Question about 2005 Dodge Ram 1500
I know nothing about auto repairs, while growing up I built model planes instead of cars I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. About three weeks ago my Ram started to shake when slowing down from high speeds (55 mph) now it starts to shake at as soon as I get up to 15-20 mph. The front driveshaft can be turned back and forth some, but the rear driveshaft does not move at all......could this be a U joint problem ? Also, while under the truck I noticed two rubber boots on shafts....one to each front wheel.....and the drivers side was leaking....could this also be the problem....or do I now have two problems to fix ? Ha Ha.......to top it off......I just made my last payment on the truck last month......its MINE MINE MINE.....ALL MINE HA HA HO HO HE HE I knew....when I made that last payment something was going to fall apart. Its been a GREAT TRUCK tho.....158,897 miles and still gets 22 mpg on the highway Is there anyone out there who can help Thank you and GOD BLESS Mac
The shaking can be the brakes, rotors, tires, poss alignment or wheel balance. It may also be connected to that CV boot that is torn and leaking which affected the axle. It has to be lifted & checked out. Good luck
Posted on Mar 08, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
it could be a number of things. check your ball joints. i had the same problem with my dodge, i replaced the ball joints and it stopped. your wheels could also need alignment.
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
I just replaced my front ujoint for the 2nd time and yes when you pull the outer axle to replace the u joint and then reinstall the axle it seems to dislodge or screw up the seal. the 1st time i had a shop do it and they fixed the seal but now its on me
Posted on Jul 16, 2009
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
The bumps do initiate the shaking. When my 2006 Ram 2500 4x4 started shaking, I had just had it aligned that morning. A month or so before that alignment, my passenger side outer tie-rod broke while driving down a rock road. I replaced it with a heavy duty MOOG tie-rod end. Anyway, the same day I had it aligned I was driving back home from a job and towing my bobcat behind me. I hit a bump and the truck did the "death wobble" with the front end shaking violently up and down in an alternating fashion (one tire in the air while one tire on the ground and then vice-versa). I changed the tires first (which were worn-out 305/75/17 mud tires). Since the day I bought the truck new in Jan. 2006, I've had larger tires on the truck than the tiny 235/75/17s that came with it and I've done a lot of heavy towing with it and never had a problem until this alignment was done at Sears. I;m still trying to figure out if it was the alignment specs that they used or if the problem coincidentally started that same day. I also changed the steering stabilizer. Neither the new tires nor the stabilizer/damper helped the problem. So I changed the other outer tie-rod end and the upper and lower ball joints (all MOOG with grease fittings). I turns out they were worn out. So, the truck no longer shakes violently up and down when I hit a bump. That problem seems to be in check. However, now when I hit a bump the truck's front end wobbles side-to-side. I can do a few things to recover from it. I can hit the brakes pretty hard and sudden (which can cause an accident on the interstate), or I can **** the steering wheel side-to-side a few times (from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock) and that stops it immediately...until the next bump in the road. Also, if I let my foot off the accelerator just before hitting a bump and let the truck coast over it instead of power through it, sometimes the truck will ride over the bump without incident. I found out yesterday on a 5 1/2 hour road trip that if I did 80 to 90 miles per hour and powered through every road blemish, the truck rode fine...no shaking at all. I suppose the high speed forces the tires to stay straight when they hit a bump. Lastly, to confuse my problem solving attempts further, sometimes the truck rides like a cadillac (for an hour or so) at regular speeds and no matter what bumps I hit. Then without worning, the front end will loosen up and get that sloppy feeling again and the wobbling comes back at every bump...until the next time it feels like tightening up and driving right again. I have no idea what to do now. I'm going back to Sears today to have them check their alignment. Other than that, all I can think of is to change the rest of the steering components and check the steering box for malfunction. I hope someone can help all of us Dodge owners out off of the road tested info that I've just provided. Dodge doesn't seem to care to address the problems with their trucks front ends, and we need a solution before people get hurt or die. I was almost run over by an 18-wheeler trying to figure out how to handle the shake. I can't afford to buy another truck. So I need to fix this one so I can keep working. If anybody has a concrete solution to these problems, please let us know. I've read 20 different opinions from mechanics on these blogs, but nobody has said yet that they fixed someone's truck with these problems and have since heard from that customer and everything is still working fine. Opinions are helpful sometimes, but they're also confusing when they're conflicting.
Posted on Jan 23, 2010
SOURCE: vibration in front end
It is likely both your track bar and the lack of a steering gear box stabilizer. The bushings on your stock track bar can be replaced with polyeurethane or metal bushings which will help curb the problem.
The steering stabilizer attaches to your steering gear box and your frame allowing the steering to be more stable. I have put both on my truck and it drives like a caddy now as a result. If I had to choose between the two items, my money would go to the steering stabilizer first. I believe I bought mine here:
Hope this helps
Posted on Apr 25, 2010
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