection first, as the alignment will have to be suspended to do the repair work.

  • hammerbike Sep 05, 2010

    Problem solved! It was a bad steering box! A big thank you to everyone for their suggestions!

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This could be an alignment problem in the front or rear or both. Have a 4 vwheel alignment done and the problem should end if the front and rear suspension checks out fine.

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  • hammerbike Sep 01, 2010

    The fact that it ONLY happens in a RH turn at hwy speeds, could still be caused by this?
    What exactly would I be looking for in the rear suspension that would cause this?
    Thank you so much for your feedback!

  • Ronald Park
    Ronald Park Sep 01, 2010

    You could have a worn bushing in the front or rear and the speed and turning shifts the weight of the truck on the suspension. So, make sure you mention this about the turning when taking it to a shop. The problem part may not be worn out totally but it would cause a problem with load shift.

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