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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,893 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Dec 092013

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received NHTSA recall notification id number 13V528000(steering). The contact stated that the repair was not taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. The dealer stated the parts were not available. There are no failures at this time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure.

- Calhaun, LA, USA

problem #26

Apr 212011

Ram 3500

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that the ball joints and the tie rod ends became detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 61,000 and current mileage was approximately 73,771.

- Southburry, CT, USA

problem #25

Jan 152014

Ram 3500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that the steering became rough when making a turn. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 13V528000 (steering) but was advised by the dealer that the part needed to complete the repair was not available. The contact received the notification months ago. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide a reasonable timeframe for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The failure mileage was not available.

- Brush, CO, USA

problem #24

Oct 152013

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles

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

2005 Dodge Ram 3500. Consumer writes in regards to the tie rod ball stud recall and requests reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated when he rounded a corner to the right, the left wheel buckled under the front end causing him to lose control and skidded to an abrupt stop.

- Hondo, TX, USA

problem #23

Nov 012006

Ram 3500

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that there was a noise heard frequently from the front driver's side tire area. Additionally, the ger slipped while in park and the vehicle rolled away, crashing into a telephone pole. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. Additionally, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number:13V528000 (steering) but was advised by the dealer that the parts needed to complete the repair were not available. The contact received the notice several years ago. The contact stated after the first recall notice was received, there was an attempt to schedule repairs with two different dealers who could not service the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105000.

- Siler City, NC, USA

problem #22

Mar 022014

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 185,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the front of the vehicle stated to shake vigorously without warning. The shaking stopped once the contact decelerated to 40 mph. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000. Updated 04-23-14 the consumer stated the vehicle had an uncontrollable death wobble, in which he almost lost control of the vehicle. It happened at several speeds. Updated 05/15/14

- Wilkesbarre, PA, USA

problem #21

Jan 012013

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 68,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that when driving over a road bump at 50 mph or above, the front end would shake uncontrollably. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #20

Jun 192013

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2005 Dodge Ram 3500. Consumer writes in regards to tie rod ball stud recall notice. The consumer stated she and her husband were traveling along a busy highway, when suddenly the tie rod broke and her husband lost all steering capabilities. He crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, without incident and was able to make it to the other side of the road. A year later, the vehicle was taken to the repair shop for steering problems again. As the consumer and her husband were traveling, the truck began to shake and her husband could barely control the vehicle.

- Salina, OK, USA

problem #19

Sep 252013

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 86,894 miles
Driving pu @ 65 mph/highway. Exited to convenience store. When departing/heard clunk noise/steering did not respond. Discovered front end parts dropped to ground/totally disconnected, etc. Towed to certified front end repair facility. Shop recommended most parts be replaced with mopar hd parts kit because original factory parts not replaced are not compatible w/mopar hd replacement kit. One week later after emergency repair completed I received recall notice citing possible steering system failure. Made contact w/case manager/Chrysler and submitted all receipts. Call back informed original equipment parts not covered only replacement parts replacing original faulty parts/by dealer only. Help! could have been much worse if failure had happened on hwy at high speed. Warning was just plain too late to go to dealer only.Chrysler link for requesting all docs is faulty and only gave 7 day window allowing request. Finally have fax # to request written decline from Chrysler. Advise please.

- Kalispell, NE, USA

problem #18

Jan 012014

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign id number 13V528000 (steering) had exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The dealer advised that the part would not become available for a minimum of two months. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 03/12/14

- Cutler , ME, USA

problem #17

Jan 142014

Ram 3500

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 13V528000 (steering) had exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The contact received the recall notification in November of 2013. The contact stated that he contacted his local dealer where he was informed that the parts were not expected to become available until November of 2014. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- Rocky Gap, VA, USA

problem #16

Jan 102014

Ram 3500

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph, the power steering malfunctioned as he suddenly lost control of the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the passenger's side bolt joint was fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician verified the failure and stated that the passenger's side tie rod end needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 160,000.

- Henderson , NV, USA

problem #15

Dec 252013

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 82,251 miles
While traveling on the highway at 65 miles per hr if I hit a bump or the spaces on the road by overpasses( the space between the regular road and the overpass) the whole front-end of the truck vibrates to the extent that I loose control of the truck not being able to steer of slow down (using the breaks) due to the severe vibrations( I researched this and in my research they refer to this as the death wobble. I think that this is a problem that needs attention before people are killed due to this well known defect known by Dodge as they have changed certain parts known to cause this so called death wobble. Please advise if anything can be done to remedy this dangerously deadly problem.

