hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,304 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Oct 232015

Ram 2500

  • 100,000 miles


Vehicle wanders when driving had 2 front end alignments and tires balanced has not corrected problem. Had it reinspected and left tie rod end worn. Was told it does not come under recall for steering linkage.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #34

Aug 172015

Ram 2500

  • 167,000 miles
At highway speeds can hit small bump and the truck starts shaking violently. Almost lost control of the truck.

- Edgewood, NM, USA

problem #33

Apr 012015

Ram 2500

  • 118,000 miles
This truck started experiencing reverberation/wobble/bounce/shake after hitting a series of small bumps or pothole w/ one front tire. The wobble shakes the truck so hard that pieces of the interior break/fall off and the driver completely loses control of the steering of the vehicle. This began happening very intermittently (conditions/bumps/speed must be just right) this spring (2015) soon after we took the truck in for the recall on the driver's side tie rod linkage (they also told us the ball joint needed to be replaced). Since the dealership did not seem knowledgeable about our problem, we took the truck to multiple private repair shops during the summer trying to fix this intermittent, difficult-to-duplicate problem. We have replaced every part of the steering and suspension that had any "play" or wear including a ball joint, tie rods, control arm, pittman arm, steering stabilizer, heavy-duty shock for steering stabilizer, front shocks, various bushings, and steering gear box tightening. We even replaced the tires and wheels in case there was a mild warp/lack of balance. We have spent around $5000, but the truck is still not fixed. A search on youtube revealed that we are part of a large group of Dodge truck owners experiencing what is coined "the death wobble." When the July 26 NHTSA press release came out, we were overjoyed! our apparently unfixable truck would be "bought back!" I was informed by chrystler that this is not the case. Since we "fixed" the recalled tie rod linkage (that would be the recall that led to all of these problems), our truck is not eligible for the buy back. I believe that chrystler not only knows that this problem is inherent in the design of these trucks (they changed the front end on 2014/15 models), but that they are shirking their buy-back responsibility. This truck is unsafe in its "fixed" state. How should we proceed?

- Beaverton, MI, USA

problem #32

Aug 282015

Ram 2500

  • 26,953 miles


I am the original owner of a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 regular cab pickup and the vehicle has only been serviced at certified Dodge dealerships. The vehicle currently has 44900 miles. I have brought the vehicle in 3 times to have the front left tie rod replaced under the N62 tie rod recall with no resolution. The tie rod is failing confirmed by the dealer and myself, the vehicle is unsafe to drive, and the dealer and Chrysler refuse to replace the faulty component as they are saying the recall does not affect my vehicle. Due to Chrysler and the selling dealer not keeping appropriate records of the repairs done on the vehicle they have inaccurate recall information and are refusing to resolve the problem, as they are stating the vehicle has original oem equipment which is false. At 26953 miles I brought the vehicle into the original selling dealer victory Chrysler in rome, NY on March 22, 2011 due to drivability concerns, wandering, and loose front end components prior to the date the N62 recall issued. Noted on the repair invoice from the selling dealer "replaced the tie rod end - replace to pitman arm (B) parts numbers 68036940, arm part number 68039930aa, and arm steering gear/pitman part number 19651001.ber 68039930aa, and arm steering gear/pitman part number 19651001. Approximately 1 year later I received the N62 recall indicating that trucks that had steering linkage replaced with mopar service parts and have been trying to have the vehicles faulty replacement part repaired. I contacted victory the selling dealer and was advised no parts were available and it would be at least 3 weeks before the vehicle could be serviced. I was able to get an appointment at a another Ram dealer carbone Dodge in yorkville, NY. It was confirmed by the dealer the tie rod needs replacement but no repair was completed due to the records being inaccurate from Chrysler.

