really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,369 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #36

Sep 052011

Ram 2500

  • 162,378 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the tie rod detached while reversing and the vehicle failed to accelerate forward of backward. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs, but the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired by a private mechanic. The failure mileage was 162,378 and the current mileage was 162,400.

- Vancourt, TX, USA

problem #35

Jul 282011

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
During normal speed on highway or interstate when a bump is hit the truck shakes violently until speed is reduced. This even has a phrase for it now "death wobble". this started at first while pulling a trailer but now it has progressed to anytime a bump is hit on the road at speeds above 60 mph. Speed must be reduced to <40 to stop the violent shake in steering.

- Keystone Heights, FL, USA

problem #34

Aug 052005

Ram 2500

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 quad. While the vehicle was parked the contact noticed there was power steering leaking underneath it. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technicians stated the power steering line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The transmission lines were cracked and needed to be replaced prior to repairing the vehicle. The computer in the transmission was reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated upon purchasing the vehicle there were several failures. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #33

Jul 102011

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 159,477 miles


When truck hits bump in road at more than 55 miles it gets death wobble, severe shaking in front end and have to stop to stop shaking.

- New Berlin, NY, USA

problem #32

Apr 202010

Ram 2500 4WD

  • 110,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab 4X4, hemi. I have experience the death wobble very bad, more than 15 times, hit a bump when going anywhere over 85 km/H and the truck will start shaking violently and will not stop until the vehicle has slowed down to 40 km/H approx. Have brought it into Dodge dealership, they have never heard of death wobble and tell me that there's nothing wrong with my truck, I have replaced my tires with load range E tires, new upper and lower ball joint new front axle U-joints, steering box stabilizer, new steering stabilizer shock, replaced all tie rods, new adjustable heavy duty bd diesel tracbar problem still exists, this is very unsafe, im scared to put my kids in my truck, there should be a definite recall.

- Kamloops, 00, USA

problem #31

Apr 292011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Death wobble on 2005, Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 cummings diesel. I was traveling 50 to 60 mph and the front end started shaking violently after hitting uneven pavement. It caused me to swerve in front of a semi tractor trailer who luckily stopped in time as I drove off the side of the interstate. This is not the first time it happened. Last time, approximately 6 months ago, I bought new tires. It seemed to help for a few months but it eventually happened again; once two weeks ago and twice today. The tires have very little wear. Today it ripped out the left front stabilizer link. When I bought the new tires, I told the service technician about it and he said I needed new wheel bearings, upper and lower ball joints, tie rod ends, right front axle U-joints, and stabilizer links; adds up to over $3,000. This truck only has 150,000 miles.

- Berkeley, MO, USA

problem #30

Apr 042011

Ram 2500

  • 151,605 miles


While backing out of a parking spot, my vehicle suddenly lurched - the left tie rod end had snapped off flush with the ball. This was the updated version of the tie rod end as well as the additional components required for the update (performed in March 2010 as a precaution when a friend's Dodge Ram had the same problem and ran into a ditch). Dodge insists they have never heard of the problem??

- Sheridan, CO, USA

problem #29

Mar 082011

Ram 2500

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 65 mph over an uneven road surface, the vehicle suddenly began to wobble back and forth abnormally. The contact decelerated to 45 mph and the wobbling ceased. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileage was 82,000.

- Tega Cay, SC, USA

problem #28

Nov 302010

Ram 2500

  • 106,000 miles
While traveling westbound on ga 53 towards rome, ga. As I entered a very long sweeping right curve at 60 mph, I hit a pothole or something in the roadway. It may have just been the raised tar strips from the dot's patching job, they are pretty rough. My steering wheel starting teetering left and right extremely violently at about a 20-25 degrees. Within seconds the entire front end was hopping to and from causing the truck to move in a straight path even though I was in the middle of a right handed curve of a state hwy! luckily there wasn't any traffic in the left-hand lane because that's where the truck went. I applied the brakes hard and slowed to about 20 mph and it just stop and was all normal again! as I was reeling from the experience and hoping it didn't break anything in, under or on my truck, I realized traffic was rapidly approaching from behind so I accelerated quickly and at some point around 55mph it started again! this time I applied he brakes more slowly and it seemed to worsen until suddenly at 30 mph it stopped again. After that I played with my speed and steering to try to get a feel for what was going on with my truck, as I have been hearing of this "death wobble" for several years, but never had experienced it. As I accelerated past 40 mph and turning the steering wheel even as slightly as just changing lanes it would start up again, but if I straightened up the steering soon enough, it would stop before getting to a full blown wobble again. This is extremely scary and I haven't let my family in the truck since. Please do something with Dodge about this before someone gets hurt or killed!

