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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,821 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #43

Feb 292012

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles

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

While driving on the highway at speeds of about 55 mph and hitting any small rut or change in the road the vehicle begins to shake like crazy. I have had it at the dealer for the recall and they said it was ok. I have had it at the local truck shop and they can't figure it out. Everything looks to be tight. Dodge needs to get these trucks recalled before someone dies. Dodge knows there is a problem why in the world won they fix this. I asked the local dealer again about the death wobble and they said that they were not aware of any death wobble. Are you kidding all you have to do is google death wobble and you will see all you need to know. If I would have known about this problem store I bought this truck I would have not bought it. I am now thinking of trading it in, and let it kill someone else.

- Laurel Springs, NJ, USA

problem #42

Apr 012011

Ram 2500

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the driver side front tie rod failed while driving. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the dealer replaced the tie rod and the steering linkage. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer denied reimbursement, stating that the recall under NHTSA campaign id number 11V350000 (steering: Linkages: Tie rod assembly) was only for aftermarket tie rods however, the tie rod on the contact's vehicle was the original manufacturer's part. The failure mileage was was 74,000 and the current mileage was not available.

- Woodland , CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 072012

Ram 2500

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number: 11V350000 (steering:linkages:tie rod assembly) however, after speaking with the dealer she was informed that the parts for the repair would take anywhere from one week to one month before they would arrive. The contact stated that having to wait one month to have a recalled component repaired was unsatisfactory. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 115,000.

- Alcova, WY, USA

problem #40

Jul 082009

Ram 2500

  • 59,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 quad. While driving approximately 10 mph, a loud noise emitted from the front end of the vehicle and immediately the steering wheel failed to turn. The contact came to a complete stop to inspect the vehicle and noticed the steering damper detached and was on the ground. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated the tie rods and steering damper would need to be replaced. Two years ago, the tie rods and steering damper were replaced under the service warranty. In addition, the front and upper and lower ball joints were replaced. There was a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 07E009000 (suspension). The vehicle was ineligible because the recall did not pertain to the original equipment. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Darby, MT, USA

problem #39

Jan 262012

Ram 2500

  • 90,340 miles
Dodge death wobble this really should be under recall before someone gets hurt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #38

Nov 222011

Ram 2500

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5-10 mph in the driveway, there was a loud grinding and popping noise outside of the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed the front driver's side tie rod end fractured. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 11V350000 (steering: Linkages: Tie rod assembly); however the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Charles Town , WV, USA

problem #37

Aug 082011

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

2004 Dodge Ram 2500- front end/steering failure at 71,000 requiring replacement of entire steering linkage kit, damper and traction bar (as well as pitman arm) at cost of over $1,200. This was to correct the exact same steering problem I am reading about as reported by seemingly countless owners of Dodge Ram from this year. It is inconceivable to me why there has not been a formal recall and reimbursement of expenses to owners like me who paid for the recommended repair. I am the original owner and have all service repair orders. The service department at ft. Collins (co) Dodge reported that they were well aware of this problem, as is Chrysler and that it was a serious safety issue that needed to be corrected as a total loss of steering and collapse of the front end could result if it was not repaired.. parts have been replaced each of the last 3 years and failures continue with no solution from the manufacturer.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #36

Nov 102011

Ram 2500

  • 78,000 miles
The death wobble as drivers of these trucks call it. The fix in 2010 was only temporary for my 2004 Dodge truck. It once again is going into the death wobble. Dodge says the parts were only warranted for 12 months and won't fix it again. Dodge apparently didn't use heavy enough parts and axles in the first place so does that mean I have to pay to have it fixed over and over and over. Someone needs to make Dodge continue to replace these parts. There are and will be many deaths over these trucks. It is no wonder the american vehicle manuf. Are struggling. Apparently the bulletin repair makes the truck safe for only 1 more year. This isn't a poor a.C or power lock problem it is related to loss of control while driving in normal everyday conditions which can result in loss of life. Please make Dodge do the right thing on this one and get to the root of the problem at their expense not mine. Just how many complaints has Dodge had concerning this. Only they know. I will never buy another Dodge Chrysler product again. I called Dodge & they acted as though they had never heard of this problem!

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #35

Oct 312011

Ram 2500

  • 130,000 miles
Death wobble at different speeds and bumps I have replaced some parts and nothing has changed and the more I research this problem the more I learn there are many just like me with the same issue.

