really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,726 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 steering problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #22

Apr 052011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 47,000 miles


Vehicle was purchased in November 2010, and the so call "death wobble" was not noticed until April 2011. I had taken the vehicle into the dealership where purchased, they found nothing wrong with the front end, yet rotated the tires, re-aligned the front end and replaced a control arm. The Chevy dealership where the vehicle was purchased also contacted a Dodge dealer who denied any problems with the front end of these vehicle. The vehicle is driven little, and several times this month (December 2011) while driving on a major highway, while approaching a bridge doing 65 to 70 mph., or where the pavement is rough the vehicle started this "death wobble", almost to the point there is no control. The driver can not gain full control of vehicle until the speed is reduced. I did notice on the net that Chrysler did issue a service letter to their dealers that a problem may exist, yet nothing was mentioned to the Chevy dealership when they contacted Chrysler. This vehicle was purchased to tow a ten-thousand pound rv, and yet, I have not experienced a wobble while pulling that unit, I'm sure it is just a matter of time. Chrysler needs to step up, come up with a solution, recall and fix these vehicles. Customers deserve better than what Chrysler is doing, after all the customers pays thousands of dollars for their product. There is a serious safety issue here that needs to be addressed.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #21

Nov 012011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 97,000 miles
Right outer steering tie rod end fell apart! truck veered sharply to the left, however, I was not meeting any oncoming traffic at the time and was able to get the truck to the left side ditch without hitting anyone or anything. The truck had just been service and front suspension checked. The truck did not give any type of early warning ( no vibration, shimmy, or road walk).

- Rosston, AR, USA

problem #20

Nov 182011

Ram 3500

  • 21,834 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that the front driver's side tie rod fractured while accelerating from a stop. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and 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 failure mileage was 21,834.

- Glassport, PA, USA

problem #19

Nov 182011

Ram 3500

  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated while driving, the vehicle would shake uncontrollably. The dealer made an attempt to repair the failure but the defect was not repaired. The manufacturer made the contact aware of the NHTSA campaign id number: 10E013000 (steering:gear box:shaft pitman) recall, but the VIN was not associated. The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- Hydesville, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 312011

Ram 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
Took my 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD in for oil change and was told that the left and right outer tie rods were severely worn out and needed to be replaced. This is at 35,500 miles, truck is only used on road and has never been off road. Seems this is a common early wearout item on these trucks. Why?

- Colebrook, NH, USA

problem #17

Oct 212011

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 87,900 miles
Dodge death wobble, has happened since the original date also. Dealer has had in and "fixed" 3 times. It is currently back at the dealers service now.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #16

Aug 202009

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 74,890 miles


When greasing the front tie rod ends the right tie rod end does not allow grease to get into the fitting. Called the local Dodge dealership, zimmerman motors in sunbury, pa, who said that I need to bring the vehicle in for an inspection of the problem and that I would have to pay for the inspection. They also told me that if that tie rod had to be replaced they do not just replace that particular part, it now is part of a $500 repair kit. This pricing does not include the installation of the components. So I then called Dodge 1-866-726-4636 and created case 21303145. The service specialist confirmed that I would have to pay for the inspection and they might help me out with the pricing of the part. The truck has not gone in for the inspection. I now have several issues with Dodge. 1. there is a recall for the left tie rod on certain Dodge Ram trucks. Since my truck is not part of that recall it is my responsibility to have this repaired, but Dodge knows that they have a problem with this tie rod assembly since they have a $500 repair kit. 2. my opinion is that eventually this part will fail if grease does not get into the fitting. 3. I should not have to pay for the inspection since Dodge knows that they have issues with the steering components.

- Dalmatia, PA, USA

problem #15

Jul 062011

Ram 3500

  • miles
I pulled into a parking space and backed up to get in straighter and the tie rod end snapped off. The left front tire folded and vehicle couldn't move. We have spent a lot of money on this vehicle, which is not good. It only has 60,000 miles and has had 2 or 3 recalls. Dodge needs to check the front ends on these models and compensate us for monies we have paid for repairs.

- Swisshome, OR, USA

problem #14

Jul 062011

Ram 3500

  • 50,000 miles
My wife and I just bought a 2008 Dodge 3500 mega cab 2 months ago from a Dodge dealer after 2 weeks of owning the truck we were on the interstate going about 65-70 mph and hit a regular bump in the road the tires started shaking and the steering wheel and the truck became uncontrollable almost resulting in a crash. We finally got it to stop when we slowed to about 30mph on the interstate which is not fun at all. This has happened 4 or 5 times in the month in a half we have owned this truck. We took the truck back to dealer they said that the problem was the tires need balanced and rotated. We got the truck back and it still does the same thing. Called the dealer back told them of the problem its been a week and no phone call back to us to get the problem fixed. I'm very unhappy with this dealer and with Dodge. I am very scared to drive this truck and to put my family in it. I own a business along with my family and if there is something wrong we fix it if its our mistake. Something is wrong with these trucks it should not take someone's life to figure that out. Dodge needs to buck up and face these people that have forked out so much money on their so called best trucks. We want an answer and a fix before its someone's life. I challenge Dodge big wigs to put their family in a death wobble Dodge and see how comfortable and confident they are then. Your wife and kids will cry just like mine when your truck does the death wobble and almost goes under a semi doing 65 mph. Its [xxx] and you all are not taking my family away from me because of your mess up so **** it ***** if nothing gets done I will never own another Dodge again. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Laurel, IN, USA

problem #13

Jul 312008

Ram 3500

  • 50,000 miles
My husband and I just bought a 2008 Dodge 3500 mega cab 4X4 4 weeks ago when you reach speeds of 60-70 mph and hit a normal bump in the road the truck starts to shake uncontrollably until you come to an almost complete stop. The truck has 50,000 on it and in the past 4 weeks of owning it has done it 4 or 5 times and almost caused a very bad wreck something is wrong with these trucks they need fixed. The dealer is giving us the run around about fixing it.

