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Old 03-09-2012, 06:46 AM
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I have a 2010 Ram, and you guys are scarring me to death. I've got 23,000 miles. Anyone have a truck that the drive shaft DIDN'T fall off? Thanks Doug
I have 34,000 and so far so good. Hopefully I am one of the lucky ones.
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I had this happen to my sons truck on a older dodge Dakota, I was in the truck on our way to trade the truck in on another dodge. It was quit the experience, a sudden thud, all four wheels locked up, couldn't drive the vehicle because it broke off the differential. anyways know what you went through. Not pleasant
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I have a 2010 ram with 50k miles on it and just got a wake up call. I drive from Memphis to Arab AL twice a week. I took monday off to take my truck in to get a good once over.
While running with rush hour traffic, i took my foot off the gas, heard a loud whine, then kablam!!! The rear of the truck locked up and kicked me dead sideways, luckily I had just gotten into a gap between traffic. Nothing like having a full size crew cab truck sliding sideways on an interstate in the middle of traffic. I managed to get the truck straightened up and as it was about to slide around the other way I heard the rear end explode and the rear wheels freed up and i got off the side of the road.
Kudos to the drivers behind me, cars and the 2 18 wheelers that were able to avoid T boning me as I went on this wonder ride. I climbed out the passenger door and called my dealer, they hooked me up with roadside and an hour later!!! with rush hour traffic just missing my truck by inches, I got to my dealer.
They have yet to get it on the rack to look at it. I did crawl under it in the lot.

Drive shaft fell off. The pinion apparently came loose, I can see it inside the differential and all the threads are present. The drive shaft is beat all up, you can see where it hung on the frame when the truck went sideways. The front of the dif looks cracked, the pinion is inside the dif wedged against everything. The trans seams to be leaking fluid as well, cracked?????

This is a major safety issue!!!! First mine is not the only ram this has happened to. My dealer has had 1 other in for the same issue, and another for no oil in the rear diff.

I'm a Dodge man, but this has got me pissed off. Doing a little research on the net will provide others stories of drive shafts coming loose.

If you haven't yet I would get my truck to the dealer and have it checked.

Its just a matter of time before this seriously hurts or kills someone. I have many moons of driving experience under my belt and was able to keep the truck from splattering. Call it skill, luck, whatever, but It could've turned out very badly.
I cannot believe that Mamma Mopar has not addressed this issue!!
If I can figure it out I will post pics.
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The only thing I can think of is there has been no complaints filed about this problem. With all the people having this same thing happen there should be multiple complaints filed.
People they won't do or don't know, if we do not tell them. I don't believe these are intentional problems, just problems they are not aware of. If interested I have added the Government web site to do just that.
https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
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Hopefully you can find the cause of the failure. The driveshaft falling off shouldnt cause the rearend to lock-up.
I've heard some 10's-early 11's had low levels of gear oil from the factory so that could cause the rearend to lockup.
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Ha i remember my work truck ford f250 dropped the shaft it took them 14 hours to get me towed cause i was on an interstate and they refused to touch me so lets see sun - double time- 14 hours in truck ( well went to strip club and bar down the street) then another 8 hours on job 22 hours of double time. And the stupid ford has 1100 miles on it
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They have determined, that the pinion had come loose and unscrewed from the drive shaft mounting plate and allowed the pinion to pull into the center section locking the rear end up tight. It finally broke free when the parts scattered and allowed it to free wheel.
Research has shown this happening to several other people in about the same way, most just at a lower speed.
the other one at the dealer they pulled his inspection cover put the pinion back into place, replace driveshaft and yoke tighten up and sent him on his way.
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official word from the dealer finally, it happened as above post. It grenaded the entire rear end. They said that they cannot just replace the whole assembly, that they had to order each piece and replace.
Down time 5-7 more days
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They have determined, that the pinion had come loose and unscrewed from the drive shaft mounting plate and allowed the pinion to pull into the center section locking the rear end up tight. It finally broke free when the parts scattered and allowed it to free wheel.
Research has shown this happening to several other people in about the same way, most just at a lower speed.
the other one at the dealer they pulled his inspection cover put the pinion back into place, replace driveshaft and yoke tighten up and sent him on his way.
I wonder why the pinion came loose and backed out. Did the nut holding the pinion yoke in place fail?..or did the pinion bearings fail from lack of proper lubrication?
My diff cover adds 40% more oil and raises the oil level, I hope this helps me avoid your mess.
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I am anal about changing my engine oil and inspecting the other fluids, engine oil gets changed every 3k and at the time the other fluids get checked. Oil changed 1500 miles ago and diff oil checked at that time. Was level with the plug hole. It gets parked in a garage so any leaks would be detected instantly.

My suggestion if you can do it yourself, is drop the drive shaft and check the torque on the pinion nut. If not take it to a dealer. 1hr of labor to avoid the above is cheap cheap.
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