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  • dodgegrl
    dodgegrl - 1999 Dodge Avenger - Steering & Suspension - 10/20/2014
    Loud sqeaking noise from front end when turning, driving
    There is a very loud sqeaking noise coming from the front end when driving, turning the steering wheel, going over any bumps,
     
    • Jimm
      10/18/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn suspension bushings, dry strut or suspension bushings. Check the front suspension for worn or dry bushings. Replace or lubricate the bushings as required.
    • Paul
      10/20/2014 Paul
      If it is a high pitch squeal, it could be worn brake pads w/warning sensor touching the rotor.
  • brichardb
    brichardb - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 10/14/2014
    Need to know how tight to tighten the strut bolt into the mounting plate
    I have recently replaced the struts on my 2005 dodge grand caravan, using the existing coil spring. I also replaced the top strut mounts and bearing. I have a noise now and it seems that the strut bolt is apparently not tight enough. I didn't want to over tighten ...
     
  • ray law
    ray law - 1998 Dodge Dakota - Steering & Suspension - 10/12/2014
    Steering shaft has a lot of play at steering box, why
    theres a piece between steering box and steering shaft looks kinda like a reducer,female side fits over steering box spline,male spline fits into steering shaft. part stores don't show this piece. why?
     
    • Jimm
      10/12/2014 Jimm
      Possibly the steering gearbox is worn - how many miles are on the vehicle? The steering shaft coupling is replaced only as a unit with the steering shaft assembly; upper shaft, then the flexible coupling joint, plus lower shaft piece.

      As to why this is the case as far as replacement parts availability - one word 'cost'. The aftermarket part is available as a unit for cost reasons; the steering shaft as an assembly is purchased from around $112.00.

      Check the various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the steering gearbox from around $56.00 (minus core exchange) for your vehicle.
  • jeff
    jeff - 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 10/4/2014
    Tail end wants to jump around when gettin bumps.
    Also when going around curves at normal speed the tail end wants to come around
     
    • Jimm
      10/4/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn / faulty shock absorbers, worn rear suspension bushings.

      Check the various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the shock absorbers
      from around $31.00 each for your vehicle.
  • warren
    warren - 2012 Dodge Journey - Steering & Suspension - 10/2/2014
    Replacing 19" wheels to some thing smaller
    I need winter tires and the selection of 19 " tires is small I have heard that a 17" rim will fit and a 235/65/17 tire does this combo work
     
    • Jimm
      10/2/2014 Jimm
      For tires and fitment questions , check the local stores in your area.
  • steve
    steve - 1996 Dodge B2500 - Steering & Suspension - 9/25/2014
    Need to replace my drag link but cannot find the correct replacement at any auto parts stores.
    the drag link on this van connects to center link and to the pitman arm.it has adjustable threaded ends on each end that are pitched and wont loosen. my steering wheel is off-center and I need this adjustment to center the wheel. I have replaced upper control arms ...
     
    • Jimm
      9/25/2014 Jimm
      The Raybestos part number 4401125 or the ACDelco part number 45B1125 (among others) center link is adjustable.

      Check the various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the centerlink (adjustable type) from around $35.00 for your vehicle.
  • LoydofWales88
    LoydofWales88 - 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 9/22/2014
    Clicking coming from front axle?
    I've replaced the bearing hub and u joint on the front passenger side of my 4x4. After driving for awhile, same side wheel starts vibrating and is wearing down the tire. After disassembling wheel and brake again, I can turn the bearing hub and hear a ...
     
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  • CornFed
    CornFed - 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 - Steering & Suspension - 9/15/2014
    Im trying to figure out where a popping sound would be coming from.
    At first it would only pop when I made a hard left. Took it to a mechanic and said my u joints and a hub needed to be replaced, ok. Im going to have that done later this week. But just in a few days it has increased to a constant grinding sound when im driving and ...
     
    • alex
      9/15/2014 alex
      could be wheelbearings turning would put more sideways pressure on them making them become louder.
  • DRVaughn
    DRVaughn - 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 9/15/2014
    Why does truck ride like a grasshopper?
    Recent purchase. Installed four new Rancho 5000 series shocks and lower ball joints. Following an alignment, truck still "bouncy." Is it a case of needing new springs? 4WD, by the way.
     
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  • Mixter
    Mixter - 2002 Dodge Durango - Steering & Suspension - 8/29/2014
    Why does my steering wheel click, then move a few inches without an effect on the steering? (mostly left)
    Sometimes the ignition seems loose. It really has no real effect on the steering ability. It just feels alarming. Seems like a problem with steering wheel lock?
     
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  • cloey
    cloey - 2009 Dodge Caliber - Steering & Suspension - 8/27/2014
    Loud clunking over bumps. What might it be? How much to fix?
    Bought @30k miles, now has 50k. No abuse.
     
    • jdl
      8/27/2014 jdl
      Check your suspension system. I did see a service bulletin, rough ride--poor handling--leaking strut. You may need to have struts replaced also, redesigned jounce bumper.

      The labor guide I saw said a little over two hours to replace both front struts and jounce bumpers. So if the shop charges 75 dollars an hour, you get the picture. Different shops charge different labor rates. Parts are extra.

      I can't be sure of your problem, I can't see anything from here. I just happened to find that bulletin.
      jdl
      8/27/2014 cloey
      Saw 2 bulletins:rear stabilizer bar end link nuts-incorrectly torqued, control arm to cross member bolts not tightened. Also sway bar bushings may need to be lubed. Thanks for help!
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Dodge Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 8/7/2014
    After the engine is @operating temperature, while driving the power-steering pump starts making a straining noise.
    The p/s fluid is at the operating level, but the power-steering pump still makes the straining noise even when the vehicle is stopped.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 - Steering & Suspension - 8/4/2014
    I have replaced ball joints, and now I have wandering . Had sterring wheel play from loose/wornout ball joints.
    Most of the play in sterring is reduced, see that I may need to replace pitman arm and some other componants. what do you recommend?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 7/30/2014
    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
      7/30/2014 AutoMD Member
      If you speed up is it fine? If so you need a tune-up bro. Either one of your spark plugs is mis-firing (worn out) or one of your wires is busted. I've owned 2 1998 Dodge Rams and this was the problem both times.
  • jwpuhl69
    jwpuhl69 - 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 - Steering & Suspension - 7/29/2014
    Iam having an issue with death wobble . I have replaced ball joint tie rod ends and steering box.
    I also added a steering stabilizer which locks components all together. I replaced sway bar bushings but I have not replaced links I have ordered but they have not Arrived and the one looks crooked and they rubber is torn. The truck drives and feels very tight until ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Rotate the front tires to the rear and road test it and see if wobble is gone. Also, have you confirmed that the front drive axle universal joints are not junk like they usually are after 10 years?
    • howieh
      7/29/2014 howieh
      JWP IM having the same problem shakes the dirt off the truck Ive replaced the shocks and the damper also but housecalls has a point with the drive axles last year I replaced the right side when I was doing the wheel bearing but when I bought the truck the dealer only had the left side wheel bearing replaced pretty stupid since the axle is right there once you remove the wheel bearing. You have spent more money the me on this problem so Im going to check this joint and if its bad I will replace it and I will let you know !!!