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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,044 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #29

Aug 142011

Ram 2500

  • 52,000 miles


Vehicle has progressively become scary to drive. It started with a squishy sound under the hood transmitted through the steering wheel when turning. Over the last two months has increased to a steering wheel that will vibrate and if hit a rough road will jerk out of my hands while driving at any speed. I do not feel safe in transporting my family in this truck anymore.

- Brookville, IN, USA

problem #28

Jan 102010

Ram 2500

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel seized and became stiff, making it difficult to steer and maneuver the vehicle. In addition, the contact noticed a clunking noise and a vibration in the steering column. After pulling the steering wheel and depressing the brake pedal, the steering began to function as normal. The failure occurred intermittently while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics, where the mechanic stated that the outer ball joints were wearing abnormally and the steering shaft and linkages were loose. The dealer was made aware of the failure, but stated that the part was on a national back order and not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Dallas , OR, USA

problem #27

Aug 042011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 37,000 miles
Death wobble on an 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 crew cab long bed. This recently happened six times and does not stop until the truck is almost to a stop. Went into other lane once causing other drivers to avoid collision. Just recently have had the truck over 65 mph. Drove 75 mph on I -80 to co, and then to coast of ca. Death wobble has happened at speeds of 30 mph to 70 mph. The front end wobbles slightly on small bumps which puts you on edge thinking it will go into a violent wobble immediately at normal highway speeds, or below. There is no visible damage to any parts in the front end and alignment seems fine. No solution had yet been found.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #26

Jun 112011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 82,000 miles


While driving 2008 Dodge Ram mega cab (~82,000 miles) on I-39 North from bloomington il at mile marker 87, complete loss of steering occured on vehicle. Was able to get vehicle to stop. Got out and inspected vehicle found outer tie rod on passenger side seperated. Call police and Chrysler customer service. Tow truck took vehicle to rochelle il Dodge dealer. Il state patrol was on site also.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #25

Aug 022011

Ram 2500

  • 99,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 hd. The contact stated that the front driver side tie rod snapped, making it difficult to control the steering wheel. The cotnact was able to drive onto the emergency lane without incident. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileage was 99,800.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 172011

Ram 2500

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated while driving 5 mph and making a left turn the front drivers side tie rod broke. The contact lost complete control of the steering wheel. The contact stated had the vehicle been traveling at a high rate of speed, a crash could have occurred. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who replaced the tie rod. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Spencer, IN, USA

problem #23

Jun 302011

Ram 2500

  • 41,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated while driving at a low speed approximately 10 mph the steering wheel made a loud squeaking noise, but the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test but was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified but would not assist with the repair because the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 11V350000 steering: Linkages: Tie rod assembly. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current miles were 41,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #22

May 282011

Ram 2500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel locked and the vehicle slipped into anti theft mode. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technicians replaced the anti theft module, the power steering pump and fluid. The failure recurred after the repairs and the vehicle was towed back to the dealer. The anti theft module, U joint, power steering pump and fluids were replaced again. After the repairs, the contact noticed a grinding noise from the front driver side wheel. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 08/30/11 updated 2/9/2012

- Meeker, CO, USA

problem #21

Jun 162011

Ram 2500

  • 62,833 miles
Went to Dodge dealership for routine tire rotation and alignment and they informed me that I needed all 4 ball joints replaced at only 62,833 miles to the cost of $3,000 (no mention of a possible defect) doing research on the replacement of these ball joints I found the complaints and decided to file one as well. This definitely poses a danger to my family as well as others who may not be aware of the possible defect.

- Richlands, NC, USA

problem #20

May 222011

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Driver's side outer tie rod end snapped off today. Already replaced 1 year ago for same problem. Dodge Ram 2500, 5.7 liter hemi, year 2008.

- Chelsea, MI, USA

problem #19

Apr 012010

Ram 2500

  • 16,000 miles


At freeway speeds of 50-70 mph, when the truck hits imperfections in the road, including botz dots and potholes, the front end of the truck enters into a violent shake, which is completely uncontrollable, and requires bringing the vehicle to a complete stop. This occurs approximately 2-3 times per month. I've replaced the steering box, steering dampener, tie rods and tie rod ends, tires, shocks, and drag link, and none of these have corrected the problem. I also added a steering gear brace, and this didn't help either.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 082011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 71,805 miles
Steering dampener broke at stud. Caused wheels to "pidgeon toe" and steering to become inoperable. Parts replaced: #52122362-af; #52122370-ab. Vehicle required tow-in. Damage noted backing out of a parking place. Status update. Updated 06/15/11

- Paoli, PA, USA

problem #17

Jun 302010

Ram 2500

  • 30,052 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to drift to the right. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to have the front ball joint replaced. Five months after the repair, the failure occurred again. The dealer stated that the steering was defective and was the cause of the ball joint failure. The failure mileage was 30,052.

