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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.
    0 answer
  • 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?
    0 answer
  • 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.
      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.
    0 answer
  • 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?
    0 answer
  • 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 !!!
  • howieh
    howieh - 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 - Steering & Suspension - 7/29/2014
    How do I fix a death wobble.
    2003 dodge 2500 turbo Diesel 165000 miles at 65 mph when hitting a bump the truck shakes bad until I slow to about 30 mph I have replaced front shocks and steering damper and the rest of the steering is tight.the alignment need to be done but its been needed for ...
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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
    0 answer
  • 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, ...
    0 answer
  • 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.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    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.
    0 answer
  • 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,,,,, - 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.