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Ball Joint Problems of Dodge Ram 2500 - part 1

Dodge Ram 2500 owners have reported 39 problems related to ball joint (under the suspension category).

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 1
Failure Date: 05/19/2014

Driving on the highway at 60 mph suddenly my front tires started bouncing up and down in opposed ruth's. Scared the life out of my wife and me ! I receive d in the mail a notice of a recall on my tierod ball joints and went to cook Chrysler dealership on rt 40 aberdeen MD. They said they cannot get the parts ! they have a whole list of people who have the same problem !! whats going on ? its a recall . I would like an answer, but more, I want parts ! I will be contacting the attorney general. Sincerely, victor cosentino 443-740-5291.

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 2
Failure Date: 03/05/2014

At higher speeds the front end starts to shake violently (death wobble) to the point of loosing control, you have to come to a complete stop to get it to stop which can be a problem when driving on the freeway I've took it to the dealer and they said it was the ball joints so I had them replaced it didnt help I also replaced the shocks and steering dampner all this at my own expense. I've had the truck in twice for recalls on the tie rod ends also. From the reasearch I have done online it seems that alot of owners are having the same trouble with no help from Dodge to correct the problem.

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2011 Dodge Ram 2500 3
Failure Date: 12/08/2013

While in reverse and turning left, the left tie rod end snapped at the ball joint. It appears to be a geometry problem, not all about a faulty part. Chrysler stated the part had already been replaced during recall l16, but it has not fixed the problem. Customer service stated they will only replace the part once under the recall.

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 4
Failure Date: 11/12/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel and front end of the vehicle began to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the four tires were rotated; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was currently being diagnosed by an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000. . . . Updated 03/24/14 the consumer while driving between 55-60 mph if he hit a slight bump in the roadway or approaching a bridge where the bridge pavement and the road pavement was grooved, the vehicle would shake violently to the point, he was unable to control the vehicle. Also, the consumer noticed power steering fluid leaking from the steering box. The consumer believed it was due to the violent shaking that the pitman arm and the stress put on the ball joints and steering rods. The steering wheel would shake in his hand. Updated 04/01/14.

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 5
Failure Date: 10/15/2013

I bought an extra clean 07 2500 4/4 megacab 6. 7 in June of this year. Had upper and lower moog ball joints,tie rod ends and rods where needed,plus new damper at 169k mi. Put a set of new shocks on the other day,truck is factory height,but has 285s instead of 265s. Just today it went into a death wobble on a wet concrete interstate after hitting a very small pot hole on left. I was runnin about 70 and damn near lost it. Luckily there was nothing on shoulder cause I couldn't keep it in my lane. Thank god my wife or daughters weren't driving! help!! I dread testing it again after someone claims to have fixed it,since it took 6 mos. To show up and only seems to happen at dangerously high speeds. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 6
Failure Date: 10/11/2013

In 2007 I purchased a new Dodge ram big horn 4x4 cummings diesel. I pull a 2-horse bumper pull trailer about 12 times a yr,haul a few things in bed, truck has light use. Being a career mechanic I am particular about maintenance,truck is garaged,1/2015 only has 38,000 mi. Took to dealership in 2013 for tie rod end recall,told me all was ok, no parts needed. During a 300 mi. Round trip pulling trailer/horses 10/13,I noticed some wandering,upon return took to dealership for check and tire rotation which was also due. Immediately noticed wandering was worse going home,took back again,they rotated tires again(probably back how they were),added wheel weight,still wandering,tired taking in with no results. New tires oct 2013,ruled out tire problem as cause. Noticed wander more with trailer. For peace of mind took back 1 more time before horse trip oct. 2014,told all ok even thou still wandering. Started weaving also during trip,felt uncomfortable about stability there and back. A few wks ago taking to dealership for oil change/weaving check,while on local paved road truck pulled sharply to right,pass. Mirror smashed into sign,$530 bill. Lucky I kept truck on road!right away took to front end shop,didn't feel confident with dealership. They found front end parts worn,needed replacement,tie rod ends,track bar bushings,drag link and ball joints!on a 38,000 mile well maintained truck that didn't haul or pull heavy loads!ridiculous!search found thousands of complaints for this issue,many people put in dangerous life threatening situations,people may have died from this failure. Main cause seems the engine is too heavy for weak inferior parts with poor design. Dodge takes no responsibility and ignores issue while consumers pay millions in repairs and unknowingly risk their lives. Dodge needs to recall these dangerous vehicles!fixes are there but should not be at consumers expense!.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 7
Failure Date: 09/18/2013

I had no control of the steering and the vehicle was violently shaking, I slowed down to a stop, composed myself and drove on, the steering was very hard to control but the shaking only started about 40 mph, I took the vehicle to two shops, had ball joints, u joints, tie rods, steering, shocks, upgraded mopar steering assembly, pitman arm , all replaced, shortly thereafter I received recall notice n62/ NHTSA 13v-528, the instructions stated to mail all original repair documents related to tie rod failure and I would be reimbursed, I received a phone call just simply denying any responsibility with no particular reason other than my mileage, I asked for an email outlining the reason in detail which had absolutely no content of any explanation as to why the claim was denied. I did not receive my original receipts back either.

