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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,919 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #19

Dec 022011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Failed state inspection due to bad left tie rod.

- Orange, MA, USA

problem #18

Nov 052011

Ram 1500

  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. The contact was having the tires rotated when he noticed that the front driver side tie rod end was loose. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number:11V350000(steering:linkages:tie rod assembly). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 23,000 and the current mileage was 25,120.

- Silverbay, MN, USA

problem #17

Oct 312011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
Took my 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD in for oil change and was told that the left and right outer tie rods were severely worn out and needed to be replaced. This is at 35,500 miles, truck is only used on road and has never been off road. Seems this is a common early wearout item on these trucks. Why?

- Colebrook, NH, USA

problem #16

Sep 222011

Ram 1500

  • 53,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated at various speeds, the driver experienced the vehicle pulling towards the left and right. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V350000 (steering:linkages:tie rod assembly). The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ruth, MI, USA

problem #15

Apr 292011

Ram 1500

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the tie rod ends would exhibit an abnormal noise while driving. The manufacturer was notified who advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V350000 (steering: Linkages: Tie rod assembly) and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 46,000.

- Chalmette, LA, USA

problem #14

Sep 192011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 17,350 miles
Turned steering wheel and hear like a grinding sound. I noticed vehicle was leaking steering fluid. Vehicle taken to dealership who stated the power steering pump was cracked.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #13

Aug 262011

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated the front driver side tie rod fractured while attempting to park. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and inquired about NHTSA campaign id number: 11V350000 (steering: Linkage and tie rod assembly) but was advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Munhall, PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 142011

Ram 1500

  • 37,733 miles
Re: 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 2 wheel drive. There is a recall L16 for a defective left outer tie rod NHTSA action # PE1109, campaign # 11V350000 for various model Ram's. on January 14 at 37,733 miles I replaced the right outer tie rod part #5175790ac. I would think that at 37,733 miles the tie rod should not have had to be replaced. This is not a work truck!

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #11

Jun 012011

Ram 1500

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel began to vibrate and was very difficult to turn. The contact also stated that whenener stopped on an incline with the brakes engaged, the vehicle would surge forward. The vehicle was not taken to have the failures diganosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #10

Jun 232011

Ram 1500

  • 52,000 miles
I have had this same problem on my Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 quad cab. Left tie rod stud/stablizer bar replaced June 2011, had to pay for alignment as well. Is the NHTSA looking into the same problems with the Ram 1500 models" when will the 1500 models be added for the same defect and be recalled" to be recalled are 2008-2011 Ram 2500 and 3500 4X4 models; 2008-2011 Ram 3500 cab chassis 4X2 models; 2008 Ram 1500 mega cab 4X4 models; and 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 models, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #9

Nov 142009

Ram 1500

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated while driving at low speeds and trying to make a U-turn the steering wheel became very loose. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who advised her that there was a voluntary recall and repaired the steering drag link bracket. While driving at low speeds she heard a loud thumping noise and couldn't tell where it was coming from. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who advised her that the power steering gear box failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to the parts being on a back order. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Townson, MT, USA

problem #8

Jan 242009

Ram 1500

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 55 mph the contact heard a growling and rumbling noise. The contact was unable to determine where the noise was coming from. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technicians stated the steering gear power box, front shaft, arm drag link, axle joints and seal drive needed to be replaced. The dealer informed the contact that the steering gear box was not available and did not know when it would become available. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact tried contacting the manufacturer but was unable to speak with ta representative. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000.

- Townsend, MT, USA

problem #7

Nov 242009

Ram 1500

  • 74,971 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 10 mph the contact lost control of the steering wheel. The contact was able to drive onto the emergency lane. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technicians stated they would perform recall repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V005000 (steering:linkages:tie rod assembly). Prior to the failure the contact had received the voluntary recall notice which stated the manufacturer would perform repairs that had included the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 and 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 but not the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The vehicle was repaired. After the repairs, the contact stated the radius range in the steering increased making it difficult to manage the steering wheel when making turns. The approximate failure mileage was 74,971.

- Townsend, MT, USA

problem #6

Jan 012010

Ram 1500

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 65 mph the contact noticed that the steering wheel began to lunge forward and make a popping noise. The contact also noticed that the vehicle would sway in the opposite direction that the contact was turning the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the steering box was replaced, three months after the vehicle was repaired, the failure recurred. There were no prior warnings. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 13000. The current mileage was 21000.

- Artesia, NM, USA

problem #5

Dec 162009

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
Nothing lead up the C/O I have, the bushings on the upper control arm of the drivers side and tie rod end broke they just failed the vehicle had 40000 miles and under only normal usage.it was reported to two different dealers whom advised they could do nothing because of the warranty expired at 36000, when asked about other C/O as this they said they couldn't comment I also reported to Chrysler and they said it was documented. If it hadn't been caught then serious things would have happened.

- Ermine, KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 132009

Ram 1500

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 45 mph, the contact experienced a violent vibration and the steering column shook. The failures could cause a loss of steering control and restricted ability to turn the vehicle in one direction. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 09E001000 (steering:linkages); however, the failure recurred shortly after the repair. The failure and current mileages were 15,000.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #3

Apr 192009

Ram 1500

  • 3,628 miles
Was driving my 2008 Dodge Ram SXT pickup and while making a left turn on a main road at 40mph the steering wheel locked up. I could not control the vehicle and as the vehicle was crossing into the oncoming lane, applied brakes. The truck crossed the road and spun out on the grass on the opposite side of the road facing 180 degrees from direction of travel. The vehicle came to S a stop against an embankment and had minor damage. If another vehicle had been in the opposite lane this could have been a fatal accident. The vehicle is now at the dealer and I am awaiting a report.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 032008

Ram 1500

  • 12,798 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram. While driving 65 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle unexpectedly wandered to the left. This was a sudden change in direction. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and noticed that the tires exhibited excessive wear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the grease seal was leaking. The grease seal, steering linkages, and both tie rod ends were replaced. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 09E001000 (steering;linkages), although the failures were identical. The failure mileage was 12,798 and current mileage was 13,534.

- Deridder, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 202008

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While making a left or right turn at various speeds or when the vehicle is idling, the steering wheel sticks. The vehicle has been to the dealer four times and they replaced the power steering pump and the rack and pinion. The dealer stated that they have another vehicle on their lot that is experiencing the same failure. Therefore, they stated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. After having a conference call with the manufacturer, the dealer informed the contact that they would provide him with a rental until repairs were made. The failure mileage was 1,600 and current mileage was 8,018. Updated 07/22/08 the consumer stated there was a delay befoe engagement when shifting the transmission. There was also wind noise. Updated 07/24/08

- Laporte, TX, USA

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