really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,094 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #195

Oct 292016

Ram 2500

  • 135,000 miles


While driving at 70< hit a small bump and the truck started shakinv violently. Only way to stop it was bring the vehicle to a complete. Started back out and it worked fine. This has happened several more times. I have went as far as to having the torque convertor replaced with no luck. It does this to me at the speed os 65 to 75 mph.I have been reading and learned its refererd as the death wobble and is caused by faulty suspension and steering components.

- West Sunbury, PA, USA

problem #194

Dec 202014

Ram 2500

  • 167,000 miles
This is the 4th time we have had to go back to dealership and them turn us away by doing a visual inspection stating there was nothing wrong with the truck, however we cannot get an alignment because sway bar, track bar, and tie rods all needed to be repaired. Took truck back again after there was so much pooping noise and vibration from the front end that I could not take it anymore. Outer tie rods were done, and found out the track bar was cracked so a new one replaced the original one yet no record was completed of this with the dealership, only that they tightened the track bar. I am so fed up with the dealerships and Chrysler with all of this nonesense, it is really going to come down to us completely having a bad accident or something to this extent before something is done, and we stop having to pay for all the repairs to a faulty front end. Driving down the rod feeling the vibrations is very scary, and not knowing if the tires are going to come off.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #193

Nov 162016

Ram 2500

  • 197,000 miles
Multiple repairs to the front end suspension of the vehicle, to the point that we are now paying for the repairs and the dealership denying they replaced the most recent track bar on the truck and blame the tires on the truck. I am really tired of running off into a ditch after hitting a bump in the road or steer to miss a pothole. Just fix the truck correctly and stop making excuses telling us it is our tires when it is a 4X4 and they cannot put more sturdy parts on the front end or take blame for the steering shaft and gear box when these have been recalled under the death wobble. Hub assembly had to be replaced on this truck as well. Trying to turn the vehicle into a parking spot and constantly having to back into a space. This death wobble has gone too far. As far as the electrical they cannot find why the dashboard keeps flickering and we keep blowing fuses or bulbs. It is really getting annoying with this truck and all the repairs which we have had to do this vehicle, and yet take responsibility for it.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #192

Jan 242016

Ram 2500

  • 73,950 miles


Bought the truck in January 2016 used and the truck wanders all over and gets the death wobble when at higher speeds. Used car dealer wouldn't fix so brought the truck to Dodge dealer. Replaced steering box, pitman arm, drag link and tie ends. Problem still exists and dealer says there is nothing else they can do. Help?

- Sharon Springs, NY, USA

problem #191

Oct 012016

Ram 2500

  • 100,000 miles
After hitting a road imperfection, transition, or bump while driving at freeway speeds (50 to 70 mph), the front end and steering shakes violently. The only solution to stop the violent shake is to rapidly slow my truck to 35 mph or slower and hopefully be able to pull to the side of the freeway. I have nearly been in or have caused accidents on about a dozen occasions. I have replaced tires, shock absorbers, and the steering box and the problem continues to where I believe the truck is not longer safe to operate at freeway speeds. This violent front end / steering shake event has occurred on more than 2 dozen occasions.

- Alamo, CA, USA

problem #190

Jul 172016

Ram 2500

  • 160,000 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 that has a couple issues. The latest is no left low beam. There is no fuse to change either. From my research, it appears that it is the tipm that will need to be replaced. This all happened after pulling my trailer. During that time, my ABS and brake light came on and. Also, I have the notorious "death wobble." I have spent over $4,000 on steering component repairs, which include 3 gear boxes and 2 power steering pumps in less than two years, tire rods, pitman arm, etc. I am taking my truck back to the shop tomorrow to have my ujoints replaced, all new shocks, and the ABS/brake sensor replaced for $1,100. I guess my next repair will be the tipm to fix the headlight issue at what I gather to be around the $1,000 mark. When will Dodge fix these issues? the "death wobble" and tipm seem to be the most common complaint.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #189

Aug 142016

Ram 2500

  • 340,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving 15 mph, the contact heard a popping noise from the front of the vehicle and the steering wheel became extremely loose. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering gear box fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 340,000.

- Hespera, CA, USA

problem #188

May 072016

Ram 2500

  • 129,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. While the vehicle was being reversed, the front passenger side tie rod ball stud fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 09E001000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 129,900.

- Dubois, PA, USA

problem #187

Apr 262016

Ram 2500

  • 169,394 miles
While driving the right tie rod broke on my 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel. I was driving 30 mph on a side street when the steering went loose and I was able to get the vehicle to the side of the road.

- Chisago City, MN, USA

problem #186

Apr 042016

Ram 2500

  • 120,000 miles
Huge front end wobble @ highway speed, small road bumps starts the vehicle shaking vilantly, very hard to control. Feels like your front wheel is falling off

- Oakdale, CA, USA

problem #185

Aug 012015

Ram 2500

  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear driver's side of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. On another occasion, the contact stated that while attempting to make a right turn at a low speed, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the contact crashed into the driver's side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries that required medical attention. The contact was unsure if a police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to multiple independent mechanics where it was diagnosed that the steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. Updated 03/11/16

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #184

Aug 302015

Ram 2500

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle shook violently, veered to the right, and the steering wheel seized without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into a road sign. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and then towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front driver side tie rod assembly fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V528000 (steering). The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #183

Aug 312015

Ram 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 13V528000 (steering) however, the parts were unavailable to perform the repairs. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. MA 10/14

