really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,198 miles

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2007 Dodge Ram 2500 steering problems

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2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 9)

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problem #49

Dec 082011

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles


Left tie rod ball stud fractured while making a sharp left hand turn in a parking lot. This item was replaced by Chrysler approximately two years prior under a recall. I towed the truck to autoworld Dodge - petaluma (Chrysler dealership) for repair. They insisted the broken part was out of warranty and was my responsibility to repair. I had no choice but to have them make the repairs at my expense. This failure was a clearly known problem, but they would not stand behind their product. Is there any recourse for their failure to comply with an obviously recalled part (NHTSA campaign id #11V350000, action #PE11009)?

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #48

Jan 052012

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 31,082 miles
While driving the vehicle at approximately 50mph, and after hitting a bump/pothole in the roadway, the vehicle began to shake violently, nearly causing a collision. The vehicle is still under extended warranty and was diagnosed by putnam Dodge in burlingame as needing the steering stabilizer replaced. On 1/12/12, I replaced the stabilizer and had the alignment checked, and again the violent shaking occurred at approximately 50 mph. Once the shaking starts it is very difficult to control the vehicle, the only way to get it to stop is to brake dramatically. In one instance, I was on an overpass and narrowly avoided a collision.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #47

Dec 212011

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
While driving down interstate 25 in albuquerque nm I hit an expansion joint in the road and the truck began to shake violently forcing all other drivers on the road around me to scatter to avoid an accident. I immediately began to slow down and the violent shaking did not stop until I reached approx 35-40mph. I was convinced that my wheel was falling off or a major suspension component had failed but after an immediate inspection there was nothing readily identified. After a very brief search of the web it appears this is a common problem called the "death wobble" and no one appears to have been able to correct it with repairs. Below are 3 of the many you tube links I found describing the incident perfectly as it happened to me. Outside the vehicle view of death wobble: youtu.be/6lamxupbfda news story conerning the death wobble: youtu.be/xmftrgbynim interior view of the death wobble: youtu.be/gbhmkyvrihk I have only owned this vehicle for 1 year and am concerned that my family is no longer safe in this vehicle. I cannot sell this vehicle knowing that this problem is present, putting someone else in the same danger. I am more than willing to repair the issue myself but it appear that this is happening to may others with no real solutions. Someone is going to get severly injured or killed if this issue is not resolved soon as it appear to be happening to many of the Chrysler hd trucks 2003 to the present. In addition to nearly 50 complaints on the safecar.gov website of the same issue. Dodge needs to do the right thing and at least provide the proper engineering required to let us know how to repair the issue. NHTSA needs to issue a recall and force the hand of Chrysler to take ownership and issue the proper fix for the issue.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #46

Jul 012011

Ram 2500

  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle began to violently shake. The vehicle was maneuvered to the shoulder and stopped. The contact resumed driving as normal. The failure had since recurred on one occasion. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #45

Sep 122007

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 8,000 miles
Had truck for 4 years, only put 42000 miles on it. Took it in to dealer for emissions problems three times, did egr /cooler /turbo / dpf " cleaning " X2, also upgraded ECM program /burned up and replaced, while attempting, finale straw was between 35K-42K miles, developed "death wobble " at highway speeds, took to dealer after I trouble shoot it, "was not the steering stabilizer shock" tie rod end at steering box was worn out. " non greasable " 40000 miles. Dealer said there was a "bulletin out " they replaced all steering linkage "tierod ends + rods ", then claimed it on the extended warranty, I paid the deductible / called Dodge, then traded off the truck for a Ford. Loved the Dodge truck / cummins eng. Hate Dodge service, I manage a 30 truck fleet, we had 10 Dodge's, now will have less in the future.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #44

Oct 082011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 8,000 miles
At highway speeds when you hit a bump in the road the front steering of the truck starts a violent shaking commonly known as the death wobble. This does not allow you to steer or control the vehicle until you slow down to 30mph. I have been ran off the road several time when this occurred, thankfully I did not hit another vehicle. Dodge is aware of the faulty design and will sell the redesigned parts to eliminate the issue for about $600. They will not warranty it unless it is installed by them. If you want "under warranty" truck repaired to fix their faulty design you will have to pay for parts and labor, about $1500 total. This is a very dangerous problem. There are several videos on youtube that show how it happens and the "death wobble" in action, search "Dodge Ram death wobble". thanks.

