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Old 02-20-2011, 07:21 PM
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Question Just bought my 1st Dodge Ram, Need suspension help

Hey guys im new to this site ofcourse, And I just bought my 1st dodge ram 4x4 1500 ext cab short bed, Let me start by saying I love this truck but it has issues im hoping you can help me with

Also let me say before going into all these issues I took my truck to a shop to have them look over everything and the tech said the suspension, and drive train are completely fine and he doesnt notice anything wrong,

1.When I put the truck into 4wd I get a loud clunk from the passenger front tire area, The guy who I bought the truck from said it was because the tire on that side was bald, I just put on a matching set of tires and It still makes that clunking noise, So im scared to put it in 4wd....U-joints?

2.While im braking or coasting I get a humming noise and slight vibration right under my feet towards the front of the truck and it goes away as soon as I hit the gas agian....Front Diff?

3.When im in reverse with the tires turned all the way to any side the truck stutters like I have something under my tires trying to stop the truck from rolling backwards..I have no clue?

4.Also while im driving I have to play with the steering wheel to stay in a straight line, Kinda have to move the wheel a little bit back and fourth..

Like I said I had it in the shop for all these issues but the tech said its all fine just the steering is a little tight, and my alignment was perfect,

If you need any other info just let me know, I know my mechanics but I have never dealt with a 4wd system So im just tryin to get help on what I should check for
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1) U-joint or hub. The guy said tires made it clunk? Go stuff a tire up his...

2) Yup, but it could also be the hub/joint.

3) Again, look for hub(s) or joint(s)

4) Again, hub(as well as a possible bad tie rod end or even ball joint.
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1) what scottlc said

2) i would check the diff. oil. get on that quick or you wont have any pinion gear left.

3) what size tire did you put on it? if the tires are rubbing on your control arms, it will make a loud pinging noise and can stop your truck.

4) typical dodge 4x4 issue. try your trac bar end links and all your steering linkages. if theyre all tight, its your steering gear box.
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Well I have taken my truck to 3 different shops and each shop giving me a list of things that are bad, somethings that 1 shop said are bad the other shop said is brand new

Today I did track down a really good 4wd shop that actually specializes in dodge rams, The owner was nice enough to take me into the shop and go over the truck with me, We found problem but not nearly as many as the other shops did

1.Rear diff is shot needs a new carrier, pinion gear and everything else in the diff

2. Front wheel bearings on both wheels are shot along with my brakes and front rotors.

3 my left inner tie rod is crap

4.a seal on my transfer case is leaking

All this is getting fixed on friday for 1,400 dollars including new axle seals on the rear end and servicing the front diff, The owner of the shop is really helping me out and he is giving me a new front bench seat because mine is torn up

Ps I have bfg all terrain Ko tires nothing huge just a little bigger than the Oem size
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good deal. at least u found ur problems and theyre fairly cheap to fix. good find on the seat too. seems like a nice shop. id keep that one in the phonebook.
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