really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,417 miles

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2006 Dodge Ram 3500 steering problems

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2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #19

Apr 082012

Ram 3500

  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle started to jerk violently as the front passenger side tie rod fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer covered under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 117,000.

- Fort Morgan , CO, USA

problem #18

Jul 202011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 108,000 miles
Very lucky to be alive. Driving my 06 Ram 3500 on a surface street next to a ups truck approx 25 mile per hour. Just gone through a traffic light and reached a bus stop area where people were waiting for a bus on curb. My truck right side tie rod snapped, and my truck starts to shake violently pulling me to the curb where the people were standing. I could not steer to the left very much because of the truck next to me. I had to brake very hard to keep me from going up onto curb and killing people. Luckily my truck just skinned the curb and bounced back on the road just missing the people and the back end of the ups truck next to me. I have had many problems with my truck shaking after hitting small pot holes or uneven roads at most speeds. I have had 4 alignments since I bought this truck. Gone through 2 sets of front tires before buying rear tires. Well I installed new steering linkage and bought a double steering dampening shocks to help with the shaking. Had truck realigned after accident. Well 3 months later truck started shaking again and my tires are wearing uneven again. Had alignment checked again and was out of alignment. I don't use truck for off road driving, just everyday driving to work and towing small items. Got a email the other day from Chrysler saying my truck steering linkage was on recall. My repair shop thinks its more then the steering linkage, maybe the pit-man arm too. The repair shop told me that there is a lot of play in it also. He believes its a defect along with the steering linkage. Will bring truck in for inspection at dealer.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 152010

Ram 3500

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 megacab. While the contact was driving approximately 45 mph over a bump, the steering wheel began to shake violently, causing the vehicle to swerve uncontrollably off the road. The vehicle came to a stop when the brakes were engaged. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer there times for the failure. The repairs consisted of replacing the front tie rods, steering stabilizer, and the front upper and lower ball joints. The track bar and bolts, front outer wheel bearing and steering gear were also included in the repairs. The repairs were performed at different times. The failure continued to occur. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Greenville, AL, USA

problem #16

Feb 212012

Ram 3500

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph and applying the brakes, the driver side tie rod assembly fractured. The contact had extreme trouble controlling the vehicle and was able to coast it to the side of the road. The vehicle was then towed to a local mechanic who diagnosed and replaced the tie rod failure. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V350000 (steering:linkages:tie rod assembly). The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Turtle Creek , PA, USA

problem #15

Jan 182012

Ram 3500

  • 55,000 miles
When driving vehicle if you hit a small bump or larg bump the truck starts to shake and you have to stop in the road. I have repaired all of the steering linkages, tie rod ends, stabilizer shock and even taken the truck to dealership for the recall but they told me my truck was not one in the recall.I would like for someone to tell me what is wrong with my truck before someone gets killed driving a defected vehicle.

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #14

Dec 252005

Ram 3500

  • 3,000 miles
Bought the 3500 megacab cummins with the G56 6 speed manual in Nov 2005 and by the way this was the 3rd cummins I've owned and the worst, great motor but not happy with manufacture this time. So I bought in Nov 05 and Dec.25 started it up and check engine light stayed on, so I shut it off and called dealer next day. This was the start of it all. Every 3day this would happen and I had to drive 23 miles to dealer to have them plug it up to computer and still could not tell me what was wrong. This went on for 14 months ended up buying my own module to reset myself. During all this found the issue with vents and broken dampers in ductwork and started having problems with the power back window cable broke then new one[S] leaked, 3 of them and then the window stopper fell off so I have had 4 rear power windows installed. After all that at 68000 miles I lost 2,4 and 6th gear 80 miles away from home and had to limp it home holding shifter in 6th gear whole time, broken shift tower that wasn't cheap. Then I stared having problems with blowing white smoke on startup come to find I have a injector acting up and the dealer said the fix was a $120 bottle of injector cleaner and dog the [xxx] out of it. At about 75,000 miles started having the turn signal switch problem turn left and the right signal flashed and the shake in the front end and have had 4 front end alignment and new set of tires now have 125,000 mile still get the shake and past do to give up in this beast. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Haymarket , VA, USA

problem #13

Aug 022011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 198,000 miles


While driving down the road and I roll over a bump in the road, the front end shakes and wobbles violently until I slow down to almost a complete stop for it to stop this violent action. The violent wobble has caused damage to my front left axle seal which started leaking after the violent wobble. I'm very upset and want to file a lawsuit against Chrysler Dodge for this. My truck has recently gone through the nys inspection which checks for loose and worn out steering components and everything passed the inspection.

- Oneida, NY, USA

problem #12

Jul 012011

Ram 3500

  • 111,046 miles
The left tie rod end dropped off my vehicle while backing into my driveway. There have been recalls issued on similar trucks. Dodge offers no help on my vehicle because recalls are VIN specific. To repair the cost was $1062. If Dodge hadn't redesigned the parts, my cost would have been $0 due to the 3 year/36,000 mile "bumper to bumper" warranty we purchased with the truck. (it was a used truck when we purchased it.) why haven't all of these trucks been recalled for this issue? I suppose the fact that there have been no deaths or major property damage will be the reason. This is a major hit to me and my family. We need the truck. We need the $1000 it cost to repair. Dodge says the only way they can help me is if the NHTSA expands the recall. I know that won't happen but would you please think about me and my family's dilemma the next time you issue a non-life threatening recall. I thought recalls were all inclusive. Guess I thought wrong. Thanks for listening.

