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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,501 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Dec 022013

Ram 2500

  • miles


About 11 months ago I received a recall notice from Chrysler for my 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 pick up truck, it was for a suspension problem with the tie rods, recall #N49/NHTSA 13V-529 I called my local Dodge dealer where I bought the truck and they said they could not get the parts, I called several months later and they told me the replacement parts had been "recalled". I have contacted them numerous times still no parts. I have called Chrysler several times and get the same run around, no parts available. This is a real safety issue as the failure of the parts could cause me to crash. I would think Chrysler would be nervous as the liability issue could be very expensive. What if they fail and someone is killed, is this my fault would I be liable? this has been going on for almost a year and still not resolved.

- Hereford, AZ, USA

problem #26

Mar 052014

Ram 2500

  • 37,000 miles
At higher speeds the front end starts to shake violently (death wobble) to the point of loosing control, you have to come to a complete stop to get it to stop which can be a problem when driving on the freeway I've took it to the dealer and they said it was the ball joints so I had them replaced it didnt help I also replaced the shocks and steering dampner all this at my own expense. I've had the truck in twice for recalls on the tie rod ends also. From the reasearch I have done online it seems that alot of owners are having the same trouble with no help from Dodge to correct the problem

- Garland, UT, USA

problem #25

Mar 012013

Ram 2500

  • 54,694 miles
While driving this truck at approximately 60 miles an hour I hit a expansion joint as I was on a slight left turn cause the vehicle to shake violently almost losing control until I slowed down to below 30 miles an hour then the suspension stabilized. This has occurred on many occasions since the first incident and I have learned to anticipate when this may occur and expect it. I have taken vehicle to have suspension check and they have found no problems. It was recommended that I put a dual shock absorbing steering stabilizer on this vehicle. This was done and did not correct the problems.

- Forks, WA, USA

problem #24

Apr 162014

Ram 2500

  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while traveling 25 mph, a loud noise was emitted from the front end of the vehicle and no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the vehicle would veer to the right and to the left. The failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the upper and lower ball joints on both the driver and passenger side needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 57,222.

- Poineer, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 122013

Ram 2500

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, he heard a loud noise as the vehicle came to a complete stop. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle she noticed that the driver's side tie rod was fractured. The contact stated that she previously received notification for NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering) and had been waiting for the parts to become available. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician verified the failure and replaced the tie rod, upper and lower bolt joints. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Greenville, WI, USA

problem #22

Jan 032014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
Recall issued but dealer can not get parts. Safety recall N49/NHTSA 13V-529 we have limited number of days to have this replaced as we are planning a 5,000 mile trip with this pickup pulling a 35 ft travel trailer.

- Colfax, WA, USA

problem #21

Jan 062012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 50,000 miles


Received recall - left side ball stud to replace. Called local dealer Jan 6. instructed to call back in 7 - 10 days - called back Jan 13 -- told to come in, so not need appointment. ( 45 miles to dealer one way) visited dealer on Jan 14th - looked at truck and informed me that they had to order parts. -- called Jan 24th - will call us in a couple of days, no call. Called Feb 4th - told our parts were not in and did not know when the parts would be in. Informed that Chrysler was only giving the dealer one set a week. To date (Feb 19th, 2014) we have not received a call from dealer, replacement is not completed. Note: Notification stated that the ball stud on my truck may fracture under certain driving conditions and this could cause a loss of directional control and or crash without warning. To me this is serious and needs attention ! this truck is used to haul cattle & horses & farm duty. I am concerned.

- Sprague River, OR, USA

problem #20

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 #19

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 #18

Nov 152012

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, he drove over a pot hole and the vehicle started shaking violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the upper and lower ball joints were defective and needed to the replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Jun 012012

Ram 2500

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle began to shake violently. The failure was experienced numerous times. The failure also recurred when driving at lower speeds or when driving over any road bumps. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the front tie rod but the failure was not corrected. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Melbourne , FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 012011

Ram 2500

  • 75,000 miles
Death wobble, when driving at any speed, and hitting a bump with the wheel turned even ever so slightly either way, the wheel just gives that direction and the entire truck starts to go that direction. It is very nerve racking, and extremely dangerous. The forums are littered with people with the same issue looking for an answer, but we aren't coming up with one, all while throwing money away into parts that may or may not be bad. I've already had the tie rod failure that Dodge has a recall on, but they say my truck was not effected by the recall, so that fell on me to replace. When I called Dodge about the problem, they state that no one has reported this issue before so it is an isolated incident with my truck. However, a google search yields thousands of people with the same thing. Can this be investigated in any way? these trucks have become dangerous to drive, or be around on the highways due to this 'death wobble'.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #14