- Silver Creek, GA, USA

problem #27

Jan 122011

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 2500. Has death shake. Steering box stabilizer, duel steering stabilizer, rancho rs 9000 shocks, ball joints alignment radiouse arm bushing, and complete front end checked by respectable ase mechanic. I bought a 2500 truck for hauling trailer, plus just the heavy duty aspect of the pickup. I cant drive over 70mph without worrying. Even worse when pulling a trailer. Dodge needs to do something about this. I ask a Dodge dealer about it and they act stupid, like they never heard of it. The least that Dodge could do is send a bulletin to Dodge dealers on how to fix it a, but I think its a major expensive design flaw, otherwise Dodge would of corrected this dangerous problem years ago. $1900 worth of part and labor later, and still no fix. This is major B.S. this has happened maybe 15 times in the last year and a half I have owned the truck. Would have been alot more if I didn't have to babysit the truck so bad. Its pretty bad when you cant go over 50mph with a loaded car trailer being pulled by a 2500 pickup and have to worry about loosing control so easily. Someone please do something about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Grove City, MN, USA

problem #26

Dec 152010

Ram 2500

  • 95,849 miles


I was driving on a 2 lane asphalt road at approximately 55mph. I was crossing a bridge and when I got to the end, there was a low spot in the roadway. When the truck hit the bump, the front end started shaking violently and uncontrollably and I had to hit the brakes and slow to 25 mph before it quit. On 12/17/2010 my wife was driving this vehicle at 70 mph on I-35. She said she hit an expansion joint in the roadway and the truck started shaking violently and she could not control it and went off into the center median before bringing it under control.

- Osage City, KS, USA

problem #25

Jul 012005

Ram 2500

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 quad. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact noticed that the steering wheel shook intermittently. The dealer was notified and they advised the contact that there were no recalls. The manufacturer, was informed who referred the contact to the dealer for repairs. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who informed the contact that the pitman arm joints and ball joints were wearing. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 135,000. The failure mileage was approximately 5,000.

- Arroyo Grand, CA, USA

problem #24

Nov 142010

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,750 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph and driving over a road dip, the steering began to shake violently. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor was it repaired. The failure and current mileage was approximately 23,750 updated 02/09/11 the consumer stated the problem was known as the death shake. Updated 05/12/11

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #23

Mar 112010

Ram 2500

  • 55,000 miles
My truck will shake when you hit a bump when your going down the freeway. You can hardly control the vehicle when it happens. The front tires will shake uncontrollably till you get the vehicle stopped.

- Ferron, UT, USA

problem #22

Jul 182010

Ram 2500

  • 126,000 miles
Driving in the fast lane from a concrete roadway over a transition bump to a blacktop roadway, the truck began shaking violently. Using the brakes to reduce speed, the steering wheel shook. The truck had to be completely stopped to stop the shaking of the truck and the steering wheel. This type of incident has happened a number of times in this truck.

- Copperopolis, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 042009

Ram 2500

  • 52,000 miles
We own a 2005 Dodge 2500 4X4 has only 56,000 on it we get a very bad wobble that causes use to come to a dead stop when going 65 to 70 miles an hour when hitting a bump in road or a uneven area. Replace steering damper did not help had front end looked at by Dodge dealer said everything looks good.

- Bristow, IN, USA

problem #20

May 182010

Ram 2500 4WD Diesel

  • 40,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel 4X4 truck experiences frequent sudden loss of control due to front wheel shimmy (death wobble). Received recall notice but dealer stated my vehicle is not included in that recall. There is a tsb (22-005-006)on it but it should be a recall.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #19

Sep 302009

Ram 2500

  • 48,000 miles
I own a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 and am constantly experiencing what is known as the death wobble. This is when the front end starts shaking violently, to the point where the vehicle loses all control. This happens every time I hit a bump, pothole, bridge, anything in the road. This is experienced at speeds of 30mph and above. I experience this issue about once a week. I am not the only one with this issue, there are hundreds and hundreds of people online that are experiencing this issue. The issue is none of them know to file a complaint on here to get the ball rolling against daimler Chrysler.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #18

Nov 152009

Ram 2500

  • 52,000 miles
While driving over a flyover (onramp) to get onto I-40 my 2005 Dodge 3/4ton truck hit a bump and the front end starting jumping all over the road, the steering wheel started shaking violently. I almost went into the cement wall which could have resulted in a accident and possibly severe injury. This has happened twice since the first incident. This is a real safety concern for me and possibly other drivers on the road.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #17

May 012009

Ram 2500

  • 65,000 miles
Driving on the hwy 5 doing 70 mph long straight away hit a bump and it felt like all my tires popped at once. Very violent shaking through out the whole truck! had to pull over to get it to stop shaking before I lost control and crashed into another car! have spent $2000 trying to fix this problem! a Dodge 2500 2005.

- Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA

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