hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,750 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon suspension problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon Owner Comments

problem #20

May 012008

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the steering wheel and front end of the vehicle would jerk violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure but advised the contact to install a suspension kit. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who provided no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 61, 000.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #19

Jun 022010

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that when driving 50 mph and above, he would hear a grinding noise from the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised him to replace the front ball joints. The vehicle was repaired once before and the failure recurred within 60,000 miles. The manufacturer was not contacted to report the failure and the vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 129,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Apo, NY, USA

problem #18

Apr 292011

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 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 #17

Jan 122011

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 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 #16

Jul 152010

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 91,000 miles
'death wobble': severe shaking of the front suspension. Happened at speeds over 45 mph, usually after hitting small bumps or irregular road surfaces. Several (6-8) episodes over 1 month period. Required decrease of speed from highway speeds to less than 30 mph or even full stop to end episode. In one particular episode (8/11/10)was towing up an incline on a two lane highway was forced to slow from 65 mph to 25mph while trying to move onto narrow shoulder to avoid danger with other traffic behind us. Despite no noted worn out suspension components (inspected by independent and dealer mechanics, some tie rod wear noted only) repair involved replacing steering components, pitman arm, tie rods & ball joints. Dealer retained old parts.

- Grantsville, UT, USA

problem #15

Aug 042009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 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 #14

Mar 122010

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD

  • 67,000 miles


2005 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab 4X4, I get a very, very bad front end shake, also known as the death wobble whenever I hit a small pothole or dip in the highway. Usually happens at speeds above 50 miles per hour. Took it to the dealership and they replaced the track bar bushings.

- Westfield, PA, USA

problem #13

Sep 302009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 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 #12

Nov 152009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 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 #11

May 012009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 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

problem #10

Mar 012009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 80,000 miles


Front left tire wore very unevenly w/ 85K miles. Truck vibrates and bounces. Replaced all tires. Truck still vibrates with new tires and seems to have a self perpetuated bounce - most often occurs at 45 to 65 mph, under light acceleration, while making a long swooping right curve - but happens elsewhere less frequently. Certified Dodge shop followed tsb and replaced original tie rod (no longer available by itself) with multiple arm damper / tie/ pitman arm parts # 68039930-aa, 52106909-ae, 52122362-ae, 52122370-ab. Truck still vibrates and bounces - very unsettling! you definitely feel like you don't have complete control of the truck while it's bouncing. Add ice or snow and "??"also new damper parts now squeak when body leans - like when I take a hard right at low speeds in a parking lot. Returned to shop. They suggested I change differential fluid (never done to date), so we did. Made vibrations a little less noticeable, (steering wheel and shift lever don't dance as much) but did not fix the problem. Shop said Dodge is working on some other kind of fix (tsb) that may pertain to my problem, but they don't know yet because it hasn't been released. Something about a sleeve that goes over some existing part. I contacted Dodge directly to see if I could find out more information about what the problem and what they are working on to fix it. They wouldn't tell me anything except to maybe try another authorized Dodge shop if I wasn't happy with the work they did. This is !@#$%.! you know Dodge knows something. Didn't we learn anything from the Ford pinto? atleast tell people that you are working on something so we don't waste our hard earned money on pointless repairs that won't fix the problem. My truck is a 05' Dodge 2500 crew cab 5 spd manual. Problem started around 80K miles - truck now has 97K miles.

- Bethesda , MD, USA

problem #9

Mar 222007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 38,207 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 4X4 (3rd generation Ram). When I hit an irregular road condition such as the transition from a bridge to the road, or a bump or pot hole, at speeds over 45 mph the front end on the truck shakes violently. It causes the entire truck to shake violently and takes a bit of muscle to hold onto the steering wheel to keep it from getting out of control. Dodge has replaced (so far) the wheel bearings three separate times, they also replaced the entire steering linkage (tie rods, control arm ect..), ball joints at my expense to the tune of $1,200. They also recommended I put on a dual steering stabilizer which I did (cost $140). All of this and the truck still had the "death wobble". I then put on dual shock absorbers and filled the tires to 60 psi (10 psi over recommended) and the "death wobble went away. It has been about 8,000 miles since I was able to make it go away and now it is coming back intermittently. I have had this problem intermittently since the truck has had about 38,000 miles. I have several friends with the same problem with their 3rd generation Ram 2500 and 3500 series 4X4"S. Dodge recognizes that there is a problem but does not know what the cause is. They have issued tsb # K15782911. I have had my truck in on this tsb and I believe the work was done but the "death wobble" remained until I put on dual shocks and excessive tire pressure. This condition causes the entire truck to shake violently. My wife has driven off the road when it happened to her. The only way to make it stop is to slow down to a crawl quickly. It is a recurring problem that is happening to a lot of owners. I think the front axles on these vehicles should be recalled.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #8

Sep 202009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 78,800 miles
My truck shakes violently at 70mph then it stops when I slow down to 45mph. I've put my stock tiers and rims on and still does it. No one is able to find any thing wrong with the truck.

