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 1 of 5)

problem #81

Nov 292016

Ram 1500

  • 120,000 miles


65 mph the steering wheel wobbles uncontrollably. My job is located 60 miles from home, one way, all highway miles. Incredibly dangerous. I have my 4 year old daughter riding with me. If I slow down I can usually regain control of the truck, one day we may end up in ditch. I bought this truck hoping for a reliable and safe vehicle for my daughter and I, which I don't feel I have accomplished! I am terrified for other drivers on the road, steering may go out, and I can't miss work due to Dodge mistakes! we have owned this truck for less than 2months. Something has to change before something bad happens!

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #80

Nov 222016

Ram 1500

  • 10 miles
If I get a little bump on the highway I lose control of my steering for a few seconds and it goes back to normal, its been like that for years. But lately in the past 3 months there has been a strange noise coming from my steering box and wheels mainly on the driver side like if I'm dragging something and as if my steering is falling apart. This has been a major concern that I recently stopped driving it.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #79

Mar 112012

Ram 1500

  • miles
Trucks all over road when hitting rough patch. The bed is rusting bad no excuse

- Inez, KY, USA

problem #78

Jun 012009

Ram 1500

  • 5,000 miles


It first started as severe shaking whenever I hit a bump, especially on an curve. The truck would hop and shake and become uncontrollable until I slowed. This still happens but now I also get an uncontrollable wobble whenever I drive at highway speed and there is any kind of incline or bend in the road. Only fix is to slow down significantly.. it's dangerous! I've become trained to deal with it but it's certainly unsafe and I always worry that it will happen on a slick road and I won't be able to hold it on the road. I've replaced tires, aligned, balanced, road force balanced and nothing fixes it!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #77

May 222016

Ram 1500

  • 45,594 miles
While pulling my rv trailer, I noticed a growling noise and vibration coming from the front of my truck. The closer I got to home the noise got louder. Took to my mechanic and he had to replace left front wheel bearing hub, steering knuckle and alignment. It fixed the problems. Only 45594 miles. Cost $800. Is this a recall for this vehicle" can I be reimbursed for my cost of repairs from Chrysler"

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #76

Apr 252016

Ram 1500

  • 67,000 miles
Vibration and bouncing- wobble feeling with loose steering at speeds 55-70, from front wheels through steering wheel. Tires have been re-balanced several times as the possible cause but truck continues to have vibrations in front wheels at speeds 55 or higher. Continual brake noise, rattling sounds at all speeds after brakes have been applied 2-3 times under normal traffic conditions.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #75

Mar 242016

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles


I just reached 70K miles. Now I have a major front end shake at highway speeds. (Dodge death wobble)

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #74

May 302014

Ram 1500

  • 65 miles
Dodge Ram 2008 quad cab 1500 series. At the time I called into Dodge I had roughly 60 thousand miles on my truck. I contacted Dodge in 2014 and they told me although that was the model and series that was part of a recall that my particular VIN was not eligible for a recall. The problems I had endured were swaying of the truck almost to the extent where the tire felt like it was wobbling and the truck shaking when I excellerated over 50 mphs. It was at that time when I took a road trip for memorial day weekend 2014 when this started getting progressively worse and I pretty much had to drive 40 miles an hour the I75 freeway because the car felt like it was going to flip over when I was excellerating. It was right there after that I contacted Dodge to make a complaint and they told me although I had the year and make of the Ram but my particular VIN was not eligible for any recall. So there after I had to replace my tie rods and the sway bar at my own expense and also replace my tires not too long after that which were new from the dealer when I bought it used in 2011. My biggest fear was the vehicle that was the safest of the 2 my family owns was now a risk to my children, my spouse and I. I also had fellow vacationers in the vehicle with me which witnessed the vehicle shaking obsessively when we were accelerating.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #73

Apr 072014

Ram 1500

  • 96,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V313000 (air bags) and was waiting for months to receive the part from the dealer. While driving various speeds, the driver side tie rod fractured and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact was also experiencing a failure in which the front glass had poor visibility. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V529000 (steering), 13V528000 (steering), 11V350000 (steering), and 07E104000 (visibility). The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 2/4/16 updated 03/18/16

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #72

Nov 282015

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
My left tie rod needs replaced, the right is fine. The have a bunch of recalls on left tire rod on all different models and years covering around mine truck. My truck is not under the recall, I think it is a crock pot filled with something. How is it magical the same problem they are having recalls on but mine isnt recalled.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #71

Oct 312010

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized. In addition, the steering wheel made an abnormal movement. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to dealer where it was diagnosed the steering drag link inner joint and damper bracket needed to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Oaklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #70

Jun 102011

Ram 1500

  • 35,829 miles
Both left and right tie rods failed at 3 years old and 4 years old and we replaced them out of pocket. All 4 O2 sensors failed at 5 years old but dealer failed to diagnose this correctly while the truck was still under warranty and we had to replace these and the PCM, which burnt out because of the defective O2 sensors, after the truck was not under warranty any more. The airbags are defective and Chrysler does not have the parts to fix it and we can't sell the vehicle as it is. Chrysler states it is not part of the buyback and now we are stuck with an unsafe vehicle that we can't sell.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #69

Jun 052013

Ram 1500

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving at approximately 35 to 40 mph, when the vehicle veered left or right, the steering wheel was difficult to turn and the RPM level decreased. The engine felt as if it would seize. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the Dodge dealer and was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #68

Aug 102015

Ram 1500

  • 19,500 miles
The vehicle began to shake violently and steering became difficult. I was forced to pull over after 2-3 miles.

- Keysville, VA, USA

problem #67

Apr 252009

Ram 1500

  • 4,500 miles
When operating the vehicle whether under a load or not, using sustained higher RPM's the steering wheel will freeze up and there is absolutely no steering available. This has happened in the mud pulling a trailer, in snow navigating a little hill and now on the interstate entrance ramp! twice just changing lanes going around 30 mph! the two little times I knew to lower the RPM's very quickly and observed a loud pop noise when the steering wheel let loose. On the entrance ramp to the interstate I came so close to a concrete wall before the steering came back. I took it in to the dealership and they kept it for 3 days. All they said was unable to duplicate. I duplicated it the very next week. Along with cold weather stalling at red lights. I do not think they looked at it or took it seriously. The vehicle when it did this in the mud and snow I at first thought it was a rock lodged into the wheel but then later realized it froze up.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #66

Jun 182011

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owned a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle began to veer left and right uncontrollably. The contact lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road, and crashed upside down. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained minor injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. MA 10/19/2015

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #65

Aug 012013

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
I was never notified of recalls and 2013 I had tie rod put on and the dealership charged me for the tie rods. These have been recalled my truck should be in buy back program my wife is afraid to drive it with the recalls......updated 08/18/15 according to the VIN, this vehicle is a 2008 model.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #64

Jul 012015

Ram 1500

  • 100,500 miles
Driving on the highway whenever I hit a bump I lose all steering from a violent vibration. I have to show down to 30 mph to regain control.

- Lowell, IN, USA

problem #63

Oct 012009

Ram 1500

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While the vehicle was at the dealer for routine maintenance, the contact was informed that the tie rods were worn out and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. On three separate occasions, the tie rods were replaced. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #62

Apr 092015

Ram 1500

  • 82,000 miles
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4X2 - quad cab. While driving at approximately 70 mph front end began to shake and vibrate. Had front end alignment checked and tires were balanced and aligned correctly. Technician at private shop indicated that there was no unusual wear and tear noted in the ball joints either. Still driving vehicle with the same conditions occurring. Have not notified dealer/manufacturer yet.

- Somerset, KY, USA

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