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 8
Failure Date: 07/20/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Dodge ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the contact notice a loud grinding noise from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the ball joints needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 9
Failure Date: 04/06/2013

I have owned this truck from day one. 2007 Ram 2500 4x4 quad cab 5. 9. 50,000 miles. Truck has been pulling to the right for a while. I took vehicle in for alignment at dealership. They set it to specs. Brought it back about 40 days later to realign, still pulling to the right. Service advisor said that I needed to buy an offset ball joint in order for them to get more adjustment and to correct alignment at a cost of $622. 00. Said that this is common problem. I called & emailed Dodge/Chrysler asking why I would have to buy a part to correct a stock factory item. They called dealership to verify problem and told me what the dealership said it needed and that was all. Consumer shouldn't have to buy aftermarket parts to fix a stock item.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 10
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

When hitting a small bump with the right tire the whole front end began to shake uncontrolably with difficulty steering. Had to bring the truck to a complete stop on the side of the highway. There was a semi right behind me that had to swerve to miss hitting me while I tried to control the vechile. Dodge has said there is a death wobble and are aware of it, but no recall at this time. Also Dodge told me that it was a manufacure defeact and I could pay to have it fix. Have already spent 1800. 00 dollars replacing ball joint, tirieds, bearings. Etc and still has the death wobble and unable to drive or sell due to the danger of accident.

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Failure Date: 11/02/2012

Tl - the contact owns a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, a loud thumping noise was heard from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the ball joints, socket joints and the ball bearings needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 100,300. The VIN was not available. Kmj.

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Failure Date: 08/08/2012

I was on the highway doing around 75 and hit a small bump and all 4 tires locked up, the steering wheel and column shook violently, the dashboard and everything shook really hard. I started to hit the brakes and did not let go of the steering wheel even if it was shaking hard. My truck started to go onto the shoulder then went into the grass on the right and came to a stop. It was still running and I got out to look at the tires and underneath but nothing was wrong. I took it to a different dealer and told them I experienced this before and not to try to duplicate the complaint because it will go out of control. Today they called me to say they replaced the ball joint (under warranty) but I have to pay for an alignment. I told them that I looked the symptoms up on the internet and saw this is a real problem that cant be fixed and I don't want this to happen to me again, they can keep it. Why do I have to pay 700. 00/month payments and also pay with my life or someone else's life too? I will not pick this 'fixed' truck up from the dealer. On the internet and you-tube its called, the death wobble and is what happened to me, only worse and twice! so, today I went to NHTSA and filed both complaints. Believe me, I may not have it on video but its very violent and you cant steer! the steering shakes so bad that you can barely hang onto it and I think all the tires quit turning because you literally are bouncing down the highway.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 13
Failure Date: 08/02/2012

Hi, I took my truck to sears to have the tires rotated and the steering checked because I had started to feel crow hopping when making slow turns. When they removed the front tires they checked to find what was creating the crow hopping as I had requested. They found that the cv joint on the drivers side was not working as it should, and upon removing it they also found that the ball joints were bad. At this point I had sears do the work because of safety concerns. They repaired the problem and so far the crow hopping seems to have gone away. I now understand that there has been a NHTSA campaign id#11v350000 . I have owned this vehicle since it was new ,but have never gotten a recall notice on this problem. I have contacted Dodge and talked to customer service about re-imbursment and was told that there was nothing they could do because the parts replaced where not mopar and possibly because the work was not done at Dodge. I think this is not right because I did not get a notice and I was not taking the truck until it was safe to do so.

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 14
Failure Date: 06/03/2012

2001. 5 Dodge 2500 quad 4x4 diesel. Steering has been bad for last few years. Took in and all up front is bad, hubs, joints, ball joints, tie rods and even the gear box output shaft. I was told that the dealer knows that the 2500 comes off the line with 1/4" give or take play in the ball joints as it sits new and are actually too small for application which causes all else to go bad over time. I am not hard on my Dodge with driving style. Cost to fix with stock and after market parts only to prevent is 2600. 00. Labor is 100. 00 per hour how can anyone handle this kind of money up front. Truck sits afraid to drive more then local. Started seeing at 95000 and have just over 103000. Dealer will not fix recalls of 2001 year because its to old!.

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car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 15
Failure Date: 05/11/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated while driving 15 mph, the passenger side front tie rod fell on the ground. The vehicle was towed to a local garage. The failure was located within the ball joints which separated due to defective material. A local mechanic replaced the steering pitman, steering arm, the cross shaft, nuts and bolts. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 36,250. Updated 06/26/12 the consumer stated he could not just replace the failed part. He had to purchase the entire steering assembly, due to it being an upgrade. The cost of the steering assembly was $618. 61. Updated 06/27/12.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 16
Failure Date: 02/27/2012

While backing out of a typical driveway, the left tie rod suddenly failed (described by our mechanic as 'sheared off at the pivot connection/knuckle'. ) the tie rod had been replaced, as part of "updated front tie rod kit", along with steering damper, pitman arm and all ball joints in August of 2010 (91382 miles on vehicle at that time) as the solution to severe 'death wobble. ' it should also be noted that all ball joints had already suffered sever wear and required replacement in March of 2011, with about 126223 miles on the truck.

