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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,503 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 wheels / hubs problems

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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 292016

Ram 2500

  • 110,000 miles

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

On August 29, 2016 I was driving my 2004 Dodge truck on a highway when my front driver side tire suffered a complete tread separation. It seemed to just explode. There were no injuries, but a damage report was filled out by the highway patrol. This was a Michelin ltx A/T2 tire with about 40,000 miles on it. The tires are 5 years old.these tires are warrantied for 60,000 miles or 6 years. After 20,000 miles I had one of the tires replaced because it looked like it might separate, but the others seemed alright at that time. I have probably $2000 or more worth of damage to my truck. It knocked the headlight out, ripped off the running board, tore out the inner fender, bent the fender and put a dent in the bottom of my door. I have always bought Michelin, but will never use them again.

- Meadview, AZ, USA

problem #10

Mar 072015

Ram 2500

  • 75,000 miles
I was driving at about 65mph and suddenly the truck and steering began vibrating and shaking violently until I pulled over and stopped. It felt like all four tires had blown out. I called my local Dodge dealer service department and they told me the problem was most likely the "death wobble". I had never heard this and he also said to change the steering dampener, which I did. This violent vibration has happened again on two other occasions since the stablizer shock was replaced. I will not drive on the highway any longer with my truck due to this serious safety/sterring/suspension issue that very easily could cause serious bodily harm/death due to possible accident.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #9

Mar 022015

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Driving home I hit a pot hole at 65 miles an hour when the trucks front end started shaking violently. I had to slow down to about 35 miles an hour to get control. Its been a regular occurrence ever since. I have taken it to the dealership and they say nothing is wrong. I have researched and spent over $1000 on parts. Apparently it is a common problem with Dodge known as the "death wobble" that Dodge fails to acknowledge or take responsibility for.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 042014

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 138,099 miles

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

Ran over a pothole at 65 mph and the front end violently shook. Had to apply the brakes and slow down to 50 mph in order to gain control. Took it into national tire and battery and $1700 later, I still have the problem. Semi truck behind me almost ran over me. Violently shakes. Very scary.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 202014

Ram 2500

  • 85,000 miles
The left tie rod broke driving down the road causing a hole in my rim, dents in the fender and bumper and damage to the left braking system. I had the vehicle towed to the dealer after learning about this recall, the dealer fixed the broken tie rod but Dodge will not cover any damage left on my truck. It needs a new rim and Dodge stated that they will now be paying for my rim to get fixed, which was fine before this incident. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clinton, CT, USA

problem #6

Nov 282013

Ram 2500

  • 89,556 miles
I was on my way to see my doctor in waltham, MA. And I travel the MA.turnpike at 67mph, and every bridge span or bump in the road surface the truck started to shake uncontrollably until I went to the brake down lane and brought the truck to a dead stop. In the 166 miles from my home to the doctor office and back home again I had to stop this truck 15 times. When I brought it to the dealership I had to pay $1,699.31for the damage that was cause by a defective part that no one want to replace under what should be a recall. Chrysler says that because of the year and mileage of the vehicle that it was my problem even though they have redesigned the part that cause this problem in the first place. And even after I pay the first repair bill the truck still had the same problem until the mechanic tighten the bolts on the part. The truck is still handling the same as before it was fix. And because I have had major surgery I will have to travel that road many times before I, M healed. Because I'm on workman comp. I have limited funds to live on and I really worry when I drive that truck as I can't afford another vehicle and Chrysler want to do nothing about it until someone is hurt or dead.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 162012

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 99,184 miles

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

I was driving my 2004 Dodge 2500 4X4 diesel pickup at 40-45 mph. As I was going into a curve in the road, I drove over a rough part in the road and the steering wheel started shaking violently back and forth (left and right). It was very hard to control the vehicle, I nearly crashed into a car on one side of me and a bridge railing on the other side. I thought maybe one of the front wheels was coming off the axle or I had a blowout. I slowed down and finally got the vehicle under control. I took it to a diesel repair shop immediately after this happened and they found the steering stabilizer shock leaking, the outer tie rod at the drag link and inner tie rod had some play, and both upper ball joints had some play. They replaced the steering stabilizer shock, the right inner tie rod, and the right outer tie rod. These repairs came to close to $400. They mentioned the "death wobble" problem and suggested we might add additional aftermarket parts to the front suspension to prevent this from happening again. The shop could not do the work right then or I would have had it done. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle now; it took all my driving experience and strength to get control of the vehicle, I do not think a weaker or inexperienced driver could have kept the vehicle from crashing. After looking at all the evidence of this "death wobble" problem on the internet, I cannot believe that the problem has not been solved and the vehicles recalled. People could die and or be injured and probably already have. The accident would probably be blamed on driver error with broken parts blamed on the accident instead of on the broken parts causing the accident.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 262012

Ram 2500

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

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #3

Jan 132012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 90,355 miles
I pulled off of the freeway and coasted into the mall parking lot where I heard a loud clunk. Tried to stop the truck with the brakes and they went to the floor. Coasting to a full stop moments later I placed the vehicle in park. Brake fluid was all over the front left tire. Called the tow truck. As he hooked the truck up he reached down and picked up my calaper from behind the front left wheel. Towed the truck to Dodge dealership. Everyone said they had never heard much less seen a calaper fall right off the brake like that. I'm lucky that my 1, 2 and 3 year old are ok. If that had fallin off completely while on the free-way in rush hour traffic it would have not been good for anyone involved.

- Kelso, WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 052011

Ram 2500

  • miles
While traveling on the highway I-90 one of my pro comp all terrain tires 33/12.5/R17 lost all the tread, oit peeled off like a retread (they are not re treads) they had about 50% tread life left on the tires and I had just checked the tire pressure as I was hauling a horse trailer. As the tread came off the tire it made a couple rotations and completely destroyed the side of my truck bed. I was able to maintain control of the vehicle and pull to the side of the road. The tire still had air in it just no tread. The tread completely separated from the tire. I have read a number of posts on the internet with others having the same issue.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 302004

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Factory aluminum wheels prone to galvanic corrosion. Wheels corrode severely around circumference of inner wheel hub. Takes a sledge hammer to break wheel, tire, and rust free to change wheels at 10,000 mile intervals. Worry is that rust will progress to grain boundaries of lugs on rear axle and lug area on aluminum wheel and lead to wheel failure. Factory should address issue and provide solution. No way a person can change a wheel on the highway with the factory jack and lug wrench. Even the lock on the spare tire on my 2004 2500 Ram 4 X 4 was corroded so severely that the key would not go into the lock key way. Luckily the flat happened on pavement in front of a friends house. The only way we could get the wheel of was to hacksaw the chain on the spare, lower the flat tire to the ground, loosen the lug nuts, hold the break and put vehicle in reverse to break the rust free and pop the wheel onto the loosened lug nuts. Even after the wheel broke free of the rust and the vehicle was jacked. I still had to place a large piece of wood against the wheel in the 6 O'clock position and beat on the wood with a sledge to break the wheel free of the hub. Aluminum wheel was severely corroded to include the inner hub and surface that fits against the rear axle.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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