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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,937 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Dodge Ram 5500 steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Dodge Ram 5500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012013

Ram 5500

  • 144,685 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 5500. On one occasion, while driving approximately 40 mph, the driver side tie rod suddenly fractured and the driver was unable to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who replaced the tie rod. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 13V527000(suspension) was received approximately 2 years ago. After contacting the dealer and the manufacturer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 144,685.

- Souix City, NE, USA

problem #4

Mar 252011

Ram 5500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 5500. The contact was driving 55 mph when the vehicle exhibited an abnormal noise from the drive side tire. The failure persisted for over a month. Later, he received a manufacturer recall March 2011 in regards to the driver side K28 tie rod. The contact stated that he called six dealers to make an appointment for recall repairs and was advised by each dealer that they could only replace the tie rod but the alignment could not be performed because they did not have adequate equipment to do so. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that they would return his call at a later date. The manufacturer never called the contact and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 49,000. Updated 06/13/11 the consumer stated the manufacturer allowed him to tak the vehicle to an independent mechanic and the recall repair was completed. Updated 11/28/11

- Baraboo, WI, USA

problem #3

Feb 012011

Ram 5500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 5500. While turning at approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel became very stiff and was difficult to turn. The vehicle was pulled over and shut off. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed the shaft for the driver side tie rod was fractured. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the driver side tie rod was being replaced. The failure and current mileages were 83,000. Updated 3/14/11 updated 05/19/11.

- Brush, CO, USA

problem #2

Dec 232010

Ram 5500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 5500. While driving approximately 5 mph the tie rod broke. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the tie rod was replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the warranty had expired and the repairs would not be covered. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 02/11/11 updated 09/19/11

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 042010

Ram 5500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2008 Dodge Ram. Consumer expresses discontent with several problems with vehicle the U-joint, tie rod, steering linkage and axle all had to be replaced. The consumer stated most recently, the check engine light illuminated.

- Ellsworth, ME, USA

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