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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
81,134 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Aug 212016

Ram 2500

  • 165,250 miles


This truck is dangerous, it has death wobble and shakes violently when you hit a small bump, it has happened numerous times to me. Why hasn't this truck been recalled"????????????"

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #43

Mar 012011

Ram 2500

  • 164,834 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving at high speeds, the vehicle shook violently without warning and the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the diagnostic results were unknown. The independent mechanic also stated that the power steering cap detached from the vehicle and caused the power steering fluid to pour out. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 164,834.

- Colfax, CA, USA

problem #42

Oct 012015

Ram 2500

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving over 70 mph, the vehicle experienced severe vibration. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but no failure could be found. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Sun Valley, NV, USA

problem #41

Oct 312015

Ram 2500

  • 146,654 miles


October 31, 2015, I experienced the Dodge "death wobble" twice within 10 minutes, speed approximately 50 to 55 mph on a 2 lane East bound road in modesto, calif., driving straight. Luckily, no cars were close by. Previously, I have experienced a single wheel "death wobble". I am having to change the track bar bushings every 15,000 to 20,000 miles. They are worn out or in pieces. I have found the frame and the front differential are not in alignment. The differential needs to be pulled into alignment with the frame 1/4 inch(approx.) to install the bolt through the frame mount and the track bar bushing. This truck has never been in a collision to the front. The "death wobble" has been noticed on many truck websites. If I had been in traffic, it would have caused an accident. What is NHTSA doing about a recall by Dodge to fix the problem, permanently? the truck was new when I bought it. I have changed addresses on registration and have not received any notices of the other recalls.

- Copperopolis,, CA, USA

problem #40

Sep 112015

Ram 2500

  • 89,400 miles
Driving on the interstate drove over an area that had bee patched and the left fornt wheel began vibrating making it extreamly difficult to steer.the truck pulled to the left and would not stop until the truck came to a complete stop.

- Newcomerstown, OH, USA

problem #39

Sep 012015

Ram 2500

  • 83,400 miles
Recurrent issue as I drive at speeds ranging from 35 mph to 75 mph and I hit a patch, hole or bump in the road my truck will start vibrating violently, feels like I am on a poko stick and I cannot control the steering.I took me accross 4 interstate lanes until I could stop the vibration which only quits when you come to a complete stop.the latest occurance took me into the quardrail damaging the passenger side.I had the truck looked at by the Chrysler dealership and was told nothin was wrong.the left tieror had an outstanding recall but they said mine was inspected and did not need replaced.this has occured between 11 to 15 times since I bought the truck late last year and I believe it to be a serious issue needing investigating.

- Newcomerstown, OH, USA

problem #38

Aug 172015

Ram 2500

  • 65,000 miles


We were traveling on interstate 84 about 600 miles round trip on vacation when we would hit a bump or seam in the road and the truck would begin shaking violently causing panic and some loss of steering control. I've learned this is referred to as the infamous Dodge death wobble

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #37

Aug 302014

Ram 2500

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed to steer straight, making it difficult to maneuver the vehicle. In addition, the front end of the vehicle shakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 129,000.

- Yorkville, IL, USA

problem #36

Aug 102014

Ram 2500

  • 49,000 miles
On pa 81 hit a bump in the road at 65 mph. Thought I had a flat tire but was not the case. After looking on the web "you tube" and asking people I found that I had a death wobble. This was very scary and the kids in the back though we were going to crash as did I. this death wobble should be looked at and fixed before someone gets into a crash.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #35

Nov 202013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
I receive an important safety recall # N62 / NHTSA 13V-528 from Chrysler Corp. For the Dodge truck listed above. This recall was sent to me last November of 2013. I had the vehicle inspected by tuttle Dodge in tustin, ca. This is the dealer where I bought the truck in 2055. They confirmed that this vehicle need the safety repair and said that Chrysler would inform mw when the parts arrive at their dealership so they can make the safety repairs. I have check with tuttle Dodge every month since and was told that no parts were available. This repair is to the left tie rod, and if it breaks the driver would have no steering. This would result in 10,000 pound truck running completely out of control with understandable disastrous results. I want some help getting this vehicle repaired to a safe condition. Please let me know what you can do. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #34

May 082014

Ram 2500

  • 72,000 miles


My Dodge truck goes into a violent shaking death wobble when I hit a bump on the freeway. It bounces and shakes uncontrollably until I slow down to approx. 25mph. Its dangerous and scary and there doesn't seem to be any known cure. Chrysler promised me theyd help me with the problem in 2011 but couldn't figure out what was causing it. Now theyre turning their back on me and saying the truck is too old. Iv been trying to fix the problem since 2007.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #33

May 192014

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
Driving on the highway at 60 mph suddenly my front tires started bouncing up and down in opposed ruth's. scared the life out of my wife and me ! I receive D in the mail a notice of a recall on my tierod ball joints and went to cook Chrysler dealership on rt 40 aberdeen md. They said they cannot get the parts ! they have a whole list of people who have the same problem !! whats going on ? its a recall. I would like an answer, but more, I want parts ! I will be contacting the attorney general. Sincerely, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

problem #32

May 092014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
This vehicle was recalled on recall N62 in January, 2014. In May 2014 I was advised by Dodge that parts were being restricted and that the dealer would receive one (1) part per week. This meant that I would have to wait over one (1) year to have the vehicle fixed. It appears that Dodge is stalling on repairs. Can anything be done other than appeal to the media?