- Romeo, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 102006

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 30,000 miles
Pick-up experiences a violent wobble in the front end at higher speeds. The only way to make it stop is to slow down below 20 mpg. Very dangerous situation!!!

- New River, AZ, USA

problem #6

Oct 152009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 80,000 miles
An intermittent front end shimmy happens often, but twice now I have been driving at highway speeds and hit a bump and the front end went out of control, wobbling back and forth and hopping uncontrollably, when I hit the brakes it got worse so all I could do is coast until the it stopped, both times it stopped once I got down to about 40 mph. One of these times my son was with me and I thought for sure the truck was going to roll or go out of control. My wife happen to be following me and she was in the lane next to me and a little behind me, her and my daughter said it looked like my wheels where going to fall off the way they where wobbling. This has happened both with front tire pressure at 40psi and 60psi. It was much worse when the tires where at 60psi after looking this up on the internet I found what people are calling a death wobble and they also say Dodge has a tsb # 22-055-06 for this problem, but I am unable to find anything on it from Dodge. My truck is a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 four door.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #5

Jul 012009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 96,000 miles
Massive uncontrollable shaking in the front end of my truck. I can not drive my truck over 50 miles per hour without fear that I will loose control if it starts to shake and not be able to get it off of the road without rolling it or hitting another vehicle. It does this any time you hit a bump or go over an extension joint in the road. I have replaced the front end bearings, all 4 shocks, had a front end alignment and put new tires on it.

- Bethatlo, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 012009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon Diesel

  • miles
2005 Dodge truck / Ram/ pick up/ 4X4/2 door/ diesel continues to shake violently. I have to come to a complete stop to stop the shaking. Dodge service continues to charge me the fix the problem however the death shake returns. Dodge has charged me over $10,000 in repairs & still not fixed. I believe they know what the problem is & they can't fix it as it is a major design flaw. Now they're telling me a couple of new front tires will "fix" the problem. So far, I have bought new steering linkage, tires, balance tires, front end alignment, steering dampener, hub brake. Now they are telling me the replace the axles for $ 2,000.

- Southlake, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 232008

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle wobbles violently if you hit a bump in the road traveling at speeds between 40 to 75. It shakes to the point where I need to slow down sometimes to 15 mph before it stops. Other drivers see this and they slow or pull off the road to give me room. I have taken the truck to the dealer and they find nothing wrong. I have changed all tires, rims, shocks and steering stabilizer and still the problem is there. The truck has 57K miles on it now and this problem started approx 2 years ago and I have been trying to fix it ever since. The dealer advises there is nothing wrong with the truck but I am certain that it is something mechanical. A google search revealed several others who have experienced this same problem. There was one blog that stated that the stock tracking arm is the culprit and must be replaced. It further advised not to replace it with another stock tracking arm as they continue to be lees than appropriate for this truck. My truck is back at the dealer at this time and this information was forwarded to the service advisor. I am hopeful that this replacement of what is being described as inadequate for its application will not be the burden of the vehicle owners. I am assuming that the replacement parts would be checked and their design standard be elevated to perform on their designed application. This violent shaking is without a doubt a safety issue not only to the operator and passengers but also to other motorist in close proximity. The last incident occurred on the date listed below which is the same day it was taken back to the dealer. This condition has been occurring continuously for the past 2 years. Some incidents not as severe as others but still a safety concern.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

problem #2

Mar 122008

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 48,000 miles
2005 Dodge Ram both front bearings wore out at 48,000 miles---Dodge recalled 2006, S-mine came out in 06---but is an 05.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #1

May 262005

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that vehicle pulls from left to right. The caster is out of alignment. Technician at pacific service and development states that is probably due to human error, and he could fix it. Consumer stated that he had the problem since he bought the vehicle. Consumer thought it may be the tires. The technician stated that the sidewall was only two ply, and consumer felt they weren't strong enough for the front end.

- Kapaa, HI, USA

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