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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,481 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #71

Dec 192013

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering); however, the dealer stated that the part was unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the part to become available. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. There are no failures at this time...updated 04-23-14

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #70

Feb 042014

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • miles
I appreciate your hard work in establishing safety recall N49/NHTSA 13V-529 affecting 2008-2012 Ram trucks where "the left tie rod ball stud may fracture causing loss of directional control and/or crash without warning." But, I contacted my Dodge dealer in bellingham, wa on Jan 6, 2014 as instructed by Chrysler and have had 2 service appointments cancelled because they do not have the parts yet. My dealer is telling me that I may have to wait another 4 months or more. I am still number 15 on the list of over 70 requests and they tell me they are only allowed 1 part per week from the factory and sometimes don't even get that. I called 2 other Dodge dealers in nw Washington and got a similar story. One dealer told me the factory needed the parts to still make new trucks which is limiting the supply for the recall, but not to worry because he had only seen one serious steering failure from this problem so far...! driving my truck with the thought of suddenly loosing steering control without warning for another 4 months doesn't make me feel all that safe or responsible. Nor the thought of all the other trucks out there that may have to wait another year or more to be fixed. Is this type of delay normal with such a serious recall? thank you for your time and concern. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #69

Jan 152014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
This vehicle was recalled because of a problem with the steering linkage that could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. When we took it to the dealer to verify the problem we were told that the defective part needed to be replaced but it would take 6 months because the manufacturer (Chrysler) only ships 1 part per week to dealers. In other words, we have to drive a defective truck with a 4 year old child in the back seat for six months because there is a backlog of trucks needing the part replaced. Is this ok with your Agency" does president obama agree with this"

- Russellville, AL, USA

problem #68

Jan 062014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 40,000 miles

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

Safety recall - Chrysler has recalled left tie rod N49/NHTSA 13V-529. Recall notice states "if your dealer fails or is unable to remedy this defect without charge and within reasonable time, you may submit a written complaint...." to this website. When dealer was called - see dee motors anaconda, mt - 59711 - service manager mentioned that Chrysler is only allowing 1 tie rod end part per week. I have 24 appointments ahead of me. I am on a waiting list but 4 months of wait time is "not reasonable"....

- Mt, MT, USA

problem #67

Jan 012014

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2008 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer writes in regards to the length of time to complete tie rod ball stud recall notice. The dealer informed the consumer, they were only allowed to order one set of parts, once every two weeks.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #66

Jan 282014

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that he attempted to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering) but was informed that the parts were not available and that the deakler was only receiving one part per week. The contact felt that since the failure was reported in November of 2013, there should be a remedy available before January of 2014. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Evart, MI, USA

problem #65

Jan 032014

Ram 2500

  • 94,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, he suddenly lost control of the steering wheel and crashed into a ditch. The contact was not injured and was able to exit the vehicle to further inspect the vehicle. He then discovered that the front passenger's side tie rod was fractured. The contact notified the manufacturer of the failure, who sent a representative to further examine the failure. The representative concluded that the defect was erroneous. The manufacturer informed the contact that no assistance would be provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Bloomfield, MT, USA

problem #64

Jan 022014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 13V529000 (steering ) in early January 2014. The contact stated that he took the vehicle to the dealer to get it repaired but the dealer stated that parts needed to complete the recall repair were unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Alamosa, CO, USA

problem #63

Jan 212014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
N49 recall. I have been advised by the dealer that the wait time will be approximately 45 weeks before the recall repair can be conducted. This is not a "reasonable" timeframe.

