I have a tire wear problem. Truck is a'05 1500 4x4 Laramie.
The drivers side front tire wears on the exterior shoulder area. I had a spare tire so I replaced the old one and in a matter of weeks, the tire was completely wore to the belt. I don't corner hard of anything.
When driving at slow speeds, I cannot notice any steering pull. If I drive at speeds greater than 40 mph, the steering pulls slightly to the right so I "correct" it by constantly steering slightly to the left.
When driving over bumps, there's some knocking coming from the drivers side front end.
I know I should get it aligned but first I'd like to know what's causing this. Then I'll repair it and I'll buy new tires.
What could be the culprit? Ball joint? Control arm bushings?
What's the best way to find out myself?
Do I need special tools/pullers/anything else to replace front end parts on the ram? Is it an easy job?
If you have knocking coming from the front end over bumps it could definitely be a worn out ball joint. I would have those checked before anything because they would be throwing your alignment out which is why you're getting the tire wear.
So check the ball joints, if needed replace them, then have a front end alignment done. That should solve your problem.
They should be replaceable but you'll probably need a few specialty tools to do it.... I'm not 100% sure as I haven't done them on a Ram either. Doing a quick google search should bring up some answers though.
I replaced my ball joints and tie rod ends on my 02, I will tell you my truck was a HUGE PITA! Now I live in NJ so I get snow/salt during winter which doesn't help. BUT a torch came in handy to losing things up. Tie rod end was easy just ball joints where pain. I'm sure though if your weather conditions are better then mine it be easy. The pita part was just getting old out, like I said torch, hammer, and I forget what tool I used. The autozone ball joint tool blows and didnt work for me.