- Mena, AR, USA

problem #34

Oct 102011

Ram 2500

  • 170,000 miles
Truck will go into "death wobble at or around 60 miles an hour, and wont stop until it reaches 30 to 35 mph. This is a recipe for disaster!!!! I urge anyone reading this to file formal complaints with any one who will listen!! im contacting my state rep. On this matter. Just like the corvair, unsafe at any speed.

- Desloge, MO, USA

problem #33

Aug 302011

Ram 2500

  • 95,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while reversing at approximately 5 mph, a loud popping noise was heard and he lost control of the steering. Upon examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the steering linkage was detached from the steering box. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the steering linkage disconnected from the steering box. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 95,000.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #32

Jul 272011

Ram 2500

  • 102,000 miles
Oil seal on pitman shaft on steering box gave way suddenly spraying engine with oil and causing loss of power steering. Upon inspection, it was noted that the bearing on the pitman shaft had failed. This must be a common problem as even the dealer couldn't find a steering box!!

- Franklin, NY, USA

problem #31

Aug 012011

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Death shake has almost caused 4 accidents for me. I have been trying to get my truck fixed since 2005 Dodge has yet to offer any help. Any time I hit any small bump, pot hole, break in the road going over 50mph the truck enters a violent shake. I have to pull over to the side of the road and slow down to stop the shake. This is extremely dangerous in any type of traffic. The Dodge dealerships have not offered any assistance other than telling me to spend thousands to replace parts that might not even fix the issue.

- Cape May, NJ, USA

problem #30

May 132011

Ram 2500

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving 20 mph, the contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to move. The dealer nor manufacturer were notified. The failure was not diagnosed; however, the contact repaired the gear box. The current and failure mileage was 124,000.

- Marlette, MI, USA

problem #29

Nov 012009

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 71,875 miles
2004 Dodge Ram 2500- front end/steering failure at 71,000 requiring replacement of entire steering linkage kit, damper and traction bar (as well as pitman arm) at cost of over $1,200. This was to correct the exact same steering problem I am reading about as reported by seemingly countless owners of Dodge Ram from this year. It is inconceivable to me why there has not been a formal recall and reimbursement of expenses to owners like me who paid for the recommended repair. I am the original owner and have all service repair orders. The service department at ft. Collins (co) Dodge reported that they were well aware of this problem, as is Chrysler and that it was a serious safety issue that needed to be corrected as a total loss of steering and collapse of the front end could result if it was not repaired..

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #28

Apr 192011

Ram 2500 4WD

  • 66,580 miles
I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 5.7 at highway speed of 60 to 65 mph the truck goes into a "death wobble" from any bump in the road it is almost impossible to control my truck is all stock and only has 67,000 miles on it why does Dodge not recall and fix this problem before it hurts or kills some one?

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #27

Jul 012008

Ram 2500

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 60 mph, the front end started shaking abnormally and would occur intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The contact stated repairs were made but was unaware of the exact repairs. The failure persisted and the vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available.

- Trenton, NE, USA

problem #26

Jan 092011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
When the vehicle was approx 4yrs old it began the death wobble while on the highway. For the next two years, it seemed to occur only while towing a horse trailer. The vehicle would hit an uneven area, especially on overpasses, and the entire front end of the truck would bounce from side to side becoming unstearable. Stopping on the side of the road was the only way to stop the bouncing. As time went on the wobble occured more frequently and then without towing a trailer. I have replaced the bushings in the track bar with no appreciable improvement. I am now looking into steering stablilizers and heavy duty track bars. This is definitely a manufacturers defect. Dodge should be paying for this fix regardless of age of vehicle.

- Paulden, AZ, USA

problem #25

Nov 122010

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving my 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 on the freeway at about 55 mph when the wheel hit a pot hole. At that moment the steering wheel began to shake uncontrollably. I immediately slowed down and the shake stopped. After that incident I really started to pay attention and it does it from 55 mph and up. I have tried to have the issue corrected but nothing seems to fix the problem. It is very unsafe to drive my vehicle.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #24

Nov 102004

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 102,321 miles
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 severe death wobble occurs when you pass 40 mph and hit even a small bump it has been so bad at times that I have injured my neck I have replaced tires stock size, shocks, bearings, rotors, ball joints, bushings my wife is afraid to drive this truck and hates to even ride in it now she says its a major accident waiting to happen it has threw us across the lanes just the other day I just missed the guard rails by inches if the roads are snow covered forget driving it unless your life insurance is paid up.

- Indiana, PA, USA

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