really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,536 miles

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1999 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

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1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Oct 052016

Ram 1500

  • 140,000 miles


Takata recall 1999 Dodge Ram (death wobble) the left front of the truck feels like it going to fall apart this truck is in good condition other then the only thing I can find is a random starting death wobble and of course nobody own up to there mistake as normal and its sad you make all that money and it comes with innocent blood on your hands Dodge you made a mistake fix it before its to late and you in up killing people I'm a vet with a child if something happens to my child because he loves riding in daddy's truck I will tell you one thing there will be no law suit on my hands they will make a movie of the hell I bring down those.... lets just leave it at that and fix the problem I'm not one to be the guy that tells the spoiler plus its not going to come to that because you all are good people and your going to do the right thing and not have family's out there in death traps

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #20

Aug 052015

Ram 1500

  • 63,000 miles
This low mileage (64K) 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 has developed a death wobble. Usual symptoms, hit small bump in road at 60 + mph and shake and shutter until slow to 20-30 mph to regain control. This is extremely dangerous and I do not know what to do about it.

- Sanger, TX, USA

problem #19

Sep 012015

Ram 1500

  • miles
There is extensive death wobble in my truck and makes it almost impossible to control. I understand this is a common and recognized problem by Dodge/Chrysler for their Dodge Ram line. This is dangerous and an identified design flaw. It obviously happens while driving. I have to nearly stop the truck to calm the shaking.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #18

Jun 162008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Ignition and key are defective. Ignition key can be removed from vehicle ignition during vehicle operation. Ignition key fell out of ignition while driving. Ignition key can be removed from ignition while vehicle is running and in motion. Vehicle sometimes does not need the key in the ignition to start the engine. If the vehicle is running the key can be very easily pulled out of the ignition assembly, the key just slips right out of the ignition. Chrysler has been notified and their response is the vehicle is out of warranty. I asked Chrysler customer service to forward the complaint to a higher up person in Chrysler and was told that after my phone call, that was the end of the issue and Chrysler takes no responsibility for the problem concerning a defective ignition switch. I spoke to Chrysler customer service at (800) 334-9200. The approximate incident date is approximate and the problem started six years ago and the problem is ongoing through today. An internet search yields countless other complaints for the same subject matter. The condition is unsafe and please look into the problem. Thank you.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 152012

Ram 1500

  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph the power steering failed and the contact lost control of the vehicle without any warning. Being unable to control the vehicle, the contact crashed into a ditch. The driver received minor injuries to her hand. The police were not contacted. The vehicle was later towed and he was informed that the steering linkage fractured due to the frame being rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted however, there was no response. The failure and current mileages were approximately 136,000.

- Shelbytownship, MI, USA

problem #16

Apr 012005

Ram 1500

  • 35,000 miles
This truck has always had play in steering. In order for me to go straight, the wheel has to be turned about 45 degrees to the left, even after an alignment. I have gone through multiple tie rod ends, and other steering components. I can turn the wheel about 25% back and forth, and the truck goes no where which is not safe, way to much play in steering and I've seen a lot of incidents where this happened with other people. Dodge needs a recall.

- Laconia, NH, USA

problem #15

Sep 102006

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles


1999 Dodge Ram 1500 drives all over the road, you can't control it. It would be a very good drunk driving simulator. It will just go off one direction or the other when you are driving down the road with no warning. Very dangerous.

- Elgin, OK, USA

problem #14

Nov 172009

Ram 1500

  • 105,000 miles
The "Dodge death wobble" is for real. While driving my 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 on the interstate, I went over a small bump in the road. The whole truck began shaking violently. It was extremely hard to control and did not stop shaking until I slowed down to under 20 mph. This is extremely unsafe and Dodge should be forced to fix the problem. This problem has occurred more than five times in my truck.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #13

Jun 152003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,281 miles
Transmission: Dodges computer controls the torque converter for emissions and for gas mileage. After following Dodge spects on service for the truck and no abuse to the truck we still loss the torque converter which than destroyed the transmission. Steering: At 30000 miles the seals in the steering gear box went out. At 81000 after repair earlier the shaft and seal went out and the gear box had to be replaced. Both problem we have been told are problem Dodge will not take responsibilty for but happen with most of this models trucks.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #12

Apr 022004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
I own a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 club cab when making right turns the steering either has play or clicks I just had the vehicle serviced and nothing was reported wrong.

