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Jumpmaster 09-01-2013 11:16 AM

Steering feels sloppy/loose. Can the feel be tightened up?
Hi all. I purchased a new sport QC a month ago (36 miles on the odo). When I was making the 98 mile drive back from the stealership I noticed that the steering wheel was off-centered to the right. It seemed to track straight but that bothered me. Also, it seems like the steering wheels feels light left/right.

A week later I made the 98 mile drive back so they could check to see if the alignment was off or if the steering wheel just needed to be re-centered. They did have to adjust the toe to get it back within in specs.
Driving back I noticed that the steering wheel was still off-centered to the right. Any recommendations?

With regard to my mention about the steering feeling light (loose). I guess I would refer to it as having a little dead space. We have a new base model F150 that we use for work and the steering feels more firm when turning left/right compared to my Ram.

Is there anything that can be adjusted with the electric power steering to "firm" things up or is typical of Rams? I probably made this sound more confusing than it is but I am sure some of you know what I mean. Overall, I am digging Black Betty.

Thanks guys :smileup:

Monster5601 09-01-2013 11:56 AM

You can't compare steering effort to other brands or even other models in the same brand, there will be differences. Your steering wheel should be centered or close to it when driving straight. The best way to compare your vehicle to another is driving another remembering that electrical power steering is new to the RAM for 2013.

From the RAM 2013 New Model Highlights:
"One of the unique operating features on
the 2013 Ram 1500's new EPS system is
its ability to learn the road. For example,
if the vehicle consistently moves to one
angle, the EPS will learn that movement
and make it more difficult for the vehicle
to pull to that angle."

CherryRam 09-01-2013 12:01 PM

My 12' feels new car tight with no dead space or slop. I would take it to a different dealership for warranty if you can just to get a different opinion on it. There shouldn't have needed to be an adjustment to the toe in the first place. I don't know much about the electric steering in these things but I'm sure it still has some sort of steering rack or gearbox that can have a bad component on it.

KJ48 09-01-2013 12:33 PM

There is a different feel to the '13s from my 12 for sure. The electric power steering does feel a little dead in the center and its very easy to turn at lower speeds.

As far as the wheel being off its hard to get that perfect for all diiferent road conditions. If its WAY off it needs to be fixed since the steering angle sensors will be off and it could the ESP to act funny.

I had a '13 F150 and the steering is quite a bit different, the ratio seemed quicker and it took a little more effort to turn, but mine also developed the infamous Ford EPAS steering clunk after a couple thousand miles and it was annoying as could be. Biggest complaint about the electric power steering from all brands is the lack of road feel and a feeling of being disconnected from the road and this '13 Ram is no exception. Just something you learn to live with I guess..

ValleyRacer 09-01-2013 09:24 PM

Road feel often lacking with electric steering
Search around for the info you might find useful on page 11 of a PDF someone just posted.
The attachment if too large for the site uploader.
If you can't find the PDF I'll email it to you.

Jumpmaster 09-01-2013 10:05 PM

Thanks guys. I will take it to my local dealer since I dont want to drive almost 100 miles back to the dealer of purchase. Hell, they had it for two weeks. The toe may be adjusted but the steering wheel is still off-centered. Maybe the smaller local dealer can get it right. Have a great Labor Day all.

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