- North Bend, WA, USA

problem #31

Mar 012013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 160,000 miles
Any time I would hit uneven pavement (bridge approach, pothole, dip in road, edge of shoulder) my truck would go into a violent and uncontrollable shaking. This occurred on a regular basis. Each time, I would not be able to regain control until the speed of the vehicle slowed to approx. 15 or 20 mph. If on a straight stretch of road, it would hold straight until I regained control. If in a curve, the truck would either cross over or run off the road. When describing the symptoms to multiple Dodge dealers, they referred to the issue as the "Dodge death wobble". I have received two notices from Dodge/Chrysler regarding recalls. On the first recall, upon inspection, I was told that my truck did not qualify. By the time the second recall was released, I had already replaced all of my steering linkage to a new Chrysler/mopar design. This upgrade was completed because Dodge no longer offered parts for the 2003-2008 models and the only factory support parts option was to put 2009 steering linkage on an older truck. Per the recall notice, I submitted my service records and charges to Chrysler for reimbursement. My total cost to replace my steering linkage was approximately $715. The upgraded steering linkage has prevented loss of control from occurring again. I was contacted by phone and advised that my vehicle was not repaired with mopar parts and I needed to submit additional service records. When I challenged this feedback and asked to speak with a member of management, I was placed on hold when the representative then returned to advise that my truck did not qualify for the recall because it was not originally built with the defective parts. I again asked to speak with a member of management and was told I could not do so. I was told that I would be placed on a request list and should expect to hear back from someone within 24 hours.

- Maryville, MO, USA

problem #30

Jul 172013

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
After driving over an abrupt bridge abutment, the vehicle's front end began an oscillation or death wobble until the speed was reduced below 45mph. This was experienced 2 other times similar set up with road irregularity at 60 mph. Tie rods and ball joints replaced in front end, thrust angle aligned, problem remains.

- White Salmon, WA, USA

problem #29

Jan 302014

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 96,147 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 and recently the infamous "death wobble" has returned. It seems to happen only when the temperature of the outside air is above freezing, I'm going more than 65mph, and I hit a bump. The vehicle shakes uncontrollably, is almost impossible to keep the steering straight, and dangerously hard to remain in one lane. I must slow down rapidly to a speed under 45 to regain control.

- Sewaren, NJ, USA

problem #28

Aug 052011

Ram 2500

  • miles
My husband was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 when the front left tire blew. For a few seconds he was able to keep control of the truck but then it made a sudden jerk to the left and pulled him off the road, he fought it for a few more seconds until it did the sudden jerk thing again to the left and he slammed into 2 oak trees where the seat belt failed and he was ejected from the truck. After impact and me running to the truck I noticed he had been ejected, began looking for him then the air bag went off. There were several things wrong with this whole thing and I am just now getting a recall notice on the left tie rod ball stud.what about the seat belt and air bag delay? if this is what cause the sudden jerking to the left now all my questions have been answered. Just wish it would have been released sooner maybe I wouldn't be a widow at the age of 41!

- Caliente, CA, USA

problem #27

Sep 062010

Ram 2500

  • 65,000 miles
Driving on an interstate highway in California, after hitting a minor road bump, the truck started to shake violently. The front wheels were moving in and out of plane (vertically) and felt like they were bouncing on the road surface. This has occurred many times since, . and is not relieved by any component replacement or maintenance item repair..this is an engineering flaw in the design of the suspension system and requires some expertise on the part of Chrysler to design a repair to change the architecture of the suspension system. This issue can result in a major accident if a driver is unaware of it's impending chance of occurring.. I live with this danger every day and am awaiting some information on how to repair. The only likely repair is probably an aftermarket suspension upgrade to change the suspension system dynamics.

- Mill Vallley, CA, USA

problem #26

Jun 172012

Ram 2500

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, both rear wheels seized suddenly. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the rear differential would have to be replaced because the pinion nut retainer clip had become detached and caused damage to the rear differential. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for the repair. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #25

Sep 012013

Ram 2500

  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the vehicle exhibited a grinding sound as the vehicle suddenly stopped. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the track bar was broken. The contact towed the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer stated that the track bar unit was broken and needed to be replaced. The track bar was not replaced. The failure mileage was 144,000.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

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