Ball Joint Problems of Dodge Ram 2500
Dodge Ram 2500 owners have reported 31 problems associated with ball joint (under the suspension category).
#1 - Ball Joint problem of the 2010 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle was 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. It was July 20, 2013 when this ball joint issue happened.
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#2 - Ball Joint problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved was a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1D7KS28C17_. 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. The failure date was 04/06/13.
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#3 - Ball Joint problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Tl - consumer has 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. The failure date was Nov. 2, 2012.
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#4 - Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. Have had premature failure of front end parts: ball joints, tie rods, ujoints. I have replaced 3 times in last 5 years and again now having to replace. This problem occurred on Thu., Nov. 1, 2007.
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#5 - Ball Joint problem of the 2010 Dodge Ram 2500
The car was a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500. VIN of the vehicle was 3D7UT2CL9A_. 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. This problem occurred on Aug. 8, 2012.
#6 - Ball Joint problem of the 2009 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500. 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. This ball joint issue occurred Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.
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#7 - Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
The reporting person's vehicle is 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. This ball joint problem happened on 05/11/12.
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#8 - Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
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. It was Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 when this ball joint issue happened.
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#9 - Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
The car was a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 3D7KS28C85_. 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. It was 02/27/2012 when this ball joint issue occurred.
#10 - Ball Joint problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. 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. The failure date was May. 12, 2011.
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#11 - Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was a 2001 Dodge 2500. 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!. This ball joint problem happened on Sunday, Jun. 3, 2012.
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#12 - Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 2008 Dodge 2500. 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. The failure date was Sep. 16, 2011.
#13 - Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 3D7KS28C05_. My Dodge Ram 2500 truck has a violent death wobble issue. At freeway speeds when hitting an uneven bump in the pavement the truck goes into a sustaining death wobble type motion in the front end. It is extremely scary, and quite dangerous. The truck is completely out of control and must be slowed to approximately 30 mph for the wobble to stop. I've taken my truck to the Dodge dealer several times and they cannot find the problem. I've replaced everything, the axle, steering dampener 3 times, ball joints, alignment adjustments, new tires. The problem goes away for a short time but then always returns. I'm afraid to drive my truck on the freeway and my kids are afraid to drive in my truck period. When it happens it's very wild and scary. All the traffic around me slows down and swerves to get away from my truck. It's not only dangerous and scary, but embarrassing too. I don't know what to do. I've tried everything and nothing is working. Dodge is pretty much useless. They turned their back on me since all the components check out fine. They said there's nothing that they can do. I need a resolution for this problem. It was Saturday, April 19, 2008 when this ball joint issue happened.
#14 - Ball Joint problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that he looses control of the vehicle while driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the tie rod and ball joint was replaced, but failure was not corrected. The contact continues to loose control of the vehicle. The manufacturer took a report 21276257 and advised the failure was not recalled. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current 100,000. This ball joint issue occurred 01/01/09.
#15 - Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
Consumer 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. This issue happened on Jul. 15, 2011.
#16 - Ball Joint problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Consumer 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. It was Oct. 10, 2010 when this ball joint issue occurred.
#17 - Ball Joint problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
The car was a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 3D7KS28AX8_. 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. The failure date was 08/14/10.
#18 - Ball Joint problem of the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1D7KS28A97_. 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. This problem occurred on 03/15/2011.
#19 - Ball Joint problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved is a 2006 Dodge ram2500 megacab 4x4. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3D7KS19D06_. Out of control bouncing of the front axle on a 2006 Dodge ram 1500. We have replaced the tires and increased the tire pressure. I have been told by mechanics that the ball joints on these trucks are faulty and will need to be replaced. I have talked to multiple mechanics and Dodge owners the problem is wide spread and known by the dealerships but Chrysler/Dodge has not done anything about it. This ball joint problem happened on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010.
#20 - Ball Joint problem of the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle is a 2006 Dodge ram2500hd quadcab 4x4 swb. The vehicle had a crash. 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. This issue happened on 03/03/2011.
#21 - Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Dodge 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3D7KS28C85_. 'death wobble': severe shaking of the front suspension. Happened at speeds over 45 mph, usually after hitting small bumps or irregular road surfaces. Several (6-8) episodes over 1 month period. Required decrease of speed from highway speeds to less than 30 mph or even full stop to end episode. In one particular episode (8/11/10)was towing up an incline on a two lane highway was forced to slow from 65 mph to 25mph while trying to move onto narrow shoulder to avoid danger with other traffic behind us. Despite no noted worn out suspension components (inspected by independent and dealer mechanics, some tie rod wear noted only) repair involved replacing steering components, pitman arm, tie rods & ball joints. Dealer retained old parts. This issue happened on July 15, 2010.
#22 - Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
The VIN of this Ram 2500 is 1D7KS28D55_. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. This ball joint problem happened on 01/12/11.
#23 - Ball Joint problem of the 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
Consumer has a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that when driving 50 mph and above, he would hear a grinding noise from the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised him to replace the front ball joints. The vehicle was repaired once before and the failure recurred within 60,000 miles. The manufacturer was not contacted to report the failure and the vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 129,000. The VIN was unavailable. This ball joint problem happened on Jun. 2, 2010.
