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  • Nick H
    Nick H - 2001 Dodge Intrepid - Steering & Suspension - 1/17/2015
    How to change sway bar bushings
    When driving you here a clucking noise when hitting bumps
    0 answer
  • Ashley
    Ashley - 2001 Dodge Stratus - Steering & Suspension - 1/8/2015
    Why when i reverse and accelerate does my car making a loud sound like i'm rolling over something?
    i notice it mostly when reversing seems like the wheel is harder to turn also.
    • Teddy B
      1/8/2015 Teddy B
      Front & Rear Motor Mounts are bad --for sure

      Watch the You Tube Video on your car

      Replace them if they fail any type of visual & functional testing
      & then continue on with other testing if necessary

      Flush the power steering fluid & change the trans fluid every 3 years
  • Ricky
    Ricky - 2003 Dodge Intrepid - Steering & Suspension - 1/5/2015
    I have the grey head key with radio control can it be replaced with the black head key?
    I'm trying to replace a damaged steering column.
    0 answer
  • cloey
    cloey - 2009 Dodge Caliber - Steering & Suspension - 1/1/2015
    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!
    • Jimm
      1/1/2015 Jimm
      Is the noise from the front or rear? Several possibilities; worn strut mount (upper or lower), worn sway arm bushings / end links, worn suspension bushings. If you hear a clunk when the suspension works over bumps, the probable cause is excessive clearance in a joint due to wear. It might be as simple as a loose strut gland nut, or something more subtle such as a shrunken, dried-out rubber bushing.

      Reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for diagnostic steps for noise-related issues. Also this website;
  •  Labrador
    Labrador - 2002 Dodge Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 12/20/2014
    Gears will not move
    I cannot get the gears to move, I took key out with a little bit of force as it was difficult , I can get key in the ignition but gears are stuck.The lights are on in the dash ,The steering wheel does move.
    0 answer
  •  Labrador
    Labrador - 2002 Dodge Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 12/20/2014
    Cannot get gears to move.
    I took the key out of the ignition .Not sure if it was still in gear ,It wasa little difficult than usual. This morning the gears will not move, key does go in, Lights are on in the dashboard,The wqheel does move
    0 answer
  • N.Lapthorne
    N.Lapthorne - 2006 Dodge Dakota - Steering & Suspension - 12/12/2014
    Is this right? Power steering.
    I just had my power steering replaced a month ago. As soon as I picked it up it was still making odd sounds. I attributed this to the new part and allowed myself to think it would die down after a few times driving. But it never did and began having issues again. I ...
    0 answer
  • renee_sexton
    renee_sexton - 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 11/23/2014
    96 dodge serpentine belt 4663972
    serpentine belt replacement compatability with a toyota 993666-1930 or mitsubishi 6PK1930
    0 answer
  • rick
    rick - 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 - Steering & Suspension - 11/12/2014
    Some kind of clear oil leak
    I have a spreading puddle of a clear oil like substance near the front of engine
    0 answer
  • racer102
    racer102 - 1995 Dodge Ram 2500 - Steering & Suspension - 11/9/2014
    Control arm bushing kit
    I need part numbers and prices to do all 4 control arms uppers and lowers front and back of arms Dodge Ram 2500 diesel motor 4wd
    0 answer
  • 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.
      11/30/2014 dodgegrl
      thanks 4 your reply, I was driving tonight and there was a loyud clunk and it felt the something gave way, and the steering went like limp kinda and made a really LOUD grinding noise..
    • 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;,,, 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;,,, 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.