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Failure Date: 01/14/2012

I just purchased my used 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 and decided to take it on a 1500 mile round trip to test it out. At speeds over 55 mph, I experienced the death wobble whenever I would hit uneven pavement. My conservative estimate is that it happened no less than 50 times during the trip. It was very scary and dangerous as many times I was traveling 70 mph with semis right beside me. The Dodge dealer quoted me over $1200 to replace the steering dampener as well as the ball joints, with no guarantee that it would even fix the problem. This could have very easily caused a death if someone less experienced than myself was driving. I am very surprised that Dodge has not intervened with this obvious design flaw as it could very well cause serious injury including death.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 18
Failure Date: 09/16/2011

While driving 60mph the front end of the vehicle suddenly shook excessively and became difficult to control. Upon stopping the car I found the drag link for right side had split and detached from ball joint. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and I was informed that the entire steering assembly needed to be replaced. Dodge has a known problem with this and no longer makes or supplies this failed part. This repair and replacement is at my cost and not covered under any recall or warranty. I was instructed the recall had been performed in April of 2011 and no action was needed at that time.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 19
Failure Date: 07/15/2011

The contact owns 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact was driving 5 mph when the contact heard a loud noise from the front end of the vehicle. The contact pulled over to inspect the vehicle and found that the front driver side tie-rod was fractured. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic to have the tie-rod replaced. The mechanic also noticed the passenger side tie-rod was faulty and the ball joints were defective. The contact stated that a crash could have occurred if the vehicle was on the highway during the failure. The failure mileage was 41,000. Kmj.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 20
Failure Date: 05/12/2011

Front axle shaking violently. Shakes consistently going over bridges. Shook so hard one time it broke the adjusting sleeve on the drag link leaving me with no steering and vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and into the grass coming to a stop just before hitting the guardrail. Since this incident the ball joints and tie rods have been replaced along with the steering stabilizer. The front axle has been aligned and everything is to oem specifications and this vehicle will still shake going over bridges if your running 70mph. From the research I've done it appears there is a problem on these Dodge trucks if they are 4x4 with a straight front axle and short wheel base. I have seen kits on the internet that claim to fix the "death wobble" and the geometry of the "fix" is different than oem. I hope that you will investigate this issue and I would be more than happy to take you for a ride in my vehicle or let anyone inspect it.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 21
Failure Date: 03/15/2011

I have a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. I have experienced a wobble in the front end. This happens when I am above 50 mph and go across a change in the road surface. The shake will not stop until my speed drops below 30 mph. It is a very violent shake that almost sends me off the road. The vehicle has 74000 miles on it, and I thought it may be the tires since the ones on it were the original tires. I had brand new bf goodrich tires put on it, and it did not fix the problem. I call the dealer about this, and they said it could be the tie rod ends, dampner, or ball joints. He was aware of the problem, but didnt have an answer for me.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 22
Failure Date: 03/03/2011

I was driving a 2006 Dodge powerwagon down the road between 60-70mph. After hitting a bump on highway or bridge overpass, major shaking and wobbling in the front end. Known as death wobble. Accurs everytime in the same spot and everytime at the same speeds. The first time it happened I was driving and hit an uneven part in the road and the death wobble occured. Violent shaking and I hit the bridge wall. Called the dealer, they said the linkage had a recall. Took it in. Adjusted. Still same problem. Had all ball joint and tie rod ends replaced, all bushing, both shocks up front, steering stabalizer and alignment done. Still the same problem.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 23
Failure Date: 01/12/2011

2005 Dodge Ram 2500. Has death shake. Steering box stabalizer, duel steering stabalizer, rancho rs 9000 shocks, ball joints allignment 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. Evan 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 bullatin to Dodge dealers on how to fix it a, but I think its a major expensive design flaw, otherise Dodge would of corrected this dangerouse 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 didnt have to babysit the truck so bad. Its prettuy bad when you cant go over 50mph with a loaded car trailer being pulled by a 2500 pickup and have to wory about loosing control so easaly. Someone please do something about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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Failure Date: 10/10/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph over bumpy road surfaces, the vehicle would shake violently. In order to stop the shaking, the vehicle would be slowed down to 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the vehicle needed new ball joints. The contact replaced the balls joints, but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who stated that the vehicle needed a new tie rod, steering dampener, pitman arm, front axle u-joint, and wheel alignment. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 86,000. Sm.

car image   Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 25
Failure Date: 08/14/2010

When you run over a bump or seam in the road with the right front tire and then immediately after with the left front tire, the front of the truck starts bouncing uncontrollably until the speed of the truck is reduced drastically. This occurs with speeds between 55 and 80 mph. It occurs approximately once per month, you never know the next time it happens. The ball joints and steering box were rebuilt with new numbered parts and has not corrected the front suspension problem.