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Old 10-05-2008, 08:12 PM
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Vehicle: Dodge Ram 1500 5.9 4x4 Laramie Sport

Q: This truck makes a swirling metallic noise close to the axle when steering left but doesnt seem to be rotating as fast as the axle or tire when driving. When inspected by the eye it doesn't have any noticeable damage however can be heard inside the cabin when making a left and increases in noise volume when further pressed into the left direction. The steering wheel has some play in it! When making the left turn there is an apparent portion of slack before it starts to turn in either direction. Weird enough though when traveling in a left direction the noise seems to disappear momentarily whence directed towards right and placed in this free slack while the truck continues in a left direction. Oh and the slack is more apparent when traveling in a straight line making interstate travel more like an exercise from correcting it constantly. I put a new monroe steering stabilizer on it but its done nothing for the thing at all. I had an alignment done and the steering is still off.
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my answer is only turn right then....lol. sorry, hope someone comes along soon and has the answer for you that will help!
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My truck has exact same symptoms going on but its when making a right hand turn. wish someone would have been able to answer your question
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Ball joints perhaps? Causing too much slack in the spindle?
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The steering should not have any "play" in it. You should have that looked at before something happens like a bad ball joint.
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Ball joints perhaps? Causing too much slack in the spindle?
Yep I do have bad ball joints bought new ones already would be on today but was raining most of the day and well the garage is "unavailable."

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The steering should not have any "play" in it. You should have that looked at before something happens like a bad ball joint.
Does have a little play in the wheel hopefully the ball joint replacing all of em will tighten it up.


Read something about the shield behind the rotors also. Will get to that and bearings once I get it up with the front wheels off.
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Yes, check that brake shield. Also check to see that your brake pads are fully seated in the caliper and aren't loose!
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Yes, check that brake shield. Also check to see that your brake pads are fully seated in the caliper and aren't loose!
That's just a tad scary sounding. I know I will not for get that now!

Thanks...for the bad dreams...lol
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That's just a tad scary sounding. I know I will not for get that now!

Thanks...for the bad dreams...lol
LOL...didn't mean to cause you a nightmare but I've seen this happen. Also, sometimes a brake pad will warp or crack and cause this noise as it's no longer in the correct orientation to the rotor.
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