- Holland Patent , NY, USA

problem #31

Apr 032013

Ram 2500

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving over a pothole at an unknown speed, the front end of the vehicle and the steering wheel suddenly began to shake and rattle. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Versilles, KY, USA

problem #30

Jan 052015

Ram 2500

  • 98,000 miles
I was driving from detroit airport East on highway 94 when my truck started to shake like hell and I thought I had two flat tires in the front. I hit the brakes and the truck become un steerable and started to turn sideways with two lanes of traffic coming at me. This was a very scary ride. I pulled over after I downshifted and the shaking stopped but there was nothing flat or loose that I could see several other drivers stopped to see what had happened. I called a local Dodge dealer and was told that I most have bad brake rotors. I have changed the rotors on all 4 wheels the front wheel bearings the shocks the front stabilizer shock and new brake pads on all 4 wheels still shakes just as bad.I have had several close calls and I want a fix or I will buy a new Ford truck. The bad part of this, is that I retired after 44years with Chrysler.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #29

Apr 182015

Ram 2500 6-cyl

  • 81,200 miles


I was traveling over railroad tracks on the 18 April 2015, Saturday when the rh steering drag link failed at the ball joint. The failure occur to the grease-able ball joint that connects to the lower A-frame of the rh passenger wheel. If I was traveling any faster than 30 miles an hour when this occurred. I would have lost total control and had an accident with the possibility of injuries occurring. I was able to slow the vehicle down with light touches of the brake pedal and turn to the shoulder of the road and safely stop the truck. The rh front tire was pointed to the left and slightly tuck under the wheel well so it was sliding the passenger tire as I maneuvered off the road. The above components where replaced along with the upper and lower ball joints and the LH tie rod assembly with all new components. I did have my vehicle inspected by the dealer for the N62 NHTSA 13V-528 for the LH tie road failures that Chrysler ordered; on the 14 of Jan 2014 and the dealer said that this recall did not pertain to my vehicle.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #28

Feb 102015

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 79,950 miles
Inspection revealed excessive play in the left front outer tie rod end. Recommendation made to replace the front tie rod assembly.

- Oak Harbor, OH, USA

problem #27

Dec 022013

Ram 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
About 11 months ago I received a recall notice from Chrysler for my 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 pick up truck, it was for a suspension problem with the tie rods, recall #N49/NHTSA 13V-529 I called my local Dodge dealer where I bought the truck and they said they could not get the parts, I called several months later and they told me the replacement parts had been "recalled". I have contacted them numerous times still no parts. I have called Chrysler several times and get the same run around, no parts available. This is a real safety issue as the failure of the parts could cause me to crash. I would think Chrysler would be nervous as the liability issue could be very expensive. What if they fail and someone is killed, is this my fault would I be liable? this has been going on for almost a year and still not resolved.

- Hereford, AZ, USA

problem #26

Mar 052014

Ram 2500 8-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
At higher speeds the front end starts to shake violently (death wobble) to the point of loosing control, you have to come to a complete stop to get it to stop which can be a problem when driving on the freeway I've took it to the dealer and they said it was the ball joints so I had them replaced it didn't help I also replaced the shocks and steering dampener all this at my own expense. I've had the truck in twice for recalls on the tie rod ends also. From the research I have done online it seems that alot of owners are having the same trouble with no help from Dodge to correct the problem.

- Garland, UT, USA

problem #25

Mar 012013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 54,694 miles


While driving this truck at approximately 60 miles an hour I hit a expansion joint as I was on a slight left turn cause the vehicle to shake violently almost losing control until I slowed down to below 30 miles an hour then the suspension stabilized. This has occurred on many occasions since the first incident and I have learned to anticipate when this may occur and expect it. I have taken vehicle to have suspension check and they have found no problems. It was recommended that I put a dual shock absorbing steering stabilizer on this vehicle. This was done and did not correct the problems.

- Forks, WA, USA

problem #24

Apr 162014

Ram 2500

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while traveling 25 mph, a loud noise was emitted from the front end of the vehicle and no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the vehicle would veer to the right and to the left. The failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the upper and lower ball joints on both the driver and passenger side needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 57,222.