- Renovo, PA, USA

problem #14

Jan 062014

Ram 3500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. While driving 12 mph, the vehicle began to drift and the contact lost control. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection. The contact was informed that the failure was due to the age of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the incident and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 120000.

- Thurmond, NC, USA

problem #13

Jan 062014

Ram 3500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly veered uncontrollably and caused the contact to land in an embankment. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the passenger's side tie rod had failed. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 13V528000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Thurmond, NC, USA

problem #12

Dec 202013

Ram 3500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering) had surpassed the reasonable time for repair. The dealer was contacted and stated that the manufacturer was only providing one repair kit a week. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure related to the recall.

- Pomona, KS, USA

problem #11

Oct 032013

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 88,325 miles
Driving along a smooth recently paved road with no bumps. In left lane driving and suddenly lose control of steering. The vehicle shakes violently and begins to veer to the left and steering is beyond my control. The vehicle goes over the median and crosses both oncoming lanes of traffic. Applying the brakes, the vehicle comes to a stop barely a foot before a concrete wall, coming to rest perpendicularly with the bed of the truck blocking the entire right oncoming lane. There was no warning to this happening. No rattling or otherwise to allow me to pull over and inspect the vehicle. This was sudden, and extremely dangerous. Considerations are what if this had happened at 50-60 mph on the highway" what if it had happened with oncoming traffic? what if there were pedestrians present? after inspection, it was determined that the ball joint and socket had worn to such a degree that the ball just slipped out while driving. So far great effort by the dealership and Chrysler has been made to attempt to convince me that this is a natural occurrence and that there was nothing unusual about this happening. Also, they will not assume the cost for making the tie rod ends road-worthy again, which to them is $1,200. No warning signs. Is it the customer's responsibility to pay for not only an entirely new steering kit but any damages that may have come from the "natural accident" of the tie rod end suddenly and irreversibly popping out of its socket? since when has it been acceptable for a vehicle to be declared road-worthy and yet the sudden and unannounced failing of steering to come with no warnings" on Dodge's flagship heavy-duty truck no less. The customer should be responsible for normal wear and tear, but I contend that this is by no means normal and Dodge should cover me for the cost of putting in a safe steering linkage.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #10

Aug 032013

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 145,531 miles
While traveling at about 35 mph, I felt the right side shake. At first I thought I had tire failure but notice I could not control the vehicle as the steering locked up. When applying the brakes the vehicle veered to the left and came to rest on the left side shoulder of the road. The tie rod separated were the ball came out of the joint. The tie rod end wedge against the tire causing the locked up steering. The road was wet and when applying the brakes caused the left tire to lock up which made the vehicle veered to the left. This vehicle had current recalls up to date.

- Chuluota, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 262013

Ram 3500

  • 159,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle began to unexpectedly veer toward the left. The contact was able to regain control of the vehicle and had it towed to an independent mechanic. The technician informed the contact that the steering arm linkage was fractured and would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 11V350000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 159,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lakeworth, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 012012

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 142,000 miles
Re: my 2005 Dodge 3500 laramie dually - diesel truck. The tie rod ball stud fractured/tie rod assembly failed on my vehicle when I was backing up out of a parking space and made a tight turn to the left and then as I attempted to straighten my wheels no longer had any steering. If this would have happened 5 minutes later I would have been on a major freeway and crashed at 55-60 mph due to loss of steering. Dodge in bellevue Washington is refusing to have Chrysler pay the recall repair. They tried to tell Chrysler that this was a maintenance issue. I disagree. It is plastered all over the internet that this is a common problem. 2003-2011 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 vehicles. I do not believe that Chrysler has reached out to their customers with recall notices to protect their customer's driving safety. Myself and others I know in the equestrian community have not received recall notices for their vehicles which qualify under the recall years. Someone needs to make Chrysler responsible for correcting these problems and not holding individuals accountable for the repair expense. This not only effects individual's driving safety; but horses that could be hauled behind the 2500/3500 models and this failure occurring. I hope that a major fatality effecting humans and animals does not have to happen in order for an immediate correction and accountability of Chrysler.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

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