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Old 04-26-2012, 10:40 PM
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Angry New Member...2003 Ram 1500 "death wobble"

I have a 03' Ram1500. I have had it for a little over 2 years. My problem started roughly a year ago and I am at my witts end! I have spent over $1000 on 2 sets rotors, pads, wheel bearings, calipers, and I have the same issue. I get the death wobble when i break. Low speeds, high speeds...does not mater. I have talked to several people on advice, i have heard from replacing the rotors again ( ughh ) to abs system to suspension problems. This is getting old.....no wait IT IS OLD. I love the truck but cannot figure it out. I checked 20-25 pages of threads to find some sort of solution and came up empty. It seemed mostly to be 4wd trucks having the issues....Mine is 2wd, no modifications what so ever. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Have you had your tires balanced? Get them checked as well as your rims to see if they are in good working order. Typically the death wobble is asociated with solid axles having poor steering stability. That wouldn't apply to your case so start with rims/tires.
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x2 Death wobble as its known is for solid axle vehicles. Lotsa times turns out to be the track bar.

Do you know when the last the ball joints and tie rods were changed? If not check for play and visually inspect.

Tires, dunno how much this applies to 2wd vehicles, but are they matching tires with even wear? Does the truck sit often? Maybe they flat spotted, I had a set on my old blazer that caused vibration when braking, changed pads rotors, got em balanced, got an alignment and nothing. Then one day I got a flat and changed both front, vibes went away. If I were you I'd start with rims and tires. Switch the fronts for the rears and see if it stays for starters.

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Old 05-27-2012, 09:46 AM
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I have 2x4 06 ram 1500 and have the same problem.
put new tires on and was a little better for about a month then back to sos.
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are you sure that it is death wobble? sounds like something might be out of balance to me. death wobble generally is when your cruising not on the breaks. Here is a video of death wobble.



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Yup thats it. I know its odd it should be a recall started after 30k miles
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i have a 03' ram1500. I have had it for a little over 2 years. My problem started roughly a year ago and i am at my witts end! I have spent over $1000 on 2 sets rotors, pads, wheel bearings, calipers, and i have the same issue. I get the death wobble when i break. Low speeds, high speeds...does not mater. I have talked to several people on advice, i have heard from replacing the rotors again ( ughh ) to abs system to suspension problems. This is getting old.....no wait it is old. I love the truck but cannot figure it out. I checked 20-25 pages of threads to find some sort of solution and came up empty. It seemed mostly to be 4wd trucks having the issues....mine is 2wd, no modifications what so ever. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

ok i under-stand i was told rims,tires rotors pads (x2) im tired of it my self,mine is more felt at freeway speeds going in to the right and if i have to apply breaks o man death whobble not the word,so i can say new tires and new rims still there,new pads and rotors again still there im 2wd as well,there no play at all,now a good friend told me that dodge recommends to replace calipers at 80,000 miles due to heat well,dot 3 break fluid only goes to 301 degrees (when brakes)applied,im doing my a.s.e. And i have re-re-re read and still cant figure it out....so helllllp...again new tires new rims( i put on my rack spun front wheels a maybe a lump on tire,well no lump) balanced tires again,new brakes teasted (caliper piston-good) everything moveing great in breaking area and no play) now that where i feel dum? Any help as well,no i got 66,231miles and it started 2 months ago,and it seems on hotter days it worse.now if i go slight left (freeway) and apply brake nothing...so help? Thank you jeff
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check the p/s rack bushings.
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