- Poineer, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 122013

Ram 2500

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, he heard a loud noise as the vehicle came to a complete stop. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle she noticed that the driver's side tie rod was fractured. The contact stated that she previously received notification for NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering) and had been waiting for the parts to become available. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician verified the failure and replaced the tie rod, upper and lower bolt joints. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Greenville, WI, USA

problem #22

Jan 032014

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
Recall issued but dealer can not get parts. Safety recall N49/NHTSA 13V-529 we have limited number of days to have this replaced as we are planning a 5,000 mile trip with this pickup pulling a 35 ft travel trailer.

- Colfax, WA, USA

problem #21

Jan 062012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 50,000 miles
Received recall - left side ball stud to replace. Called local dealer Jan 6. instructed to call back in 7 - 10 days - called back Jan 13 -- told to come in, so not need appointment. ( 45 miles to dealer one way) visited dealer on Jan 14th - looked at truck and informed me that they had to order parts. -- called Jan 24th - will call us in a couple of days, no call. Called Feb 4th - told our parts were not in and did not know when the parts would be in. Informed that Chrysler was only giving the dealer one set a week. To date (Feb 19th, 2014) we have not received a call from dealer, replacement is not completed. Note: Notification stated that the ball stud on my truck may fracture under certain driving conditions and this could cause a loss of directional control and or crash without warning. To me this is serious and needs attention ! this truck is used to haul cattle & horses & farm duty. I am concerned.

- Sprague River, OR, USA

problem #20

May 112013

Ram 2500

  • 80,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds, if the vehicle hits any pot hole, road change, or turning slightly left, the front end will start to uncontrollably shake. It becomes very violent and hard to control until I slow down to under 60 mph. I have had multiple dealers look at the issue and tell me they have seen this issue before but there is nothing they can do for me as no front end parts are worn out. They then state that they have an "upgrade" front end kit I can purchase for $2,500 that will maybe fix it. I ask them if it is a known issue then why doesn't Chrysler recall the front ends and fix the issue, they reply that Chrysler does not claim there is any issue present. I have checked all over the internet and this issue seems to affect hundreds of thousands of people as manufactures make after-market "death-wobble" fix kits. It is very frustrating to have to possibly pay out of pocket for a fix that might not work. This truck has been nothing but issues for me.

- Mound, MN, USA

problem #19

Aug 292012

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 73,000 miles
While traveling a windy country road at approx. 40-45 miles per hour, when making a curve and hitting a rough patch of road the vehicle front end started to shake violently. We slowed down to make shaking stop. This happens all the time when rounding a curve and hitting a rough spot in the road.feels like the front end is going to come off. Very frightening. We took to Dodge dealer and they could not find anything wrong with vehicle. Looked on the internet and found this is common among Dodge trucks and is called the death wobble and Dodge takes no responsibility for this. I guess it is cheaper to pay law suits than do the right thing and fix affected vehicles. How many lives have to be spent before Dodge is held accountable?

- Valley Springs, CA, USA

problem #18

Nov 152012

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, he drove over a pot hole and the vehicle started shaking violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the upper and lower ball joints were defective and needed to the replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #17

Nov 222010

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 87,000 miles
This vehicle has an uncontrollable shaking with the front end. If you hit a bump ir a pothole you have to slow down until approximately 30-35 mph or possible stop to get the shaking to stop. It will vibrate anything off the dash. Front end parts have been replaced, front end aligned, new tires, factory recall. I notified Dodge, of course they know nothing about this.after researching this matter I found that several thousands of people have this problem and has been named the death wobble. Any Dodge from 2003-2008 has this. It is ridiculous that the Dodge isn't held responsible for making an unsafe vehicle. This death wobble is still happening everyday when a bump is hit and is going to make someone wreck.

- Mccarley, MS, USA

problem #16

Jun 012012

Ram 2500

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle began to shake violently. The failure was experienced numerous times. The failure also recurred when driving at lower speeds or when driving over any road bumps. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the front tie rod but the failure was not corrected. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Melbourne , FL, USA

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