#24 - Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle having this issue was a 2004 Dodge 2500. VIN of the vehicle was 3D7KU28C64_. On 3-24-08, my vehicle failed state inspection at shaffer's auto service center; 422 taylor st. ; new castle, PA 16101 (724-654-1088). Since it was under an extended warranty plan, I took it to king's Chrysler; 3239 wilmington rd. ; new castle, PA 16105 (724-654-7761) to be fixed. They replaced both front universal joints. But they said that all four ball joints were within specifications for allowed movement. My 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 had 32083 miles on it then. A remark was made that the balljoints should last another 5 thousand miles or so. Today I wanted to have them checked, since I have 37,000 miles on the vehicle. I have been continually worried that a wheel might break off since this vehicle failed inspection at shaffer's. And this is the second time that I took it back to king's to see if the balljoints were bad enough to change. Today, they told me I voided the warranty because I had locking hubs installed on the vehicle to improve fuel mileage. I had the hubs installed after it failed inspection and they said it would last a while longer. I plan on changing the balljoints at my own expense now. But am troubled that they didn't change them at the time because if one breaks, then a wheel could fall off my vehicle and I could be injured as well as anyone else who was near me on the highway. I have recently been doing a lot of traveling on interstate rt. 80, across PA and am afraid one will break at 65 mph as I travel rt. 80. Should vehicle dealers be permitted to defy the authority of another state vehicle inspection station to keep from doing warranty work? I believe that their negligence has put me and others at risk on the road ways I travel. It was 03/24/08 when this ball joint issue occurred.
#25 - Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
The car is a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The VIN of the problem Ram 2500 is 3D7KU28C64_. My Ram 2500 4x4 diesel truck started shaking uncontrollably at 60-65mph around 30k miles on vehicle, had to completely stop the vehicle to make the shaking stop. I thought I had problems with tires and balancing, so went to tire shop and bought new tires and had front end aligned. But about a week after new tires were installed it happened again, so I had dealership examine vehicle, they changed steering damper, and ball joints after 3 weeks in shop. Again, the vehicle started shaking, so brought it again to dealership, where they stated I needed to have the truck aligned, so I told them to have it aligned. The problem continued until I noticed the front tires were loosing its shape going bald on the outside, obviously alignment wrongly performed. I called the dealership and they said there was nothing they could do as alignment was not performed at their site. That's when I decided to bring the vehicle to my technician and pay for a real technician to do the job correctly. Here's what he found out: all tie rod ends and bars were damaged, steering damper was bad, and the front end was displaced wrongly via the eccentric adjustments. To our surprise, all new repalcement parts (tie rods, and bars) had problems, went back to mopar parts store three times to exchange parts. This is when we decided to go all the way and exchanged all tie rods and bars with aftermarket ones with grease cups and added a second steering damper to the principal bar coming from the pitman arm. Problem has been solved with $$$ and time to think about the problem. I can forwrd pictures of how the front end suspension looks now, not different from original but with grease cups and additional steering damper (mopar clamp on type). Please forward this to Chrysler and Dodge engineers. It was Monday, October 10, 2005 when this ball joint issue happened.
#26 - Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved was a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 3D7KU28C54_. Front-end noise gradually getting worse until front-end play in steering and wheels around 55,000 miles. Ball joints and u-joint parts were replaced (my expense) and now again at 95,500 miles the same problem is occurring again. The failure date was July 10, 2008.
#27 - Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 3D7KU28C14_. Truck vibrates or shakes when going over 60 mph. When it hits a bump it does the same thing. I was told it was ball joint defect which is on recall. This problem occurred on Wed., Jul. 9, 2008.
#28 - Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved was a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. Dodge 2500 4x4, the truck is experiencing the "death wobble" I have read about it and my mechanic cant find anything wrong. It occurs at speeds above 60 mph and can only be stopped by slowing the vehicle to almost stop. The shocks and ball joints are good and the balance on the tires is good too. It was 12/15/2009 when this ball joint issue happened.
#29 - Ball Joint problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
The car involved was a 2003 Dodge 2500. Consumer owns a 2003 Dodge truck 2500 4x4. The contact stated that the vehicle shakes violently while driving 70 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times and they changed the cable stabilizer and replaced the ball joints. The failure mileage was 100,000 and current mileage was 117,000. Updated 03-27-09 updated 04/01/09. This problem occurred on May. 1, 2008.
#30 - Ball Joint problem of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
The vehicle was a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. The VIN of the problem Ram 2500 is 3D7KU28663_. Ball joints and tie rod ends wore out and rusted parts on a 2003 ram that almost resulted in the loss of a wheel. It was May. 22, 2009 when this ball joint issue happened.
#31 - Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
The car was a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 3B7KF23711_. : the contact stated that the ball joints are worn therefore the vehicle cannot pass the state inspection. The dealer alerted the contact that vehicles of the year, make and model have a lot of problems with the ball joints. The contact expressed concern about the safety of the vehicle in regards to steering. It was 07/11/06 when this ball joint issue occurred.