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Old 07-10-2012, 01:58 PM
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my 2010 ram 1500 bighorn makes noises when I turn the steering wheel left to right. I was warned by a couple friends to stay away from Dodge, they told me suspensions suck. Go either ford or chevy. Well I took my truck in to the dealer they said its a truck and thats normal. You tell me a close to $50,000 truck with just over 15,000 has suspension problems? I had a jeep grand cherokee larado and suspension on that was the worst vehicle I have ever driven.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:33 PM
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That's a cool story.

Generally, noise isn't normal from the suspension or steering system. Perhaps you could post a video of the noise, or a better description, so that others could comment as to the source of it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:37 PM
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No suspension noise from mine...
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:27 AM
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That's a cool story.

Generally, noise isn't normal from the suspension or steering system. Perhaps you could post a video of the noise, or a better description, so that others could comment as to the source of it.

I will post a Vid later... When I turn the steering wheel left or right I get a really nice sounding thud. Something has play under there. beleave me I wanted to choke the service advisors at the dealership I went to when they told me thats normal. I called into Dodge and complained they told me to try out another dealer. Did not mention the dealer had my truck for 11 days to finally tell me thats normal.
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Your friends - excuse me but - Don't know what the heck they're talking about.

coincidentally, I just got done working on the suspension of my RAM. After having owned a Ford PSD and a Chevy Duramax, I was really happy to see how good the build quality is on this Dodge RAM. The Chevy had the worst suspension of all three and the ford was about the same but not as beefy.

Besides, How many differences can there really be? springs are springs, A-arms are A-Arms, etc. The difference on the Chevy was the weak ball joints and pencil size tie rods.

Every single piece of the dodge suspension is built better than necessary. I can get you pictures at your request
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No noise here, 63k miles. Just normal PS pump noises. My F100 creaked badly(in the front) when it was on the road... My s10 also creaked a little(in the rear). Liked them both though this ram is by far the best.
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Bikenut, keep in mind your truck is much more heavy duty than a 1500. Not that the 1500 isn't built well, just not as HD as the 2500.
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Oh, and those crappy Hub/wheel bearing combo things on the Chevy - pure Poo!

If I were in you situation, I'd get the front end up on stands and start looking for the culprit. Suspension components are pretty basic stuff. Once you find it, You can tell the service fool what to fix
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Bikenut, keep in mind your truck is much more heavy duty than a 1500. Not that the 1500 isn't built well, just not as HD as the 2500.
Damn sorry I'm speaking out of place again. ~ Well then, if it's an equal comparison between the big 3 1/2 tons and big 3 3/4 tons, the RAM should still be on top
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Oh, and those crappy Hub/wheel bearing combo things on the Chevy - pure Poo!
I wasn't a big fan of this design either, not that I thought it was weaker or anything, but just sort of a PITA. Anytime you took the rotor off you were dealing with wheel bearings. I guess it does force you to repack or replace the bearings every time you do rotors, which is good since most people never touch the bearings. This design also raises cost on rotors so instead of say $50 for a new rotor you pay $150 for a new rotor/hub.

I got run off the road in my s10 once and went over a ~6" curb at about 55mph and was surprised to see no damage after it happened. I continued to work(~5 miles), then after work was driving home and got about half way(another 5 miles) and was hearing a clicking sound from that wheel. Just moments later the wheel started jerking to that side extremely hard for brief periods(like milliseconds). After it happened a couple times I pulled over. Had the truck towed home, and took the wheel off and I found that the hub must have cracked when I hit the curb then the stress from driving split it apart because the hub was split apart in a couple places and the bearings were jambed and crooked. I took it all off(barely was able to get the bearings off) and luckily the bearing had only barely scored the spindle, so it didn't need replacing. A new set of bearings and rotors/hubs and it was all good to go, but I was amazed at how that thick hub split apart.
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