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  • 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.
    0 answer
  • 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.
      3/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Lucky for him that you have a Durango that is not lifted and has bigger tires..
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan - Steering & Suspension - 2/19/2014
    Why does my steering lock up while driving (when raining)?
    Completely locks- no turning available. It has happened twice in the last month. Only when raining. Also, sometimes squeals and is shaky (loss of control)- again- when raining.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/19/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The fact that it only does this when raining says that the belt is slipping because the belt is very worn or is not being held tight enouigh by the automatic belt tensioner. My mechanic's intuition is saying that there is an additional element going on though. The Grand Caravan 3.8 is not known for having belts that slip but the Grand caravan is well known for having power steering complaints that usually are detailed as noisy on turns or shuddering in turns and this happens when it is dry with no rain. The single biggest factor that causes power steering issues with Caravan, Grand Caravan, Voyager and Town & Country is a clogged power steering reservoir. Inside that white plastic reservoir there is a filter that gets restricted. I'm thinking that this is part of your cause here and when it rains the belt does slip *some" and maybe the two things together is causing your power steering loss. The reservoir is inexpensive and fairly easy to replace. try it. Nothing to lose because at some point THEY ALL NEED TO BE REPLACED due to clogging. And of course check for any issues with the belt being excessively worn. Consider replacing the belt no matter to see if it helps the PS issue. Thats all I got on the subject.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 2/5/2014
    Loud squeak from rear spring sprockets/shaft when even lightly bounced up and down
    Truck never been in snow, florida only. Happened with around 18,000 in 2009 and continues now with only 32000 miles. Suspect insufficient design or flaw in parts. Has Dodge idntified a fix other than put in new shackles and pins for $500.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/5/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I think that the shackle and bolt replacement will solve it because I have replaced broken shackles on two Dodge ram pickups and it just seems logical that may be your cause as well even though you have no broken parts yet I assume. Can you rule out bed / body noise?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Dodge Stratus - Steering & Suspension - 1/25/2014
    How to remove sway bar link
    Allen screw is stripped and other faster not accessible
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/25/2014 HouseCallAuto
      try a bolt cutters. In the field, a professional mechanic would use a high speed 2 or 3" cut off tool that we call a whizzer. A sawzall would work too.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Dodge Challenger - Steering & Suspension - 1/12/2014
    Electrical squealing sound when turning the steering wheel.tough to turn the wheel.
    When I rotate the staring wheel left to right I hear a electric squealing sound,also the steering tightens when taking a sharp turn during backing up.
    • Jimm
      1/12/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty power steering pump, faulty steering rack and pinion unit. The steering pump is a known issue for the late model Challengers - common failure. The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources,,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
  • engineman
    engineman - 2005 Dodge Magnum - Steering & Suspension - 1/5/2014
    How do i change the inner and outer tierods
    • bear.1216
      1/5/2014 bear.1216
      First loosen the jam nut on outer tie rod. Then unbolt outer tie rod at the steering knuckle. Pop the outer out of knuckle. Remove the outer tierod from the inner and then remove the jam nut. Remove the outer and inner clamps from the steering rack bellows. The inner tie rod is screwed to the rack and pinion and can not be accessed unless you remove the bellows. There is a special tool to remove the inner tie rod. You may be able to get it off with a large wrench or pipe wrench. You can save some time if you measure the tie rod length to the jam nut or count the threads when removing the outer. This will get the alignment close to where it was before. You will need to have the vehicle alignment checked and adjusted immediately after replacing these parts.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Dodge Neon - Steering & Suspension - 1/1/2014
    The ignition where the key goes has been busted out what do i need to fix problem and able to drive
    car was broken into and ignition was busted all to pieces and now cant start car and it had key with transponder but now key is useless. what do i have to replace and least expensive way to fix it and be able to start and drive it
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/1/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the ignition lock cylinder and the lock cylinder housing and ignition switch if damaged. Then contact a local locksmith that does car key programming and have him reprogram your key so it will allow the vehicle to start. There is no bypass for this programming.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 12/27/2013
    Experiencing a squeal coming from my power steering pump. Not fluid related or rack related. Anyone else??
    Power Steering pump squeals at any rpm over 1000. Can spray inside pulley and noise goes away for awhile but comes back. Any recalls or TSB's on this?
    • Jimm
      12/26/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / loose drive belt, faulty worn drive belt tensioner.

      The parts are readily available; try these on-line sources;,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the replacement belt tensioner from around $30.00, and the drive belt from around $16.00 - for your vehicle.
      12/26/2013 AutoMD Member
      Replaced all of the above already and finally diagnosed a faulty power steering pump. Just seems to early for it to go out. Pump still functions but getting bearing noise. Wondering if Dodge has a TSB or recall on them.