- Cloudcroft, NM, USA

problem #62

Dec 302013

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering) had surpassed the reasonable time for repair. The dealer was contacted and stated the part was not available for repair. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jeromesville, OH, USA

problem #61

Jan 092014

Ram 2500

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering) however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable until April. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the part to become available. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- Wheeling , WV, USA

problem #60

Dec 012013

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 13V529000 (steering) had exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The manufacturer advised that the dealer would receive one part per month and they were not sure when the part would arrive. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Burns, WY, USA

problem #59

Jan 012014

Ram 2500

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering) had surpassed the reasonable time for repair. The dealer was contacted and stated the part was not available for repair and they were only allowed to order one part per week. The contact stated he noticed a crunching sound when turning the steering wheel at low speeds. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- La Vale, MD, USA

problem #58

Dec 202013

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 heavy duty. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering) and the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable until April. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Dalhart, TX, USA

problem #57

Apr 252013

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Was driving at approx 55mph and drove over a patched spot in road and the vehicle began to vibrate/shake uncontrollably until I brake or slowed the vehicle to approx 35 mph. This has occurred on 3 occassions since the initial event and two times has created a very unsafe condition while in interstate/highway traffic that almost caused 2 accidents with me trying to slow and pull off the road to gain control of the vehicle. This vehicle milage is about 98% highway milage. I am told by the local Dodge dealer this is not related to the current recalls.

- Russiaville, IN, USA

problem #56

May 112013

Ram 2500

  • 80,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds, if the vehicle hits any pot hole, road change, or turning slightly left, the front end will start to uncontrollably shake. It becomes very violent and hard to control until I slow down to under 60 mph. I have had multiple dealers look at the issue and tell me they have seen this issue before but there is nothing they can do for me as no front end parts are worn out. They then state that they have an "upgrade" front end kit I can purchase for $2,500 that will maybe fix it. I ask them if it is a known issue then why doesn't Chrysler recall the front ends and fix the issue, they reply that Chrysler does not claim there is any issue present. I have checked all over the internet and this issue seems to affect hundreds of thousands of people as manufactures make after-market "death-wobble" fix kits. It is very frustrating to have to possibly pay out of pocket for a fix that might not work. This truck has been nothing but issues for me.

- Mound, MN, USA

problem #55

Jun 162013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 26,700 miles
Turning onto a driveway when leakage started from the steering box. The previous week had noticed wobbles at 55 mi./hr.hitting pot holes sent me to the opposing lane. Already had suspension ( sway bars, pitman are, steering linkage redone after tie rod broke. Still no one can figure where there's a leak in the cooling system. Had to do body work out of pocket due to taking out a fence because of a defected tie rod, and paid for the tie rod, sway bars and links before I got the recall notice! took it in for recall on steering box, dealership did not replace because it was working fine at the time. Now I have toe expenses and loss of wages because it finally broke.

- Springville, CA, USA

problem #54

Aug 292012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 73,000 miles
While traveling a windy country road at approx. 40-45 miles per hour, when making a curve and hitting a rough patch of road the vehicle front end started to shake violently. We slowed down to make shaking stop. This happens all the time when rounding a curve and hitting a rough spot in the road.feels like the front end is going to come off. Very frightening. We took to Dodge dealer and they could not find anything wrong with vehicle. Looked on the internet and found this is common among Dodge trucks and is called the death wobble and Dodge takes no responsibility for this. I guess it is cheaper to pay law suits than do the right thing and fix affected vehicles. How many lives have to be spent before Dodge is held accountable?

- Valley Springs, CA, USA

problem #53

Nov 222010

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 87,000 miles
This vehicle has an uncontrollable shaking with the front end. If you hit a bump ir a pothole you have to slow down until approximately 30-35 mph or possible stop to get the shaking to stop. It will vibrate anything off the dash. Front end parts have been replaced, front end aligned, new tires, factory recall. I notified Dodge, of course they know nothing about this.after researching this matter I found that several thousands of people have this problem and has been named the death wobble. Any Dodge from 2003-2008 has this. It is ridiculous that the Dodge isn't held responsible for making an unsafe vehicle. This death wobble is still happening everyday when a bump is hit and is going to make someone wreck.

- Mccarley, MS, USA

problem #52

Oct 302012

Ram 2500

  • 56,100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the tie rod assembly failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where each tie rod end was replaced. In addition, the steering stabilizer was also replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 56,100.

- Bristol, VA, USA

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