- Atascocita, TX, USA

problem #43

Mar 052008

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 2,500 miles


Violent shaking in front suspension/steering when hitting potholes or expansion joints in roads at speeds over45 mph +/-. have to slow to near stop till it goes away. Very dangerous suprised no one is killed from this.

- New Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #42

Sep 142011

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I purchased a used 2007 Dodge power wagon from a small dealership in may of 2011. I have been a loyale Dodge owner for many years and don't know why. Upon test driving this truck before the purchase I felt a shake in the front end. I spoke with the privious owner who indicated the tires were the issue. I took a chance a bought the truck "as is" with no warranty implied. I have researsed the Dodge "death wobble" because I knew it would just be a matter of time before I experience it. I was right. I knew that replacing parts was not the answer after reading many complaints on the web. Like a dummy, I took it in to a couple different places. I called the dealer and asked if there was a "fix" and they did not know of any. My research took me to a well known heavy duty truck shop. I told him about this issue and he was very convinsing that they could repair it. This tech/owner knew more about this problem then Dodge. Again, I took the chance I spent over $650. He had issued me a tsb from Dodge that stated replacing all 4 tie rods and doing a special allignment would cure it. Nope! since the purchace I have replace all 4 tires, steering dampner shock, all 4 tie rods, and numerious tire ballancing and allignments. I feel like an idiot. I'm doing exactly what I said I would'nt, spend big money for a known saftey issue from Dodge! my complaint is the very known "death wobble". I should have wrote when I went through Dodge transmission problems. I'm a hard working, tax paying, family man who pays his bills and so on... yes, it does boil down to getting personal. Consumers are taking the hit for so many thing. If I were to do something that was right I would do everything I could to make it right. Dodge needs to wake up and realize they have a huge saftey issue that could end many lives! please read/reserch these may complaints and make it right for the people.

- Waterloo, WI, USA

problem #41

Sep 012011

Ram 2500

  • miles
2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pick up truck. Consumer states vehicle violently shakes and moves back and forth the consumer stated the vehicle has a problem known as the death wobble. If a slight bump is hit in the road, the vehicle shakes back and forth violently and does not stop until the consumer slows down.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #40

Oct 102010

Ram 2500

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph over bumpy road surfaces, the vehicle would shake violently. In order to stop the shaking, the vehicle would be slowed down to 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the vehicle needed new ball joints. The contact replaced the balls joints, but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who stated that the vehicle needed a new tie rod, steering dampener, pitman arm, front axle U-joint, and wheel alignment. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 86,000. Sm.

- Minorsville, PA, USA

problem #39

Jul 162011

Ram 2500

  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500. While the vehicle was parked the contact noticed the drivers side tie rod end was broken. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technicians stated the drivers side tie rod end needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Cantonment , FL, USA

problem #38

Apr 142011

Ram 2500

  • 80,000 miles
2007 Dodge Ram passenger side tie rod end dropped out while driving approx 45 mph on back road. Lost all steering function, as left side is attached to right side. Narrowly avoided collision with several trees and a small bridge. Truck finally stopped in oncoming ditch. Tie rods had been replaced by dealer under warranty approx 30K miles prior. Truck drove normal until this point, but tie rods had started showing wear previously, but not serious enough to cause any alarm. Dealership was unwilling to replace tie rods under warranty for the third time, as it was the last week of said warranty. Replaced parts with heavy duty aftermarket parts at my own expense. Dealership had inspected truck on a previous trip and said truck had "updated" steering linkages and components.

- Seminole, OK, USA

problem #37

Feb 012011

Ram 2500

  • miles
When traveling down the road and come across a bump, lift, or dip in the road the truck will violently shake. I took a road trip to Florida recently and I experienced the death wobble at 90 mph, it made me cross into the next lane then into the median. Talking about scary!I have researched this on the internet a lot and it appears the be called the "death wobble". I am very concerned with the fact that Dodge has not issued a recall for this. Why? plenty of people have the problem! its obviously a flaw in the Dodge design not being able to support the weight of the cummins diesel. I have looked into getting this 08 steering upgrade but the dealer wants $975 to fix it and can not guarantee that it will fix it.