- Westlake, LA, USA

problem #182

Sep 182013

Ram 2500

  • 125,000 miles
After being inspected at dealership for prior tie rod and steering link recalls, my Ram 2500 at about the 125K mileage point began to experience the now well documented "Dodge death rattlle", where at highway speeds the front end would violently shimmy. Soon thereafter my tie rod did fracture, causing me to lose steering ability on a 40mph roadway, where I narrowly avoided a serious accident. I had it repaired at my local shop and it went another 10K before the Dodge death rattle reappeared again, and despite numerous checks on alignment, shocks, front end, there did not seem to be an answer. There always remained a shimmy on bumps on the highway, and I only drove this truck on local roads thereafter. Tonight backing out of my driveway, the steering link assembly just fractured and I again lost steering ability completely. This same recall was followed by another recall by Dodge on this component (H46 was first, then N62) it is my belief this defective componentry causing the "death rattle" also put so much stress on the rest of the front end that this vehicle is unsafe to drive. As I explore on the internet it is quite obvious that Dodge was aware of this problem, and did nothing about it for my vehicle. I almost died the first time, thankfully the second time I was not even on the road yet ! I spoke with Dodge tonight and was told that I could bring it to a dealer to inspect and "if it is indeed due to any of the recalled items" they would gladly repair it for me and provide me a quote. What recourse do I as an owner have " the later recalled models all have this same problem, yet my car is not on their list, do I have to take their word for it that it is not their fault ? am I entitled to compensation for the repairs I have already done at my expense " this vehicle is not safe and I do not want to drive it again.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #181

Jul 172015

Ram 2500

  • 153,000 miles
I was cruising down a 4 lane highway at approximately 75 mph and hit a minor bump in the road. The vehicle started shaking violently (felt like a vertical motion and not side to side) I had to apply the brakes and quickly reduce speed to keep from losing control of the vehicle. Upon some research with similar complaints I would best describe my experience as one associated with the "death wobble". this issue has occurred more than once while driving at speeds around 75 mph. The shaking was violent enough that it shook everything off of the seats before I was able to stop. The source of the shaking I believe has to do with the front axle. I thought it may be a faulty tire or unbalanced tire so I had all of the tires inspected, rotated, and balanced. There were no issues found with the tires.

- Hutchinson, KS, USA

problem #180

Nov 112014

Ram 2500

  • 97,000 miles
I had taken my truck into the dealer while still under warranty to fix a steering shake/wobble. The dealer inspected it and informed me of a defective bearing in the steering column. I was informed that the part was no longer available even though my truck was still under warranty and I would notbe able to have the part repaired or replaced. They even tried to look for a used part from a salvage yard. I was told there was nothing they could do and was given an option to have my extended warranty for another year longer for free in exchange. I am still driving my truck with the defective bearing and shaky steering column. It was never repaired while under warranty due to no parts available. I was told it was due to the money trouble Chrysler was having and the venders were not getting paid and parts were not being manufactured. This was all done at cerritos Dodge in California.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #179

Jul 012008

Ram 2500

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving approximately 75 mph, the front end of the vehicle shook violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the driver side tie rod failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was aligned; however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Hurricane, UT, USA

problem #178

Jun 022014

Ram 2500

  • 135,000 miles
Steering has horrible vibration and wobble at 19 mph. Seems to be getting worse. Have already replaced two steering gear boxes on 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel. Still not fixed. With recent news on Dodge Ram; I am surprised they have not looked at this model years as well as many model years are having same issue. Beginning to be nervous driving the vehicle and the history of this issue with other models and really afraid the shaking is so serious it will eventually cause a wreck or loss of life. This is the 3rd report from me already. Also taken it to Dodge service center and they just peered under the truck and said everything was good. Didn't even attempt to test drive and see for themselves. I have even attempted to notify Dodge corporate last year when it started and not even a return call or message. Feel trapped and lost. Please look at these model years as well. Already had recall H46 conducted and they just told me it was not a problem. Now I have another recall N62 and never got a notice for it; just happen to look up recall notice. VIN is 1D&ks28C36J214020 I think this steering is more widespread and would want further investigation. I am going to take Dodge in for N62 and R25 recall and I bet the dealership will just peek at it and tell me nothing is needed, as always. No more trust in Dodge, please help

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #177

Jul 232015

Ram 2500

  • 105,445 miles
While traveling on the freeway at normal speed of 65 mph in the number 2 lane, my vehicle started to develop a dangerous steering wobble sensation. The wobble was so violent and uncontrollable that I feared for my safety. I let off the gas pedal and applied the brakes as my hands were being almost pulled off of the steering wheel from the force of the wheel being jerked back and forth against my will. I was able to get the truck back under control only after getting the speed down below 40 mph and pulling over. The incident caused an aggravation to an existing injury to my left shoulder which caused me great pain for up to 1 week. I inspected the vehicle thinking I had run something over or something had broken from my steering system. But I found nothing out of place. I have an appointment set to take it to the dealer on Friday July 31st 2015 at cerritos Dodge. This is the fourth time this has happened to my truck and scared me and my family while driving. My truck has always made a "click" noise while turning as well with no one able to diagnose the noise. I am getting nervous and scared to drive my truck at freeway speeds at this point.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #176

Dec 242013

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2006 Dodge Ram 2500. Consumer writes in regards to defective tie rod end recall notice. The consumer received recall notice # 13V528000 on December 24, 2013. In February 2014, the consumer went to the dealer to have the vehicle inspected. The dealer confirmed the tie rods needed to be replaced. However, they did not have the replacement part, and the consumer was put on a waiting list. The consumer visited the dealer several months later, where he was informed Chrysler was sending out replacement units very slowly and there was nothing they could do. On August 6, 2014, the consumer had the vehicle repaired at a local independent garage. The consumer submitted the receipt to Chrysler for reimbursement. However, his claim was denied.

- Plymouth, IN, USA

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