hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,855 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 steering problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 092016

Ram 3500

  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. While driving 35 mph, the tie rod fractured. The contact was an independent mechanic and was able to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Caribou, ME, USA

problem #8

Feb 212016

Ram 3500

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. While driving approximately 15 mph, the steering and braking ability seized. The contact also heard a thumping noise. The contact stopped and exited the vehicle and noticed that the passenger side tie rod was fractured. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger side tie rod was fractured and needed replacement. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #7

Dec 252014

Ram 3500

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. While driving over rough terrain at approximately 70 mph, the steering wheel felt loose and there was a loss of steering in the front end of the vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the tie rod was faulty and the front end tie rod needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000. Updated 09/10/15

- Krebs, OK, USA

problem #6

Aug 152012

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 72,000 miles


Pulling out from carport turned sharp to the left herd a loud pop. Got out the truck to see tie rod snapped at the ball joint.

- Grand Cane, LA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jul 132010

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,801 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. While the contact was driving approximately 35 mph, there was a sudden loss of steering control. The vehicle traveled uncontrollably and skidded off the road into a mound of dirt which caused the vehicle to stop. The contact stated the front passenger tire had completely turned in an outward position. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the technician informed that the tie rod had broken. The vehicle was repaired. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09V005000 (steering:linkages:tie rod assembly). However, the VIN was excluded from the recall. The failure mileage was 55,801. Updated 11/29/10 updated 12/08/10

- Thatcher, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 042010

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles


2008 Dodge Ram. Consumer expresses discontent with several problems with vehicle the U-joint, tie rod, steering linkage and axle all had to be replaced. The consumer stated most recently, the check engine light illuminated.

- Ellsworth, ME, USA

problem #2

Jan 222010

Ram 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 25,000 miles
One of my tie rod ends just disintegrated while I was underway on smooth surface, resulting in loss of steering. I could have rolled the vehicle. This is the second tie rod end to go on this vehicle in less than 25K miles. The universal joint was making noises. The consumer requested the dealer replace it. Updated 04/19/10

- Essex, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012008

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 which was purchased in May 2008. While driving at speeds of 5 mph out of the driveway, the steering wheel began to shake violently and he could not control the vehicle. The driver's side tires turned inward and he was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repairs were made to the vehicle under a recall campaign (see NHTSA campaign id number:09V005000, steering linkages, tie rod assembly. The contact was not sure of the exact repairs made to the vehicle. On a separate occasion, while approaching a stop sign she lost steering control. The vehicle pulled toward the right and off the road barely missing a parked vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where they stated that the left tie rod assembly failed a second time. The left tie rod assembly was replaced under her extended warranty. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 52,000. Updated 03/09/10. The tie rod failed for a second time on January 14, 2010.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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