DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - Help Zone - Dodge Ram Problems, Complaints, & Solutions - Maintenance & Re > 3RD Generation Dodge Ram 2002 to 2008 Dodge Ram Trucks > Suspension


Notices

Suspension 3rd Gen Dodge Ram Suspension Problems and Questions


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
United Radio
Bayou Goat Mounts

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-09-2011, 10:13 PM
starquestbd22's Avatar
starquestbd22 starquestbd22 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NC
Age: 32
Posts: 2,645
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4
Trim Level: Sport quad cab
Color: Bright Silver Metallic
Engine: 2003-2008 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 345hp 375lb/ft
Rep Power: 5
Rep:360
starquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nice
Default Slight feeling in steering during slow turning

My 2006 QC 4x4 has a very distinct feel through the steering wheel sometimes. It is very slight and only occurs when I'm turning at slow speeds such as in a parking lot. It doesn't do it all the time but it's fairly common. I haven't heard any noises. I can best describe the feeling as what it would feel like if you ran over a very slightly ribbed surface....like the "wake up" strip on the side of the road except much, much gentler.

I had assumed this was just feedback/road feel due to the 20" wheels and 285/50 tires but then I read that tie rod ends seem to be a problem for some of our trucks.

Is this normal? If not, does it sound like the symptom of tie rod ends going bad? If not those, any thoughts? Thanks ahead of time.
__________________
06-08 chrome clads w/33" Cooper Discoverer H/T Plus, Mopar tailgate spoiler, debadged door trim & tailgate emblems, 13" antenna, LED dome & maps, Magnaflow 22" SI/DO, 18% tint, "HEMI" hood spears, VHT tinted tails & third brake light, Lamin-x optic blue fogs, leveled w/McGaughys 2" drop shackles.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 03-09-2011, 10:46 PM
sullivan's Avatar
sullivan sullivan is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Age: 23
Posts: 548
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Ram Sport 5.7
Trim Level: Sport
Color: White
Engine: 2003-2008 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 345hp 375lb/ft
Rep Power: 5
Rep:202
sullivan has a spectacular aura aboutsullivan has a spectacular aura aboutsullivan has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by starquestbd22 View Post
My 2006 QC 4x4 has a very distinct feel through the steering wheel sometimes. It is very slight and only occurs when I'm turning at slow speeds such as in a parking lot. It doesn't do it all the time but it's fairly common. I haven't heard any noises. I can best describe the feeling as what it would feel like if you ran over a very slightly ribbed surface....like the "wake up" strip on the side of the road except much, much gentler.

I had assumed this was just feedback/road feel due to the 20" wheels and 285/50 tires but then I read that tie rod ends seem to be a problem for some of our trucks.

Is this normal? If not, does it sound like the symptom of tie rod ends going bad? If not those, any thoughts? Thanks ahead of time.
I feel were both sorta on the same deal. My steering just doesn't feel right. I just replaced my outer tie rods with MOOG grease-able ends and had an alignment done. But my steering still feels like theres something wrong. I changed my power steering fluid, it helped and my fluid was low too. So overall change your fluid on your ram! It takes 1 bottle of ATF+4 tranny fluid, no Power steering fluid. Now, I am at the point where I am about to install new inner tie rods, I will state why below.

You can check your tie rods by simply jacking the front of the truck up and seeing if you can get any play movement in your wheel horizontally on either side. Grab your tire on either side and wiggle for play. If there is any movement its from the tie rod joints. Either the inners or outers, or both!

My outer ends were shot, and you could easily tell. And when I replaced them, I noticed the right inner tie rod had much more play then the left side. Therefore making me think I need new inner tie rods.

That's my situation. If you do need new tie rods, they aren't that much, and you can do them yourself. But you need an alignment right after!

Cheers
__________________
06' Sport - 3.92 Gears - Superchips - Bilstein Shocks - HellWig Anti-Sway Bar - Cooper Zeon LTZ - Viper Alarm & Remote Start - Halo Projector Lights - 5k HID Lows & Fogs - Custom Emblems - Magnaflow - CAI
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-10-2011, 12:27 AM
starquestbd22's Avatar
starquestbd22 starquestbd22 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NC
Age: 32
Posts: 2,645
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4
Trim Level: Sport quad cab
Color: Bright Silver Metallic
Engine: 2003-2008 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 345hp 375lb/ft
Rep Power: 5
Rep:360
starquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nice
Default

If I do have a problem I think it is at the very beginning because the feeling is noticeable but very slight. Enough so that it could pass for normal steering feedback. To describe it a little better....it does kind've seem like it could be in the steering. It's like a gently pulsing through the wheel. I haven't even checked the fluid because until I read about the tie rod issues I had assumed it was normal.

