really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace front axle and gearbox (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Ram 1500 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 052007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles


Started noticing an unusual scraping, or rubbing sound occasionally coming from the front end. Wasn't sure what it was, but eventually I found out it was caused by defective ball joints. I got stuck in the mud at a field, and wanted to avoid using the 4 wheel drive at all costs to avoid further damage, called a friend to pull me out, and he thought the damage was in the coil springs, and proceeded to put the truck into four wheel drive, and broke the u-joint clean off. I had to pull out the shaft piece, and replace the shaft piece with a shaft sealing kit. I've had damage estimates for repair looking at anywhere from 3k-5k dollars to repair. Truck needs a new front axle, and it needs a new gearbox as well.

If you hear rubbing or scraping sounds, replace the ball joints ASAP.

- , Aurora, CO, US

problem #1

Apr 162006

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles

About 3 weeks ago the wheel bearing and the upper ball joint went out in my truck causing an accident. When these parts of the suspension broke the truck went off of the road and hit a tree causing damage to the rear of the cab and the front of the bed on the passenger side of the truck. The shock stabilizer was also bent and now the truck is not drivable. The upper ball joint going out is a common problem in the durango's. There are a lot of this same model truck around here and they all are making the same noise that my truck was making before the front end finally broke. I just hope I'm not meeting anybody that has these same parts break in their truck.

- , Monroeville, AL, USA

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