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Old 12-22-2012, 11:41 AM
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I recently bought a used 2009 Ram 2500 5.7L V8 Hemi. It was an out-of-state purchase, so I had to get it inspected locally. That's when I found out that the exhause manifold was leaking, one of the cylinder-head bolts was busted, and the front ball joints had to be replaced.

Despite all of these problems being fixed, and having the oil changed, the truck still vibrates. The vibaration occurs at various speeds and comes and goes.

I previously drove a smoth and quiet SUV and understand that with big trucks like the 2500 you will feel every bump on the road, but I just want to be sure that this shaking and vibration is not a bigger problem.

Does your truck shake and vibrate when you're driving 70MPH on a smooth highway?
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Vibration at 70 mph indicates a wheel balance issue, namely radial runout. I would suggest you start by having a road force wheel balance performed and see if the ride can be improved. this procedure will locate any bad tires you may have.
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I completely agree with the Road Force Balance

Each & every tire has a heavy spot, as does each & every wheel rim
when they mount the tire & rim, these two heavy spots should be as far away from each other as possible, then the weight difference is made up with the wheel weights
some tires have a bulge in the side wall, only sometimes is it noticeable, the road force balance machine can also sense that condition

Find a Hunter Road Force Balance Machine near you
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Thanks for the info! Should I hold off on the Road Force Balance, as I want to level the front and get new wheels and tires?
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If you can tolerate the vibration, I would because it's not a cheap procedure. When you get new wheels and tires, ask if they can road force them when they mount the new rubber.
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Will do. Thanks! I also intend to replace the spark plugs around 3000 miles from now.
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