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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Dodge Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 7/16/2014
    There is a grinding sound while driving
    I thought it was the braked and they were worn and I replaced them. The grinding is still there and it gets worse when I use the brakes or make a turn
     
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  • mayers90
    mayers90 - 2005 Dodge Neon - Steering & Suspension - 7/14/2014
    Minor accident to front passenger wheel. Wheel is caved inwards with top caved into wheel well touching strut.
    What should be replaced to fix the problem? It looks like lower ball joint is bent. And I believe the "Outer CV boot" that is attached to the back of the spindle is out of alignment. Which I think is causing wheel to be caved in. Someone told me to replace the lower ...
     
    • Jimm
      7/14/2014 Jimm
      Best answer is to have the vehicle examined by a trusted local auto body repair shop in your area. No way to provide an accurate estimate for any auto body repair via the internet for obvious reasons.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 7/9/2014
    Power steering is working, but not completely.
    When I turn a corner and release the steering wheel, the car doesn't straighten itself. I have to manually "un turn" the steering wheel. No leaks in the power steering fluid. Also pulls to the left when I break. Been told it could be power steering pump or rack, ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Dodge Avenger - Steering & Suspension - 7/7/2014
    Is there strut or shocks in the rear
    I have to replace the strut with bushing the shop told me but when I look in the book it shocks in the rear.
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2010 Dodge Avenger - Steering & Suspension - 7/7/2014
    Does the dodge avenger 2010 have strut or shocks in the rear
    I need to replace the shocks or strut in the rear and bushing the shop told me but when I look in my book it does not show strut in the rear.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 7/5/2014
    My dodge has a lift kit 9 inches and it needs ball joints is there a difference in ball joints for my truck then stock
    maybe heavey duty ones
     
    • Jimm
      7/5/2014 Jimm
      Not heavy duty replacement - stick with proven and tested brand names; Moog, TRW, Raybestos - and equivalent. The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front upper or lower ball joints from around $6.80 for your vehicle. You may option for the 'professional grade' ball joints - not sure of the service life yet they are more expensive - around $40.00 each - same source.
  • Blanco
    Blanco - 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 6/13/2014
    There is a popping noise from my rack a pion ion when I turn the wheel all the way.
    The rack a pinion was recently replaced and my truck has a lev along kit on it.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 5/22/2014
    I have a problem with my truck shaking @ 35-45mph & need suggestions.
    99 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Slt LB Quadcab 2x2 5.9l 8cyl. In normal drive (not overdrive) & always between 35-40mph as the truck is getting ready to shift It will uncontrollably shake until either you let up on the gas or hit the OD. I have changed the ball joint on ...
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/22/2014 Chevy doctor
      Check u joints in prop shaft or CV joints on front axles. I would lean towards joint at that speed.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 - Steering & Suspension - 5/16/2014
    WHEN TURNING LEFT OR RIGHT FROM A STOP, THE STEERING WHEEL JERKS BACK AND FORTH
    JUST STARTED HAPPENING, THE STEERING WHEEL KIND OF SHIMMY'S IN MY HAND WHEN MAKING A TURN FROM A STOP, LESS NOTICABLE WHEN ALREADY ROLLING, THE TRUCK IS 4WD.
     
    • Jimm
      5/16/2014 Jimm
      Most likely the issue is due to a worn / faulty steering damper - on the front steering linkage, there is what looks like a shock absorber - to stabilize the steering movement and effort, and to prevent the steering shimmy. The steering damper is easily replaced (usually only two bolts to remove) - and is readily accessible just underneath the front steering arm on your vehicle.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the steering damper (with mounting hardware) from around $25.00 for your vehicle. Try the KYB part # SS10323 or the Monroe part # SC2964 - or the equivalent.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 4/28/2014
    Hd rear shock failed/leaking oem # 4670693
    Braun conversion ramp van 30,000 miles is failure common? replace both or just one? cost?
     
    • Jimm
      4/28/2014 Jimm
      Always replace both front or rear shock absorbers / strut assemblies - in pairs or sets, for safety sake / tire wear and suspension / handling considerations.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the rear schock absorbers from around $29.00 each for your vehicle.

      Reference the AutoMD website and the 'How-To-Guides' for the specific steps to replace the rear shock absorbers - very easy task.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 - Steering & Suspension - 4/20/2014
    Loss of power steering when not applying the gas pedal
    Dodge Ram pulling 4k lb trailer for 45 minutes ran fine until reached destination. Came to stop, total loss of power steering (steering wheel rock hard to turn). No power steering unless the gas pedal is pressed down. Power steering goes back out when braking. This ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Most likely cause is a bad power steering pump, but another possibility is a clogged power steering oil reservoir. Ask Chrysler parts dept if they keep it in stock and if they do buy it and install it. Replace as much of the oil as you can with ATF+4 transmission fluid rather than actual power steering fluid.
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    AutoMD Member - 2004 Dodge Neon - Steering & Suspension - 4/17/2014
    A squeak in the rear of my car when only making right hand turns. Sounds like a rattle or something. Tightened spare.
    121,400 miles. Checked trunk area and all is tight.
     
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  • Hooligan169
    Hooligan169 - 1988 Dodge Dakota - Steering & Suspension - 4/17/2014
    What is causing this power steering noise?
    I just bought this truck. The truck does have 220,000 miles. It starts and runs strong. It appears to have been mechanically maintained. Fluids are clean. I observed no leaks. Transmission shifts smoothly. The body is straight, but could use some clean up ...
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 - Steering & Suspension - 4/7/2014
    After a front end alignment post ball joint install, I was told I needed a rear "thrust" alignment.
    Requires fab of custom parts and labor totalling nearly $1,000 dollars.
     
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  • scott
    scott - 1999 Dodge Durango - Steering & Suspension - 3/9/2014
    Will 32x11.50x15 tires fit on this vehicle without a lift?
    Looking to put bigger tires on
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/8/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Nobody but a shop that does lift kits all day long would know the answer with any certainty, unless you find another person with a Durango that did it.
    • bear.1216
      3/9/2014 bear.1216
      What was the origional size tire and are you using the factory wheels. My Durango has 31x10.50x15 on stock rims without lift kit. With plenty of room. Your size is only 1 inch taller and wider. They should fit on the vehicle with stock rims. I would test fit one tire on the front. Then turn the wheels left and right to check for clearance. I believe they can actually fit a 33x12.50x15 with a wider rim. I would go to a local tire shop and have them test fit a 33inch tire on your rim. Then decide which tire size you like. Most shops wont charge you for test fitting if you plan on buying their tires.
      bear.1216
      3/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Lucky for him that you have a Durango that is not lifted and has bigger tires..
 
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