DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - Help Zone - Dodge Ram Problems, Complaints, & Solutions - Maintenance & Re > 4TH Generation Dodge Ram 2009+ Dodge Ram Trucks > Powertrain > Cummins Diesel Specific Topics


Notices


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
Bayou Goat Mounts

View Poll Results: Is the steering loose on your 2010 Ram Heavy Duty 4x4?
Yes 1 100.00%
No 0 0%
Could be better 0 0%
Suck it up, it's a Heavy Duty, not a Sports Car 0 0%
Voters: 1. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #11  
Old 01-29-2010, 07:06 PM
RandyF's Avatar
RandyF RandyF is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 35
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie CC 4x4
Trim Level: Laramie CC
Color: Brilliant Black/Silver
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
RandyF is on a distinguished road
Default

I definitely need to take it to another, independent, alignment shop, if they have the '10 alignment specifications (was told that '10 is different than '09)....
__________________
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #12  
Old 02-06-2010, 09:50 PM
RandyF's Avatar
RandyF RandyF is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 35
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie CC 4x4
Trim Level: Laramie CC
Color: Brilliant Black/Silver
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
RandyF is on a distinguished road
Default

Still working with Chrysler (and the dealer) on a buyback...This thing is UNSAFE to drive on a two lane highway at night....constantly wanders and needs constant correction...
__________________
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-08-2010, 09:36 PM
acooperjr acooperjr is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northville NY
Age: 48
Posts: 34
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 04 Ram 2500
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Black
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
acooperjr is on a distinguished road
Default

Did they try to adjust the steering box ?
I had one replaced and they adjusted it too tight. It would hunt, or go from side to side. At first I thought it was wandering, but when I really observed it, it was really going were I put the wheel and staying there (like point & shoot) and not returning to center. It required constant input to keep it in my lane.

I loosened it a little (1/4 or 1/2 a turn) and then it steered great. Now it returns to center by itself and is effortless to drive.

Just a thought.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-09-2010, 09:13 AM
RamTech's Avatar
RamTech RamTech is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!

 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Johnson City, TN
Age: 44
Posts: 12,120
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2004 Dakota Club Cab 4X4
Trim Level: SXT
Color: Bright Silver
Engine: 2002-2008 226ci (3.7L) Magnum/PowerTech V6 215hp 235lb/ft
Rep Power: 14
Rep:1824
RamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant futureRamTech has a brilliant future
Default

The steering gear in your 2500 is the recirculating ball type. DR/DS body 1500's use rack and pinion so that adjustment doesn't apply to them.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-09-2010, 08:39 PM
acooperjr acooperjr is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northville NY
Age: 48
Posts: 34
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 04 Ram 2500
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Black
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
acooperjr is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Remerson228 View Post
The steering gear in your 2500 is the recirculating ball type. DR/DS body 1500's use rack and pinion so that adjustment doesn't apply to them.
Thanks for clearing that up.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-12-2010, 09:11 PM
RandyF's Avatar
RandyF RandyF is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 35
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie CC 4x4
Trim Level: Laramie CC
Color: Brilliant Black/Silver
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
RandyF is on a distinguished road
Default

The steering box is a NEW part for 2010. I know. They replaced mine at 435mi. It's still horrible on-center, and demands constant "coaxing" to drive in the desired direction. Spoke with my "case worker" at Impartial Service Group (Chrysler's repurchase company), and was told that the Service Manager told her that my vehicle was "within specs". It "clunks" when you move the steering wheel back and forth, engine turned off, and there is tons of play.

Go under your 2010's (engine off, keys out) and move the steering input shaft back and forth by hand. How much movement? Mine's about 1/8 turn. And it clunks...like backlash is waaay off.

Anyone live in Colorado is more than welcome to come see me in Fort Collins and look at it/take it for a drive. Everyone who has looked at it (except the dealer, of course) and driven it says it's definitely not right...