- Franklinton, LA, USA

problem #36

Feb 162011

Ram 2500

  • 133,919 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact was driving 5 mph when the pitman arms on the front axle fractured. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who informed her that the entire front end would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted in regards to the failure. The failure mileage was 133,919.

- Evans, CO, USA

problem #35

Feb 192011

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 66,561 miles
1. my trucks has had the famous Dodge "death wobble" where when you hit a bump the tires start shaking out of control and you have to stop the truck to make it quit. 2. driving down the interstate and hot a bump and its started to "death wobble" and snapped the tie rod end to the pit men arm at the tierod end sleeve which cause loss or all steering luckily I made it off in the ditch with out killing any one, had my little 14 year old brother with me 3. upgraded tierod ends, steering dampener and steering linkage(because Chrysler knows this is a problem) its a very common problem its all over forums, yes there is a recall on tie rod ends where the joint breaks this 1 the rod part still a common problem and I took my truck to see about the recall and they said mine was ok 3 days later this even happened lucky no 1 has died. The dealer ship kept the old parts but I do have pictures.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #34

Jan 272011

Ram 2500

  • 55,000 miles
Severe wobble/shaking of front end at speeds between 50mph to 70mph, after hitting normal bumps along the highways. My truck has 55000 miles in it. Apparently it is happening to alot of Dodge 2500 diesel owners, however, Dodge is not backing up their products and says that the owners are responsible for a factory defect. I am scared to put my wife and kids in my truck for fear of something breaking in the front end and crashing. I have checked the ball joints, bearings, bushings etc and have not seen anything wrong to indicate why this is happening. Hopefully with enough complaints Dodge will issue a safety recall and fix this problem before it costs someone their life.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #33

Nov 112010

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 that has 65,000 miles on it with 4 wheel drive and a 5.7L gas engine. I was traveling home on interstate 5 N/B a few miles North of lost hills ca about 2130 hrs. I set my cruise control for 78 mph and a few minutes later hit a minor bump in the road. My vehicle began to shake violently and I braked but the wobble did not cease until I was going about 25 mph. I pulled to the shoulder and inspected the tires, wheels, steering components and suspension components. There was nothing visibly wrong so I resumed my trip and reactivated my cruise control. A few moments later my vehicle again shook violently. I limped home at much slower speeds with no more problems. The dealer inspected my truck and I pointed out to them a tsb that covered the situation. The dealer discovered.030 inch play in a tie rod end. My extended warranty is through vehicle one and they sent an inspector to the dealership who declined the repair since the tsb issued by Dodge allows for a maximum allowable movement of.045 inch. During the second incident I was not able to safely steer my truck and ended up halfway into the adjoining lane before I was able to regain control of the vehicle. This would have caused an accident if there had been a vehicle next to me. I am now stuck driving this vehicle or paying nearly $2000 to repair it myself. Dodge has replaced the original unsafe steering linkage with a newly designed one that is not supposed to be subject to this unsafe condition. The real issue here is that Dodge tsb for this problem is too restrictive and will allow my extended warranty not to cover the repair. If the tsb required the components to be replaced any time the condition is present then my warranty would cover the repair. This problem is referred to on the internet as the "Ram death wobble". please help this condition is widespread and dangerous.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #32

Dec 042010

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
2007 Dodge 2500 steering wobble over 55 mph death wobble/ Dodge needs to address multiple issues online for same thing happening to other ppl and is a safety hazard since I am in the automotive industry also.

- Pilot Mtn, NC, USA

problem #31

Jan 092008

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 90,000 miles
Hi I have 2007 Dodge 2500 diesel and I have the death wobble called Dodge and they told me that the warranty is over so I have to pay to get steering box fixed I have be fighting for two years got front end fix last year in alberta and still have death wobble.

- Fenwick, 00, USA

problem #30

Nov 232010

Ram 2500

  • 91,706 miles
Two of our 2007 pick trucks center link terminal has pop out with out any warning or signs of wear. One of the pick up was backing up when right hand wheel steering terminal pop out of the center link and that wheel steer all the way right. In the second pick up happened exactly the same situation but this time while driving, right wheel turn completely left and the center link bar puncture the tire. No one was injure in either incidents. Have picture and parts of second incident for you to inspect.

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

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