So you refilled your pump with auto tranny fluid? What's the pros/cons to that? I guess there is a drain plug under there somewhere to drain the old?
__________________
06-08 chrome clads w/33" Cooper Discoverer H/T Plus, Mopar tailgate spoiler, debadged door trim & tailgate emblems, 13" antenna, LED dome & maps, Magnaflow 22" SI/DO, 18% tint, "HEMI" hood spears, VHT tinted tails & third brake light, Lamin-x optic blue fogs, leveled w/McGaughys 2" drop shackles.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-10-2011, 02:11 AM
starquestbd22's Avatar
starquestbd22 starquestbd22 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NC
Age: 32
Posts: 2,645
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4
Trim Level: Sport quad cab
Color: Bright Silver Metallic
Engine: 2003-2008 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 345hp 375lb/ft
Rep Power: 5
Rep:360
starquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nicestarquestbd22 is just really nice
Default

Was just googling and found a TSB. #08-004, steering, hydraulic power assist, hoses, connections, and components. Said to cause a steering shudder at parking lot speed.

Anyone have any additional info on this? Thanks.
__________________
06-08 chrome clads w/33" Cooper Discoverer H/T Plus, Mopar tailgate spoiler, debadged door trim & tailgate emblems, 13" antenna, LED dome & maps, Magnaflow 22" SI/DO, 18% tint, "HEMI" hood spears, VHT tinted tails & third brake light, Lamin-x optic blue fogs, leveled w/McGaughys 2" drop shackles.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-10-2011, 02:22 AM
sullivan's Avatar
sullivan sullivan is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Age: 23
Posts: 548
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Ram Sport 5.7
Trim Level: Sport
Color: White
Engine: 2003-2008 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 345hp 375lb/ft
Rep Power: 5
Rep:202
sullivan has a spectacular aura aboutsullivan has a spectacular aura aboutsullivan has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by starquestbd22 View Post
If I do have a problem I think it is at the very beginning because the feeling is noticeable but very slight. Enough so that it could pass for normal steering feedback. To describe it a little better....it does kind've seem like it could be in the steering. It's like a gently pulsing through the wheel. I haven't even checked the fluid because until I read about the tie rod issues I had assumed it was normal.

So you refilled your pump with auto tranny fluid? What's the pros/cons to that? I guess there is a drain plug under there somewhere to drain the old?
Our trucks USE ATF+4 fluid, which is also transmission fluid. There is no cons or advantages to it. All I did is flush out the oil gritty fluid, and put in new fluid and filled it up correctly.

I did a write up on the power steering fluid change, here: http://ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=75277

That is all.

I would check your inner and outer tie rods. If you can grab them, and rotate them with your bare hand and strength, they need to be replaced. They should have little to zero play.
__________________
06' Sport - 3.92 Gears - Superchips - Bilstein Shocks - HellWig Anti-Sway Bar - Cooper Zeon LTZ - Viper Alarm & Remote Start - Halo Projector Lights - 5k HID Lows & Fogs - Custom Emblems - Magnaflow - CAI

Last edited by sullivan; 03-10-2011 at 02:26 AM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
clunking/grinding from rear end while turning slow slikkwilly002 5.9L V8 Specific Topics 17 04-23-2013 09:58 AM
Fave Poems or Song Lyrics erm Off Topic Discussion 210 07-31-2011 11:33 PM
New Mods and a DIY for steering maintence sullivan Custom Dodge Ram Performance Mods - Engine - 5.7 HEMI V8 2 02-23-2011 11:10 PM
steering wheel has slight cockeye after 3in BL Inferno Custom Chassis - Drive Line - Suspension - Wheels and Tires - LIFTING - Dodge Ram 4x4, 2x4 6 02-04-2011 04:13 PM
slight clunk feeling UnLiMiTeD 2010 Dodge Ram Forum 25 10-17-2010 12:53 PM


Advertisement






All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:47 PM.


= Copyright RamForumZ.com a Gigathreads.com Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vB.Sponsors


=Gigathreads Network=
CLUBS MOPAR NATION DSM GPMM MAMM JAM
DIESEL Diesel Forum      
CHEVY Chevy Camaro Forum Chevy Volt Forum    
CHRYSLER Chrysler 300C Forum      
DODGE Dodge Avenger Forum Dodge Caliber Forum Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum
  Dodge Circuit Forum Dodge Hornet Forum Dodge Magnum Forum Dodge Nitro Forum
  Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Dakota Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Dart Forum
FORD Ford Raptor Forum Ford F150 Forum Ford F100 Forum  
JEEP Jeep Forum      
PONTIAC Pontiac G8 Forum      
SRT SRT Viper Forum SRT Cuda Forum