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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 steering problems

steering problem

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

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problem #7

Jan 222011

Ram 3500

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 quad St. While attempting to make a left turn, the contact heard a loud clicking noise and he noticed that all wheels were parallel to one another; however, the steering wheel was upside down and became difficult to steer. The failure was similar to NHTSA campaign id number:10E013000 (steering: Gear box: Shaft pitman). The contact informed the dealer that he was hearing a loud clicking noise prior to the incident but the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was awaiting a response. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 120,000.

- Morrow , OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 262010

Ram 3500 6-cyl

  • 87,700 miles
I just purchased a Dodge Ram 3500 4WD drw, from a dealership 200 miles away. On the way home I drove over a bridge on the highway and the truck went into a violent shake that was close to being uncontrollable. It did it 2 more times that night. Everytime I drive over 55mph and hit a bump it sets what is called the death wobble off. I have replaced steering stabilizer with a larger one, new track bar bushings, outer tie rod end, had the wheels and tires checked and balanced, and an alignment done. It has been to the Dodge dealership, a big truck alignment shop, and a 4wheel drive shop. All of them said it checks out good but they know there is a problem. Everyone who has drove it comes back scared! this is a vehicle that could really cause a bad accident if not controlled or fixed. The dealers are aware of this problem and say it is a design flaw. Dodge needs to recall this problem before someone is injured or killed.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 022008

Ram 3500

  • 90,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel crew cab short box truck. All front end components replaced at 90,000 kms using Dodge parts, nothing is worn out. A two inch leveling kit has been installed. The front end has been shaking since I bought it at 90,000 kms, I have been chasing it for two years now, since then I have been to the Dodge dealer on an apparent recall on the steering stabilzer, my truck did not meet the criteria, but I bought the parts anyway then added a adjustable track bar and a steering box stabilizer. It did help some, but the shake is still there. In my opinion this is an engineering flaw and must be dealt with sooner than later. The wobble is triggered with a bump in the road at speeds between 80-120 kms, it shakes the steering so hard you have to hang on with both hands, brake and turn sharp left to right to get out of it.

- Port Mcneill, 00, USA

problem #4

Aug 062010

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500. While driving approximately 35 mph, when he experienced problems with the steering. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that all of the mechanisms within the steering system were obsolete. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 54,000. Updated 12/21/0. the consumer stated the tie rod failed and he lost steering ability. Updated 12/29/10

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #3

May 062010

Ram 3500 4WD

  • 64,000 miles
My 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 began to have a problem with the steering beginning May 6, 2010. While turning, the steering wheel would jerk back and forth. It then became very hard to turn the wheel and felt like it didn't have power steering. Took the truck to mechanic on May 13, 2010 and had to have the steering gear box replaced. The mechanic stated that he has seen this same problem with several Dodge trucks recently and all had bad steering gear boxes.

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 212009

Ram 3500

  • 71,500 miles
I was driving 15 mph and the tie rod failed on my truck rendering it unsteerable. The dealer stated this was common and frequently occurred on brand new vehicles.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #1

Oct 312008

Ram 3500

  • 44,450 miles
Steering gear box explodes during service, cast iron gear box breaks while driving, loss of fluid no steering and no brakes hydroboost system.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

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