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hobo
05-18-2011, 11:02 AM
I saw two newer dodge ram trucks with a rear hub sheared off this winter - one stopped at a traffic light the other loaded onto a tow truck flatbed. This seems to be a problem on some Ram Trucks. At least if the rear wheel falls off you don't have to worry about the Dodge Death Wobble.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FchRc5B0W6A&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOYND7yem1w&feature=related

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/05/16/bc-dodgeproblem.html

Anapeg
05-18-2011, 11:30 AM
I have always had Dodge's from 1500 through 3500 and never had a problem yet. Being commercial they all go in regular for MVI's so that must have something to do with it. I did have a Jeep, Grand Wagoneer that would behave like that when the 50/50 shock wore out though. Scary as hell no matter.

hobo
05-18-2011, 11:35 AM
I have Dodge products as well - Ram/Caravan and have not had a problem- knock on wood/plastic.

Barry Morris
05-19-2011, 05:34 PM
Not an unusual problem on vehicles with poor maintanence.

hobo
05-20-2011, 10:17 AM
Or a possible manufacturing/design defect.

Such as

http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/7/vrdb-bdrv/search/RecallDetail.aspx?lang=eng&mk=0&md=0&fy=0&ty=9999&ft=&ls=0&sy=0&rn=2009010&cf=SearchResult

hobo
11-09-2013, 02:52 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/chrysler-recalls-1-2m-ram-trucks-after-crashes-injuries-1.2421021

"The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system may have been installed improperly, which Chrysler says stemmed from technicians misinterpreting instructions. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which Chrysler says can lead to steering failures."

Wobble wobble

The Freq
11-11-2013, 01:05 PM
I did have a Jeep, Grand Wagoneer that would behave like that when the 50/50 shock wore out though. Scary as hell no matter.

Older Jeeps were notorious for the "death wobble". My friend experienced that with his Jeep and it would scare the hell out of you went it kicked in. Neglecting maintenance to the front suspension was to blame in his case.

Anapeg
11-11-2013, 09:24 PM
Older Jeeps were notorious for the "death wobble". My friend experienced that with his Jeep and it would scare the hell out of you went it kicked in. Neglecting maintenance to the front suspension was to blame in his case.

No argument here. Overloading and improper weight distribution are sometimes the culprit as well. You can lighten the front end to a point of throwing the geometry off and allowing a slightly sloppy front end to quiver.