- Newcastle, DE, USA

problem #11

Sep 302001

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


On several occasions, I brought the truck to the dealer for a squeal and the steering felt odd. At least 5 U-joints, the track bar, and other front end parts were replaced. Fortunately my dealer kept looking and I had the extended warranty. Why is there no recall on the U joints and other parts?? I know many people with the same problems.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

problem #10

Nov 212002

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,982 miles
Steering seemed loose. Dealer replaced trac bar, inner and lower tie rod ends, and an additional bar. Just after warranty expired, mileage 35,982 on November 21, 2002. As of March 5, 2003 front end and steering is worse than when it went in. Very loose feeling, frequent steering wheel correction needed. Very dangerous situation especially on snow covered roads. Very unsafe feeling. Dealer was asked to check work that was performed on November 0F 2002, on January 30, 2003. They did not look into the situation. Also would like to complain about the radiator needing to be replaced along with crank shaft seal, lower pan gasket, and front seal. This was with mileage of 38,105. These items should not fail with this low mileage and age!!!! obviously a defect in manufacturing, and Chrysler will not admit to any fault of their product. I have records and proof of damaged items if needed. I aksed Chrysler to pay for parts only, but they refused to do so. They also refused to investigate the serious and dangerous front end issue.

- Watertown, WI, USA

problem #9

Apr 112002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving and upon pressing on brakes steering wheel completely locked. VIN number was ran found that the vehicle had been in an accident. Took to dealer. Problem still not remedied. Driving once again in vehicle and steering locked up again. Dealer refused to deal with consumer.

- Rohnert, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 181999

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While applying brakes at any speed and without warning vehicle will pull to left until release of brake pedal. Consumer states vehicle will pull to the left when braking and will drift to the right on freeway and brakes are squeaky when braking on stop, dealer replaced calipers, turned rotors and changed brakes, dealer found steering wheel off center, dealer has replaced upper and lower control arms, dealer has adjusted the front end and replaced the rims and tires, vehicle experiences lack of power and engine light has illuminated, vehicle idles high and is experiencing poor fuel economy, when driving on freeway it gets max of 14.5 mpg, smoke also comes out of the exhaust, left side electric mirror glass had fogged, left seat bottom loose, one missing bolt found, left seat trim bezel keeps miming loose won?T stay in seat for seat belt on seat back. Dealer stated that the 2002 models do not have vibration problems due to the suspension being changed to independent.

- Rancho Cardova, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 031999

Ram 1500

  • miles
This vehicle has a severe steering defect, I have gone to arbitraion and DaimlerChrysler has sent a independent ase inspector to look at my truck this person agrees there is something wrong. I had been award a new truck by arbitration but it would had cost me 7,000 plus a new loan, the truck is defective and now the dealership will not work on the problem even though it is still under warrenty. I have alot of data to back this up and I know diamler has had similar problems with other trucks help

- Barnhart, MO, USA

problem #6

Sep 051999

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When parallel parking consumer cannot turn steering wheel. If driver needed to slam on the brakes because of a deer running in the road, he wouldn't be able to swerve or stop in time. When at a stop with brakes applied, the power steering does not work. Chrysler says there is nothing wrong with the truck, although they did offer to make a payment for the owner.

- Ellensburg, WA, USA

problem #5

May 081999

Ram 1500

  • miles
The steering unit failed causing loss of control and collision with guardrail, due to design of the gas tank, which hangs 3 inches below frame, during impact with the guardrail, the fuel tank ruptured and caught fire, burning vehicle and injury/burns to consumers.

- Pampa, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 201999

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving down the road whether it is 20 or 60mph, when loosening up on the steering wheel it will pull extremely hard to the right. When driving long distance, driver has to fight the steering wheel in order to hold it. It has been in the shop eight times. They have replaced front brakes, and shocks.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 071999

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
This vehicle since new has had continuing braking and steering pulls, is extremely unstable and uncomfortable to drive. While holding steering wheel straight vehicle will be undecided about whether to drift left or right, and even after several attempts by the dealer which include two seperate full weeks of time at the dealership, plus three days of work by the factory field rep. And a few other attempts, the vehicle is still drifting and pulling on braking. The first attempt I was told that nothing was wrong with the vehicle, all the way to the time prior to the factory rep. Working on it actually written on my repair order "keith we have aligned your rig till the cows come home, we never did experience a brake pull at any time. I did have the tech. Drive the vehicle home overnight. I think it will do what you want, if any further alignment needed you can do in your shop and set it how you want." Upon reciept of the vehicle it responded exactly the same. After the factory rep. Worked on it I spoke with him on the phone on Tuesday 10-12-1999, and he said "I think it's good enough but I'd like to keep it another day and swap tires, and maybe even brake lining, to see if it will make a difference." He also stated that upon initial braking the vehicle wanted to go left but seemed to track pretty well. Clearly not stating "it's fixed" but rather showing that even he was not satisfied with the "repairs". upon reciept of the vehicle this last time I drove approximately 1 mile to the first stop sign and upon braking vehicle pulled left. I immediately turned around and went back to the dealer hoping to talk to kevin the owner, whom I had already spoken to but he was not in at that time. I am still waiting to hear from him.

- Winton, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 291999

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Steering mechanism in the extended cabs and quad cabs is defective, causing the vehicle to wander, and resulting in loss of control. Dealers are aware of defect but cannot determine what is causing the problem.

- Billings, MT, USA

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