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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
72,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. changed pinion box in steering (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1997 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

steering problem

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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 152000

Ram 1500 SLT Laramie 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Steering has been loose for years. I have replaced most everything on the front end hoping to resolve this issue. Recently 2015 I have replaced the steering shaft hoping this would finally fix the issue. NOPE!

The steering has about 1/4 turn of play. My only guess now is the steering box needs to be replaced. I see some info about Dodge steering issues and some companies selling special column bushings and other braces/brackets to fix this issue but I can't put any more money into this truck.

The steering is dangerous and I wander over the road unless I really pay attention and focus to control the drift.

Another recall item????

- , Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #1

May 152009

Ram 1500 Pro Charger 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

bummer... the steering gets looser and looser as speed increases and dare not change lanes on the highway with this problem or you will have to turn the wheel a full 8 to 10 inches back to get control of the vehicle.....she has a mind of her own this truck..... i just had the entire front end replaced (new front rear end as it's a 4X4)..... cost about $240. and well worth it....this truck is my baby.... modified for off road and sand..... worth over 9 grand as it is ..... otherwise it's all original tranny, engine, etc.... upkeep is a must and change the oil faithfully at 3,000 miles and your dodge will run for a long time..... be blessed people :)

- , Oceanside, NY, USA

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