really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
82,490 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Sep 062010

Ram 2500

  • 65,000 miles


Driving on an interstate highway in California, after hitting a minor road bump, the truck started to shake violently. The front wheels were moving in and out of plane (vertically) and felt like they were bouncing on the road surface. This has occurred many times since, . and is not relieved by any component replacement or maintenance item repair..this is an engineering flaw in the design of the suspension system and requires some expertise on the part of Chrysler to design a repair to change the architecture of the suspension system. This issue can result in a major accident if a driver is unaware of it's impending chance of occurring.. I live with this danger every day and am awaiting some information on how to repair. The only likely repair is probably an aftermarket suspension upgrade to change the suspension system dynamics.

- Mill Vallley, CA, USA

problem #26

Jun 172012

Ram 2500

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, both rear wheels seized suddenly. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the rear differential would have to be replaced because the pinion nut retainer clip had become detached and caused damage to the rear differential. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for the repair. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #25

Sep 012013

Ram 2500

  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the vehicle exhibited a grinding sound as the vehicle suddenly stopped. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the track bar was broken. The contact towed the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer stated that the track bar unit was broken and needed to be replaced. The track bar was not replaced. The failure mileage was 144,000.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

problem #24

Jun 142013

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


Traveling on US93 out of kingman, AZ. Hit a patch of rough freeway and truck went into an uncontrollably death wobble. I was pulling a 12 foot haulmark motorcycle trailer when this occurred. It was a miracle we didn't crash. Got it slowed down and off the road everything appeared O.K. proceeded cautiously and now it was pulling hard to the right like something was out of line. After driving for appx 25 miles, whatever was causing it to pull to right corrected itself. Over the next 1500 miles this has occurred on three more occasions once with trailer and twice without trailer. Have new shocks and tires ordered. Have and appt with Dodge to have it checked out but have little faith in them.

- Redmond, OR, USA

problem #23

Jan 152013

Ram 2500

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph over a bump in the road the steering wheel began to shake violently. The contact described the failure as the death wobble. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the upper and lower ball joints, the axle joints, and tie rod ends were replaced. The contact also replaced the wheel bearings. The failure continued to occur after the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #22

Oct 052011

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
When you hit a little bump in the road going 55mph or higher front end wobbles almost causing U too lose control of vehicle.

- Blairsville, GA, USA

problem #21

Nov 242012

Ram 2500

  • 101,000 miles


Having experienced the "Dodge death wobble" several times, I am already cautious when driving at highway speeds. I was crossing a bridge and hit the expansion joint on the exit side. The truck veers hard left and I cross the middle lines and am halfway into the other lane. I had the wheel turned ninety degrees past straight and the truck continued pulling left. A motorist in an oncoming car veered sharply right and we narrowly missed a head on collision. The truck started to respond to my turning right as all the other occupants asked what happened. I showed them how far I was turning right to go straight, and I let the wheel turn back to center and the truck darts hard left again. By this time I had greatly reduced my speed, so it was much more controlled. I pulled over and inspected the front end of the truck, expecting to find something broken or disconnected, but it was all there and right. I had my wife turn the wheel back and forth and it was all functioning properly. Not knowing what else to do I cautiously pulled back onto highway and it was fine. We were almost in a serious collision. I have zero confidence in this vehicle at highway speeds.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #20

Oct 012012

Ram 2500

  • 143,000 miles
While going about 65 mph, hit a joint in the road on an overpass. The front end started shaking violently and continued to do so until the truck was slowed to about 30 mph. This isn't the first time this has happened. I've had it checked by a couple mechanics and a dealership. No one saw anything that should/would cause this to happen. After this last incident, I took the vehicle to another dealership who told me it was the steering dampener. They noticed it was leaking. I have been under the truck before and it wasn't leaking prior to this 'death wobble, ' rather, I feel that is leaking because of the violent shaking. I know of 3 other people with 2003-2006 Dodge Ram 2500's that have also experienced this. A simple search on the internet gets thousands of hits. Dodge needs to fix this problem.

- Kersey, CO, USA

problem #19

Aug 162012

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 56,800 miles
Bad front end vibration {death wobble} I have had this problem with this truck for about a year and spent about $3000 on it with the {new and improved steering linkage} that came from Dodge and I still have death wobble. I talked to someone named [xxx] in customer support and she said to take it to Dodge. I just got it back from pro Chrysler Jeep in northgleen Colorado where they told me to keep a full tank of gas and 65 lbs of air in the tires and I wont have the problem. I still have the problem..this truck is a death trap when it starts shaking. I got stuck between a semi truck and a cement barrier when it went nuts and almost caused a huge crash on I70 and the tunnel. I want Dodge to do a safety recall on this truck and any others that have this problem. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #18