- Union City, TN, USA

problem #11

Jul 102011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 74,149 miles
At parking lot speed, steering control lost. Front tires found pointing in opposite directions and steering linkage hanging from truck. At greater speeds or in presence of pedestrians this incident could have been fatal. Dealer service department reports: Right outer tie rod broken, left & right side upper & lower ball joints defective, drive shaft rear universal joint defective and 1 front drive shaft universal joint defective. Total parts cost $2142.71. The truck has 119,331 kilometres (74,149 miles) on it and has only been used for personal transportation. The severity of the defect and the potential for serious injury is alarming. Found several recalls for Dodge Ram steering linkage defects issued by NHTSA (such as 09E001000).

- Windsor, On Canada, 00, USA

problem #10

Jul 052011

Ram 3500

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge ram3500 megacab. The contact stated that while driving at any speed over bumpy road surfaces, the steering wheel would shake violently and cause the vehicle to steer off the roadway. All of the components under the front end of the vehicle were replaced, but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V350000 (steering: Linkages: Tie rod assembly). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and also informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the above recall. No further assistance was provided and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Greenville, AL, USA

problem #9

Mar 262011

Ram 3500 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


Tie rod end failure at the pitman arm/ inner tie rod connection on a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 quad cab 4X4 truck. The tie rod stud sheared off completely under little to no load after only 23,000 miles of having the H46 recall completed. The angle at which the tie rod end and the pitman arm connect is too extreme. The pitman arm needs to be built with less angle, this would decrease the load on the tie rod end.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #8

Jan 072010

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 megacab 4X4. When driving at speeds of excess of 50 mph, if the truck hits a dip in the road, it shakes violently and looses all control. We had the steering stabilizers replaced 1 month into owning the vehicle, but the problem still remains. When calling Dodge to ask about the problem they hang up on us and say they cannot talk to us about the problem.

- Dutch Flat, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 222010

Ram 3500

  • 80,000 miles
When the vehicle reaches 75 miles per hour and it hits a bump the vehicle can begin to wobble from side to side. This wobbling makes the front steering hard to control and creates a safety situation. This happens frequently if I am going the speed limit.

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #6

Jul 152010

Ram 3500

  • 30,035 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph when the front tire began shaking back and forth violently, causing the contact lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician stated that the steering dampener would need to be replaced. In addition, the vehicle was also in need of a front end alignment. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,035.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 102010

Ram 3500

  • 56,375 miles
Steering linkage loud clunking noise at pitman arm and drag link. Joints loose and possible failure imminent. Noise is heard during turns and when input from highway. Chrysler replacing entire steering linkage with steering damper with updated product at customer expense. Steering linkage on my vehicle does not fall under recall of steering linkage with similar complaint according to dealer because of steering damper attachment to drag link.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #4

May 052010

Ram 3500

  • 60,000 miles
2006 Dodge Ram 3500 mega cab. At speeds of 65 mph - 80 mph the truck shakes violently. This happens every time you reach these speeds. The shake is so bad that it causes you to leave your lane of the road. Chrysler says there is not a problem. But it is severe enough to cause a crash. When this happens it puts the driver out of control.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009

Ram 3500

  • 40,000 miles
My 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 shakes violently when driving over a bump, road seam, manhole or other road irregularity at speeds over 40 mph and does not stop shaking until I slow down significantly. The problem appears to occur regularly when driving over bumps on only one side of the truck, e.g. driving over manhole covers that are on the right side of the lane in the road, etc. Upon research this issue appears to have been named the "death wobble" and has happened to other Dodge Ram pickups. This incident happens frequently, almost once each time the vehicle is driven. It is a very dangerous issue, especially when driving on the highway in traffic; there is often no safe place to pull aside and slow down immediately and slowing down in highway speed traffic, especially in front of large semi trucks is not an option. Although there was a recall on this vehicle for the steering linkage, I was told my vehicle did not have the steering linkage issue therefore did not have to be repaired. I have been told the possible causes for this "death wobble" issue is not a recall item, and I have yet to get the vehicle repaired as the dealerships cannot identify a specific solution and as the vehicle is out of warranty repairs for this issue are not covered by the manufacturer.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 282010

Ram 3500

  • 94,000 miles
Tie rod fracture on a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500.

- Glenwood Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Dec 202009

Ram 3500

  • 41,000 miles
2006 Dodge mega cab 3500 (4) wheel drive dually started violently shaking while driving on the 215 in las vegas Nevada. After hitting a slight bump the truck threw me and my wife side to side in our seats while going about 68mph for no apparent reason. My wife had hit her head against the trucks window due to the truck moving so violently. I later took truck to dealership and was told that these heavy duty Dodge trucks have been having problems with its steering. My truck had past the warranty by 5000 miles and was told it would be $1000 dollars to replace with more heavy duty components. If this is a manufactures problem, then why are people paying for this" and is Dodge waiting for someone to be killed before they categorize this as a recall" my truck which is brand new is currently in operable, and is sitting in my driveway until I can figure out how to give up a $1000 dollars to fix a manufactures design faults.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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