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Old 05-31-2011, 01:19 AM
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i'd take it to an ALIGNMENT SHOP
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then you either say thank you or have them fix something

ball joints & tie rod ends are the most common issues
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i'd take it to an ALIGNMENT SHOP
good shops will do a complete diagnosis for free
then they hand you the results on a print out
then you either say thank you or have them fix something

ball joints & tie rod ends are the most common issues
Yea this is exactly what I'm telling him. Come on guy this is a dodge not a volvo 240. lol.... Anyways yea take it to a shop but not to a dodge dealship because some of them will say you will have to order a new control arm because the ball joint doesn't come seperate. they do this to screw you they tried it with my mom with her ram van but she isn't stupid.
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yeah i only took it to the dealer because they where close to my work and will give me a ride to work and pick me up. but i hate dealers for getting work done. they told me my power steering fluid was in need of replaceing after i told them the steering gear was replaced last year and they did a fluid flush.
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i will look at the ball joints tommorrow when i get home from work.
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thank you for the opinions figured it was either the ball joints or the rear shocks
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yeah i only took it to the dealer because they where close to my work and will give me a ride to work and pick me up. but i hate dealers for getting work done. they told me my power steering fluid was in need of replaceing after i told them the steering gear was replaced last year and they did a fluid flush.
Yea don't get work done at a dealer. They are horrible they are only good for loosing money. It's ok to buy parts from a dealer but not service. The steer gear I was going to say something about that because you said something about the steering and I Know the steer gears in dodge trucks go bad quite quick. you could of flushed the fluid your self very easy and cheap only cost you the price of a quart of two of new steer fluid. I refuse to let anyone fix my truck, last thing I need is something to fail and I die. That and the people at the dealer do not give a dam about you or your safety not nearly as much as you the driver. So get yourself some wrenches and spend some time taking learning how to DIY. You can not only save time but if you want it done best you got to DIY. Well keep me posted after you check the ball joints.
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thank you for the opinions figured it was either the ball joints or the rear shocks
Yea rear shocks I don't think so but replacing them don't hurt. Only thing shocks do it prevent the car from hopping up and down. If you want unless your truck has it already is to custom install a rear anti roll bar, those are nice give you great stability especially when towing and not only that but it gives a very solid feeling to the drive
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Here is my two cents. After you looked at everything that was suggested look hard at all of the steering components...I look at mine tomorrow to see exactly how its built. My guess would be that something is loose or worn in the steering..like why it goes straight THEN leans into the turn. Even check the steering fluid, if its low you could possibly get air and when you turn the fluid is under pressure so if there is air it will compress to the pressure of the fluid trying to make it move (hence going straight then turning.) All of the joints like people have suggested would most likely give you a "shaky" feeling. And also if low fluid or something internal with the steering is wrong it is not something you wold readily see when the truck is off and on a rack.
Hoep this helsp and let me know what is the problem because I am curious myslef.
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Here is my two cents. After you looked at everything that was suggested look hard at all of the steering components...I look at mine tomorrow to see exactly how its built. My guess would be that something is loose or worn in the steering..like why it goes straight THEN leans into the turn. Even check the steering fluid, if its low you could possibly get air and when you turn the fluid is under pressure so if there is air it will compress to the pressure of the fluid trying to make it move (hence going straight then turning.) All of the joints like people have suggested would most likely give you a "shaky" feeling. And also if low fluid or something internal with the steering is wrong it is not something you wold readily see when the truck is off and on a rack.
Hoep this helsp and let me know what is the problem because I am curious myslef.
The truck can pull to the side on it's own if your steering angle is off which can also occur from a ball joint. Yes a bad ball joint could give you some what a shaky feel but not everything wears evenly. Anyways I wouldn't worry much about the steer fluid because the gear has a return line so over time air will find it's way out. I would bank my money on the joints because he had the gear box replaced and flushed he also have the tie rods replaced and at the same time the steering angle was adjusted however you can only adjust the angle with the car stationary however feelings of drive don't occur stationary most occur at higher speeds. Anyways just check the balls joints mostly. The springs should be fine typically they only need replacing every 8 years DEPENDING on how you drive.
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