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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,030 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #86

Mar 072018

Ram 3500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 122,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and resumed driving to his residence. In addition, each time the vehicle drove over a bump, the front end shook violently and the tires wobbled. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000.

- Edgerton, MO, USA

problem #85

Jan 012016

Ram 3500

  • 50,000 miles
There is a terrible wobble when running at speed and hit a bump in the road.

- Burrton, KS, USA

problem #84

Jun 202011

Ram 3500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that the suspension was unstable in the front of the vehicle due to the steering. The steering assembly was loose and the steering wheel veered left and right, which prevented the driver from safely driving over 40 mph. The contact was uncertain if a death wobble would occur. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering), but the remedy failed to provide a solution. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times, but the failure continued. More than one independent mechanic provided diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was waiting to determine if the manufacturer could remedy the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #83

Jan 192017

Ram 3500

  • 325,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 has death wobble in when you barely hit a bump. The only way to stop the shaking is to bring the truck to a complete stop. We have had the tie rod recall fixed. Before the recall the truck did not have this problem, it only occurred after the recall was fixed. The Dodge mechanic stated that the ball joints needed replaced but we got a second opinion and they stated there was nothing wrong with the ball joints on our truck. This has been going on for some time now.

- Stratford, OK, USA

problem #82

Dec 052008

Ram 3500

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 08V641000 (engine and engine cooling), 09E001000 (steering), 13V528000 (steering), 15V313000 (air bags) and 16V352000 (air bags. The parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Novinger, MO, USA

problem #81

Mar 232016

Ram 3500

  • 63,658 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. While attempting to decelerate and switch lanes, the steering linkage fractured. The contact had to apply the parking brake to slow down the vehicle. There was no warning indicator. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact to take the vehicle to a local dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer and the vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included in a recall. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 63,658.

- Leavenworth, WA, USA

problem #80

Mar 012016

Ram 3500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Its a sham on there buy back they use kelly blue book when nada is standard kelly blue book is about 65 percent less then industry norm them the buy back is placed at about 75 percent increase for sale example 2008 Dodge $3500 clean trade in $10500 clean retail $18500 looks to me some one made a deal with kelly blue book nada clean trade in $17000. The same type and year of vehicle above sold at auto auction. Which sell under blue book in rough condition for $11500. Tell me how this is not a sham and comes anywhere close to what the court ordered

- Culbertson, NE, USA

problem #79

Dec 132013

Ram 3500

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V313000 (air bags) and 13V528000 (steering) and was not able to schedule the repair within a reasonable time frame. The dealer only indicated that they would order the parts for several months. The contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and was unable to determine when the parts would become available. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #78

Apr 272015

Ram 3500 Diesel

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that the steering gear box was replaced twice because it was defective. The contact stated that it needed to be replaced a third time. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 02/02/16; updated 04/30/18

- Hereford, AZ, USA

problem #77

Jun 012015

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact stated that the front passenger side wheel and tire separated from the vehicle while entering a parking area. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the front passenger side tie rod fractured. The vehicle was repaired and the tie rod was replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 04/04/16 the consumer stated the manufacturer claimed only the left tie rod was an issue. Updated 04/06/16.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #76

Mar 302010

Ram 3500

  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Between the speeds of 50/75 hitting bumps seperation of road & bridges will trigger the death wobble I been dealing with this isuye for almost 6 yrs ive installed new track bar, inner & outer tie rods last mont keeping tge tires rotated & balance almost got rearend by 18 wheeler had to slm on brakes lock em down to stop this brutal shake very iratating dealing with this at several times it will shake into the other lane almost causing wreaks please help thanks benny powell.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #75

Jul 162015

Ram 3500

  • miles
When I pulled out of an intersection, reached a speed of 25mph, the truck jerked left uncontrollably. Finally stopped wen I hit a ditch, looked, tie rod had came apart.

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #74

May 292015

Ram 3500

  • 163,000 miles
Drive down the freeway at about 80 mph and hit a bump in the road. The steering began to shake very violently. I had to slow the truck to almost a complete stop before the steering would stop shaking. This could have caused a major accident.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #73

Apr 272015

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • 131,000 miles
While traveling South on highway 31 in gallatin, Tennessee at approximately 10 miles per hour, the right steering arm broke rendering my truck uncontrollable. This was after having received two recall notices on the steering arm and taking it to the dealership twice and each time being told that those arms were not on the recall.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #72

Nov 102014

Ram 3500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V529000 (steering). The contact mentioned that two authorized dealers were contacted and they stated that the parts were not available for an extended period of time. The dealer did not provide a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #71

Sep 172014

Ram 3500

  • 108,000 miles
Approximately 3 months (and 2637 miles of highway driving) after having safety recall N62 / NHTSA 13V-528 work accomplished by landers mclarty dealership in huntsville Alabama, the drag link disconnected disconnected from the right tie rod at approximately 40 mph. This resulted in a complete loss of steering and caused my vehicle to cross opposing traffic lanes and enter a ditch before I could stop the vehicle. The recall repairs were not conducted per dealer service instructions. Landers mclarty Dodge service manager had provided me an E-mail indicating "I have talked to all 3 of the technicians that perform this recall, and they all stated that they use an impact gun to actually install that nut, due to the teflon that is on the inside of it to keep it from backing off after it is installed. It is very tough and is very time consuming to install with hand tools." The dealer service instruction state at step #16. Connect the drag link to the right tie rod end (figure 8). Tighten the new drag link retaining nut to 96 ft. Lbs. (130 NM). The associated figure 8 clearly indicates the use of a torque wrench and is labeled as such. Being an engineer and familiar with lock nuts and bolted joint design, I believe the use of an impact gun for installation could result in a broken/cracked nut, or loss of the teflon locking feature due to heating or mechanical abuse during installation. Landers mclarty should re-accomplish recall work for all vehicles that used impact gun to accomplish the repair.

- Hazel Green , AL, USA

problem #70

Sep 052014

Ram 3500

  • miles
We just bought a used pickup that has an open recall...Chrysler N62...on the steering. After taking it to the Dodge dealer for inspection, we were told the parts to repair this recall would take anywhere from 2-3 years to get from Dodge. This is not acceptable, as we bought this vehicle to use, not sit and wait for parts. This is a safety recall, and I demand the repairs be completed in a timely manner, not 2-3 years. I would accept 2-3 weeks. Please let me know what my options are. Thank you

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #69

Dec 022013

Ram 3500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500. The contact had been waiting since January of 2014 to have the vehicle repaired according to NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V527000 (steering) and 13V528000 (steering). The dealer stated that they were unable to obtain the parts for the repair and that their lift was not large enough to lift the contact's vehicle. The VIN was unknown. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Yoakum, TX, USA

problem #68

Aug 012014

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2008 Dodge Ram 3500. Consumer writes in regards to the length of time to complete recall. The consumer was placed on a waiting list, because the parts were not available. Recall# 13V529000. The consumer found a dealer, to replace the tie rod. Updated 09/25/14

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #67

Aug 012014

Ram 3500 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2008 Dodge Ram 3500. Consumer writes in regards to left tie rod recall issues. The consumer stated the dealer only looked at the left tie rod, and stated the right side was not included in the recall. The next day, the consumer called customer service, where he was informed the dealer should have replaced both tie rods. The dealer did not agree, that both sides were supposed to be replaced. When the consumer called customer service again, he was informed, the right side was not covered.

- Manvel, TX, USA

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