I know how to adjust the steering box, and would love to, but not while it's under waranty....
__________________
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-12-2010, 11:27 PM
acooperjr acooperjr is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northville NY
Age: 48
Posts: 34
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 04 Ram 2500
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Black
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
acooperjr is on a distinguished road
Default

I just looked at the first post, and it's a 2500. So doesn't it have a steering box and adjustment like my 04 ?

If it does then maybe ask the dealer to try to adjust it. Just because it's new doesn't mean it's adjusted right. Or better yet if you know how to do it, then do it. They will not know unless you tell them. Some dealers don't care or know about service unless they are going to make $$$$$, especially if it's a flat rate shop, so they may bullshit you and say it's OK.

I know it would piss me off to if I had to work on my new truck, but adjusting the steering box is not all that involved, so I would check it myself. It will be worth it if you can make it better.

I went threw the same thing when my box got replaced. I told them something wasn't right and they told me it was OK. Then I took it home and adjusted it myself and now it's great. Then I told them what I found and I got the "deer in the headlight look".
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 02-12-2010, 11:32 PM
RandyF's Avatar
RandyF RandyF is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 35
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie CC 4x4
Trim Level: Laramie CC
Color: Brilliant Black/Silver
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
RandyF is on a distinguished road
Default

I agree....lazy dealers would rather throw replacement parts at it than adjust/repair existing parts....sounds/feels like it needs over-center preload adjustment, http://dodgeram.org/tech/mods/steeri...ear/Adjust.htm, which I know how to do, but don't want to do anything to muck up the ongoing legal battle...

Hell, several 2010 Heavy Dutys that I drove felt loose in the steering, and the replacement gearbox is loose.... Car and Driver even noted in their review: "...The steering, however, is just as dull and unresponsive right off-center as in the 1500, requiring up to 15 degrees of steering-wheel rotation to get those front wheels to bite into a turn (at which point they do abruptly)." Sounds like it's not an isolated problem.... Can't wait for the $ when I sue Chrysler/Fiat for the accident this causes... Class Action, anyone?
__________________
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

Last edited by RandyF; 02-12-2010 at 11:36 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 02-16-2010, 04:00 PM
RandyF's Avatar
RandyF RandyF is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 35
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie CC 4x4
Trim Level: Laramie CC
Color: Brilliant Black/Silver
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
RandyF is on a distinguished road
Default

Track Bar on order....dealer won't tighten up the box...says there's a "note" warning against it in the service manual....any techs care to comment on this?
__________________
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 02-16-2010, 05:33 PM
Toms Blue Ram 1500's Avatar
Toms Blue Ram 1500 Toms Blue Ram 1500 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Dundalk , Md .
Age: 50
Posts: 21,491
Gender: Male
Vehicle: '01 Ram 1500
Trim Level: Sport with Off-Road
Color: Intense Blue
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 19
Rep:1588
Toms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant futureToms Blue Ram 1500 has a brilliant future
Default

Sounds crazy . If I knew there was play in the box , I would adjust it . Maybe thats whats wrong , it was never adjusted correctly at the factory .
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
2010, loose steering, steering

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


Advertisement






All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:22 PM.


= Copyright RamForumZ.com a Gigathreads.com Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vB.Sponsors


=Gigathreads Network=
CLUBS MOPAR NATION DSM GPMM MAMM JAM
DIESEL Diesel Forum      
CHEVY Chevy Camaro Forum Chevy Volt Forum    
CHRYSLER Chrysler 300C Forum      
DODGE Dodge Avenger Forum Dodge Caliber Forum Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum
  Dodge Circuit Forum Dodge Hornet Forum Dodge Magnum Forum Dodge Nitro Forum
  Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Dakota Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Dart Forum
FORD Ford Raptor Forum Ford F150 Forum Ford F100 Forum  
JEEP Jeep Forum      
PONTIAC Pontiac G8 Forum      
SRT SRT Viper Forum SRT Cuda Forum