- Laurel, IN, USA

problem #12

Jul 012008

Ram 3500

  • 3,500 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact was driving 20 mph when the steering began vibrating abnormally and caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle. In addition, the transmission would not shift from fourth gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times for the failure. The dealer replaced the tires four times and the battery was replaced but the failure was not corrected and the failure persisted. The manufacturer was contacted but would not assist with the repair because the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 11V350000 (steering: Linkages: Tie rod assembly). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 3,500 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Townville , SC, USA

problem #11

May 172008

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Driving down the road passenger side tie rod snaps Chrysler tells me it's not part of the steering linkage recall but yet I'm expected to for other parts that aren't broke instead of just a new tie rod.. lost all control of vehicle and we off road 40mph towing services were $280 when the linkage fell it messed up my passenger inside rim which I'm also held responsible.

- Neches, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 232011

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 74,500 miles
Turning steering. Right outer tierod joint failure. Joint ball came out of it's socket causing steering linkage to fall down on right side and jam against tire locking wheel also. Replace right outer tierod and align front end.

- Gilmanton, NH, USA

problem #9

Feb 232011

Ram 3500

  • 39,000 miles
I drive a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 dsl 4X4. I have experinced a front end shake so bad it is hard to maintane control of the truck. I have replaced tie rod ends and other front end parts including four steering stabilizers and still can not correct the problem. You hit mall bumps in the road and it starts. Only have 45,000 miles on this truck it started at 39,000mi.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 262010

Ram 3500

  • 55,405 miles
The failure is related to the steering linkage. A total loss of steering control was the result. The tie-rod end ball joint broke off right at the pit arm. The truck has no modifications at all and was never involved in an accident. The incident happen while backing out of the driveway. If the incident would have occurred 15 min later in traffic a serious accident could have been the result. Looking at the point where the failure occurred the ball joint had held on to only a small gross section of the pin. No indication or warning of a failure was noticeable in the days before. The parts are available for inspection or testing.

- Taos, NM, USA

problem #7

Sep 152010

Ram 3500

  • 40,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Dodge 3500 4X4 dually taking my newborn daughter to the doctor when I hit a small bump in the passing lane of the freeway and my steering wheel was almost shaken out of my hands I had no choice but to immediately slow down from 70 mph (speed limit) to almost 50 mph with traffic on all sides of me. I almost hit two cars and was almost hit by a semi truck in my attempts to get my vehicle under control. The same thing has happened to me multiple times if I go over 65 mph when I asked the dealer ship about they said that since my warranty was over at 36000 miles I would have to purchase the new and improved parts for it. I think it should be a recall for a safety issue because now I have to come up with 800 dollars so I can feel safe driving my family around.

- Portales , NM, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009

Ram 3500

  • 10,000 miles
2008 Dodge 3500 dual rear wheels. Anytime I hit a bump in the road, my truck goes into a uncontrollable shake. The truck is unsafe to drive and I will be selling it.

- Saegertown, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 112008

Ram 3500

  • 63,500 miles
I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, @ 63,000km I started to experience violent shaking of the front end. Brought the vehicle to Dodge and they said it was a sticky steering stabilizer. The service manager said that they changed the steering stabilizer and sent me on my way. A week later I had the same shake happen and got under and looked at the truck. Turns out they had just greased the steering stabilizer shaft... I went back and complained and they gave me the run around so I decided to add a few aftermarket parts. They helped for a while but the shake came back. Took the vehicle back to Dodge and said all the suspension/steering components were within factory specs and basically told me I was imagining it. I told them to test drive the vehicle @ 110 km/H which is the posted speed limit where I always get the shake, and they flat out told me the tech's will not drive a vehicle over 100 km/H. I ended up having the entire front end replaced on the truck only to still have the problem and the dealers won't even entertain taking a look at it since I'm out of my warranty but have been having the problem for the last 60,000km's.

- Calgary, 00, USA

problem #4

Feb 242010

Ram 3500

  • 3,800 miles
Front end death wobble. All factory recall replacement has been done, but still has death wobble. Non factory mechanic stated truck might need steering bracket because steering box is loose. Feel unsafe while driving truck because of death wobble which causes vehicle to pull left or right.

- Capitan, NM, USA

problem #3

Nov 032008

Ram 3500

  • 12,798 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram. While driving 65 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle unexpectedly wandered to the left. This was a sudden change in direction. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and noticed that the tires exhibited excessive wear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the grease seal was leaking. The grease seal, steering linkages, and both tie rod ends were replaced. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 09E001000 (steering;linkages), although the failures were identical. The failure mileage was 12,798 and current mileage was 13,534.

- Deridder, LA, USA

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