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Proud owner of 2019 Laramie 1500. I am having an odd issue. When going forward, and turning left, and especially when "holding" the wheel left around a bend or round-a-bout, it feels as if the wheel gets "stuck" into the turn and wants to hold left, you have to add more than normal amount of force to get the wheel back straight. My truck has the advanced safety package and I have completely disabled the lane keep assist feature for testing purposes. I had a buddy of mine drive it as well and he noticed it without me saying a word. Any insight on this before I make a trip to the dealer? Also when parked or not moving forward but in drive, I can turn the wheel freely without this feeling or issue, it appears to only happen when driving and appx any speed over 20mph or so.
 

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The "stuck" feeling you are describing does sound a bit like the lane assist, but could also be mechanical. I've also got all the safety packages and haven't noticed anything like what you described - definitely a trip to the dealer in order.
 

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Hey Guys,

Proud owner of 2019 Laramie 1500. I am having an odd issue. When going forward, and turning left, and especially when "holding" the wheel left around a bend or round-a-bout, it feels as if the wheel gets "stuck" into the turn and wants to hold left, you have to add more than normal amount of force to get the wheel back straight. My truck has the advanced safety package and I have completely disabled the lane keep assist feature for testing purposes. I had a buddy of mine drive it as well and he noticed it without me saying a word. Any insight on this before I make a trip to the dealer? Also when parked or not moving forward but in drive, I can turn the wheel freely without this feeling or issue, it appears to only happen when driving and appx any speed over 20mph or so.
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Hey Guys,

Proud owner of 2019 Laramie 1500. I am having an odd issue. When going forward, and turning left, and especially when "holding" the wheel left around a bend or round-a-bout, it feels as if the wheel gets "stuck" into the turn and wants to hold left, you have to add more than normal amount of force to get the wheel back straight. My truck has the advanced safety package and I have completely disabled the lane keep assist feature for testing purposes. I had a buddy of mine drive it as well and he noticed it without me saying a word. Any insight on this before I make a trip to the dealer? Also when parked or not moving forward but in drive, I can turn the wheel freely without this feeling or issue, it appears to only happen when driving and appx any speed over 20mph or so.

I had the exact same problem with the original Laramie I purchased. Unfortunately there was no resolve since the truck also had etorque battery issues and Chrysler would not authorize a diagnosis until the battery pack was replaced. After 2 weeks of my brand new Ram, that I drove for 3 hours total, was still sitting in the service department waiting on the battery pack...they put me in a new truck. The steering problem scared the crap out of me, very weird feeling.


Not Chrysler/Ram put me in a new truck, the dealership. After 16 brand new vehicles with the brand over the last 10 years, still no word, apology, nothing. Thank god for the dealership being great and wanting to help, because the manufacturer did ZERO. And before a care specialist from Chrysler chimes in on my comment, yes I opened a case and did everything I'm supposed to do...weeks ago.
 

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I have noticed the same on my Laramie without the lane assist. It is completely random when I notice it so I have no idea how I would be able to get the dealer to replicate it. When occurring everything feels off and sloppy. I even stopped to check and make sure the lug nuts weren’t loose.
 

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Check for mexicans hiding up inside the fender wells. Freeloaders might be trying to hitch a ride.
All joking aside, i wonder if its going to come down to the plastic upper control arms causing it.
 

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Check for mexicans hiding up inside the fender wells. Freeloaders might be trying to hitch a ride.
All joking aside, i wonder if its going to come down to the plastic upper control arms causing it.

I would not think this is the issue as it only happens when holding the wheel left for a few seconds, otherwise the truck is aligned and tracks forward great. Also I have attempted to replicate on a right bend or turn and it will not grab, it’s only when going left and the feeling is almost identical to the feeling of lane keep assist kicking in.
 

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I would not think this is the issue as it only happens when holding the wheel left for a few seconds, otherwise the truck is aligned and tracks forward great. Also I have attempted to replicate on a right bend or turn and it will not grab, it’s only when going left and the feeling is almost identical to the feeling of lane keep assist kicking in.
Sounds like a valving issue within the steering rack, or maybe its over traveling in that direction causing it to bind up?
I would unhook the tie-rods and see if it still does it... i think that would give a good idea as to where its happening at.
And thats a cheap way of getting into it to see whats going on... dosen`t cost much to rule that out first.
 

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Valving in an electric power steering rack?
 
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Hey Guys,

Proud owner of 2019 Laramie 1500. I am having an odd issue. When going forward, and turning left, and especially when "holding" the wheel left around a bend or round-a-bout, it feels as if the wheel gets "stuck" into the turn and wants to hold left, you have to add more than normal amount of force to get the wheel back straight. My truck has the advanced safety package and I have completely disabled the lane keep assist feature for testing purposes. I had a buddy of mine drive it as well and he noticed it without me saying a word. Any insight on this before I make a trip to the dealer? Also when parked or not moving forward but in drive, I can turn the wheel freely without this feeling or issue, it appears to only happen when driving and appx any speed over 20mph or so.
Just bought my 2019 Ram 1500, Big Horn, and having the exact same problem. Also getting a pop/knock sound in the right front end when going over small bumps. Very frustrating to have these problems after spending $50K plus for a new truck, driving off the lot, and turning right around the next day to visit the service department! I have it at the dealership now, and will update you on whatever they find.
 

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I have the same issue with my 2019 Limited. It is especially strange when changing lanes at 65mph to the left. The truck wants to continue going to the left and requires a rather stiff correction to keep in the new lane. I just know this is not going to be easy for the service department. If they test drive on surface streets at low speed they will not find anything. Getting them up on the freeway will be interesting. This is my only complaint everything else works GREAT.
 

