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Old 03-20-2017, 02:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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4th Gen Ram 1500 steering wobbles on bumps

I just inherited a 2013 Ram 1500 CCSB 4x4 from my father in law after he bought a new truck. It has around 110k miles on it and is 100% bone stock. I figured I may as well drive it as a commuter to save the miles on my 1 ton.

The only issue I've noticed with the truck is that the steering wobbles viciously for a split second when you hit a bump while turning. Even just expansion joint bumps on the freeway while banking around a gentle turn will make the truck shudder violently. The steering wheel shakes back and forth and obviously the wheels do as well because the truck will dart in the direction of the turn. It does this at almost any speed, even turning a corner and hitting a pot hole while going 10 - 15 mph will result in a wobble. It recovers quickly, but I could see it sending you for a skid on icy roads.

There is no obvious wear anywhere in the front suspension and my father in law told me it has done that since new and that he just got used to it.

Is this normal for one of these trucks or is there anything I can do to fix it? I'm a bit spoiled with the one finger drive of my Sierra HD, so this feels like a serious issue to me.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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does it have a steering stabilizer? is it hooked up? is it any good?
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does it have a steering stabilizer? is it hooked up? is it any good?
These trucks have rack and pinion steering. No stabilizer.
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Bring it in for an alignment first off.

Second, sell that pos dodge as soon as possible.
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I just inherited a 2013 Ram 1500 CCSB 4x4 from my father in law after he bought a new truck. It has around 110k miles on it and is 100% bone stock. I figured I may as well drive it as a commuter to save the miles on my 1 ton.

The only issue I've noticed with the truck is that the steering wobbles viciously for a split second when you hit a bump while turning. Even just expansion joint bumps on the freeway while banking around a gentle turn will make the truck shudder violently. The steering wheel shakes back and forth and obviously the wheels do as well because the truck will dart in the direction of the turn. It does this at almost any speed, even turning a corner and hitting a pot hole while going 10 - 15 mph will result in a wobble. It recovers quickly, but I could see it sending you for a skid on icy roads.

There is no obvious wear anywhere in the front suspension and my father in law told me it has done that since new and that he just got used to it.

Is this normal for one of these trucks or is there anything I can do to fix it? I'm a bit spoiled with the one finger drive of my Sierra HD, so this feels like a serious issue to me.
There are a number of possible problems that can result in death wobble. Places to look are;

Steering system;
-Make sure the rack isn't loose, look for missing bolts, cracks in the mounting points on both the frame and rack unit.

-Make sure the tie rod ends aren't worn out or loose.

-Make sure the joint, where the steering column attaches to the rack isn't loose or worn

-Make sure steering column, from the wheel to the rack is tight (especially the joint which allows the wheel to tilt)

Suspension system;
-Check the shocks

-Check all the bushings. These are the upper and lower control arm bushings.

-Check the ball joints, both upper and lower

-Check the wheel bearings

-Make sure the alignment is in check

-Check the front tires. Make sure they at correct pressure, and rims aren't bent. Rotate the rear tires to the front, see if there is any difference.

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Does it have a leveling kit on it? I did a 2009ish Dodge once. With the leveling kit it always had a shimmy. So I ended up lowering it to little bit less than level and it drove fine.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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All stock! Not a thing done to it since new.

I'll go through the whole front end and see if I can find anything loose. Initial look didn't turn up any slop or unwanted movement anywhere. Might just be the rack isn't beefy enough for the application it is in.

Thanks for the replies!
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