    • Jimm
      12/27/2013 Jimm
      Any question of a related TSB or recall should be directed towards the local dealarship, as the first step. You may also research the listing of recalls / TSBs on the AutoMD website.
  • LesterE
    LesterE - 1998 Dodge Dakota - Steering & Suspension - 12/25/2013
    My 1998 dodge dakota has a creak in the front end when you push down on it or turn the wheel could it be a shock?
    Everything was ok till I hit one of Michigan's good roads and when I hit a bump or push on the front end it creaks the sway bar links and bushings seem ok
    • Jimm
      12/24/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; bent / faulty strut mount or bushing, faulty / worn suspension bushing at the control arm, faulty / worn bushing at the sway bar mounting.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Most likely cause is a frozen / dry ball joint.
    • bear.1216
      12/25/2013 bear.1216
      Most likely ball joints or tie rods are dried up and out of grease. If the front suspension parts have grease fittings you should have them lubed. They are likely non-greaseable parts and may be worn and need replacement. Have the front suspension checked at a garage. They may be able to grease them with a needle grease gun thru the grease boot. That should quiet down your ride until you fix it.
  • chevy87
    chevy87 - 2000 Dodge Neon - Steering & Suspension - 12/24/2013
    Power steering pump squeals
    power steering pump makes a squealing sound at all time, can someone tell me if the power steering pump is bad or the power steering presser switch bad. what is the location of the power steering presser switch on my 2000 Dodge Neon? thank you.
    • Jimm
      12/24/2013 Jimm
      More than likely, the noise is due to either of these possibilities; faulty / worn steering drive belt, faulty / worn belt tensioner pulley, worn / faulty belt tensioner. I would check and replace both these items as first step prior to blaming or replacing either the steering pump or the pressure switch. In fact, the pressure switch has nothing to do with the noise.
      The parts are readily available; try these on-line sources;,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (AutoPartsWarehouse) list the power steering drive belt from around $2.30, and the belt tensioner pulley from around $13.00 for your vehicle.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Since I really never hear a complaint like you detail, I need more info like how you can know the PS pump is squealing? Do you mean belt squeal? The PS pressure switch will not cause squealing. Maybe the belt is loose and a squealing belt is the cause? Maybe a bad belt tensioner? maybe something else is frozen and causing belt squeal?
  • ronnie
    ronnie - 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 12/8/2013
    Do I have to replace the control to replace the ball joints,or can I buy just the ball joints
    I cannot find a new ball joint that will press in
    • Jimm
      12/8/2013 Jimm
      The new ball joints are readily available as press in aftermarket parts - many different sources to choose from. Try these on-line sources;,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front upper or lower ball joints (2WD or 4WD) from around $16.00 to $93.00 each - for your vehicle. Stick with a proven brand name; AC Delco, Moog, Raybestos - as examples.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Dodge Stratus - Steering & Suspension - 11/23/2013
    How safe is it to drive my car with bad front tire rod end and upper ball joint ?
    at this point there aren't any noticeable issues with steering. there's a very loud rubbing sound when making turns but no noise when driving straight. this started about a week ago. i was told these needed replaced when I got my front brakes replaced. my car has ...
    • John's Auto Repair
      11/23/2013 John's Auto Repair
      Bad is a relative word! How bad are they? See, you or I really don't know. So for the sake of safety
      I'd say not safe, I guess.
  • Rick
    Rick - 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 - Steering & Suspension - 11/3/2013
    Installing adjustable upper ball joints
    we are replacing the ball joints on a 2003 ram 2500 diesel. we removed the old ball joints and now are replacing what was there. the top ball joints are "adjustable joints". unfamiliar with adjustable joints, believe they are to adjust in accordance to the load on ...
    • RC
      3/21/2011 RC
      These are adjustable so you can change alignment angles???
    • hamsterbrain42
      10/6/2013 hamsterbrain42
      isn't the upper joint made that way for a camber ajustment
    • AutoMD Member
      11/3/2013 AutoMD Member
      My boyfriend just changed the upper and lower ball joints on a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. he thought it would be a quick job as he was taking it apart realized that he need the hub and bearings it took him and his friends hours to beat the ball joints back in. He asked another mechanic how he got them back in a d he used a socket and hammer to beat them back in, He also said that if you had the press to put them back in it would be easier, Todd said that it helped but it was still a pain, it has to be aligned perfect to get them back in. So if you have a press I would use it if not you can rent them at o'reilly's for 48 hours but if you bring it back on time then you get your money back. So maybe that would be a good thing for you to use. Also if you go to utube and look up what you are changing they will show you a video that will show you step by step what to do. I bring them up for my boyfriend all the time if he is just not sure how to do something.
  • snowl133
    snowl133 - 2010 Dodge Avenger - Steering & Suspension - 10/21/2013
    Squeak noise making left turn only when I'm driving
    Sounds like it's coming from the left front wheel
    0 answer
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