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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,036 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 242009

Ram 1500

  • 38,072 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 65 mph, the driver side tie rod fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side tie rod needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 09V005000 (steering). The contact stated that the tie rod was replaced three times, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 38,072....updated 02/02/16

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 012011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,760 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact also noticed a grinding noise while driving at slow speeds. The failure occurred at all speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technician stated that the driver's side tie rod would have to be replaced and the wheel bearings would have to be tightened. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 11V350000 (steering:linkages:tie rod assembly), that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was repaired on December 19, 2011. The approximate failure mileage was 54,760. Updated 5/7/12

- Wentworth, NH, USA

problem #8

Mar 042012

Ram 1500

  • 45,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while vehicle was at the dealer for a state inspection, the dealer discovered that the front driver's side tie rod was loose. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 45,800.

- Campbell Hall , NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 062011

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 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 that the vehicle was inspected by a local mechanic for routine maninence when he was informed that the front tie rod was fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and denied assistance with the repairs. The failure and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #6

Oct 282011

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the front driver side tie rod end snapped during a routine service inspection. The manufacturer made the contact aware that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 11V350000 (steering:linkages:tie rod assembly). The dealer was not contacted. A local mechanic repaired the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 75,000. The consumer stated the tie rod end snapped at the shaft that connected to the ball joint which caused the left front tire to turn sharply to the left, which left no ability to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired free of charge. Updated 12/01/11 Chrysler informed the consumer his vehicle was manufactured at a different plant and therefore his VIN was not included in the recall. Updated 04/26/12

- Lumber Bridge, NC, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jun 232011

Ram 1500

  • 52,000 miles

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

2008 Dodge Ram 1500 left front tie rod replacement. I had to have the tie rod and stablizer bar replaced due to a defect. Vehicle had only 52,000 miles driven.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #3

Jun 022011

Ram 1500

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated while having an oil change the contact was informed that the front outer tie-rods were loose. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who confirmed that the front outer tie-rod were loose and replaced them. One year later, the front outer tie-rod became loose again. The contact was informed about the tie-rod while having the brakes changed. The contact stated the failure could potentially cause a major crash to occur. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #2

May 172009

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the front left tie rod failed which caused excessive wear on the tire. The failure also made it difficult for the contact to control the vehicle. The dealer confirmed the failure, but stated that the component was not under warranty or related to a recall. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 37,000. Updated 3/21/11 updated 04/04/11

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 042010

Ram 1500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2008 Dodge Ram. Consumer expresses discontent with several problems with vehicle the U-joint, tie rod, steering linkage and axle all had to be replaced. The consumer stated most recently, the check engine light illuminated.

- Ellsworth, ME, USA

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