May 192012

Ram 2500

  • miles
Every once in awhile my 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 front end will shake violently and just about cause me to crash while driving a various speeds. I've taken it back to the dealership and they have replaced the steering dampener several times yet it still has the problem. I started researching it on the internet and there is a lot of people complaining about the same exact thing. It is described as the shake of death or death wobble. There is no factory recall for this problem but are options for replacing front end parts for about $500-800 dollars. Someone should look into this as people may have died because of it. Especially if it happens at a high rate of speed. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #17

Sep 102011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 99,000 miles


On 9-10-11 I was driving my Dodge Ram 2500 on the same road as I always do and the steering wheel started shaking violently and I used up 2 lanes to get it under control. It will stop when the speed is about 45mph. I have replaced all the steering linkages with new. (Dodge sells a 2009 upgraded steering system for this truck) installed new trac bar bushings, (originals were ok) installed new steering stabilizer, gear box bearing and had it aligned by the local Dodge dealer. It is now not drivable as the "death wobble" is more frequent than ever. I now have a truck I cannot drive or sell and Dodge will not listen. I have been driving for 33 years and have never experienced such a violent shaking and loss of control. Your my only hope!

- Edgewood, WA, USA

problem #16

Feb 272012

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 125,098 miles
While backing out of a typical driveway, the left tie rod suddenly failed (described by our mechanic as 'sheared off at the pivot connection/knuckle'.) the tie rod had been replaced, as part of "updated front tie rod kit", along with steering damper, pitman arm and all ball joints in August of 2010 (91382 miles on vehicle at that time) as the solution to severe 'death wobble.' It should also be noted that all ball joints had already suffered sever wear and required replacement in March of 2011, with about 126223 miles on the truck.

- Grantsville, UT, USA

problem #15

Jun 012006

Ram 2500

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph over a road bump, the front end of the vehicle started jerking violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was not able to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who advised the contact to call a different dealer for a second opinion. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 170,000.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #14

Jan 142012

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
I just purchased my used 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 and decided to take it on a 1500 mile round trip to test it out. At speeds over 55 mph, I experienced the death wobble whenever I would hit uneven pavement. My conservative estimate is that it happened no less than 50 times during the trip. It was very scary and dangerous as many times I was traveling 70 mph with semis right beside me. The Dodge dealer quoted me over $1200 to replace the steering dampener as well as the ball joints, with no guarantee that it would even fix the problem. This could have very easily caused a death if someone less experienced than myself was driving. I am very surprised that Dodge has not intervened with this obvious design flaw as it could very well cause serious injury including death.

- New Paris, IN, USA

problem #13

Nov 052011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 142,000 miles
At cruising highway speeds, if a pothole is hit the truck will go into a violent "death wobble" until brought to a stop.

- Fort Riley, KS, USA

problem #12

Jul 062011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
Dealer had my truck twice since the recall. He told me that there was a tie-rod assembly, steering linkage and front end needed. I only have 49,000 miles on it and there's a recall for these defects with Chrysler id 11V350000 - they old me that it would cost me $3,000 the first time and then I came back to get parts and now they are telling me they will give me a break on parts - this is fraud if there's a recall plus they should have fixed it the first time for free - it was totally under warranty at both times.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #11

Apr 192008

Ram 2500

  • 72,000 miles
My Dodge Ram 2500 truck has a violent death wobble issue. At freeway speeds when hitting an uneven bump in the pavement the truck goes into a sustaining death wobble type motion in the front end. It is extremely scary, and quite dangerous. The truck is completely out of control and must be slowed to approximately 30 mph for the wobble to stop. I've taken my truck to the Dodge dealer several times and they cannot find the problem. I've replaced everything, the axle, steering dampener 3 times, ball joints, alignment adjustments, new tires. The problem goes away for a short time but then always returns. I'm afraid to drive my truck on the freeway and my kids are afraid to drive in my truck period. When it happens it's very wild and scary. All the traffic around me slows down and swerves to get away from my truck. It's not only dangerous and scary, but embarrassing too. I don't know what to do. I've tried everything and nothing is working. Dodge is pretty much useless. They turned their back on me since all the components check out fine. They said there's nothing that they can do. I need a resolution for this problem.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 152006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 10,000 miles
We bought an 05 Dodge Ram 2500. On a trip with a small trailer after hitting a bump the front end started shaking violently. (death wobble) after slowing the truck shaking went away. Problem recurred several times on this trip. On way home no issues. Trailer empty. Issue recurred while wife was driving truck to work, no trailer. Bumps an potholes seem to set it off at speeds over 55mph. Took to dealer they found no issues. Put 2" spacer lift on truck with different tires. Problem seemed to go away. Over the past several years truck drives O.K unless hooked to a trailer. Last occurrence was 10-2-11 on trip to South Dakota. Problem recurred 3 times in 5 miles. I made adjustments to equalizer hitch (tightened 1 link) and had no more issues on this trip. This is a major safety issue with these trucks and need to be addressed. Web searches show this is a very common problem. It would be nice if Dodge would issue a recall and fix this issue.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #9

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 #8

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

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