- Sequim, WA, USA

problem #16

Nov 112010

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving in reverse, the power steering failed. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop. The contact called the dealer who stated that the vehicle was included in recall 09V005000 (steering: Linkages: Tie rod assembly) and it was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000. Updated 8/19/14

- Mariposa, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 202010

Ram 2500

  • 14,645 miles
2008 Dodge Ram 2500 mega cab 4X4. I had steering vibration and sticking steering at slow speeds since I drove it off the lot. I had shocks, all steering linkage, stabilizer, bushings, hydroboost unit and pitman arm replaced, due to slow speed sticking and "death wobble. " my warranty expired at 39,000 miles, so I replaced shocks and stabilizer with bilsteins at my own expense. Vibration and sticking wheel (power steering failure) still occurs. Severe death wobble at 60+ mph. NHTSA needs to get involved. This is a major safety hazard and has nearly caused me to crash into other lanes of traffic. Dodge cannot fix and refuses to accept any responsibility after your warranty expires. I have tried several times to work with Chrysler and they don't have the answers or want you to pay for diagnosis they cannot solve. Please help......

- Pinon Hills, CA, USA

problem #14

Aug 162010

Ram 2500

  • 60,000 miles
The steering idler arm popped loose from the pitman arm right gear at the steering rendering the steering completely useless.

- Payson, AZ, USA

problem #13

Nov 182008

Ram 2500

  • 11,000 miles
My truck shakes violently when I hit imperfections in the road. It happens 3 or more times a week. I have to stop my truck to get the shaking to cease. I have had it to the dealer more than once for the problem. They could not "replicate the problem" the first two times. The third time I drove and the service man rode with me. They determined it was the tires that were causing the problem. They said tires were not covered in the warranty. I bought new tires and that did not fix the problem. Took the truck back to them, they said Dodge told them" that there was no known fix for this problem." And for them to "just put a new steering damper on to see what that does." That only put a bandaid on the problem. Now the "death wobble" is back, and im past my warranty. Just like they wanted to begin with. I got the truck on 7/4/08, the first occurrence was 11/18/08 when the truck had only 11,000 miles on it.

- Seminole, OK, USA

problem #12

Mar 012010

Ram 2500

  • 41,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). I own a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 heavy duty pickup on March 1, 2010 at 6:15 going down w main street a straight road my vehicle lost steering control and started to veer to the left into the opposing lane and then to go off road. I was driving at apprx 20-25 miles per hr. I have learned there is a recall H46 thru Chrysler but they are telling me my vehicles dirty and warranty ran out at 36,000 miles I have 46,000 miles. I have had many conversations with Chrysler and they tell me to go thru my insurance the say I hit curb. That only happened after the fact that the steering had no control. I was told by the dealer paul service person that it has a recall for something within a part in the steering linkage but it will not be covered and Chrysler has a new or redesigned steering linkage that can only be purchased $1350. The recall states during a prior service appt a mopar service part steering linkage may been installed on your truck [xxx] the drag link inner joint may fracture under certain driving conditions this could result in a loss of steering which cause a crash without warning also steering damper bracket at the tie rod may loosen, the legal department at Chrysler is where my claim is there # is 1 248 944-7084 and they are sending a inspector to look at this [xxx]. please help me I have missed 2 days of work and have no vehicle or rental and my twin daughters that are 12 have to walk home from bus stop about a half mile on a country road, not safe please help me ! [xxx]

- Reerders, PW, USA

problem #11

Apr 282009

Ram 2500

  • 40,000 miles
Steering wandering started days before then the dreaded death wobble. Started happening St 70 mph then 60 mph now I cant drive over 55 mph with out it happening.

- Laplace, LA, USA

problem #10

Jun 012009

Ram 2500 Diesel

  • 33,000 miles
I have an 08 Dodge 2500 4X4 diesel. When I go over 60mph and hit a bump it does that "death wobble" it does it every time I even hit an imperfection in the highway, I replaced the steering damper/stabilizer, and Dodge replaced all 4 ball joints at only 34,000 miles. But it still does it, even worse at times.I haven't wrecked or anything I just have to slow down to about 40 mph to get it to stop. That is very dangerous when the speed limit is 75 mph. I drive all around the country for work, and this occurs every single time I drive it. The truck is only about 8 months old. I bought it brand new.

- Paden, OK, USA

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