May 112012

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated while driving 15 mph, the passenger side front tie rod fell on the ground. The vehicle was towed to a local garage. The failure was located within the ball joints which separated due to defective material. A local mechanic replaced the steering pitman, steering arm, the cross shaft, nuts and bolts. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 36,250. Updated 06/26/12 the consumer stated he could not just replace the failed part. He had to purchase the entire steering assembly, due to it being an upgrade. The cost of the steering assembly was $618.61. Updated 06/27/12 updated 08/28/12 updated 09/12/12

- Karns City , PA, USA

problem #13

Dec 132011

Ram 2500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that both the upper and lower ball joints failed, resulting in a potential loss of directional stability in the steering wheel. The dealer was notified and advised the contact that there were no recalls for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #12

Oct 102011

Ram 2500

  • 38,000 miles
I've got 40,000 miles on my 2008 2500 quad cab 6.7 cummins. The symptoms I noticed have been when driving down the road at highway speeds, suddenly it'll sound like I have a flat tire for about 2 seconds, then resume to normalcy. But when I slow to a stop, the truck shakes uncontrollably until you stop. It almost feels like I have a manual transmission, which I don't, and I don't downshift. I thought it was maybe a transmission problem, but I shifted to neutral and stopped, out of "drive", and it still shook uncontrollably. My truck does have the snow plow prep package on it, but I do not run a snow plow, and after researching the possibility of that last winter, I would never put a plow on a quad/diesel; or for that matter, any Ram.

- Buffalo Lake, MN, USA

problem #11

Nov 262011

Ram 2500

  • 59,500 miles
Heading to town to take 2008 Dodge Ram to the dealership to have looked at for stalling at idle and no foot pedal response. Shut truck off and restarted now I have throttle.. anyways headed to dealership to have these thing looked at. Im on the interstate cruise control set at 70mph. I go over a slight dip on the interstate than experience what feels like two blown front tires. The entire truck is shaking violently. Its all I can do to hold onto the steering wheel. The truck feels like its going to fall apart. I get on the brakes start pulling to the side of the road at about 10miles an hour this violent vibration stops. This incident was the scariest incident I've been through. I inspected the truck nothing visible wrong so I continued on to dealership with no problems.. 15 minutes later I stopped shaking. Told service man at dealership what just happened and he says oh you just experienced the death wobble.. are you serious they have a nickname for this and are still selling these vehicles at 40,000 a piece. I refused to sign the work agreement and left the truck there. I will not pay to have this truck fixed. This vehicle is a serious danger to the driver, passengers and any other vehicles on the road. After research I found many other incidents of what I have described. Go to youtube and type Dodge death wobble. Vehicle manufactures should be responsible for there product. Concerned and productive United States citizen..

- Blackfoot, ID, USA

problem #10

Oct 172011

Ram 2500

  • 71,941 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact was driving 10 mph when the front tires seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic which located the failure at the front differential pinion gear bearing. The bearing had failed and caused the front tires to seize. The manufacturer was contacted and a complaint was filed. The manufacturer denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 71,941.

- Lebanon, MO, USA

problem #9

Oct 032011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 42,500 miles
I was I-77 in wv and hit a bridge expansion joint at approx. 70 M.P.H. the truck front suspension began to shake violently. The front tires and steering wheel began to shake/bounce uncontrollably. It did this for aprox 20 sec. While I tried to stop the truck slowly and safely. Internet research revealed this is a common problem with Dodge 2500 pickups. It has been given the name death wobble. I returned it to the dealer where they deny any knowledge of the problem and after inspection determined that the incident busted both front shocks and stabilizer bar. It was not covered by factory or extended warranty. I had 2 new shocks & stabilizer installed and the front end re-inspected and serviced, lined and balanced the tires as directed by dealer insp. Results. I drove less than 10 miles and the truck done the death wobble again. They now suggest the tracking bar failure but state that the whole front suspension may be damaged due to a poor design and the violent vibration that occurred during the incidents. Again the warranties are refusing coverage. The tech's refused to release the truck back to me to drive for safety reasons. They feel it is not safe to operate in this condition. This truck remains in stock condition. Installing 285/70/16 tires 10 ply tires for safety concerns. The stock tires were too small for an 8000 lbs. Pickup that tows occasionally. Due to the seriously neglected safety concern by Dodge, I will be trading this truck off when I get it fixed. Dodge knows there is problems please step up and make them address this issue before someone get hurt or killed.

- Wharncliffe , WV, USA

problem #8

Sep 162011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 72,360 miles
While driving 60mph the front end of the vehicle suddenly shook excessively and became difficult to control. Upon stopping the car I found the drag link for right side had split and detached from ball joint. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and I was informed that the entire steering assembly needed to be replaced. Dodge has a known problem with this and no longer makes or supplies this failed part. This repair and replacement is at my cost and not covered under any recall or warranty. I was instructed the recall had been performed in April of 2011 and no action was needed at that time.

- Payson, UT, USA

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