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I have still been living with this issue as I honestly don't want my truck to be the "guinea pig" when I don't have a trusted dealer that I can let rip it to pieces. I am hoping it is a simple software update down the road as it feels like a dead zone in the electric steering, only triggered by specific driving conditions. Wishful thinking i'm sure!
 

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I have the same issue with my 2019 Limited. It is especially strange when changing lanes at 65mph to the left. The truck wants to continue going to the left and requires a rather stiff correction to keep in the new lane. I just know this is not going to be easy for the service department. If they test drive on surface streets at low speed they will not find anything. Getting them up on the freeway will be interesting. This is my only complaint everything else works GREAT.
Finally fixed...they had to replace the rack and pinion! It seems to have fixed the "clunk" issue I had in the right front end as well. We will see how it goes as I put more miles on it.
 

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Hey Guys,

Proud owner of 2019 Laramie 1500. I am having an odd issue. When going forward, and turning left, and especially when "holding" the wheel left around a bend or round-a-bout, it feels as if the wheel gets "stuck" into the turn and wants to hold left, you have to add more than normal amount of force to get the wheel back straight. My truck has the advanced safety package and I have completely disabled the lane keep assist feature for testing purposes. I had a buddy of mine drive it as well and he noticed it without me saying a word. Any insight on this before I make a trip to the dealer? Also when parked or not moving forward but in drive, I can turn the wheel freely without this feeling or issue, it appears to only happen when driving and appx any speed over 20mph or so.
Had the same issue with my 2019 Big Horn...dealer finally fixed it...they had to replace the rack and pinion! It seems to have fixed the "clunk" issue I had in the right front end as well. We will see how it goes as I put more miles on it.
 

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Everyone, Just did an 1800 mile trip on Dec 20 and 21 to Wisconsin. I noticed the same thing. I don't have lane assist on my truck. I would notice it on the interstates at speed when you'd be on a big left turning sweeping curve. Just the little effort needed to keep the truck in the curve resulted in the notchy feel. I've felt that before with worn out upper control arm bushings, but my truck had 1000 miles on it. Temps were in the low 30's. Not sure if that had anything to do with it. I've not noticed that feeling in other driving situations.
 

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Everyone, Just did an 1800 mile trip on Dec 20 and 21 to Wisconsin. I noticed the same thing. I don't have lane assist on my truck. I would notice it on the interstates at speed when you'd be on a big left turning sweeping curve. Just the little effort needed to keep the truck in the curve resulted in the notchy feel. I've felt that before with worn out upper control arm bushings, but my truck had 1000 miles on it. Temps were in the low 30's. Not sure if that had anything to do with it. I've not noticed that feeling in other driving situations.
Same exact problem with my New RAM 1500 Big Horn, no lane assist. Dealership replaced my rack and pinion. Seems to have fixed the problem, but I've only put about 20 miles on it. Will update the forum if the problem returns.

On a side note, the dealership originally said they couldn't duplicate the problem and asked me to pick up the truck. I did, and had the same problem on my drive home. I returned the vehicle the same day, but I insisted that they take it out on the highway and make sure they took the sweeping left turn that I explained to them. The Service Manager did as I asked, the steering stuck, and it scared the hell out of him. They called Dodge technicians, and were told to change the rack and pinion.
 

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If steering gets stuck, it is almost always a rack and pinion issue.
 

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Bought 2019 Limited in late August, 2018. Left hand turn above 30mph truck would not correct itself and continue in the left hand turn until I physically corrected it. Dealership recognized the problem and opened a star case in early September. They eliminated the rocker arms, the abs system , alignment, and numerous other attempts to correct. I have 8,000 miles on the truck and it is currently back at the dealership where they have opened a second star case. As of today January 16, 2019 Ram techs have not come up with a solution. Lane assist is not the problem because it does the same thing whether in lane assist or not. Ram recognizes the problems, but says as long as you keep you hands on the steering wheel you will be ok. Even though this is completely electric power steering you still have a steering shaft connected. I will keep you posted on latest information from Ram technical. Service manager indicated he should hear in the next few days. But I'm not holding my breath.
 

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Bought 2019 Limited in late August, 2018. Left hand turn above 30mph truck would not correct itself and continue in the left hand turn until I physically corrected it. Dealership recognized the problem and opened a star case in early September. They eliminated the rocker arms, the abs system , alignment, and numerous other attempts to correct. I have 8,000 miles on the truck and it is currently back at the dealership where they have opened a
second star case. As of today January 16, 2019 Ram techs have not come up with a solution. Lane assist is not the problem because it does the same thing whether in lane assist or not. Ram recognizes the problems, but says as long as you keep you hands on the steering wheel you will be ok. Even though this is completely electric power steering you still have a steering shaft connected. I will keep you posted on latest information from Ram technical. Service manager indicated he should hear in the next few days. But I'm not holding my breath.
They replaced my rack and pinion, and it corrected the problem. Good luck.
 

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Everyone, Just did an 1800 mile trip on Dec 20 and 21 to Wisconsin. I noticed the same thing. I don't have lane assist on my truck. I would notice it on the interstates at speed when you'd be on a big left turning sweeping curve. Just the little effort needed to keep the truck in the curve resulted in the notchy feel. I've felt that before with worn out upper control arm bushings, but my truck had 1000 miles on it. Temps were in the low 30's. Not sure if that had anything to do with it. I've not noticed that feeling in other driving situations.
Rack and pinion fixed mine...exact same problem!
 
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