really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,217 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 steering problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #61

Jul 072014

Ram 1500

  • 75,000 miles


While driving at highway speeds the front end wants to pull to the left and right when going over a bump in the road. The steering wheel does not pull it feels like the wheels turning. I have had the alinement checked and had new tires put on. Still have the same trouble

- Lancaster , OH, USA

problem #60

Jul 242015

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles
I've been a Dodge truck on her for years when I want another vehicle but I have concerns reference my 2008 Dodge with the steering problem I drive the interstate every day I don't feel safe so what door need to do the truck is parked right now

- Weirsdale, FL, USA

problem #59

May 182011

Ram 1500

  • 35,900 miles
Steering became very loose and uneven tire wear at 35,900. The truck felt like the front end was going to fall off and was wandering and bouncing. I took the truck into the dealer (royal Dodge owego, NY) for evaluation in the summer of 2011 and was told the left tie rod end was defective and the truck was out of warranty. I obtained a quote of approximately $200 to replace the left front tie rod end and do an alignment. I ended up replacing the tie rod end myself ($50) and having the truck lined up ($80) at moore's tire sales in owego, NY. Upon evaluation of the defective tie rod, I noticed there wasn't any grease from the factory on the tie rod ball once I cut the boot open. I also ended up having to replace the tires due to the uneven tire wear. I am aware of the recalls on this truck but I have the extended cab version and the recall is only for the mega cab version"??? I think the recall should also include the extended cab version also. Is there any recourse for Fiat Chrysler to reimburse me for the expense" I also just had to replace the right outer tie rod for the same condition at 58,000 miles. Updated 9/28/15

- Owego, NY, USA

problem #58

Jan 312015

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 3 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. MA 10/19/2015

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #57

Jul 012014

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving over 45 mph, the front end of the vehicle and the steering wheel started to shake and vibrate violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Pylesville, MD, USA

problem #56

Jan 142015

Ram 1500

  • 39,000 miles
Had new tires and ball joint replaced and truck lined up 3 times and still shakes in front end. Turn steering wheel all way left and front end skips on pavement.

- Cape Coral , FL, USA

problem #55

Jul 142015

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle and steering wheel vibrated continuously without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was diagnosed that the passenger side tie rod needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #54

May 132015

Ram 1500

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel failed to turn. The contact had to drive the vehicle slower because the steering wheel failed to respond on multiple occasions. The contact also noticed when the brakes were depressed, the rear suspension seemed loose. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for alignment. The technician diagnosed that the suspension was loose, the steering needed to be aligned and the rear shocks were leaking. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #53

Jul 282015

Ram 1500

  • miles
Experiencing early failure of drivers side and passenger side tie rods. (drivers side is worse) was informed at approx. 48,000 miles they needed to be replaced very soon. After some research online found this is a known issue with this make and model and no recall has been issued. I believe these should have been included in the buy out recently announced.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #52

Jun 012015

Ram 1500

  • 68,000 miles
While driving on the highway my steering wheel became way off center. I just figured I hit a pot hole and needed an alignment. When I got home I removed the front tires and noticed that the passenger side wheel bearing had separated and almost totally came apart. I called my local dealership and they stated that there was no recall for this on my vehicle. I purchased both front hub bearing assemblies and replaced them my self.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #51

Jan 202015

Ram 1500

  • 115,000 miles


I had gotten new tires on my truck and an alignment done on the truck and was told my power assist rack and pinion was failing and would have to be replaced. After doing research online about the issue I have found that there areally very many people with the same problem with the mopar part failing while driving or being told they need to replace it. With so MA you complaints about it on the 2008 models alone, they need to look into the issue as it can cause a serious accident or the death of a person. Several have complained that this part has failed at mileages down to 45,000 miles. It sounds like this may be a faulty part.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #50

Feb 032014

Ram 1500

  • 53,400 miles
After filling with gas, truck stalls at high and low speeds....vehicle dies hence no power steering, brakes etc.......has happened multiple times..... can throw into neutral and ignition functions....super dangerous at any speed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #49

Apr 142015

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 30,126 miles
I just purchased this vehicle and within a week the key wouldn't go into the ignition and once in wouldn't come back out. The vehicle shuts off randomly locking the power steering and brakes. My right turn signal now doesn't go off and when I try to put it off my self the left turn signal activates! this went on back and forth a good eight times before both shut off. My front headlights (mostly right but cannot really see the left while driving) the lights shakes and bounces when I go over anything uneven. Upon coming to a sudden stop the truck pulled hard to the right causing me to swerve into the grass. This vehicle just doesn't drive right. The whole front end seems loose. I cannot drive over 50 or the rear end comes off the ground when I brake to make my turn. I'm taking it to the dealer this evening. My dealer 30 day warranty expires tomorrow. The 3 year 36000 manufacturer warranty is up since three years are gone - although the vehicle only has 31864 miles now. I cannot afford to make repairs while still financed. I'm a single mother of four and always have my four year old in the truck. It's to the point I no longer trust driving this truck.

- Glendora, NJ, USA

problem #48

Mar 252015

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
My wife and 2 kids (4yr and 6yr) were driving over railroad tracks at about 25 miles per hour when suddenly the car turned off. Power steering and brakes were suddenly no longer available and my wife steered in the middle of an intersection before she came to a halt. Luckily nothing happened. She switched the transmission into P, the car started flawlessly and she parked it to call her mom to pick her up. I then got to the car and wondering what might have happened. Reading about ignition locks causing this symptom, I lightly tugged on the ignition key while idling. The car turned off easily. Knowing my wife puts whichever car key she needs on her key chain, I suspected that this may have been the problem. I tried it out and -sure enough- repeated the event. She normally drives her 2013 Jeep Wrangler which has the identical type of ignition switch. This one however does not turn off the car when one pulls on the key while the car is idling in gear. I was surprised when I did not find a lot on issues with Dodge ignition switches and would never describe this occurrence on a 7 year old car, if it hadn't been so terrifying. Never did I feel so unprotected! losing power and becoming a widower is really just one small tug away.... thought I shared.... ps: Of course I will get a new ignition switch.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #47

Jan 062014

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering) however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #46

Dec 022013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
During the 5yr inspection was told the lt wheel hub assembly needed replaced due to bearings worn with appx 50000 miles electrical/engine; when driving going over rough surface, bump or rxr tracks the jarring can cause the truck to loose power shutting down all pwr steering and brakes this has happened on multi occasions. When trying to duplicate unable to cause shutdown.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #45

Sep 072012

Ram 1500

  • 32,000 miles
Vehicle bought new in 2008. In the last couple of years, had to: Replace both brake calipers due to dragging and overheating. Replace lf wheel bearing hub assembly - making noise - found to have worn bearing, wiper motor replaced for recall, never had issue. Now it does not work correctly, improper cycling speeds, won't turn on, or won't turn off at times. Mileage ~ 38,000. This is dangerous, just like the brakes and bearing.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #44

Dec 242013

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #43

Sep 072014

Ram 1500

  • 120,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering), but the dealer stated that the repair was unnecessary. Several months later, while driving 25 mph, the power steering failed and the vehicle vibrated violently. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 120,600.

- Hereford, AZ, USA

problem #42

Nov 042013

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Noticed vehicle constantly pulling to the left and took it in to find out the alignment was out ever since this date about every three months I have had to realign the vehicle because it pulls to the left.

- Turlock, CA, USA

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