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#1 JBRamsey ONLINE  

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Posted May 10, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Has anyone installed one of the aftermarket kits to stop the steering wander on Dodge 4WD pickup trucks? Do they really make a difference? Thanks.
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Posted May 11, 2015 - 05:11 AM

Is this the " death wobble " I hear about ?   When you go about 65 mph and it feels like your lug nuts got loose ?


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 05:20 AM

Not heard of it. What years are affected. I was offered a  mint '92 ford years ago. I drove it 20 miles but it had a horrible wander and i know all the steering was good. I passed on it and was later told it was a "steering sensor"..dont know


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 06:01 AM

tires can (and do) cause more wander issues than most realize.  If you "KNOW" the steering components are good and can rule out the tires (its easier if you know someone with a truck that has the same bolt pattern and can temporarily swap, sometimes just rotating yours front to back will suffice) the next thing to look at is the gearbox,

 

Those Dodge kits are for newer trucks than I have ever owned, but I have seen them advertised all over the place. No exp. with them though.  One thing that I do have experience with on the Dodges that does help is the Borgenson steering shafts (from the column to the steering box)


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 06:21 AM

There are a lot of 80's and 90's trucks with a wonder problem even with good steering components. Often the the problem was steering designed in the era before tires got so huge. If you know the steering parts are good, that means checked by a pro with the right equipment, not just shaking the wheels, a half degree of toe in will often alleviate the problem. Make certain you don't have a loose or worn wheel bearing, those cause about half the issues we see.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 07:10 AM

I'm now on my second dodge and both have the problem. My buddies dodges have the same issue. I work for a heavy truck manufacturer and it baffles me that dodge continues to let this go on. It's not as death wobble. It's just all over the road. You would think that if it's common enough that the aftermarket designed a solution that dodge would fix it in their next product update.

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Posted May 11, 2015 - 07:17 AM

This is why they put the sheep on the hood, cause you have to herd it down the road. If you cant Dodge it, Ram it!!!!!!!!! :wave:  :dancingbanana:  :rolling:


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 07:25 AM

Sounds to me like the toe is out.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 07:25 AM

Just sold my Dodge but have read a lot about the steering wander. Lots of info at these 2 places.

 

http://www.cumminsforum.com/

 

http://forum.mopar19...n.com/index.php


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 09:45 AM

I take it that this just plagues the full size trucks?

 

My 2001 Dakota 4x4 goes down the road like it's on rails.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 10:33 AM

Does this problem occur in both the 2wd and 4wd models?



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Posted May 11, 2015 - 12:05 PM

I tighten up the steering box on my '95 2wd and it helped a lot. A friend of mine got a '99 4wd so cheap he didnt even drive it until after the money changed hands. he found out why it was so cheap on the way home. He spent over $2000 on frontend parts, steering box, ball joints, tierod ends, tires, etc. It didnt drive right until he put the frame stiffeners on it


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 12:23 PM

I had an 04 1500 quad cab 4x4.  It drove awesome.  Drove down the road straight as an arrow and would hang a turn with the best of em.

 

Edit.

Reading this got my curiosity up.  Seems like its a Solid Front Axle problem.  Never owned one of those myself.  We did have a 3500 2x4 dually at a mine I was at and it would start this death wobble, that would about shake the truck apart.  Took it to a shop and they tracked it down to being a "track bar"


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 04:12 PM

This problem with Dodge goes back a ways. Had a 1979 Dodge conversion van, 82 Ramchager 4x4, and 84 1/2 ton 2wd. The steering on all left a lot to be desired. It was like there was a dead spot in the center of the steering. Had the slack taken up and it made no difference. Used to call it "dead center steering". If you were carrying or pulling a load it was a full time job keeping things straight. I was hoping that the newer trucks had gotten away from steering problems. 


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 05:25 PM

Is this the " death wobble " I hear about ?   When you go about 65 mph and it feels like your lug nuts got loose ?

 

Is this the " death wobble " I hear about ?   When you go about 65 mph and it feels like your lug nuts got loose ?

no, that's something else.






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